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DOST and Pharma GalenX launch cutting-edge bioprinting laboratory
Pharma GalenX Innovations, Inc. is unveils its groundbreaking bioprinting laboratory marking a significant milestone in the advancement of science and technology in health services on July 13, 2023, at Jaro, Iloilo City.
The bioprinting laboratory is the product of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) grant under the Business Innovation through S&T for Industry (BIST) Program, a sub-component of the Science for Change Program for Pharma GalenX’s research study entitled, “Three-Dimensional Bioprinted Human Skin Equivalent for In Vitro Biocompatibility Studies of Topical Formulations.”
Equipped with the latest advancements in 3D bioprinting technology such as a 3D bioprinter, ultra-low temperature freezer, microplate reader, CO2 incubators, inverted microscope, compound microscope with fluorescence observation, and more. The bioprinting laboratory, a first in the region, will enable the development of a human skin equivalent using 3D bioprinting technology for studies involving topical formulations.
The bioprinting laboratory will also open new opportunities for local talents and enhance the research capacity and competitiveness of Iloilo City in the fields of biotechnology and tissue engineering.
Moreover, the project will also pave the way for the establishment of an in vitro biocompatibility testing facility, the first of its kind in Region VI, providing academic and research institutions with accessible services that will enable to reduce costs associated with third-party laboratory analysis and expedite product development timelines.
“The establishment of Pharma GalenX’s bioprinting laboratory is a testament to the successful synergy between industry and government in advancing cutting-edge research in the Philippines,” stated DOST Secretary Renato Solidum, Jr. “Through our Science for Change Program, we are proud to support Pharma GalenX’s research study, which has culminated in the establishment of this cutting-edge bioprinting laboratory. We believe this facility will pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in regenerative medicine.” Sec. Solidum added.
The Pharma GalenX Innovations, Inc. also launched its highly anticipated product on the same date at Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City, providing an opportunity for attendees to witness the culmination of the company’s innovative research and development efforts.
The event and ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature lectures from DOST officials and an exclusive tour of the bioprinting laboratory. Experts in the field, industry professionals, government representatives, and members of the media will attend the event to witness firsthand the potential impact of this technology on healthcare.
According to DOST Undersecretary for R&D Leah J. Buendia, “The BIST program strengthens the R&D capabilities of our local companies and spurs innovation, invention, and progress. R&D outputs drive profits and may be used as a tool in creating socially responsible initiatives, like in this case, creating ways to prevent animal testing.”
Serving as the monitoring agency of Pharma GalenX’s DOST grant, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), expressed its excitement about the upcoming launch. “The establishment of Pharma GalenX’s bioprinting laboratory is a significant milestone in the field of regenerative medicine in the Philippines. We are honored to be part of this endeavor, and we look forward to the transformative impact it will have on healthcare,” said DOST-PCHRD Executive Director Jaime Montoya.
The Pharma GalenX Innovations, Inc. is a pioneering biotechnology company committed to transforming healthcare through innovation. By harnessing cutting-edge technologies such as bioprinting, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine, the company focuses on developing advanced therapeutics and personalized medicine solutions.
For more information, please visit pchrd.dost.gov.ph and the s4cp.dost.gov.ph.