HAVANA, Nov 2 (EFE) Cuba inaugurated this Monday the CIGB-Mariel Biotechnological Industrial Complex, the first high-tech industry located in the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), the island’s flagship megaproject for commerce and attracting foreign investment.
The new facility, the most modern of its kind according to Cuban authorities, will be dedicated to the research, development and production of high-standard vaccines and novel drugs, said Deputy Prime Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo on his Twitter account.
General Raúl Castro and the president of the country, Miguel Díaz-Canel attended the opening ceremony of the Industrial Complex coinciding with the launch of the ZEDM for foreign investment.
The Cuban leader said that the institution is the result of collaboration between the BioCubaFarma Group – a business organization that produces high-tech drugs, equipment and services – and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), a scientific research center in areas of medicine and biology.
The drugs that the industrial institution will develop and produce will be used to treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune and infectious, cerebrovascular and covid-19, among others, he explained.
Among the Cuban drugs that he will produce, he cited the anti-covid vaccine Abdala and the Jusvinza drugs -for the treatment of severe and critical patients with covid-19-, Heberprot P -employed to cure diabetic foot ulcers- and Heberferon, applied to patients with skin cancer, dengue and conjunctivitis.
In the strategic Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), 59 businesses -34 of them in operation- from 21 countries were approved until last September, with investments for an amount that exceeded 3,000 million Cuban pesos (120 million dollars).
The ZEDM -business center and merchant port, the only one of its kind on the island- is located in a privileged geographical area on the north coast of the western province of Artemisa and 45 kilometres west of Havana.
Its main objectives are to encourage comprehensive projects that allow the substitution of imports, promote exports with national products of high added value and create jobs, according to its promoters.