Ministers Varank and Akar Examine Indigenous Vaccine Studies in Kayseri

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National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank pay a visit to Kayseri. Deputy Minister of National Defense Muhsin Dere and TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal is also accompanied.


Ministers, Akar and Varank, first visited the Good Clinical Practice and Research Center (IKUM) at Erciyes University, where phase studies of the vaccine candidate developed against the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) were conducted. IKUM Director Assoc. Dr. Zafer Sezer informed both Ministers about the work carried out.


Ministers also visited the Vaccine Research and Development Application and Research Center. Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çalış and Center Director Prof. Dr. Aykut Özdarendeli informed the ministers about the domestic vaccine candidate. Ministers Akar and Varank also examined the new vaccine development center under construction on the Erciyes University campus.


After the visit, both Ministers made statements. Minister Varank stated that the phase 2 vaccination studies of the vaccine candidate were made and that the second dose of vaccination was made, “Phase 2 results will be communicated to the Ministry of Health by the end of this month. Aykut inactive Erciyes University and has developed a great effort of our teacher, Turkey, the effectiveness of local and national vaccine will have seen a piece. Here, together with the successful results of the Phase 3 study and then we will be in mass production by both Turkey has achieved an inactivated vaccine candidates that might be healing to the world. " said.


Minister Varank emphasized that the most important way to combat the epidemic is vaccination, and noted that citizens should have their vaccines when the time comes, when they gain access to the vaccine. Volunteers of Turkey's domestic and if they want to support the development of national vaccine could apply to the Minister describing Varank Erciyes University, "where volunteers can participate in immunization activities. Phase 2 study has been completed, but volunteers will be requested for Phase 3. Both our scientists in Turkey, we know that both of our infrastructure is strong enough to fight this disease. We will continue to work in this field with great effort with both our government and our teachers. " he spoke.


Akar, Minister of National Defense, underlined the importance of the vaccine in the fight against Kovid-19 and said, “All our citizens should be conscious of this. We can successfully take the fight with the vaccine. Another feature of the vaccination study is that we need to emphasize not only nationality and indigenousness in the defense industry, but also nationality and indigenousness in all fields and of course medicine. We see that we have reached a point of pride in this regard. " said.

A highlight of nationality and indigenousness

Noting that the work done here will inspire young researchers, Minister Akar said, “We have very young friends working here. We learned that our friends work here day and night. It is also pleasing to see that we have doctors from friendly and sister countries who also participated in the studies. I believe that the issue of nationality and indigenousness will manifest itself in all areas and will make great contributions to the development of our country. " he spoke.


The ministers then went to the Erciyes Technopark and received information from the authorities about the scientific studies carried out there. It was learned that there are 255 R&D companies in the technopark and the activities are continuing with a 98 percent occupancy rate. It was stated that the technopark made an R&D export of $ 2007 million between 2020-40.


The ministers were informed that the Mechanical Incubation Center in the Technopark was built with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Technology. It was noted that the first stage of the incubation center, which consists of 8 hangars, was put into service in October 2020 and reached 2 percent occupancy in 100 months. The second stage of the Mechanical Incubation Center, which will consist of 16 hangars, is planned to be completed and put into service in July 2021.


The two ministers then inspected the Valentis Biotechnology company's bioreactor production facility in the technopark. Bioreactors used in vaccine, medicine and food production are completely imported. A bioreactor with a volume of 2 liters, developed by the company, was introduced to the two ministers. It was informed that the bioreactor, which was manufactured and tested last year, successfully produces the desired biological materials.


In the second phase of the project, it was explained that a real-scale bioreactor with a capacity of 300 liters was designed and manufactured, and that the bioreactor is still being tested and improved.

The ministers also visited the Mayor of Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality, Memduh Büyükkılıç.

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