Eduardo Arzt, Director of IBioBA, during the inauguration.

Eduardo Arzt, Director of the Biomedicine Research Institute of Buenos Aires (IBioBA, CONICET – Partner Institute of the Max Planck Society), attended the opening ceremony of the new Applied Biotechnology Laboratory of CEDIC in Asunción, Paraguay.

CEDIC, along with IBioBA; the Central Public Health Laboratory of the Ministry of Health of Paraguay; the Institut Pasteur of Montevideo, Uruguay; and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), of Brazil, are part of the First South American Biomedical Research Network of MERCOSUR, funded by the MERCOSUR’s Structural Convergence Fund (FOCEM).

These new facilities and equipment will allow boosting the collaboration between scientific groups of these institutions. “Our research lines are focused on neurosciences, cancer, and metabolic and infectious diseases“, said Arzt, who is the Regional Project Coordinator.

Within the FOCEM, the South American Biomedical Research Network seeks to promote the training of regional human resources, and to integrate the institutes’ biotechnology and applied sciences research lines.

In addition to Arzt, Luis Barbeito, Director of the Institut Pasteur; Wilson Savino, from Fiocruz; Antonieta Rojas Arias, Director of CEDIC; and Norma Coluchi, in charge of the project at the Central Public Health Laboratory of the Ministry of Health of Paraguay, attended the inauguration along with national authorities from Paraguay and the FOCEM-Mercosur.