BIOTEC leads Thailand’s leapfrog towards self-sufficiency


If all goes well, the first malaria drug developed by Thai
researchers could reach human clinical trials at the beginning of next

The drug, dubbed P218, is the product of research carried out by a
group at BIOTEC, a
research centre created by the Thai government to generate biotechnology

Although several international partners, including Medicines for
Malaria Venture (MMV), Yale University, London School of Hygiene &
Tropical Medicine and Monash University in Australia, have been involved
along the way, it was BIOTEC that conducted the initial research that
has eventually allowed new drug candidates, such as P218, to be

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