Session 12 – Asian Opportunities & Collaborations
Date: 24 July (Friday) 12:20 – 13:50 (GMT+8)
Venue: 701EF, 7F, TaiNEX2 / Online event platform
Dr. Sirasak Teparkum, the Deputy CEO of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) had long experience of various technology transfer projects related to nanotechnology translational research, creating both income and economic impacts to Thailand more than seven billion Baht (7,000 Million Baht) and had experiences in top executive management at the national research center. Before joining TCELS, he had worked at the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC), National Science Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) for 12 years, including to serve as a Deputy Executive Director for 8 years.
Presently, Dr.Sirasak Teparkum is responsible for directing all the technical programs at TCELS, Pharmaceuticals & Regenerative Medicine Program, Advanced Medical Devices Technology & Medical Robotics Program, Cosmetics and Food Supplements Program, Medicopolis & Health Informatics Program, to drive Thailand Life Science Industry, and to increase the country’s competitiveness toward sustainable development.
Dr. Sirasak Teparkum received the Bachelor degree of Horticulture at Kasetsart University and B.Sc. in Biology from Concord College, West Virginia. Afterwards, he pursued his Master and Ph.D Degree, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the field of plant tissue culture and plant-insect molecular interaction.
Speech title & Synopsis
The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV 2). As of July 2020, more than 9 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 500,000 deaths; more than 4 million people have recovered. World economy was also plunged down to the worst year since 1930s great depression. So, in order to win this war, regional and global collaboration are essential.
Taiwan has successfully controlled COVID-19 and received international praise for its effectiveness in quarantining people to prevent the spread of the disease, including early screening of flights from Mainland China and the tracking of individual cases. And now, Thailand has also been successful in coping with the outbreak of COVID-19. So, the collaboration among Asian countries are needed. During COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand Center of Excellences for Life Sciences (TCELS), a public organization under the umbrella of Ministry of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation, has facilitated and supported the number of researches and medical products to mitigate the crisis in Thailand. The new discoveries and opportunities of healthcare industries, i.e. potential anti-corona virus drugs extracted from Fingerroot, SAR-CoV-2 genome sequencing, COVID-19 vaccine development, nonhuman primates in pre-clinical research, and new Thailand re-inventing healthcare industrial framework, were demonstrated.