The Cuban Revolution in Kayseri

Milliyet 23.12.2014 


While the relations between USA and Cuba are becoming normalised, the foundation of an investment is being laid between Turkey and Cuba which will have a worldwide impact. Entering into a partnership with the Cubans, Hasbiotech İlaç is preparing to produce the first Hepatitis C vaccine in Kayseri. The vaccine to be developed against the disease, whose treatment costs 18 billion dollars annually, will be exported from Kayseri to the entire world and an income of 1 billion dollars will be acquired. The foundation of the pharmaceutical plant will be laid in February which will be built in the Erciyes Technopark by Hasbiotech İlaç established through the partnership between Hasçelik, producing high quality and bright steel in the plants in Kocaeli and Konya, and Giraylar A.Ş., the only Turkish company in Cuba.


It will produce original medicines
While the relations between USA and Cuba are becoming normalised, the foundation of an investment is being laid between Turkey and Cuba which will have a worldwide impact. Entering into a partnership with the Cubans, Hasbiotech İlaç is preparing to produce the first Hepatitis C vaccine in Kayseri. The vaccine to be developed against the disease, whose treatment costs 18 billion dollars annually, will be exported from Kayseri to the entire world and an income of 1 billion dollars will be acquired. The foundation of the pharmaceutical plant will be laid in February which will be built in the Erciyes Technopark by Hasbiotech İlaç established through the partnership between Hasçelik, producing high quality and bright steel in the plants in Kocaeli and Konya, and Giraylar A.Ş., the only Turkish company in Cuba.
Seyfullah Dağıstanlı, General Manager of Hasbiotech, gave the following information about the investment that will cost for 10 million Euros at the first stage:
“When our investment group, Hasçelik, was searching for new areas of investment, the idea to produce equivalents of medicines that are expensive in Turkey came to the fore. We went to Cuba upon the recommendation of Ömer Giray, the owner of the only Turkish company in Cuba. The fact that Cuba has original medicines sounded very striking and we came to an agreement with the Cubans. In Turkey we will produce original drugs forming their molecules for the first time. Thus Kayseri will become a centre of biotechnology.”


Treatment will become cheaper
Dağıstanlı stated that they concentrated on the Hepatitis C vaccine in pursuit of original medicines:
“Until very recently, there was no medicine available that could treat Hepatitis C. There is brand new drug. The cost of the 3-month treatment with this drug rises up to 100 thousand liras. We will sell the Hepatitis C vaccine that we will produce in Kayseri for 100 dollars. There is no other pharmaceutical company that has produced this vaccine yet around the world. We will both prevent the spread of disease and save from high treatment costs in case of catching the illness thanks to the vaccine that is the protective treatment method.”


Technology from Cuba
Having stated that the technology required for vaccine production will be provided from Cuba, Dağıstanlı said that “We will conduct the clinical trials for the vaccine as the Turkish party.” Dağıstanlı continued as follows:
“As a result of the researches we conducted, we realized that Cuba was behind a number of drugs that we call bio-similar. We understood that there was Cuba in the background of the drugs produced by China, India and Iran. They are producing their own original drugs as well as generics. The investment in Kayseri also means that Cubans get into the EU market.”


Che was a doctor, too. 
One of the key figures of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto ‘Che Guevara’, was a doctor, too. When Che, who is Argentine, was studying medicine at Buenos Aires University, he went on two tours in Latin America that will influence his world view. Meanwhile having witnessed widespread poverty, famine and diseases, Che graduated from the faculty of medicine in 1953. In 1959 he took over the government in Cuba under the leadership of Fidel Castro. Having supported the revolutionist movements around the world since 1965, Che was murdered in 1967 in Bolivia.

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