Master in Science María de los Ángeles Sánchez Torres, general director of the Cuban Office of Industrial Property (OCPI), confirmed to the Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) news agency that the Soberana 01, Soberana 02, Abdala and Mambisa vaccines had been chosen to receive this award.
La Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) decidió de premiar con su “Medalla para Inventores” a los autores de las vacunas #Soberana01, #Soberana02, #Abdala y #Mambisa. pic.twitter.com/0Wmcg6AwGR
— BioCubaFarma (@BioCubaFarma) March 26, 2022
The official explained to that news agency that the recognition is due to the contributions of these drugs to the national economic and technological development. The award was presented on Monday by Daren Tang (Singapore), Director General of WIPO, a UN agency based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The creators of the Soberana 01 at the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) and the Molecular Immunology Center (CIM) were awarded, as were the developers of Soberana 02 (IFV), together with the CIM and the University of Havana, according to the ACN. Abdala and Mambisa, from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), also received the award.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and Daren Tang participated in the meeting, a ceremony in which diplomas of recognition were also awarded to researchers from the Finlay Vaccine Institute, the University of Havana, the Center for Molecular Immunology and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Only through science and innovation will it be possible to successfully emerge from the crisis in which the pandemic caused by COVID-19 has plunged the world, Tang told the group of inventors of the Cuban vaccines, quoted by the island’s media.
According to the Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) news agency, hours before, Díaz-Canel and Tang met and talked about “the use of intellectual property as a tool for innovation, transformation and development,” and its importance for “the new economic actors,” referring to the incipient private sector in Cuba.
“We talked about advances in the government management system based on science and innovation. I thanked him for the distinction granted to the creators of the Cuban COVID-19 vaccines,” Díaz-Canel wrote on Twitter.
En cordial encuentro con director gral de Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual, Daren Tang, conversamos sobre los avances en sistema de gestión del gobierno basado en ciencia e innovación. Agradecí distinción concedida a creadores de las vacunas cubanas vs Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/plAhVdAbNC
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) March 28, 2022
WIPO indicated on the same social network that the two had a “broad and detailed” conversation about how Cuba “can use innovation and intellectual property” for “the next chapter of its economic and social development.”
The ACN recalls that despite the siege by the United States governments during the last six decades, so far ten products of Cuban science have the Gold Medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization
The World Intellectual Property Organization states on its website that it is a self-financing United Nations agency and has 193 member states. It highlights among its mission the priority of taking the initiative in the development of a balanced, effective international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.
For its part, the Cuban Office of Industrial Property is in charge of granting the registration of Industrial Property rights and provides specialized scientific-technological services in order to contribute to the development of science, technology, innovation, national and foreign investment, industry and commerce.