The administration of a Vietnamese province has signed an MoU with a South Korean company to build a high-tech farm dedicated to breeding non-human primates for scientific purposes.
Tran Hoa Nam, deputy chairman of the People's Committee of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, on Tuesday announced the signing of the MoU between the province, the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute, and the South Korean company Eco & Tech.
As per the memorandum, Khanh Binh Hi-Tech Park will be built in Khanh Vinh District under Khanh Hoa to house a state-of-the-art farm which will breed non-human primates for scientific purposes, establishing itself as a leader in scale and quality within Vietnam.
The collaboration aims to construct a high-tech center for breeding, importing, and exporting such primates.
The project, funded with $11 million, will occupy an expansive 18.7-hectare area.
The farm is poised to be Vietnam's first to meet Contract Research Organization (CRO) standards, essential for organizations providing studies and related services for pharmaceutical drug development, as outlined by Promedica International, Nam said.
|An artist's impression of the Khanh Binh Hi-Tech Park project, which will become a primate breeding center with the largest scale in Vietnam. Photo: Eco & Tech
Upon full operation, the farm is expected to become a prominent source of high-quality primates (crab-eating macaques macaca fascicularis and rhesus macaques macaca mulatta) for medical research.
In the subsequent phase of the project, a complex for paraclinical research, adhering to CRO standards, alongside biotechnology and advanced technological laboratories, will be established.
The long-term vision for the project involves evolving into a comprehensive ecosystem encompassing the care of laboratory animals, subclinical tests, and the development of vaccines and medicines.
During the signing ceremony on Tuesday, Lee Seung-Hyuk, president of Eco & Tech, expressed confidence that the project would ensure the optimal supply of materials to the biotechnology industry.
He highlighted the meticulous selection and breeding of high-quality non-human primates, emphasizing the investment in a biological research complex in Khanh Hoa.