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Chulalongkorn University in Thailand supports UK-South East Asia vaccine manufacturing research hub

24 November 2023 | News

To develop high-quality, easily accessible vaccines for prevalent diseases in Southeast Asia

Image credit: gettyimages

Image credit: gettyimages

Thailand's Chulalongkorn University and the University of Sheffield, England, have signed an academic cooperation agreement to develop research and education at the newly established UK-South East Asia Vaccine Manufacturing Research Hub.

The hub, initiated by the University of Sheffield with funding of 7.6 million pounds (approximately 336 million baht) aims to develop high-quality, easily accessible vaccines for prevalent diseases in Southeast Asia, including dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth disease, rabies, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.  

Supported by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the UK Vaccine Network (UKVN), the hub focuses on developing three types of vaccines –Protein Subunit Vaccine, Messenger RNA (mRNA) Vaccine and Viral Vector Vaccine. Its ultimate goal is to combat epidemics in both low-income and middle-income countries.

The Vaccine Manufacturing Research Center, directed by Prof. Tuck Seng Wong Wong, Professor of Biomanufacturing at the University of Sheffield, and co-directed by Prof. Dr. Kiat Ruxrungtham from the Chula Vaccine Research Center (ChulaVRC), is collaborating with four networking universities in the United Kingdom (University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge, University of York, and University of Kent) and organisations in five countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia). 

Collaborating organisations from Thailand include vaccine manufacturers- KinGen Biotech and Baiya Phytopharm.

 

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