This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Welcome to the Science Summit at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77)

Please Register by clicking HERE

Registration is free of charge. You can register yourself and also other colleagues (up to 10 people).

After you have registered, you will receive two emails: one from Eventbrite with your ticket, and 15 min later, one from SCHED inviting you to create your username and password (these will be your  SCHED login details to access the conference each time).

Once you have your SCHED login details, you can select the session(s) you would like to attend and be able to see the ZOOM link to join your selected sessions.

All times in the AGENDA are New York Local (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)). To view times in another time zone, please use the "Timezone" box located below on the right.
Back To Schedule
Tuesday, September 27 • 10:00am - 12:30pm
(REF 27214) Green Medicines: Plant Molecular Farming and a New Collaboration Model for Addressing Global Health Challenges

Log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
Add to your schedule to access the video stream
This event will take place in New York and participation is possible online and in person. However, 
in person participation requires a personal invitation by the organizers.  

Convened by "Medicines for Future (M4F)" initiative, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria, and Cape Bio Pharms, South Africa, in cooperation with the International Society for Plant Molecular Farming.

Venue: Hybrid; Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York, and Video Conference
Date:    Tuesday, September 27th, 2022, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Organizers: Medicines for Future (M4F), represented by Josef Glössl, Declan Kirrane and Kurt Zatloukal, and Cape Bio Pharms, represented by Belinda Shaw

     Mr Declan Kirrane ISC Intelligence, Moderator
     Prof Josef Glössl M4F and BOKU, Co-Moderator
10:00 Welcome 
     Ambassador Dr. Alexander Marschik (Host) Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN in New York
10:10 Introductory Remarks
     Intisar Soghayroun Minister of Science and currently President of Khartoum University, Sudan
     Prof. Frédéric Ouattara Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Burkina Faso
     Dr Danuma Usman Member of the Nigerian Parliament. Chairman of the Science Committee
     Dr Cynthia Asare Bediako Chief Director, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana
10:20 Setting the Scene: Infectious Diseases as Global Health Challenges
     Prof. Florian Krammer Dept Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA
     New Collaboration Model for Addressing Global Health Challenges
     Prof. Kurt Zatloukal M4F and Medical University of Graz, Austria
10:40    Plant Molecular Farming (PMF) as Key Enabling Technology 
     Prof. Julian Ma Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George's, University of London, UK
     Prof. Inge Broer International Society for Plant Molecular Farming (ISPMF)
11:00 The Versatility of PMF as Demonstrated by Case Studies 
     Prof. Waranyoo Phoolcharoen Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Baiya Phytopharm, Thailand
     Dr. Martín Salinas Moolec Science, BIOCERES, Argentina (tbc)
     Dr. Ofra Chen Transalgae, Weizmann Science Park, Rehovot, Israel (tbc)
     Belinda Shaw Cape Bio Pharms, South Africa
     Prof. Edwin Scott Asemota Collaborative Malaria Plant Vaccine Development Initiative, Nigeria and Germany
11:25 The Future Perspectives of PMF
    Prof. Ed Rybicki Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
11:35 Moderated Panel Discussion: Policy Framework for Stimulating Cooperative Capacity Building for Better          Access to Medicines and Vaccines
Participants: Speakers from above plus additional Panelists
   Ben Durham Department of Science and Innovation, Pretoria, South Africa
   Dr Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC, Madrid, Spain
   Dr. Hermann Garden Policy Advisor Health Innovation, OECD
   Prof. Motlalepula Matsabisa Faculty Health Sciences, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
12:25 Outlook and next steps 
     Declan Kirrane
12:30 End

Rationale for the session
Equal access to affordable medicines and vaccines is a key goal in SDG 3b, Good Health and Well-Being. However, the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how disparate infectious diseases affect global health systems and highlighted global inequality for R&D, manufacturing and ultimately vaccine accessibility. Specifically, as a result of widespread economic inequities millions of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) lacked appropriate access to medicines because the domestic biopharmaceutical production capacity was limited. High global demand of biopharmaceuticals (vaccines or medicines) further aggravated the supply shortage, with detrimental consequences for the health of LMIC populations. A route forward to improve the resilience of LIMC against similar global pandemics in the future is to build local medical infrastructure and to educate skilled people capable of managing emergency situations in public health.
The current COVID-19 pandemic clearly showed that centralized approaches to vaccine development, manufacture and distribution were inefficient and unequal. Therefore, we would like to present a new model for global collaboration and capacity building in the context of the UNGA77 Science Summit. Diversifying biopharmaceutical production into technologies that are less depended on expert staff and specialized infrastructure can reduce production costs and improve regional independence of LMIC from global supply chains. At the UNGA77 science session, Plant Molecular Farming (PMF) will be highlighted as one such diversifying options because it is an innovative and versatile technology platform to achieve a simple, scalable and low-cost yet versatile and reliable production of biopharmaceuticals.
In the Science Session “Green Medicines - Plant Molecular Farming and New Collaboration Model for Addressing Global Health Challenges”, the collaboration between the initiative Medicines for Future (M4F), the International Society of Plant Molecular Farming (ISPMF) and the further participating organizations aims to contribute increasing the accessibility of essential medicines to people in low- and middle-income countries.

For a full description of the session please see the uploaded pdf file below

avatar for Josef Glössl

Josef Glössl

University Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
Josef Glössl is Professor of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria, and served as Vice President for Research at BOKU from 2010 to 2018. Previously, he was member of the Board and Chair of the Assembly of... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →

avatar for Kurt Zatloukal

Kurt Zatloukal

Prof. of Pathology, Medical University of Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Ben Durham

Ben Durham

Chief Director: Bio-innovation, National Department of Science & Innovation
Ben Durham is a Chief Director: Bio-innovation at the National Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa. His responsibilities include the implementation of the South African Bio-economy Strategy (2014), and he oversees innovation developments in Agriculture, Health, Industry... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Ed Rybicki

Prof. Ed Rybicki

Director, Biopharming Research Unit, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Director, Biopharming Research Unit (BRU); Professor in Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Science; & Member, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), University of Cape Town.http://www.idm.uct.ac.za/Ed_RybickiResearch interests are in the area of vaccine biotechnology, and in developing mainly plant expression systems as platforms for the production of a wider range of proteins. Expertise includes basic virology, and vaccine and viral biotechnology.The BRU has as its mission the expres... Read More →
avatar for Belinda Shaw

Belinda Shaw

Executive Chair & Founder, Cape BioLogix
Cape Biopharms (Pty) Ltd (“CBP”), established in 2018 as a spin-off of Africa’s leading university, The University of Cape Town, is one of the very few early movers in the highly promising and potentially industry disrupting area of “biopharming". Biopharming, also known as... Read More →

Prof. Inge Broer

President, International Society for Plant Molecular Farming (ISPMF)

Julian Ma

Professor, Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George's University of London, UK

Prof. Florian Krammer

Professor, Department Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA

Ambassador Dr. Alexander Marschik

Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations in New York
avatar for Professor Edwin Scott Asemota

Professor Edwin Scott Asemota

PRESIDENT and CEO, Help Point International Care
Professor Edwin Scott Asemota is Senior Physician Consultant, President and Chief Executive of Help Point International Care.A former Senior Consultant to American US Forces Medical Command for Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.Founded Help Point International Care in 1999 to support... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ofra Chen

Dr. Ofra Chen

Deputy CEO & CTO, TransAlgae
Ofra holds a PhD from the Weizmann institute of science in the field of plant genetic engineering. Ofra serves as a Deputy CEO & CTO of TransAlgae.TransAlgae is an Israeli biotech company. The vision of the company is to address the developing global food security crisis, by protecting... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Waranyoo Phoolcharoen

Prof. Waranyoo Phoolcharoen

Professor and CTO, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University and Baiya Phytopharm Co., Ltd.
Waranyoo Poocharoen, Ph.D. co-founded Baiya Phytopharm in 2018 and created a platform for new discoveries in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, pursuing her passion for her research on molecular pharming and making a difference to Thailand’s scientific community. While... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Martín Salinas

Dr. Martín Salinas

CTO, Moolec Science
I combine more than ten years experience on bioprocess scaling up and business developing for biotech ventures. I'm a Chemical Engineer, I have a PhD in Biology and a "mini-MBA".I co-founded two companies focused on global impact and sustainability:- Moolec Science: is a UK based... Read More →

Dr. Hermann Garden

Policy Advisor Health Innovation, OECD
Senior leader in global health: over 12 years of experience in medicines development and health system strengthening for infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness and mental health. Expert in policy co-creation for R&D investment, equitable access and economic growth. Passionate... Read More →
avatar for Intisar Soghayroun

Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, Khartounm
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, Sudan. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Khartoum.1991-2022... Read More →

Dr Danjuma Usman Shiddi

Member of the Nigerian Parliament; Member of the Science and Technology Committee

Dr Cynthia Asare Bediako

Chief Director, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana

Tuesday September 27, 2022 10:00am - 12:30pm EDT