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Brazil steps closer to reagents self-reliance

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Brazilian efforts to develop low-cost diagnostic reagents took a major step forward yesterday, with the approval of further funding for the R$106m (US$55m) centre that will house the country's largest production facility. The national development bank (BNDES) has committed R$30m to building the "integrated centre for prototypes, biopharmaceuticals and reagents" (CIPBR), which is scheduled to come into operation in 2009, as part of the Fiocruz foundation's Biomanguinhos biologics R&D division.

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