• ASEAN-NDI Initiates Research Collaborations on Traditional Medicine

    Community of Practice on Traditional Medicine Representatives of the ASEAN – Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Traditional Medicine Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) convened last 26-27 June 2014 at the DusitThani Hotel, Makati City, Philippines, to identify and initiate ASEAN-wide research and development collaboration on traditional medicine.

    The ASEAN-NDI Community of Practice (CoP) on Traditional Medicine held its first meeting onJune 26-27, 2014 in DusitThani Hotel, Makati City, Philippines.

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  • ASEAN-NDI SBP, catalyst for collaborative innovation in health R & D

    Stakeholders of the ASEAN – Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines, and Traditional Medicine Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) convened last June 5 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Philippines, to discuss the network’s Strategic Business Plan (SBP), learn from the best practices/experience of other regional R&D innovation networks in China and Africa, and lay down plans for ASEAN-NDI, including the proposed activities and funding opportunities for the network.

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  • ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Biomedical Innovation Forum 2013

    An International Conference and Exhibition on Health Technology for Development (14-16 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand 2013)

    1. Rationale

    The global biomedical industry continues to grow at impressive rates. The growth is non homogenous.  Asia for example has experienced a growth rate of over 10% per year over the last decade.  While powerhouse countries like China, Korea and Japan have accounted for the majority of the Asian market, domestic growth in South East Asia (ASEAN) countries are fast expanding, and should not be overlooked. In 2015, ten countries in the region will join and become a single market and population, known as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

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  • Myanmar hosts the ASEAN 63rd Meeting of the COST

    NAY PYI TAW, MYANMAR- Leaders, Delegates, and Representatives from the region are now holding the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 63rd Meeting of the Committee on Science and Technology (COST) at the Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC) on May 14-18, 2012.




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  • ASEAN-NDI reviews its Strategic Business Plan

    Task force members of the ASEAN Network for Drug, Diagnostics, and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) held a teleconference at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City last February 28, 2012 to review its draft Strategic Business Plan (SBP).

    “The meeting was called to provide the task force members information on the progress of the SBP project. It also aims to gather reactions and post clarifications on the questionnaire provided prior to the meeting to make sure that the draft report for the project will address issues applicable to most of the countries,” explained Professor Federico Macaranas of AIM, SBP program leader and moderator of the meeting.

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  • Task Force Members identify strategies for the network

    In continuing its pursuit of establishing a network for the region, ASEAN-NDI conducted a meeting of the Task Force (TF) members held on 20 October 2011 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Philippines. The objective of the meeting is to discuss and agree on the framework/ initial outline of the draft ASEAN-NDI Startegic Business Plan (SBP) and the timelines for consultations/ discussions by the business development expert with the TF members. The meeting was organized to be a venue for the discussion of the SBP for ASEAN-NDI, and identification of strategies geared towards the future implementation of collaborations and partnerships within ASEAN on innovation.

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  • ASEAN Representatives gear up for ASEAN-NDI launching

    Another milestone in Research & Development (R&D) innovation was accomplished on December 6, 2010 at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel, Makati City during the meeting of ASEAN representatives and World Health Organization (WHO) officials. The said event was organized to hold the 2nd meeting of Country Coordinators of the ASEAN product R&D mapping for infectious diseases, and consult with other ASEAN representatives regarding the plan for the proposed ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI).

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The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) hosts a post-doctoral fellow under the ASEAN - US Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program. The Fellows Pilot Program was officially introduced on April 1, 2014 with an orientation and launching event at the ASEAN Secretariat Office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

ASEAN, USAID leaders in coordination with AAAS launched the ASEAN - US Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program. (Front row, left to right) Cynthia Robinson (AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Director), James Moriarty (Ambassador, ASEAN-US PROGRESS), Jennifer Wilson (Senior ASEAN Affairs Officer), Teguh Rahardjo (APAST focal point), Norman Neureiter (AAAS Center for Science, Technology & Security Policy Director), Theresa Leonardo (S&T Advisor, USAID/RDMA), and Alexander Lim (ASEAN Secretariat on S&T). (Back row, left to right) Dimas Adekhrisna (ASEAN Secretariat Officer), supervisor of Indonesian fellow, Honglada Thoetkiattikul (Thailand), Anh Tung Pham and Pham Thi Thanh Nga (Vietnam), Mie Mie Kyaw (Myanmar), Rita Andini and Diah Marganingrum (Indonesia), Maria Ruth Pineda (Philippines), Win Maw Hlaing Oo (Myanmar), and Carinan Rebulanan (supervisor of Philippine Fellow).

The areas covered by the Program include: health, climate change, food security, early warning systems for disaster risk reduction, water management, and biodiversity.


Welcome to ASEAN-NDI

From the concept launch of the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) in 2009, and as led by the ASEAN-NDI Secretariat based in the Philippines, R&D experts, government administrators and scientists in the region initiated efforts to work together in establishing the network that would oversee the discovery and development of health technologies that will not only address health problems but also propel the health industry in ASEAN Member States.

The establishment of a website is an important step in achieving the goals ASEAN-NDI has set for the betterment of health issues of the region. This website offers the following features:

(1) Quick access to data regarding Governing bodies, Research Institutions, Collaborations, and current activities on the progress of the network via an online database greatly helps in bridging the gap between the health situations of the ASEAN member states.

(2) Accounts on the news involving the sectors for health are updated with the use of an online blog that is accessible to everyone.


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Capabilities' Survey

ASEAN - NDI is conducting a survey of institutions involved in research and development (R & D), manufacturing, and production of drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, and traditional medicine. Data gathered from this survey will serve as inputs in mapping the capabilities of ASEAN-member countries and in assessing the needs of our region in R & D.

Who should fill out this questionnaire:
The recommended individual is any of, but not limited to, the following: (1) president/dean/ head of the institution; (2) senior research director; (3) head of program or unit conducting research; or (4) a researcher.


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