Roche, University of Pécs Sign Cooperation Deal
One of the world's largest biotechnology companies and Hungary's oldest university signed a cooperation agreement in Pécs on Wednesday. The contract was signed by Raffaella Claudia Bondi, CEO of Roche Hungary and Adrienn Kiss, commercial director of Roche's Diagnostics Division, and on behalf of the University of Pécs by Attila Miseta, rector of the University.
Roche Hungary is a member of the Swiss, family-owned Roche Group, whose research has been driven by the goal of improving health for more than 100 years, while the Clinical Center of the University of Pécs is the health center of the South Transdanubian region, where more than one and a half million people are examined and treated annually. As a result, the two institutions have already cooperated in a number of areas, but this agreement formalizes and takes their partnership to an even higher level, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
The cooperation was welcomed by Tibor Navracsics, Minister of Regional Development, who said, "This partnership is an excellent example of the high level of scientific and industrial cooperation we are capable of. A cooperation that benefits not only the institutions and companies involved but also society and the economy."
Commenting on the cooperation, Swiss Ambassador Jean-François Paroz said, "Our pharmaceutical companies rely on the high level of expertise of the Hungarian healthcare sector. Their clinical research not only ensures that Hungarian patients have access to the most innovative treatments but also saves the Hungarian healthcare system billions of forints in expenditure every year. The highlight of this evening is the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between Roche and the University of Pécs," the Ambassador said.
Commenting on the signing ceremony, Raffaella Claudia Bondi, CEO of Roche, said, "As an innovative healthcare company, our aim is to develop the Hungarian healthcare system through collaborations like this, so that the Hungarian people can access the best care in the most efficient and fastest way."
PTE rector Attila Miseta noted, "We are proud that one of the world's largest biotechnology companies has found our university worthy of partnership and cooperation. This proves that our researchers and lecturers have the professional qualities to compete with the world's best."
"I am very pleased that the University of Pécs is able to further strengthen its network of relations between the pharmaceutical industry and the leading companies in the diagnostics sector. I am confident that the Swiss company with its long history will find a worthy partner in the researchers and staff of the University of Pécs. On the part of the Municipality of Pécs, we warmly support any similar cooperation. I am convinced that not only the university but also the city will benefit from such cooperation. It will be enriched with new knowledge, new contacts, and thus a new attraction," Mayor of Pécs Attila Péterffy added.
Under the contract just signed, Roche Hungary. and the experts of the University of Pécs will work together in the future to create a predictable, efficient, and sustainable healthcare ecosystem that will contribute to the well-being and better health of Hungarian society. In addition, they will jointly participate in national and international tenders and help to improve the Hungarian healthcare system by supporting education and doctor-patient interactions, as well as by sharing international best practices.
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