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Nanotechnology in Cuba to Become Significant
Nanotechnology science and its application to the life sciences in particular, could become, in conjunction with other scientific sectors, one of Cuba's development bases in the not too distant future.

The role of this branch of science in the social and economic transformation of Cuba, is a key element of the Cuban Center for Advanced Studies (CEAC in Spanish), a new institution in the west of Havana currently preparing for the planned commencement of operations next year.

The staff presently research distinctive therapeutic cancer medicinal nano-formulations and nano-particles for the controlled release of drugs whilst simultaneously seeking to extend the diagnosis of a greater number of diseases from the same blood sample.

In conjunction with universities, research centers and national enterprises agencies, CEAC foresee significant results in the investigative cycle and in development and innovation enhancing technologically advanced biomedical and environmental system applications.

Ariel Felipe, program director of the Council of State's scientific advisory office, told The Havana Reporter that among the priorities of this science in Cuba we find nano-biotechnology and medicine, ranging from medications and tissue regeneration to disease detection devices.

He added that the existence in the country of a robust biotechnology industry was something positive that lent itself to future advancements in this regard.

Through the Center for Advanced Studies, Cuba is endeavoring to boost its presence in the rapidly growing sphere of nanotechnology and to establish a presence in both the domestic and Latin American biotechnology markets.

Another aim is to provide Cuban engineers and scientists with the tools to create miniature devices that could revolutionize the health care, environmental care and energy sectors.

The 10.3 hectare CEAC site will comprise various nano-chemistry and nano-biology research laboratories and computer simulation and modeling facilities.

According to its directors, the installations will be open for national and international investigations and will serve as a training center for advanced micro and nano fabrication, facilitating the formation of human resources for Latin America.

The entity will have nano-characterization, nano-engineering, standardization, energy and environmental laboratories. It will also promote the obtaining of nano-structures, nano-metric visualization and high resolution analysis of composites and structures.

It will also develop tools and devices for the controlled release of medications, disease diagnosis and environmental controls, and new devices for the production and storage of energy. / By Alfredo Boada Mola - PL.

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