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Cantacuzino Institute to rise from the ashes only with political and financial support

Adrian Ionel, the new manager of the Cantacuzino Research & Development National Institute, stated that he hopes that the institute will become operational in two years’ time, however political and financial support is needed for that.
“I was appointed manager of the Cantacuzino Institute on August 12. In a way, I continue to coordinate Unifarm’s activity too, managing with great effort to render it operational. I have the hope that in two years’ time the Cantacuzino Institute would be operational, but consistent multi-annual political and financial support is needed for that. Without that support I will not continue my activity,” Adrian Ionel stated according to ziare.com.
“I believe I need one month in order to analyze the stage of the works, their quality, the losses registered by the Cantacuzino Institute. I also have to analyze what worked and what didn’t work. But, I reiterate, I will not continue without multi-annual political and financial support,” Adrian Ionel added.
The new manager added that he has already drawn-up a plan but will adopt it depending on the results of the analysis.
“I talked with the Education Minister and with the Research Authority about the need to back this management plan. We have to stand shoulder to shoulder because so far the institution’s managers took the blame every time. Without the authorities’ support an institute of this importance and size cannot develop a high European-level production and research activity,” Adrian Ionel added.
State budget financing
Adrian Ionel replaced Adrian Onu as manager of the Cantacuzino Institute. Onu resigned in early March, arguing that the authorities did not help him “put the institute back on its feet.” Onu will continue to be the institute’s scientific director.
The Cantacuzino Institute, one of the most appreciated vaccine producers in the world, became a public interest institution and received RON 44.5 M after the budget correction, a sum that covers the debt that the institute owes to the state as well as its salary and operational expenditures until the end of the year. Starting in 2016, financing for the Cantacuzino Institute will be included in the state budget, as Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu stated in July.
The Institute’s decline started in February 2010, after the National Drug Agency cancelled its permit to sell intra-venous products, including vaccines, because its good manufacturing practices standard had expired. In these conditions, some national vaccination programmes were frozen for several months and the authorities had to import vaccines.
In October 2014 the Cantacuzino Institute was transferred from the Health Ministry to the Education Ministry. On January 22 this year the memorandum on the restructuring of the Cantacuzino Institute was signed, entailing the erasing of its debts toward ANAF and the labelling of its public health activity as a service of general economic interest.
Cantacuzino Institute employees and medical students staged several protests against the situation the institution found itself in, demanding the support and involvement of President Klaus Iohannis in order to prevent the institute’s dissolution.

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