Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo

Ocupation: General Management
Twitter: @BencomoVerez

Cuban scientist with a recognized trajectory at national and international level, is the main author of the synthetic antigen vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). He is a Chemical Engineer from the "Lomonosov" Institute in Moscow, Doctor of State from the University of Orleans (France, 1983), Doctor Honoris Cause from the Canadian University of Quebec in Montreal and Member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, among others. In 1984 he assumed the direction of the Carbohydrate Laboratory, which in 1990 was strengthened and changed its name as a Laboratory of Synthetic Antigens of the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Havana. In 2008 he was appointed as director of the Center for Biomolecular Chemistry (CQB), created from the union between the Center of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (CQF) and the University Laboratory. He has received several awards such as the Special Prize of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment for the Result of Highest Scientific Relevance (1999 and 2004), the Gold Medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was awarded in the Health category in 2005 by the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose (California) and recently (2015) received the decoration with the Knight Order of the Legion of Honor which is the best known and most important of the French distinctions and granted to men and women for extraordinary merits.