Mission

Investigate, develop, produce, evaluate, negotiate and commercialize knowledge, technologies and products, mainly vaccines; orienting all its technological, human and financial resources in order to enhance the Advanced Vaccine Program, the economic growth and development and the quality of life of the Cuban population.

Vision

To be recognized as one of the high technology companies, with high and increasing levels of efficiency and quality standards in their technologies and products, mainly vaccines, effectively contributing to economic development and connected to the advanced vaccine program that the country requires.

Strategic Objectives

  • Have a strategy of leading products selected for their high economic and social impact on health, and a portfolio of new complementary products with the potential to become a leading product in the medium term.
  • Develop the technological capacity that guarantees optimal technologies, high intensity, efficiency and quality standard, with a high level of competitiveness that taxes the value chain and the business strategy as the driving force of the institution.
  • Develop existing, renewed and new productive capacities with high levels of efficiency and competitiveness that effectively tax the economic growth and strategic development of the institution.
  • Having development capabilities that guarantee high levels of efficiency, quality and competitiveness that effectively tax the value chain and the business strategy as the driving force of the institution.
  • To favor the research of strategic technologies and products that guarantee the generation of knowledge, and aligned with the business strategies of the institution and the advanced vaccine program of the country.
  • Develop strategies for evaluating technologies and products that guarantee the generation of demonstrable scientific evidence, and aligned with the business strategies of the institution and the country's advanced vaccine program.
  • Develop an integrated transversal management that aligns the management of the key processes of the institution to achieve superior results of efficiency, quality, competitiveness and reliability of the institution.
 

Structure

Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo

General Management

History

 
  • The Finlay Institute is a scientific organization created in honor of Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay, a renowned Cuban epidemiologist, who discovered that yellow fever is transmitted through an intermediate biological agent, capable of spreading the disease from a sick subject to a healthy one . This finding was essential to fight the disease, but more importantly, it served as the basis for research into what is known today as "vector-borne diseases."
  • The Finlay Institute was created in 1991 with the aim of further expanding the achievement of a group of Cuban scientists who investigated, produced and presented a vaccine against Neisseria meningitidis, composed of a complex of purified vesicles of the outer membrane of meningococcus serogroup B and purified capsular polysaccharide of meningococcus serogroup C, whose trade name is VA-MENGOC-BC®. The introduction of the vaccine in Cuba had a great impact by eliminating the epidemic that affected mainly children and adolescents.
  • After more than 20 years of work in the Cuban biotechnology sector, the Finlay Institute was recently renovated with the addition of the Center for Biomolecular Chemistry (CQB), a chemical institution also dedicated to the research and development of vaccines. A team of CQB scientists were the discoverers of Quimi-Hib, a conjugate vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type B on a fully synthetic antigen. This is how the Finlay Institute of Vaccines came about.
 

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