[unpad.ac.id, 3/16/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran established a cooperation with the Indonesian Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM). The cooperation was marked by signing a Memorandum of Understanding by Unpad Chancellor, Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad, with the Head of BPOM RI, Dr. Penny Lukito, at the 60th Anniversary of the Faculty of Pharmacy Unpad at the Trans Luxury Hotel Ballroom Bandung, Saturday (3/16).
Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad said that building a synergy of cooperation between stakeholders in the health sector is urgently needed. This sector is simply a challenge in development in Indonesia.
“This is not only the responsibility of the (state) leader, but a joint responsibility,” said Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad.
Universities, said Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad, are expected to carry out more capacity in providing various innovations. Innovation is carried out to provide benefit for the community. This collaboration with BPOM is expected to be able to implement various innovations that have been generated by Unpad.
Meanwhile, Dr. Penny explained, cooperation with universities is specifically targeted to increase the effectiveness of system supervision in building preventive attitudes in the community. In addition, BPOM encouraged Unpad to provide assistance to business actors.
“BPOM is a strategic partner for universities because what BPOM is running is in line with the Tridharma (Three pillars of higher education system) activities conducted by universities,” said Dr. Penny while being a key speaker at the event.
In the field of pharmacy, BPOM itself carries out a number of activities involving universities and other strategic stakeholders. One of it is by forming a forum for developing phytopharmaca (Herbal medicines) consortiums, vaccines and biotechnology products.
In addition to signing cooperation with BPOM, in the same occasion, Unpad also cooperated with three industries engaged in pharmacy and health, namely PT. Biofarma, PT. Pertamina Bina Medika-IHC, and PT. Indofarma.
“I am grateful that these penta-helix concepts have begun to be applied. (This is) how academics begin to interact strongly with the business sector, “said Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad.
Becoming More Preventive
As a pharmaceutical institution in Unpad that has just turned 60 years old, there have been many positive achievements contributed by the Faculty of Pharmacy. This contribution also encourages quality improvement from Unpad itself.
Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad said, the Faculty of Pharmacy is a faculty that contributes the most (to) international publications in Unpad. ” Many contributions to welfare have been built in the academic aspects. We don’t doubt it, “said the Chancellor.
Through the cooperation that has been built with BPOM and the three companies, the Faculty of Pharmacy is expected to contribute actively in resolving health challenges in Indonesia.
Prof. Tri Hanggono Achmad also entrusts that pharmacy activities must be directed at preventive aspects. “If the majority of its activities are still related to illness, it means that it is not really ‘healthy’,” said the Chancellor.
The 60th Anniversary of the Faculty of Pharmacy commemoration was filled with a Scientific Forum event, which is attended by the General Director of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Dra. Engko Sosialine Magdalene, Apt, M. Biomed, Chair of Unpad Academic Health System (AHS), Dr. Yudi Mulyana Hidayat, dr., SpOG (K), and President Director of PT. Pertamedika-IHC, Dr. Dany Amrul Ichdan, S.E, M.Sc. *
Report by Arief Maulana
Translation by Zaki Intan Cindyagita
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