Santo academic program
SANTO Academic Programme is the primary education project that was started by the Company in 2013 in execution of governmental-private health partnership.
The Project is aimed on the improving the quality of the pharmaceutical industry by adopting international standards within the direction addressed by President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his message at the Foreign Investors Council on the 22nd of May, 2013 in regard to the educational system that shall be aligned with innovations: to educate staff in line with the international standards, covering the demand of engineering and technical branches in competent specialists as well as provision of the business support in curriculums and learning methodology, involvement of the international specialists in building up of the local highly skilled staff.
- Astana Medical University;
- Center for Life Sciences - Nazarbayev University;
- South-Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy;
- Nazarbayev Intellectual school of Chemistry and Biology in Shymkent;
- National Center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment;
- Regional Entrepreneurship Chamber of SouthKazakhstan oblast
Since 2013 SANTO has been one of the major sponsors of the Republican Innovation Award Shapagat organized by the Committee of Intellectual Property Rights of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan in association with National Institute of Intellectual Property.
The Project Implementation Stages:
May 24 - SANTO and Astana Medical University has concluded the Memorandum of Understanding aimed at development of the partnership and support of education system covering the following directions:
- Realization and arrangement of joint education sessions including trainings, workshops, research activities and other events;
- Awarding early career researchers and students for implementation of research activities and scientific works in the sphere of pharmacology.
October 13 to 17 - students from Astana Medical University got on the first training tour to Polpharma sites, Gdansk Medical University (Poland) and Polpharma Biologics Research Centre.
November 12 - Polpharma (SANTO is a member of Polpharma Group) and Center for Life Sciences - Nazarbayev University has concluded the Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum supports execution and implementation of the programs aimed at professional level improvement for medicinal and administrative personnel as well as at the development of scientific-research relationships. It is a wheel for professional and social benefit in strengthening of scientific and health partnerships, an ability to apply gained knowledge in the issues of long life, reduction of disease burden and improvement of quality of life.
November 16 to 21 - within the framework of SANTO Academic Programme the highest professorial personnel from the Center for Life Sciences - Nazarbayev University got in the first tour to Poland, Polpharma factory, Medical University of Gdansk and Polpharma Biologics Research Centre.
December 4 - two grants in amount of 1 000 000 Tenge each rewarded to scientists from Astana Medical University for realization and improvement of the research works in medical and pharmacy areas.
SANTO also supported the 3rd International Scientific Conference “Regenerative medicine and High-grade macrobiosis” conducted at Nazarbayev University. The main objective was to discuss vital issues and advanced achievements in regenerative medicine and scientific foundations for quality long life. The main emphasis was made on breakthrough scientific developments in gerontology and biomedicine (regenerative medicine) and international cooperation in innovation studies
January 27 to February 2 - researchers form Laboratory of Center for Life Sciences - Nazarbayev University visited Polpharma production sites and Research Centre.
May 22 - Santo sponsored Republican Innovation Award Shapagat (Шапағат -2014) and granted the winner of the “Woman-innovator” nomination for the research work “The method of making the microcapsule preparation with anti-bacterial effect”.
May 22 to 23 - Medical University of Gdansk and Center for Life Sciences - Nazarbayev University concluded the bilateral Memorandum of Understating to strengthen amicable relationships. Besides, the first competition among 24 early career researches from Nazarbayev University was held. The participants presented the projects on biomedicine and biotechnology. Winners were rewarded with grants under Santo Academic Programme in total amount of 1,000,000 Tenge.
In 2014 the Center for Life Sciences, private enterprise "National Laboratory Astana" and Nazarbayev University with the support of SANTO launched the first stage of epidemiological study of cardio metabolic risk factors among rural population at the age of 50-75 in Akmola Region. Medicinalsocial and anthropometrical indicators were collected with inclusion of 500 deemed healthy responders from Akmol village, physical and cognitive functions were measured, biomaterial (blood) was tested in laboratories. The research enables the examination of the impact made by social and economic determinants on the course of metabolic syndrome and overall state of health of the population as well as the influence of various medical and biological factors and qualitative aging process indices in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
May 22 – the trilateral Memorandum of Understanding with Nazarbayev Intellectual school of Chemistry and Biology in Shymkent and Regional Chamber of Entrepreneurs was concluded for expanding cooperation within social-educational projects. As the part of Memorandum’s conclusion Nazarbayev Intellectual School hosted an opened career-guidance lesson participated by SANTO representatives. Besides, the information stand representing SANTO’s production and production sites have been also installed in the school premises..
In 2014 SANTO specialists became the members of examination board of the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy in Shymkent on the specialty “Pharmaceutical Chemistry” at the 4th and 5th courses. SANTO representatives also participated in the career fair organized in the Academy. In addition the administrative personnel of the Academy and management of the Pharmaceutical Control Department from Karaganda and SouthKazakhstan regions have been taken to the tour to the new Injections and Infusions Department of SANTO. Regular excursions to the production sites are arranged for students and academic teaching staff.
October 23 – SANTO and South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy concluded the Memorandum. The concluding coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Academy which is the only one pharmaceutical university in Kazakhstan. Cooperation with Academy is developed in the following directions: execution of various scientific projects, tours to SANTO production sites; meetings of students with the Company’s scientists; getting students acquainted with the work of laboratory and the whole production site.
April 16 – the Second Republican Congress of Leading Practitioners of Kazakhstan took place in Shymkent. This is the largest specific event that gathered the scientists and healthcare specialists from Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Ukraine as well as the practitioners and management staff from the profile governmental authorities, i.e. all those who are responsible for public health in the country. Adil Supiev, Candidate of Medicine, Master in Public Health, PhD, Head of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health, Chief Researcher at Centre for Life Sciences (Private Enterprise “National Laboratory Astana”, Nazarbayev University) represented the findings of the study of cardio metabolic risk factors among rural population at the age of 50-75 years in Akmola Region.
Not without interest were found the rates of some CVD risk factors in the study. The results of the study demonstrated the average BMI of 29.7 which is markedly high compared to other Central Asia countries. In general the adiposis group included 45% responders. Moreover, at the high level of hypertension prevalence rates (70%) the control of the disease was at the relatively low level (24%), and hyperglycemia prevalence rate made 8.6%. Preliminary findings of this study show high rates of cardio-metabolic risk factors among rural population, so the problem has to be studied more deeply together with searching for the effective preventive and cure means.
In 2015 the second phase of the research was conducted in West Kazakhstan, Semei city and nearby village Borodulikha that was aimed at further examination of regional characteristics of cardio-metabolic risk factors. In the course of the research the database on all the medical, social and molecular and biological determinants of health was set up. The results of SPN analysis have been also received. In the framework of the analysis made the high level of cardio-metabolic risk factors such as adiposis, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes etc. was revealed. The overall prevalence of diabetes made 12.5%. The disease prevalence among city dwellers is almost twice higher in comparison with rural population (16.3% and 8.6% respectively). The diabetes prevalence was authentically associated with the age, male gender, hypertonia and adiposis. Among the people with diabetes 72.3% were aware of their state of health, 65.6% were treated and 27.7% demonstrated the glucose level within normal range. The awareness level, medical treatment and control of diabetes were significantly higher among city dwellers and women.
In March SANTO launched the competition of scientific projects in pharmaceutics among senior pupils of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools in Shymkent. Results were evaluated on the 20th of April and three best works were selected together with seven additional projects that were also highly esteemed by the examination board. Winners and nominees were granted with prizes (tablets and pocket e-books).
In addition, SANTO established the annual scholarship for the 3 best graduates of the School who will make a choice in favor of pharmaceutical specialties in Kazakhstan and abroad. The scholarship is paid within the first year of study. In 2015 the scholarship was granted to the graduates of Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology in Shymkent. All the scholars entered Nazarbayev University with grants.
April 21 - Nazarbayev University hosted a seminar devoted to regenerative medicine where Senior Director of Polpharma Biologics Martin Klaus spoke on biological medicines produced by Polpharma in Europe and possibilities to produce them in Kazakhstan. Martin Klaus defined the production of biological medicines as the breakthrough that will make medical treatment more accessible and improve people’s quality of life.
April 24 - SANTO sponsored the Republican Innovation Award “Shapagat-2015” and allocated awards to the author of “Surgical treatment of hollowed chest” study and the co-author of the mobile surgical complex invention.
May 20 – in Astana Medical University SANTO conducted awarding ceremony and allocated money grants for winners in the competition.
Based on the results of SANTO Academic Programme the following prizes have been awarded: the Grand Prize in the amount of one million tenge; the Grant of Valentin Korpachev, Doctor of Medicine, Professor, Member of Academy of Science RK (1935-1998) and the researcher of experimental and clinical problems in emergency medicine, in the amount of five hundred thousand tenge; and the Grant of Ignatyi Lukashevich, Polish Pharmacist and the author of the method of kerosene production from distillation of crude oil and the inventor of kerosene lamp, in the amount of five hundred tenge.
In execution of SANTO Academic Programme for early career scientists and scholars from Nazarbayev University at the age up to 35 years SANTO conducts the grants competition and allocates the funds for implementation of the scientific and/or research works in pharmacology (experimental and clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetic, molecular-based pharmacology, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics).
September 18 – the gala ceremony of awarding the nominative scholarships and grants took place in National Laboratory Astana of Nazarbayev University. 21 scientific works have been presented for competitions by the students and young scientists who proposed their approaches to resolving of some medical issues. The judges selected the best of them and announced the names of 7 winners. Grants have been awarded to the junior research fellows, research officers and assistants of the Center for Life Sciences of National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University.
ЗThe compulsory criteria for examination of the research works include scientific relevance, innovation, practical appliance and potential for implementation of the project in Kazakhstan. This approach, according to the vice-provost in science, Professor Philippe Frossard will ensure the high level of the participants’ preparedness and contribute into professional growth of future science and practice leaders.
September 19 – SANTO held an excursion to Nazarbayev University in Astana for 10 best pupils. November 13 – SANTO company conducted trainings on GMP for 200 pharmacists and drug store workers in Shymkent. The trainings have been participated by the specialists of SANTO and Polpharma quality departments, the leading lecturers and professors of the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy, the management of the South Kazakhstan regional department of the Committee for the control of medical and pharmaceutical activities of the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the representatives of “Damu” Association of pharmaceutical and medical organizations.
In November 2015 SANTO established the school classroom on the territory of “Chimpharm” JSC in Shymkent. The classroom may accommodate up to 15 pupils at one time. When opening the classroom SANTO concluded the Memorandum together with regional entrepreneurship chamber, National center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment and the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy. The classroom is used for interactive lectures and opened lessons for the participants of “SANTO Academic Programme”.
In 2015 300 students passed the internship and probation at the plant in Shymkent city.
Starting from year 2016 in the school classroom opened by SANTO the lessons for students of the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy are held.
For implementing the objectives settled by the Memorandum signed by SANTO, regional entrepreneurship chamber, National center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment and the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy the collaboration will be reinforced in the following directions:
implementation of various scientific projects;
conducting the excursions to the production and scientific sites of SANTO company;
rendering the SANTO classroom for conducting opened lectures involving the specialists of SANTO, the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy and National center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment;
meeting sessions of early career and prospective specialists with scientific experts of SANTO, the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy and National center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment;
getting the early career and prospective specialists acquainted with the work of laboratories located in SANTO scientific research and testing center;
rendering the SANTO classroom for conducting the career guidance lessons with participation of SANTO, the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy and National center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment experts;
establishing the dialogue platform based on the SANTO classroom for pharmaceutical industry representatives that is aimed for exchanging the expertise and knowledge on the latest pharmaceutical trends;
implementation of the advanced education programs (seminars, trainings, workshops) at SANTO, the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy and National center for expertise of medicines, medical devices and medical equipment;
monitoring of mastering the advanced education programs by the specialists, examination of their knowledge, making references for educated specialists;
taking part in the development of didactical and methodological materials, including governmental compulsory educational standards, educational programs and plans of technical and professional education;
entering the collective managing bodies of governmental organizations for technical and professional education (if agreed);
providing employment assistance to the specialists.
In 2016 more than 300 students undertook the internship at SANTO plant. During the first quarter of 2017 about 150 students has already undertaken the internship at SANTO plant. From February to April 2016 the opened lessons for graduating students of the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy were held in the classroom at SANTO plant as the part of “SANTO Academic Programme”.
In March 2016 the competition among the students of the South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy was announced jointly with the scientific research and testing center of the company. The competition is devoted to elaboration of new pharmaceutical dosage forms of “Mukaltine” medicine and enhancement of analytical methodology. Solemn ceremony of memorable gifts delivery and monetary prizes for participants and winners of the competition was held on the 6th of March 2017 at South Kazakhstan State Pharmaceutical Academy.
In April 2016 the competition among the pupils from 7th to 11th forms of Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology was announced.
10 school works were chosen as the best ones at the competition. School pupils presented about 37 research works to take part in the competition. Competition results were announced on the 26th of April 2017 at the Day of Intellectual Property Protection. Regional Chamber of entrepreneurs, National Institute for Intellectual Property, South Kazakhstan Pharmaceutic Academy with support of SANTO organized the competition. The winners were awarded with valuable prizes.
Besides, in 2016 SANTO the scholarship programme for graduates of Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology is being continued in Shymkent. The scholarship is granted to the 3 best graduates of the School who make a choice in favor of pharmaceutical specialties in Kazakhstan or abroad. The scholarship is paid within the first year of study.