A new milestone has now been set with the Swiss Thai Innovation Medical Academy (STIMA), which is under the patronage of the Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber. Academic partners will include Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Swiss universities. The Thai Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Atchaka Sibunruang, was present when the memorandum of understanding was signed at the Swiss embassy.
The idea of an academy came from epimedical’s CEO Vincent Carrieri, who noted that it become clear to him over the years that “we not only have to work on technological progress in terms of material and standardized processes but also with the focus on the interface of science and technology”. As an example, he said that doctors require the knowledge of the material used in implants and their compatibility.
The academy aims to intensify collaboration between scientists and engineers and promote relationships with leading research centres and universities in both countries. As an incubator, STIMA will support the development of innovative solutions through collaboration and international knowledge transfer, thereby boosting the competitiveness of Thailand.