1. December 27th will be the official inauguration of the AgriBio Technologiyal Industrial Park in Qom. The new park, developed with a $147.8 million investment from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, will be the first in Iran and is the third such technological park in the Islamic republic.
2. The advanced regenerative medicine field is arguably the most developed among the country’s biomedical industries. The Medical Technologies Industry in Iran increased to $230 million in 2013, and stands at $518 million in 2018, the period for which figures are available, according to the United Nations Organization. Biotech has also been the second largest micro-manufacturing sector in Iran’s expanded municipal economy. By 2013, biotechnology and small manufacturing of medical devices and implants had crossed into the mainstream of the Iranian economy, and industry giants such as Genzyme of Massachusetts and Novartis, which has a research lab in Iran, are exploring ways to grow their presence.
3. $1.2 million to $3 million worth of operations per year is projected to be created in Qom by 2020 through poly-bio-pharmaceutical and feedstock production processes.
4. Recent contracts in this field include the purchase of 100,000 teragrams of camel milk ($156 million); purchase of sugarcane pulp ($9.2 million); the purchase of 800 tonnes of azafat cottonseed ($10.8 million); purchase of 600 tonnes of barberry ($30 million) and purchase of 150,000 tonnes of wheat ($12.8 million).
5. Under the plan initiated by the late president Mohammad Khatami, one million students will receive higher education by the end of 2012. The figure, an increase of 75 percent from the 2000 numbers, is already regarded as a record.
6. According to a report in the Iranian media, 14,000 students from Ardebil and Qom provinces received degrees and certificates in AgriBio Technologiyal last year. The number reached 25,000 with an average grade of 80 percent and included foreign students who had graduated in the same years. 2,800 doctors, 250 nurses, 500 chemists, 240 pharmacists, 150 dentists, 1,450 pharmacists, 3,100 to 4,000 technicians, 9,400 assistants, 250 professors, 250 adjunct professors, 500 associate professors, 60 lecturers, 750 teaching assistants, 50,000 government functionaries, 2,000 lawyers, 600 media workers, and 1,000 entrepreneurs received education in the field.
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