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Convinced that Greece can play a leading role in the new era, as it is being shaped by successive crises, she is the president and CEO of the Tsetis Pharmaceutical Enterprises Group (OFET), president of the UN Global Compact Network Hellas and secretary general of the Board of Directors. of BSE, Iulia Tsetis.
Speaking in “business stories” he explains how the health sciences will become the engine of the Greek economy through the interface of industrial production and the scientific community and requests that the disbursements of the Recovery Fund begin quickly “to give hope to society and create jobs”.
– As the head of a large Greek pharmaceutical group and also as secretary general of the Board of Directors. of BSE, what is your assessment of the country’s development footprint in the post-pandemic period?
The antidote to any major challenge – be it health, economic, energy, climate – is growth and forward movement. The multiple crises have taught us that only with solidarity, social cohesion, long-term planning and responsibility can we move forward. I firmly believe that we can lead the new era. There are the resources from the Recovery Fund (RRF), the new development law, the incentives for investment in research and development, but also the investment clawback in the pharmaceutical industry that appears a clearer landscape for the next day. If within this environment we keep young scientists and turn brain drain into brain gain, then we will succeed.
As has been repeatedly said by industry bodies, RRF disbursements need to start quickly to give hope to the society and open up more jobs. The big bet is to operate quickly and efficiently. Greece can transform itself into a hub of innovation, research and excellence and play a catalytic role in Southeast Europe.
– The brain drain remains a trauma, national, economic, social. How can it be reversed?
It all starts with education. “Love the responsibility, say I, I alone will save the world. If it gets lost, it will be my fault…” Kazantzakis said. We all therefore have brain drain. And that’s why we must consciously invest in the same capital and create decent conditions for our children to stay in Greece. We must build bridges again with the Diaspora and the Greeks abroad, reflect positively and set an example of how to thrive in adverse conditions. To make industrial production by connecting research, university and academic community. Research to become an integral part of the economy, business and society.
– OFET practically connects industry with research. What should be done to further strengthen research?
OFET, both through AMKE Cleon Tsetis and through direct collaborations, has created in recent years a comprehensive collaboration platform with leading domestic academic and research institutions in the field of health sciences. It has the approval of dozens of patents, hands-on support of young scientists through their employment in collaborative research projects, and a start-up company in the field of early connected diagnostic technologies. At the same time, in close cooperation with the BSE and the Innovation Committee, in which I participate, they form the conditions for further networking of young scientists and implementation of ideas with business guidance.
Clearly, however, the road has been thorny, due to long-standing legal gaps, academic bodies’ administrative approaches to the management of industrial property resulting from collaborative efforts, graphical burdens, and the lack of planning instruments and strategies from the State. Recently, to our great satisfaction, the Technology Transfer Offices have been upgraded and steps have been taken to propose digital transformation, new flexible start-up corporate formations and partial rationalization of clawbacks and rebates burdened by the pharmaceutical industry through cost and growth offsets . .
Nonetheless, we are not complacent. Efforts to reduce “interaction costs” must be intensified and due weight given to medium- and long-term strategic planning. Health sciences have history, infrastructure and excellent human resources and can become the engine of the economy.
– You have focused, among other things, on actions that promote diversity, inclusion and equality at work. What stage are you in?
We have created at SEV an advisory guide against violence and harassment in the workplace, a particularly effective tool for small and medium-sized businesses that do not have an HR Department. And since there is no shortage of good words in this place, I consider it my duty to mention the valuable help of the General Secretariat for Equality and the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, responsible for Demographic Policy and Family matters, Maria Syringela. Also, the competent BSE Committee, which consciously supports human-centered actions, such as the implementation of this guide.
The aim is to reduce inequalities, embrace diversity and talk about real inclusion.
– As the president of the Global Compact Network Hellas, what actions are you taking for the sustainable development and harmonization of the global principles of the United Nations Global Compact?
As the local network of this extremely important UN initiative, we support the private sector to take responsibility and develop the Sustainable Development Criteria (SDGs) in Greece. The Long Term Goal is for businesses to gain operational flexibility and transform their corporate governance. Working with principles and values towards a set of ambitious goals is the right step to creating the world we want.
For this purpose we have specified seven strategic priorities where the social community can have a significant impact: Human rights, Labor and Decent work, Climate change, Anti-corruption, Gender equality, SDGs inclusion. The members of the Greek network of the UNGC Network Hellas are already implementing actions to promote the SDGs. The implementation of Agenda 2030 remains the main objective.
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