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The ISTC Executive Director David Cleave and Head of Procurement Mira Ospanova met with representatives of the IMB German Biosecurity Program

 The ISTC Executive Director David Cleave and Head of   Procurement Mira Ospanova met with representatives of the   IMB German Biosecurity Program, Dr. Lukas Peintner and   Ms. Edith Wagner and Almaty GIZ Representative Elena   Senebrenekova to discuss the collaborative work and   assistance of ISTC in the German-Kazakh Network for   Biosafety and Biosecurity whereby ISTC.   In 2020 ISTC   assisted the IMB with the transportation of materials from   Munich to Almaty (Central Reference Laboratory) and their   customs clearance of total quantity 51 pcs. of materials   mostly contained DNA, Viral RNA, purification, and extraction   kits and total quantity 26 pcs. of materials that contained PCR and Virus kits.
ISTC faced and overcame the challenge to find a suitable flights with a short flying time as some materials required minus temperature storage with dry ice, plus finding air carriers which agreed to take these lab supplies on board, with very few flight options were available due to pandemic, but conversely all such imported items were related to combatting the pandemic in Kazakhstan.   
IMB & GIZ are also linked with the German Budeswehr Institute of Microbiology which ISTC has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with in February 2020 with whom ISTC assisted with the transportation of two Mobile Labs from Munich to Tashkent under the Biosafety Biosecurity EU Project P53 in Central Asia. 

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ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

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