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Iran's knowledge-based products exports hit $900m in 2012

Source: ISNA

Iran's knowledge-based product exports in 2012 totaled $900m, showing 8.6 percent rise comparing to the same period in 2011, said Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah.

Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah

Speaking in the opening ceremony of the first Iranian exhibition on laboratory equipment and material, Soltankhah said, "Iran's knowledge-based drugs exports in 2012 totaled $900m, while the amount surpassed $840m in 2011."

The expo aims at boosting production of medical equipment and material to help growth of knowledge-based companies' products, She said, adding the country has always focused on necessity of access to know-how of advanced equipment considering the foreign enemy-led sanctions imposed against Iran.

According to Soltankhah, over 130 interior knowledge-based companies are presenting more than 1000 types of products on laboratory materials and tools in the fair.

Iranian scientists have taken long strides in producing different types of drug including hi-tech drugs, radiomedicines and knowledge-based drug needed for patients after the western states banned their selling to Iran.

In August, former Iranian Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi boasted the country's astonishing progress in producing medical tools, equipment and drugs, and said Iran stands 12 in the world ranking of biomedicine production.

"Iran ranks 1st in the region, 4th in Asia and 12th in the world in producing biological drugs," Vahid Dastjerdi said in a ceremony in Tehran in August to unveil 8 new types of hi-tech medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.

She also announced that the global exports value of biomedicine industry stands at $1,000bln, and Iran can have a large share of this figure.


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