USTDA helps Thailand fight cancer
The United States Trade and Development Agency announced that it had awarded a grant to Thailand’s AMATA Corporation Public Company Limited (AMATA) for a feasibility study to develop a regional oncology center in Chonburi province. . USTDA’s assistance will advance AMATA and Thailand’s goal of providing access to world-class cancer treatment for hundreds of thousands of people in the Lower Mekong region.
“Improving access to quality health care is one of USTDA’s top priorities in Thailand and other emerging economies around the world,” said Enoh T. Ebong, director of the USTDA. “This project will provide significant opportunities for American companies to deliver the kinds of highly innovative health technologies that the center will need.”
The USTDA study will provide AMATA with the data and analysis necessary for the phased implementation of a new oncology center that will advance Thailand’s aspiration to become a medical hub in South Asia -East. The center would be the first part of the larger “Meditown” hub project that AMATA is developing.
“USTDA’s strong support is timely as it represents an important step in developing Thailand’s medical and life science hub with our strategic partners, the Thai Center of Excellence for of Life and Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University. We look forward to working with world-class oncology center partners in the United States as well,” said Vikrom Kromadit, President of AMATA.
Lena Ng, Chief Investment Officer of AMATA, added, “The hub will provide world-class medical services through international collaboration with industry leaders in key areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and research. The United States has excelled globally as a leader in health care and life sciences, particularly in gene and cell therapy. This study will catalyze our collaboration with leading oncology service providers in the United States to improve access to breakthrough treatments for cancer patients in Asia.
U.S. Embassy Bangkok Chargé d’Affaires Gwen Cardno said, “As the pandemic has shown us, health care requires international cooperation at the highest level, and that applies certainly in the treatment of cancer. Through the USTDA, the U.S. government is proud to work with Thailand to promote innovative American solutions for cancer treatment to strengthen its health care system.
USTDA’s assistance to AMATA advances one of the key pillars of the Biden-Harris administration’s Global Infrastructure and Investment Partnership, which aims to strengthen global health security through investments in patient-centred health services. It is also advancing Thailand’s 4.0 agenda to revitalize the country’s east coast, including the provinces of Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao.
US companies interested in submitting proposals for this feasibility study should visit www.ustda.gov/work/bid-on-an-overseas-project.