The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) organised an Open House at NUMS Secretariat on 20th - 21st September, 2017. The aim of the event was to introduce and articulate the vision and mission of ORIC and showcase ORIC facility that was recently established to give an impetus to research and commercialization.
The newly refurbished ORIC building was inaugurated by the Pro Vice Chancellor NUMS, Major General Muhammad Aslam (Retd). It was followed by a prayer for the prosperity and attainment of the ORIC mandate.
Students and faculty members of the Army Medical College (AM College), Rawalpindi and Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI), Rawalpindi thronged PDC hall and ORIC building to attend the introductory presentation, highlighting the existence and significance of ORIC facility for all universities, in general, and a medical university, in particular. They also went around different stations at ORIC demonstrating and encasing various aspects of the support services that shall be available to researchers in terms of Basic Transitional Research, Funding Opportunities, Publications, Clinical Trials, Industry Linkages, Intellectual Property, and Application Development, etc.
The Principal Army Medical College, Maj Gen Rana Saleem Ahmad Khan also graced the occasion with his presence and admired the strenuous efforts in providing the platform to the researchers for successful realisation of their ideas to a finished commercialized product and service.
The displays were also organised for Industry representatives from AMSON Vaccines & Pharma (Pvt) Ltd and NEXT Pharmaceutical to interact with the visitors and discussing areas of possible collaboration and integration. The Executive Director, Higher Education Commission, Dr Arshad Ali and the Pro Vice Chancellor NUMS, Major General Muhammad Aslam (Retd), emphasized the significance and need for the medical researchers to tailor the research projects and endeavors according to the industry needs. They stressed upon joint researches leading towards indigenous productions in the field of health sciences, which shall have long-lasting positive impact on country’s economy.
On 21st September, 2017, Professor Magdi Yaqoub, Head of Nephrology and Translational Research, Queen Mary University London, delivered a guest lecture. His talk entitled, “Uremic cardiomyopathy: Mechanical or Chemical” was an excellent blend of clinical and translational research and greatly inspired the audience. He also provided his valuable inputs and feedback for setting up a state-of-the-art Animal House at the campus.