On June 25, at the age of 67, pased away Dr. Rafael Pérez Cristiá, Director of the Center for the State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED), Doctor of Medical Sciences, Head of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.
The collaborators of the MECHNIKOV Institute mourn their irreparable loss and wish to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the great man and scientist. He was the first to proclaim the thesis that Regulatory Authorities should be improved following the developers and manufacturers of modern medicines , and not limit with there inflexibility and instructions a world that changes rapidly and requires the introduction from new drugs in practice.
Dr. Rafael Pérez headed CECMED in 1999. The contribution of his knowledge to the strengthening of the drug regulatory policy in Cuba contributed to the categorization of CECMED as the National Regulatory Authority of Reference Medicines of PAHO for the Americas and National Regulatory Authority of Vaccines certified by WHO.
Dr. Pérez will forever remain in the history of Institute MECHNIKOV as one of the founding fathers, because it was largely, thanks to his efforts, that we were able to carry out the project of our Institute and complete the transfer of technology for the production of vaccines against the flu.
Dr. Pérez lived a brilliant and active life, he was distinguished for his deep humanity, genuine intelligence, high professionalism, love for life and optimism.
Today all the collaborators of the MECHNIKOV Institute are with the family of Dr Pérez and all Cuban citizens. The memory of Rafael Pérez will remain forever in our hearts.
A Companion. A Friend. A Teacher.