Since nothing arises from a empty place, the starting point for achieving the goal "ADVANCED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE - CEMEX" is the property on Mihail Kogalniceanu street, a monument building constructed at the end of the nineteenth century. The house belonged to the family of Alexander Philipide, a scientist member of the Romanian Academy.
Under the tutelage of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Grigore T. Popa Iasi, three decades ago, apears the first Central Laboratory for Medicines Testing.
The design theme established by the beneficiary consisted in the functional rehabilitation of the existing building (C4A - historical monument) and the extension with a new body (C4B), with a height of D+P+3E, in the space between the existing building and the Faculty of Bioengineering.
In scientific terms the research center constitutes a common platform, unique in the country, which will enable a holistic approach to the problem of drugs and its interaction with the human body and the establishment of individual characteristics of response to treatment in studies on laboratory animals. For the first time in Romania after 1990 it is stimulated a coordinated way for global research on new therapeutic possibilities of modern medicine. The Research Center creates the premise for founding a research environment synergy by merging various expertise of the members of the research community and clinicians a resource combined focus on advanced technologies ranging from computer design of new drug compounds to Pharmacoeconomic and Pharmacoepidemiology current drugs.
In the long term, the center will contribute to economic and social development of all regions of Moldova by increasing the Regions capacity for RD, the inclusion of regional research in ERA, increasing the number of researchers, the creation of new spin-offs of high-tech, new places of employment, opportunities for education and training, increased quality of life.
Through a natural evolution of things motivated by the absence of similar projects at national level and the lack of a structure enabling a unified approach for studies of experimental medicine, it was proposed to establish a nationally reference unit comparable with similar structures in the world.
In order to accommodate the minimal requierments of it’s functions the building was raised at the roof level by 1,50 m and the rest of the neccesery volume was obtained by underpinning for a depth of 2,00 m.
Due to the special requirements of the program, the rooms provide a specific microclimate control for airborne particles, where aseptic surgery areas are classified as ISO 6 zones.
For the proposed studies, the project provides for installation of a PET / MRI, which will work with open sources of radiation and conduct experimental imaging investigations with radionuclide reason for which is located in the basement of the building in isolation from other activities, with a separate entrance.
A research centre with the ambitions of CEMEX is an opportunity that may focus academic research and direct it to obtaining medium and long-term outstanding results.
As the center established itself in a very controversial area is necessary for us all to realise that virtually every medical achievement in the 20th century relied on the use of animals in some way. The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences has argued that animal research cannot be replaced by even sophisticated computer models, which are unable to deal with the extremely complex interactions between molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and the environment.
The ultimate goal of this endeavor is perhaps stopping as much as possible the grey matter exodus from our country.