Thailand and Japan Make Progress in CAR T-Cell Cancer Immunotherapy29 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University and Japan’s Nagoya University are collaborating on the development of a form of immunotherapy designed to cure cancer.In a recent conference entitled "CAR T-Cell Cancer Therapy Innovation: New Hope for Thai Cancer Patients," the teams reported on the progress of CAR T-cell immunotherapy. The treatment can increase survival rates and reduce the chance of cancer returning in leukemia and B-cell lymphoma patients.CAR T-cell (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell) therapy is a type of immunotherapy used to treat cancer. It involves genetically modifying a patient’s T-cells, which are a form of immune response, to specifically target cancer cells.CAR T-cell cancer therapy is considered an efficient method of treating cancer via. The technology requires the production of CAR T-cells in a specialized sterile laboratory by genetically modifying a patient’s T cells and multiplying them outside the body until a sufficient number is achieved.Infusing these cells back into the patient’s body can kill remaining cancer cells, especially in the circulatory system, where the innovation controls cancer in 50 to 80% of patients who were previously unresponsive to other forms of treatment.The cost of CAR T-cell therapy is as high as 15 million baht per treatment, mainly due to genetic engineering using expensive viral vectors. To address this challenge, the teams began a project with researchers from Nagoya University seeking to develop more affordable non-viral genetic engineering technology in order to produce CAR T-cells.The team succeeded in refining and testing the production process of non-viral CAR T-cells using the blood of Thai volunteers and found the cost of production to be 10 times lower than that of commercial CAR T-cell products. This has led to collaborative clinical research on using non-viral CAR T-cells to treat lymphoma patients in Thailand, offering new hope for cancer patients in the region.
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NSTDA Launches Biotec Bioprocessing Facility to Support Demands09 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (์NNT) - A prototype of a biotech factory has been launched by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) as part of its policy to meet the country’s rising demands from the business sector.NSTDA Director Chukit Limpichamnong stated that the agency has established the Biotec Bioprocessing Facility (BBF) at Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani. The facility is designed to support demand for technology, notably the BCG [Bio Economy, Circular Economy, and Green Economy] model, which is the future of Thailand’s economy.Chukit stated that the BBF’s focus will be related to fermented technologies from microbes such as yeast, fungi, and bacteria, as well as research into genetically modified microorganisms (GMO) and food and feed processing technology. The facility will provide consulting services, technical training, and cooperation with local and international organizations to increase the country’s competitiveness on the global stage.The NSTDA’s director stated that the agency is developing several projects to utilize biotechnology for business and the public benefit in an effort to utilize Thailand’s biodiverse resources. He stressed the importance of advancing biotechnology as whoever advances this technology first will gain a competitive edge in the international market.Chukit also noted that the concepts essential to the country’s sustainability are now widely accepted in the worldwide community. He added that advancing these technologies would help boost economic development while also addressing environmental and national sustainability challenges.
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Thailand & South Korea to Study Spaceport Feasibility16 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand and South Korea have agreed to conduct a feasibility study regarding the construction of a spaceport in Thailand. If successful, this project could become a crucial driver for the growth of Thailand’s economy, with the aviation and aerospace industries playing pivotal roles.The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency has announced that it has signed an agreement to conduct the feasibility study on building and launching a spaceport in the country with Korea Aerospace Research Institute. The partnership signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation in Bangkok on February 13.The feasibility study is expected to be completed in three years. The agency stated that the study will focus on geographical suitability, environmental impact, infrastructure, regulations, and other factors. This research will also create confidence for investors who are interested in Thailand’s aviation and aerospace opportunities, as well as create jobs and generate more revenue to improve people’s quality of life in the country.
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Yala Students Praised for Winning New Gen Inventors Award 202315 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Prime Minister has praised the group of high school students from Yala province on receiving this year’s New Gen Inventors Award with their innovative product that can kill parasites in raw food. According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha commended the four students from Thamavitya Mulniti School who won the award with “Boega,” a powder extract made from galangal (Alpinia Galangal) leaves.The Prime Minister applauded the students’ creativity for using scientific knowledge and herbs that are easily available in communities to create a product that can be utilized to improve physical health, as well as other practical uses in daily life.Boega is an environmentally-friendly product that can be used to kill parasites in raw food within six minutes. The product is simple to use; simply pour it into a bowl of water with raw food and soak for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with clean water. The parasites in the food will be eliminated and the food made safe for consumption.Boega is suitable for people who like to eat raw or half-cooked food, as these delicacies usually carry parasites that can cause diseases.
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Science Museum Launches STEM Learning Caravan15 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The National Science Museum of Thailand (NSM) has launched a science caravan to encourage interest in science and technology among school students in ASEAN countries. The caravan began in Laos, where students from Lyc?e de Vientiane and nearby schools participated in various science promotion activities on February 14. The event features a 3D astronomical film in a mobile planetarium, scientific experiments, and science and interactive games.According to Danuch Tanterdtid, Vice Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, a research show has been added to the tour to stimulate students’ interest in science. The caravan will make its next stops in southern Laos, Cambodia and other ASEAN neighbors.According to NSM Director Prof Rawin Raviwongse, the exhibits aim to make science interesting and relevant to young people’s daily lives, as well as to demonstrate that "science is actually fun" and a tool for solving everyday problems.Pimpa Udthajak, the Director of Scientific Research and Innovation at the institute in Laos, also expressed enthusiasm for further scientific cooperation with Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, following the successful launch of the Science Caravan in Laos.
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Phramongkutklao Hospital Launches Smart App for Mobile Medical Care15 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Phramongkutklao Hospital, a leading medical institution in Thailand, has recently launched a new mobile application called the PMK Smart App to provide convenient and efficient medical services to the public, enabling patients to access a range of hospital services using their mobile devices.According to Lieutenant General Thamrong Lorthong, the Director of Phramongkutklao Hospital, the PMK Smart App offers a host of services to patients, including appointment scheduling, remote consultations, payments and even the delivery of medication via mail. The app also provides health history information to patients in order to ensure continuous and effective medical treatment.The PMK Smart App is now available for download on the Android Play Store and iOS App Store. Users can begin using the app after verifying their identity, which will ensure the privacy and security of their medical information.As Phramongkutklao Hospital celebrates its 70th anniversary, it has reaffirmed its commitment to providing excellent healthcare services to Thai communities. The hospital’s decision to launch the PMK Smart App is part of its ongoing efforts to innovate and develop its services and meet the ever-changing needs of its patients.
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Govt Reveals New Bill for Cyber Crime Suppression15 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The new draft law for cyber crimes suppression has been revealed, with an emphasis on the ability of financial institutions to suspend suspicious transactions.Deputy Government Spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek reviewed some of the details of the bill, which aims to protect citizens from scams using electronics or telecommunications technology. She underlined that the draft law particularly focuses on punishing those who allow scammers to use their bank accounts in their illicit activities.The Royal Thai Police is currently tackling over 200,000 cases of cyber crimes.Under the bill, people who help scammers open or use bank accounts and telephone numbers registered under their name to commit their crimes are subject to three years of imprisonment or a fine of 300,000 baht, or both.Similarly, those who advertise or enable the act of opening, renting or selling bank accounts used in cyber crimes are subject to 2 to 5 years in prison or a fine of 200,000-500,000 baht, or both.The same penalties are also applicable to those responsible for advertising or enabling the act of opening, renting or selling telephone numbers used in cyber crimes.
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Smart system helps prevent children trapped inside school buses09 Nov 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Children being unknowingly left inside a vehicle has become a more common occurrence. The Digital Economy Promotion Agency has introduced a new system that aims to prevent these incidents, using sensors and AI technology to ensure no children are on school buses at the end of service.The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) has introduced a new system for school buses and vans that helps schools and parents track the status of students onboard, providing an additional layer of safety protection against cases of children being left alone inside vehicles.Called Smart School Bus, the system features a GPS system to track the vehicle’s location, student tracking devices, and an artificial intelligence (AI) system to process and report information such as the vehicle speed, conditions, and the status of children onboard.Information provided by vehicles equipped with this system will be sent to parents via a companion app, and will be accessible by schools online. Parents will receive a notification once the vehicle is close to home, when their children get off the vehicle at school, and when their children reach home.The Smart School Bus system is also equipped with motion sensors, which work together with tracking devices to detect any children left inside a vehicle. Schools can make a direct call to such vehicle, allowing them to talk to the trapped children.The project, which has received sponsorship from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, will be piloted first in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Phuket, Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao.There are so far some 3,000 school vans and buses equipped with the system across some 300 public schools, with a plan to install the system on some 500 vehicles operated by private schools. DEPA expects the pilot campaign to benefit no fewer than 5,000 young students.
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Total lunar eclipse to take place on Loy Krathong evening08 Nov 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Loy Krathong celebration this year will be a special one with a total lunar eclipse expected to take place in the evening. The national institute of astronomy says this event can be observed from anywhere in the country from 5 p.m. today.The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) has announced a detailed forecast for the total lunar eclipse taking place tomorrow afternoon through the evening of Loy Krathong Day. According to the institute, the eclipse will start taking place from 3:02 pm to 8:56 pm local time. However, the event can only be observed in Thailand from 5:44 pm onwards, as it is the time when the moon rises above the horizon.A lunar eclipse happens when the moon moves into the earth’s shadow, when the sun, earth, and moon align in ways where the earth’s shadow is caused by light from the sun being cast onto the moon’s surface.Observers in Thailand will be seeing the moon rising above the horizon in a complete eclipse phase, which will appear as a full moon in red color for about 57 minutes until 6:41 p.m., from which the earth’s shadow casting against the moon will start to shift away gradually. The moon will be appearing unobstructed by the eclipse at 7:49 pm, and regain its full brightness at 8:56 pm Thailand time.This total lunar eclipse can also be observed in many places around the globe, namely northern and eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, parts of South America, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the north pole, and parts of the south pole.NARIT will be holding observation events for tomorrow’s lunar eclipse from 6 pm to 10 pm at Princess Sirindhorn AstroPark in Chiang Mai, the Regional Observatory in Nakhon Ratchasima, the Regional Observatory in Chachoengsao, and the Regional Observatory in Songkhla. Admission to these events is free of charge.
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