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26th November 2014

Mr. Luis Bascuñan, Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Leon

Luis Bascuñán Herrera, Managing Director of Laboratorios Syva, has the distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa since last November 14th. On this date he was awarded the laureate gown, the Book of Science, the ring of wisdom, white gloves of prudence and the "Honoris Causa" medal in the Aula Magna San Isidoro of the University of Leon.


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The Academic Act was chaired by the Rector of the University of Leon, Mr. José Ángel Hermida Alonso, who noted that the new Honoris Causa "is an example of relationship between academia and the professional whichis the challenge of Spanish universities" Among the many attendees, authorities from the Minister of Development and Environment, Antonio Silván; Minister of Education, Culture and Sports of Cantabria, Miguel Angel Serna; Mayor of Leon, Emilio Gutiérrez; and the territorial delegate of the Junta de Castilla y Leon, Guillermo García, among many other political representatives and the university community.


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As tradition, his godfather Professor César Chamorro, defended the appointment of Luis Bascuñan as Doctor Honoris Causa by reviewing all recognitions and contributions to society in general and the University of Leon in particular. He stressed its continuous commitment to scientific research and support to the University of Leon, from his position as Managing Director of Laboratorios Syva where he worked for thirty years.

“Beyond institutions, there are people”

César Chamorro explained "to understand the importance of the role played by Bascuñan just consider eliminating the activity and decisions he made, to realize that many of the scientific, medical and pharmacological findings would not have been possible". From his position in Laboratorios Syva, Luis Bascuñan was in charge of several research projects like the development of pioneering vaccines in our country to treat important livestock diseases such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Bluetongue.
In 2007, he received the Silver Medal of Agricultural Merit from the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mrs. Elena Espinosa, because of the contribution to fight against Bluetongue. In 2008, the Red de Fundaciones Universidad Empresa (Red FUE, network of University and Enterprise Foundations) awarded him a prize for his history of collaboration with the University, reflected in the funding of research projects, access to technical and scientific resources of the University and the activities of patronage.


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At university level, the implementation of Syva Award for Best Doctoral Thesis in Animal Health is the result of an agreement signed between the University of Leon and Laboratorios Syva (powered by Luis Bascuñan) to promote scientific training of graduates in veterinary science. This is an annual prize for the best doctoral thesis on any aspect of healthcare, specifically designed for Microbiology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases or parasitic diseases of animals.


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“ONE WORLD, ONE HEALTH”

In his speech, Luis Bascuñan began praising the role of the Veterinary Faculty of Leon in the evolution of chemical-pharmaceutical industry in this province, a reflection of the effectiveness of investing in education for the Society. From his position in Laboratorios Syva and Veterindustria, together with its close relationship with the ULE through different types of collaborations, had the opportunity to participate in research, development and innovation initiatives related to pharmaceutical activity and Animal Health.

Mr. Bascuñan also stressed the importance of Animal Health as a cornerstone of public health, and how to combat animal diseases is directly reflected in human infectious diseases; hinting at a Global Health in which doctors and veterinarians work together under the formula "One World, One Health". This reflection was based on various data about how veterinary medicine affects public health, from the responsible use of antimicrobials to the development of vaccines for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

To conclude, Luis Bascuñan wanted to highlight the role of Veterindustria through the Technology Platform Vet + i and the Spanish Agency of Medicines with its bid to include the Veterinary Drugs at the same level of human drugs; fundamental breakthroughs in the fight to preserve Health.


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