OlainFarm Presents Educational Video: “Secrets of Manufacturing of Medications”
The joint stock company OlainFarm and the Centre for Curriculum Development and Examinations (ISEC) have worked together in producing an educational video, “Secrets of Manufacturing of Medications”, which is meant for students from Grade 7 to Grade 12 in general and professional schools so that they can learn about the chemical and pharmaceutical sector. The video is based on the many years of experience, which the company has in the sector, with a brief review of how medications are designed and manufactured.
Andris Jegorovs, director of the OlainFarm Quality Assurance Department and co-ordinator of the production of the video: “The film offers a look at how medications are developed and manufactured. We hope that it will inspire future university students to select a career in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector, which is a priority sector in Latvia and offers extensive opportunities for growth. The production of the video also inspired us for new projects, and we are already working on ways of presenting more specific stages in the manufacturing process to students.”
The video was produced under the auspices of a project that is called “Development of Educational content and Ongoing Education of Teachers in the Fields of the Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technologies.” The project has produced support materials for teachers in biology, physics, chemistry and natural sciences at the 10th to 12th grade level. These include methodological publications for teachers, as well as workbooks for students. The materials are also available in electronic form. The materials were produced in Latvian at first, but before the end of June they will be delivered to all of Latvia’s high schools, trade schools and evening schools in Latvian and in Russian.
Since the autumn of 2005, OlainFarm and the Latvian Education Fund have awarded the Solomon Hiller Scholarship to students who are studying pharmaceutical chemistry and the synthesis of active biological substances. For four years now the company has financed study slots in chemistry and the technologies of chemistry at the Riga Technical University. It also sponsors a competition for the scientific papers and projects of bachelor’s and master’s degree students, as well as engineers in the fields of pharmaceutical chemistry and the synthesis of active biological substances. Each year OlainFarm also presents stipends to those teachers who have trained the largest number of students who enter the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry of the Riga Technical University.
Since the opening of the OlainFarm factory in 1972, students from universities, colleges and technical schools have been offered internships. OlainFarm accepts interns three times a year, and the number has increased rapidly over the last three years – 21 interns in 2005, 44 in 2006 and 69 in 2007. This year there will be more than 80 interns. Future specialists come from schools such as the Riga State Technical School, the Riga Technical College, the Olaine
College of Mechanics and Technologies, the Riga Technical University, the University of Latvia, the Riga Stradins University and the Latvian Agricultural University.
JSC OlainFarm is one of the largest companies in the Baltic States, with 35 years of experience in the manufacturing of medications and chemical and pharmaceutical products. The fundamental principle for the company is to manufacture trustworthy and effective high-quality products for Latvia and the world. OlainFarm exports to more than 30 countries, including the Baltic States, Russia, the CIS countries, Scandinavia, Western European countries, the United States, and Asian countries.
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Andris Jegorovs, director
JSC OlainFarm Quality Assurance Department