NHCR Clinical Research Partnership

Partnership objectives

  1. To develop an outstation that will serve the needs of rural populations.
  2. To set up a hospital-based facility.
  3. To create value by bringing know-how, expertise, technologies and financial resources to a developing country, Indonesia.

The collaboration aims to create value by bringing together know-how, expertise, technologies and financial resources to serve the needs of tropical, rural populations. The collaboration aims to create value by bringing together know-how, expertise, technologies and financial resources to serve the needs of tropical, rural populations. Copyright Novartis

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Novartis Hasanuddin Clinical Research Initiative (NHCRI) is a joint clinical research program undertaken by Novartis and Indonesia’s Hasanuddin University. The disease areas and mission are in line with those of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD).

The collaboration aims to create value by bringing together know-how, expertise, technologies and financial resources to serve the needs of tropical, rural populations exposed to certain neglected, tropical diseases. Current activities include diagnosis of TB and Dengue cases, epidemiological and operational research, TB molecular epidemiology research and development of Dengue diagnostic kits.

Lessons learned             

Better understanding about clinical sites and about patients in real need.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

  • Establishment of molecular genotyping methods to identify Tuberculosis (TB) bacteria and Dengue (DG) virus and determination of the genotypes of TB bacteria and DG virus circulating in Makassar, Indonesia;
  • Identification of drug resistant TB mutations of clinical isolates circulating in Makassar; and 
  • Education for undergraduate/ graduate students through internship training programs.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Novartis

Partner(s) Hasanuddin University

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals

Therapeutic Focus Infectious Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases

Disease(s) Dengue, Tuberculosis

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Marginalised / Indigenous People, People with low income

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Indonesia

Start Date 2006

More information NHCR

Completed date 2014