An-Najah BioSciences Unit (NBU)
As a result of the tremendous efforts were and still being exerted by An-Najah National University in serving the Palestinian community, several departments and specialized scientific health centres has been established at the University to provide the best services in preserving environment and human health as well as an investment for all the scientific, technical and human resources at the University.
In terms of health services which the University provides, the University's academic journey has developed since its inception with the establishment of the Medical Laboratory Department in 1985, followed by the opening of the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1994.
The Faculty of Medicine was established in 2000 accompanied by developing many programmes and departments in the fields of Medicine, Pharmacy, Optics, Nursing and Medical Laboratory Sciences within the last decade. All of these fields have been restructured within the University's development plan to become the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
During the year 2013, Najah National University Hospital was established to provide services to the public. Besides, the University has established several of specialized Community Service Centres, which afford direct services to the Palestinian Community and the University students; including the Analysis, Poison Control and Calibration Center (APCC) and the Forensic Medicine Institute.
The Palestinian pharmaceutical industry has recently witnessed a remarkable development in all manufacturing and technical fields through the quality of the manufactured products in Palestine and keeping up with the international quality standards.
However, all the Palestinian medicines are local generics which are manufactured in pharmaceutical forms derived from the original brands. Accordingly, the pharmaceutical companies are requested to perform bioequivalence studies (BE); which are designed to compare the local (generic) with the brand (originator) medicines on healthy volunteers.
And due to the absence of BE service in Palestine, local companies are forced towards carrying out BE studies outside Palestine, which is a waste of effort and energy. In addition to that, the lack of pharmacological performance achievement on the Palestinians due to different races, which may affect the results of BE studies.
To complete the University role in improving its health services, actively contribute in protecting the Palestinian citizen, advance the pharmaceutical industries and provide the efficient local medicine to the Palestinian citizen at the lowest prices, the University has taken upon itself to launch the "BE Unit" project; which directly contributed in the adoption of the No. (21) of 2016 Law, which is concerned with conducting pharmacological studies in Palestine.
This law was issued by the Palestinian Advisory & Legislation Bureau in Al-Mumtaz issue No. (13) of the "The Palestinian Chronicle" Official Gazette on the 23rd of November, 2016. Subsequently, the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) started the preparation of regulations and legislation so as to organize the pharmacological studies workflow.NBU Organization Chart
NBU strives to be a lead full-service Contract Research Organization (CRO) in Palestine with a build-up remarkable contribution in best serving the pharmaceutical industry around the globe.
Our mission lies in providing the Pharma Partners with the best quality standards and optimal delivery timelines throughout the active participation of our qualified team and the integration of our Risk Management (RM) approach within the services introduced.
Conducting Bioequivalence studies as well as Drug Quality – related Clinical Research aims to prove effective and safe use of drug products.
To achieve the NBU vision of independency and absolute objectivity, NBU strives to fulfill the following:
- Providing BE studies, Pharmacokinetic (Pk) studies and medical evaluations for local pharmaceutical industries according to the requirements and standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Palestinian MoH
- Collaborating to conduct clinical research for the local and regional Pharmaceutical factories
- Working on improving its services to involve the local and regional Pharmaceutical factories
- Working as a centre of excellence for training and attracting post graduate students
- Improving scientific research in cooperation with scientific colleges, especially the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
- Submitting consultancy services in the related fields.
- Performing calibration, toxicity and drug efficacy studies / services.
- Providing reference methods of drug analysis and validation of methods.
- Offering various services, consulting and training according to the market's need.
Our Credo is within our Name (NBU):
We protect Integrity / Reliability / Confidentiality / Values.
We build Compliance / Commitment / Credibility / Competitiveness.
We urge Accountability and Continuous Improvement through our distinguished Risk Management (RM) approach.