Why Latvian specialists work for foreign pharma companies

Even though pharmacy is a well-developed field in Latvia, pharmacists are forced to work abroad, Ivars Kalviņš, biochemist and the head of the Science Council at the Institute of Organic Synthesis told Latvian Television Tuesday morning.

"We are made to work for foreign companies as the Latvian state isn't ordering anything from us," Kalviņš said.

Kalviņš blamed the lack of funding, due to which scientists cannot come up with new inventions and have to work according to foreign orders. He said the main problem in Latvian science is the lack of a link between science and entrepreneurship as there's neither a legal nor an equipment basis for it. 

In 2015 Kalviņš was nominated as a finalist for the European Inventor of the Year award by the European Patent Office for his groundbreaking research in the field of medicinal biochemistry.

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