ASEAN-NDI: Fostering a Regional Approach to Health R&D Innovation

In the majority of ASEAN Member States, tropical infectious diseases continue to be major problems, and it is generally agreed that more research and development are needed. The latest InnovASEAN discusses the ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) which is helping scientists, R&D experts, and government administrators across the region to work together to oversee the discovery and development of health technologies that will not only address health problems but also propel the health industry in ASEAN Member States.

This latest InnovASEAN post is written by guest blogger Nico Parungao, a Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development – Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST). To be a guest blogger and contribute to the discussion in InnovASEAN on the use of science, technology, and innovation in ASEAN, please sends email to

InnovASEAN is a blog dedicated to the application of science, technology, and innovation to ASEAN’s challenges and opportunities.  It is maintained by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, and moderated by Dr. Montira Pongsiri, the Mission’s Science Advisor.