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Drago Ikić – portrait of a renowned Croatian vaccinologist Vision, mission, strategy and goals

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mazuran_rad.vp Drago Iki} – portrait of a renowned Croatian vaccinologist Vision, mission, strategy and goals Drago Iki} spent most of his career studying principles of vaccine production, safety and effectiveness with an eye toward biological standardization and quality assurance. Key principles of his efforts were to: • Develop new and improved vaccines and enhance vaccine safety by building quality into the product in the first place. • Increase national and then global prevention of death and disease through safe and effective vaccination. • Institute training on the job and self-improvement. • Institute international and national education program. • The need to know more about everything in the system Drago Iki} was born on July 2, 1917. In 1936 he attended the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, earning an M.D. diploma in 1942, a M.Sc. degree (Hygiene) in 1952, a M.Sc. degree (Bacteriology) in 1954, and a Ph.D. degree in Immunology in 1958. His management skills and performance were proven through numerous posts. Between 1952 and 1956, he chaired the Department for Control and Research of Vaccines at the Central Institute of Hygiene in Zagreb, he ran the Institute for Control and Research of Vaccines in 1956 and from 1958–1961, and directed the Serovaccinal Institute in Zagreb from 1956–1958. In 1961 Drago Iki} founded Institute of Immunology Zagreb. The Institute of Immunology continued, like its predecessor Serovaccinal Institute, with the research, development and production of immuno- logical drugs and medicines derived from animal and human blood. Drago Iki}’s vision was that the Institute of Immunology should be a science-based organization that produces and regulates biological pro- ducts, by helping stakeholders within the public health system in fighting infectious diseases (preventive medicine), in treating diseases with immunological drugs and medicines, and in increasing awareness of the importance of continuous quality improvements. In order t

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