YSR to open Bio-Asia meet on February 1
‘Young Minds Awards’ being introduced this year for students
First unit in III phase of Genome Valley Biotech Park opened
More than 2,000 participants, including 120 foreign delegates, will attend the four-day sixth edition of ‘Bio-Asia 2009’ to be inaugurated here by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on February 1.
At the function he will present ‘Genome Valley Excellence Awards’ to Marc Van Montagu, chairman, Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, Belgium, and Martin Mackay, president (Global Research & Development), Pfizer, USA. Dr. Reddy will also launch the AP wing of the All-India Biotech Association. Sri Lankan Minister for Science and Technology Tissa Vitarana, Iran’s Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology Abbas S.Lofti, British High Commissioner Sir Richard Stagg and the president Bio-region of Catalonia (Spain) will be attending.
An official said here that the focus will be on agriculture biotechnology. For the first time, BT industries participating in the event will be given an opportunity to make presentations. ‘Young Minds Awards’ are being introduced this year in order encourage students, said B. S. Bajaj, convener of Bio-Asia and FABA secretary-general.
Meanwhile, inaugurating the first unit in the III phase of Genome Valley Biotech Park, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy said 19 biotech and pharma companies confirmed their operations in the phase, for which 600 acres has been allotted.