The three-day Bangalore India Bio, 2014, will be inaugurated on February 10 and will showcase the city’s rich ecosystem for biotechnology, said Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson of the Karnataka Vision Group on Biotechnology.

Announcing the details here on Friday, Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw said convergence between information technology and biotechnology would be an important area of focus. Agri-biotech would be another important focus, given its importance for food security.

She said that nearly 20 countries would be participating in the event, which would include multi-track conferences, international tradeshow, lectures, CEO conclave, bio excellence awards, bio quiz and other networking events. There will be 25 conference sessions addressed by about 120 biotech experts and a special session with focus on increasing role of technology in healthcare.

Nobel laureate

Among the important delegates to participate in the event will be Prof. John Gurdon, Nobel-winning biologist, who will deliver the keynote address on the opening day. Marc Van Montagu, World Food Prize winner, will speak on February 11.

The event will be held at Lalit Ashok.

IT-BT convergence, agri-biotech will be focus