BioAsia-2019 to deliberate on disruption required in life sciences

To be inaugurated by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on February 25

February 22, 2019 10:50 pm | Updated 10:50 pm IST - HYDERABAD

(From L to R) Shakthi Nagappan, CEO, BioAsia; Ajit Rangnekar, Director General of RICH; K. Satish Reddy, chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories; Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary; Suresh Chukkapalli, Consul-General, Republic of Korea, and Srivari Chandrasekhar, CSIR-IICT Director, unveiling the logo of BioAsia-2019 in Hyderabad on Friday.

(From L to R) Shakthi Nagappan, CEO, BioAsia; Ajit Rangnekar, Director General of RICH; K. Satish Reddy, chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories; Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary; Suresh Chukkapalli, Consul-General, Republic of Korea, and Srivari Chandrasekhar, CSIR-IICT Director, unveiling the logo of BioAsia-2019 in Hyderabad on Friday.

BioAsia-2019, the next edition of the annual event devoted to life sciences being organised by the Telangana government, would get under way in the city on February 25.

Sixteenth in the series, the three-day event comprising a conference and an exhibition would be inaugurated by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Monday evening. The event would deliberate on the disruption required in life sciences, healthcare and biotech industry, the organisers and partners told the media here on Friday. Industries Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said BioAsia, whose first edition was held in 2004, was a signature event for the life sciences sector globally bringing participants from the industry, regulators, government officials, and research institutions on a common platform.

The earlier 15 editions helped attract investments of about ₹15,000 crore and played host to over 16,000 business partnership meetings, representatives from 95 countries and signing of 250 MoUs or letters of intent, he said. This edition has South Korea as the partner country with South Africa and Spain as international partners. Four other States – Karnataka, Odisha, Assam and Gujarat – are associated with the event as partner States. BioAsia-2019 would have participation from as many as 50 countries and a total of 1,500 delegates.

Figuring in the list of eminent speakers are Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramaniam; Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences recipient Don Cleveland of Ludwig Cancer Research, University of California, San Diego; Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology; S. Eswara Reddy, DCGI, CDSCO; TRS working president and former Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao; Thomas Arista, Deputy Director, USFDA; and Head, Global Development Operations, Novartis, Badhri Srinivasan.

The attractions at BioAsia-2019, Mr. Ranjan said, would be the ‘Start-Up Stage’ that would bring together 75 start-ups from India, the U.S., Estonia, Switzerland and The Netherlands; MSME pavilion; and Scientific Enabler Pavilion, that is being created in partnership with CCMS, DRILS and IICT, to showcase the next generation technologies.

A place for interaction

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories chairman K. Satish Reddy said from the industry point of view, BioAsia is a great place for interaction, and a forum to share knowledge and forge partnerships. In the context of technology disrupting the industry, the event would help the participants “deep-dive into the changes”.

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