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Honoured: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy presenting Genome Valley Excellence award to Martin Mackay at ‘Bio-Asia 2009’ in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Honoured: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy presenting Genome Valley Excellence award to Martin Mackay at ‘Bio-Asia 2009’ in Hyderabad on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: - PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

Biological E Ltd to manufacture biopharmaceuticals



Chief Minister inaugurates ‘Bio-Asia 2009’

Logo of Knowledge and Innovation Park unveiled



HYDERABAD: ‘Bio-Asia 2009’ was launched by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Sunday, with a call to biotech companies to promote quality products and dietary supplements to improve people’s health.

Dr. Reddy unveiled a plaque to inaugurate phase I of the biopharmaceutical and vaccine-manufacturing campus of Biological E Ltd set up with an investment of Rs.300 crore.

The 75-acre campus is located at SP Biotech Park.

The facility will manufacture vaccines/biopharmaceuticals which are crucial in preventing child diseases.

vaccines/biopharmaceuticals company proposes to invest Rs.250 crore on expansion in two-three years.

Award presented

He presented the Genome Valley Excellence Award to Marc Van Montagu, founder-chairman, Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, Belgium, and Martin Mackay, President (Global Research & Development) Pfizer.

He unveiled the logo of the Knowledge and Innovation Park being set up by the University of Hyderabad (UOH) and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation on a 200-acre campus.

Addressing the gathering, Sri Lankan Minister for Science and Technology Tissa Vitarana pointed out that biotech held tremendous potential to eliminate cancer and meet people’s food needs.

Beneficial association

He called for proper application of biotech without endangering future generations and living beings. Sri Lanka was ready to join India’s efforts, as it would be mutually beneficial.

Earlier, British High Commissioner to India Sir Richard Stagg told presspersons that biotech and pharma sectors offered many long-term partnerships between the two countries.

One of the main challenges was to find high quality and low-cost drugs to benefit ageing population.

Manel Balcells, president, Bioregion of Catalonia, Spain, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy and Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad Seyed E Hasnain spoke.

Ms. Geeta Reddy launched the AP student wing of the All-India Biotech Association.

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