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Indo-French conference on RNAi in Genome Control

The Indo-French Conference on RNAi in Genome Control will be held in Hyderabad from December 12-14, 2007. The conference on will cover entire basic and applied aspects of chromatin organization and genome research. World's leading cyto-geneticists, molecular geneticists and molecular biologists from the two countries will talk, discuss the recent findings and share their current knowledge. Covering these key areas of the research during the three-day symposium will open researchers, academicians, scientists, students, industrialists and corporate people to grasp the current trends of RNAi and its role in genome regulation.

The French speakers are Christophe Antoniewski, Jean Luc Imler, Stephane Ronsseray, Vincent Colot, Frederic Bantignies, Silke Jensen, Hadi Quesneville, Eric Meyer, Sylvette Tourmente, Alain Bucheton and Chantal Vaury. The Indian speakers include Samit Kumar Adhya, Arnab Sen, Manika Pal Bhadra, SK Brahmachari, Sunil Mukherjee, DP Kasbekar and Utpal Bhadra.

All meeting queries can be directed to the convener, Indo-French Conference, e-mail: indofrench@ccmb.res.in. More details can be had from



National symposium on animal biotechnology

With a contribution of Rs 40,000 crore to the GDP of India, the livestock sector is very important for the country's economy. It is now felt that biotechnological interventions can definitely contribute to the production and health of livestock poultry and aquaculture.

Animal biotechnology is now centered around the production of feed enzymes to optimize energy utilization from non-starch polysaccharides in feeds, use of probiotics the beneficial bacteria to control pathogens and prebiotics–cell wall components of microorganisms – to modulate the immune system. The other biotechnology application in livestock production includes the rapid multiplication of high yielding cows, by embryo transfer technology, which was promoted in mission mode 15 years ago. Production of biopharmaceuticals such as vaccines and hormones is a major biotechnology application in livestock sector.

In order to bring these aspects to focus, ABLE and National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore (NIANP), is jointly organizing a one-day national symposium on Animal Biotechnology on November 16, 2007 at the NIANP campus. Prof. G Padmanabhan, former director of IISc, will deliver the keynote address. The lead speakers include scientists from the US and India.


Meet stresses on need for biotech finishing school

MN Vidyashankar, secretary, Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka (fourth from left) and Dr G Padmanabhan, Professor of emeritus, department of biochemistry, IISc, Bangalore (fifth from left) at the symposium.

The department of biotechnology, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology (MVIT) and the department of biotechnology and microbiology, Bangalore University, jointly organized a national symposium on "Innovations in Biotechnology: Entrepreneurial Opportunities and IPR" at the Jnanajyoti auditorium, Central College campus on October 23-25, 2007.

MN Vidyashankar, secretary, Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka, presided over the inaugural function. Dr G Padmanabhan, Professor of emeritus, department of biochemistry, IISc, was the chief guest. Dr HP Hincha, vice chancellor, VTU, and Dr HA Ranganath, vice chancellor, Bangalore University, were also present. All participants emphasized the need to create entrepreneurs and encourage private funding in the biotechnology sector. They also stressed on the need for a finishing school for young biotechnologists.

Dr Vijay Sharma, Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), who lectured on "Healthcare Biotechnology: Innovations and Entrepreneurial Opportunities", spoke about his research in stem cell therapy and various business models available for stem cell research. Dr Raja Mugasimangalam, CEO, Genotypic Technologies, spoke on "Innovatons in Genomics: High value patents". In his keynote address, BioSpectrum Group Editor, N Suresh, gave an overview of the biotech sector.

Dr A Jayagovind, vice chancellor, NSLIU, Bangalore, Prof. Vijay Chandru, CEO, Strand Life Sciences and Sanjay Vir Singh, registrar, Bangalore University were present at the valedictory function.


BIOZEAL'07: Building insights

The Department of Biotechnology of Mumbai-based Thadomal Shahani Engineering College organized its first ever national level technical festival, BIOZEAL'07 on October 5-6, 2007, which coincided with the college's silver jubilee celebrations.

The first of its kind in Mumbai, BIOZEAL'07 featured events such as paper presentation, poster presentation, quiz and business model competition. It also organized workshops on tools for bioinformatics by Rishi Biotech and on the working of HPLC/PCR equipment. An amalgamation of academicians and technocrats, BIOZEAL '07, drew biotechnologists from all over the country who participated in the various events.

Inaugurating the program, Dr Abhay Wagh, joint director, DTE, said, "India requires 50 times more quality biotechnologists. India's strength unlike other countries is its intellectual manpower. If we work towards utilizing this asset, India will be the supermost power by 2020."

The conferences on nanobiotechnology and IPR, bioethics and biosafety witnessed packed audiences. The workshops on HPLC, fermentor, reverse osmosis unit and equipment saw greater participation. The business modeling competition had 11 teams participating from the Indian domain. The selected teams presented their innovations in the technical paper presentation contest. The workshop on bioinformatics tools saw the participation of 270 people and the conferences on environmental biotechnology also received a good response.

Dr Venkatesh, Professor, IIT Bombay, was the chief guest at the valedictory function of the two-day festival. "BIOZEAL is a journey and this is not the end. It is just the end of the beginning. TSEC will continue its legacy of BIOZEAL in the years to come by. This was our dream and we never knew that it will come to fruition in such a grand way," said the chief coordinators, Pratik Ahuja and Suresh Jain.

The team of BIOZEAL '07 was guided by principal TSEC, Prof. Kranti Kumar and HOD, Department of Biotechnology, RK Pathak.




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