• 7 February 2008
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ABLE appoints Shrikumar as its honorary director general

The Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) has appointed Shrikumar Suryanarayan as honorary director general of ABLE.

Shrikumar has 23 years of experience in the biotech industry and is well networked among the national and international biotech fraternity. He holds a BTech in chemical engineering from IIT Madras and an MTech in biochemical engineering and biotechnology from IIT Delhi.

During his stint as head of research at Biocon, Shrikumar developed the novel bioreactor (plafractor) for solid state fermentation. He is a visiting faculty at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery and PhD thesis co-supervisor at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden, member of the Research Advisory Committee, Department of Biotechnolgy, IIT Madras and member of the Board, IIT Madras Research Park. He was an invited member to the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India's energy brainstorming session on "Energy Biosciences Strategy for India."


Dr Pachauri gets Padma Vibhushan

Renowned environmentalist Rajendra K Pachauri has been honored with the Padma Vibhushan. Dr Pachauri, who has been the chairman of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since April 2002, has a double PhD from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, in industrial engineering and economics. He has headed The Energy Research Institute (formerly the Tata Energy Research Institute) in New Delhi since 1981, first as director, and since April 2001 as director-general. In October 2007, the IPCC was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Recently Pachauri was conferred a honorary degree of Panjab University.


Dr Sapatnekar receives JAPI award
Dr SM Sapatnekar, dean of Clinical Research Institute, has been judged as 'Best Referee' by the Journal of Association of Physicians of India (JAPI) for 2007. The award is given to the referee on the criteria of unbiased approach, promptitude, sharpness, diversity in domain knowledge and consistency in performance. Dr Sapatnekar is the former dean of Mumbai-based Haffkine Institute.

On the occasion of announcing the award, Dr Shashank R Joshi, noted Mumbai-based endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, and current editor of JAPI said, "Dr Sapatnekar has exhibited his flair particularly for the statistical analysis of scientific data; medico-legal and ethical aspects of internal medicine."


Ranbaxy honors Indian scientists and young science scholars
Ranbaxy Science Foundation (RSF), a non-profit organization set up by Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (RLL), has announced its 19th Annual Research Awards for the year 2006 to Indian scientists in recognition of their outstanding research contributions made in the fields of medical and pharmaceutical sciences. The Foundation also announced its first Annual Science Scholarship Awards to the young and brilliant upcoming new generation of scientists.

The awards were presented by renowned Nobel Laureate Prof. David Baltimore, President Emeritus, Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, USA at a special function held recently at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi. A total of five scientists and four science scholars were honored with the awards.

The award winners in the various categories are:

Medical sciences, basic research: Dr Ashok R Venkitaraman, The Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research, University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, UK and Dr Amitabha Chattopadhyay, deputy director, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

Dr Venkitaraman receives the award for his contributions in understanding the molecular basis of immune recognition and elucidating the genetic basis of cancer. Dr Chattopadhyay receives the award for his outstanding contributions in establishing the role of hippocampal serotonin1 receptor as a useful system to address important disease related mechanisms.

Medical research: Dr Gautam Chaudhuri, professor, department of molecular and medical pharmacology and professor and executive chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, USA, receives the award for his outstanding research contributions in elucidating the pharmacology of VEGF which lead to the discovery of important anti-hypertensive drugs.

Clinical research: Dr Subrat Kumar Acharya, professor and head, department of gastroenterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, receives the award for his outstanding work in the area of acute liver diseases.

Pharmaceutical sciences: Dr Rakesh Kumar, professor of molecular and cellular oncology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA, receives the award for his contributions in the field of cellular signaling systems, which may be responsible for cancer cell metastases.

Ranbaxy Science Scholarship Awards
Beginning 2007, the Foundation also instituted Ranbaxy Science Scholarship Awards with an aim to recognize and reward the brilliant and young science scholars to stimulate their interest in research. Each research award carries a citation, trophy and a cash incentive of Rs 1 lakh whereas each science scholarship award carries a certificate and a scholarship of Rs 50,000. The winners are:

Medical sciences: Dr Karishma S Kaushik, PG student, department of microbiology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune; Aseem Mishra, graduate Student, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi; Tanweer Hussain, PhD student, structural biology lab, CCMB, Hyderabad.

Pharmaceutical sciences: Prem N Gupta, national doctoral fellow, drug delivery research laboratory, department of pharmaceutical sciences, Dr HS Gour University, Sagar (Madhya Pradesh).

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