India, Japan collaborate in key research areas of life sciences

The cooperation in life sciences and other areas extends a long history of collaboration between two powerhouses of Asian research and innovation

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The secretary, DST, Dr T Ramasami and Prof Ryoji Noyori, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2001), President RIKEN, Japan at the MoU signing event in New Delhi

The department of science and technology (DST) alongwith department of biotechnology (DBT), ministry of science and technology and RIKEN, Japan's largest research organization have signed collaborative agreements to launch joint research programs in the fields of biology, life sciences and material sciences. These include genome-related research including systems Biology, computational science including development of bioinformatics tools, detection tools (e.g. spectroscopy) for security and other areas of mutual interest.

The Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed by Prof Ryoji Noyori, president of RIKEN and Dr T Ramasami, secretary, DST and Dr K VijayRaghavan, secretary, DST. This will formally launch the RIKEN- DBT&DST Joint Research activities.

The cooperation will facilitate exchange and foster collaborations between Japan and India, in these fields. The laboratory on materials sciences would be a collaboration between Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc )and RIKEN and will be funded by the DST. The laboratory on neurosciences and developmental biology is collaboration between the National Centre for Biological Science (NCBS/TIFR), the Institute for Stem Biology and Regenerative Medicine (INSTEM) and RIKEN Center for Cell and Developmental Biology, and will be funded by the DBT.

Speaking on the occasion Dr K Vijay Raghwan, secretary, DBT said this MoU will usher in a new era of cooperation in the area of innovations and techniques for the agricultural and pharmacological industries in India.

"For us at DBT, this MoU will usher in a new era of cooperation in the area of innovations and techniques for the agricultural and pharmacological industries in India, added Dr Vijay Ragwan later.

 

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