Dignitaries at the Bangalore INDIA BIO 2014. (L-R) Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon, Shri S R Patil, Hon'ble Minister for IT, BT and S&T, Planning & Statistics, Government of Karnataka, Mr Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology
The Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, Vision Group on Biotechnology and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications on September 27th, 2013, announced that Bangalore INDIA BIO (BIB) 2014, with the core theme, ‘Biotech for a Better Tomorrow', will be held from February 10-12, 2014, at The Lalit Ashok, Bangalore.
The announcement was made by Shri S R Patil, Hon'ble Minister for IT, Biotech and S&T, Planning and Statistics, Government of Karnataka, in the presence of Dr Kiran Mazumdar-shaw, Chairperson, Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology & CMD, Biocon Ltd., Mr Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology and industry representatives.
Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw addressed the gathering by speaking on the future prospects of biotech industry. She said, "Biotechnology, for a country like India, ensures food security, health security and energy security. Environmental sustainability is something that is gaining a lot of momentum. Bangalore is at an advantageous position in this sector. I believe that the biotech sector has been handcuffed and made to run on regulations which has been very draconian, and we need to fight for regulatory norms that allows us to build this sector."
Nobel Laureate Sir John Bertrand Gurdon will deliver a distinguished lecture at this much awaited India's biggest biotech show. Also, 2013's World Food Prize Laureate Em. Prof Marc Van Montagu, Founder and Chairman, Institute for Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), Belgium, will address the gathering.
Mr Srivatsa Krishna added that today's biotechnology can become the IT of tomorrow. He said, "Karnataka is India's IT and biotech capital. The IT industry in India today is worth Rs 6.43 lakh crore and the biotech industry in comparison is Rs 23,500 crore. I see no reason why today's biotechnology can't become the IT of tomorrow. IT has a road map which the biotech industry can emulate and exceed."