Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson, Karnataka’s Vision Group on Biotechnology and CMD of Biocon, addressing the conference
This annual biotechnology (BT) event is organized by the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka, Vision Group on Biotechnology and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications.
Eminent guests present at the curtain raiser were Shri S R Patil, minister for IT, BT and S&T, Planning and Statistics, Government of Karnataka; Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson, Karnataka's Vision Group on Biotechnology and CMD of Biocon; and Mr Srivatsa Krishna, IAS, secretary to Government, Department of IT, BT and S&T. Bangalore India Bio 2015 will consist of multi-track conferences, international trade show, distinguished lectures and talks, InterlinX biopartnering, bio excellence awards, bioquiz, and networking events.
The trade show will have a special ‘IT4BT Pavilion' to bring the IT and BT fraternity under one roof showcasing the latest technologies and to understand the industry requirements.
The BIB is expected to witness about 100 exhibitors, 3000-plus business visitors, and international representations from more than 20 countries including the USA, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. The Bangalore India Bio 2015 will also allow young researchers to present their innovations through ‘Poster Sessions - Walkway of Discovery'.
For the first time, the event will also feature new sessions such as Top Guns Talks, Young Guns Roundtable, Global Biotech Conclave, and Secretaries Conclave.
"The Prime Minister has initiated the ‘Make in India' mission, which is about manufacturing and ‘Swacha Bharat Abhiyan' dealing with cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation. In both these initiatives, biotechnology has a role to play. Through this, the government is keen to enact biomanufacturing and fermentation manufacturing, presenting India with enormous opportunities," added Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.
"There are emerging opportunities where Bangalore-based companies are doing what it takes to become globally relevant in the area of biofuels and other aspects of biotechnology," Dr Mazumdar-Shaw further opined.