Updated on 5 March 2014
The event was organized by Federation of Biotech Association, Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council (Pharmexil) and Government of Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad: With emphasis on cutting-edge innovations this year, BioAsia 2014 under the theme ‘Innovate. Evolve.' kick-started its highly anticipated three-day conference on February 17, 2014, at the Hyderabad International Convention Center in Hyderabad.
The guests of honor comprised of Dr Lino Baranao, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology, Argentina; Mr Kim Sang-Pyo, Hon'ble Vice Governor, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea; Dr Antonio Juan Bonfatti, Hon'ble Governor, Santa Fe, Argentina; Mr Patrick Suckling, Hon'ble Australian High Commissioner; and Mr Andrew McAllister, Hon'ble British Deputy High commissioner.
During the inaugural ceremony, Dr K V Raghavan, chairman of BioAsia's organizing committee, scientist and emeritus and former director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, said, "The decade saw an outstanding success in attracting international partners, breaking innovation and business opportunities at the doorsteps of biotechnology industry in India. Over 60 percent of the participants here are from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and 15 percent of them are CROs and CMOs."
The key note was delivered by Mr G V Prasad, chairman and CEO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, and Mr Chris Stirling, global head, life sciences, KPMG, UK.
Mr Andrew McAllister in his speech added, "We will be exploring opportunities in the life sciences sector, sharing knowledge and conducting businesses. This is an auspicious start. The UK's relationship with India at social level is of tremendous importance. The Indian diaspora is larger than any other minority community in the UK. The Indian life sciences is engaged in world-class work."