Updated on 22 October 2012
On this occasion, the DBT innovator awards were also distributed among various companies for their innovative projects in the different areas. The meeting saw close to 150 persons from industry and academia coming together to share ideas and new information. The exhibitions and the round table sessions in the areas of agriculture, diagnostics, drugs and vaccines, and green technology were the unique highlight of the meet.
The first plenary session was on transformation from science to business for biotech companies. The session captured the experiences of entrepreneurs and start-ups. The moderators included Dr Utkarsh Palnitkar, MD, Pluripotent Capital; Dr Anand Anandkumar, chairman and MD, Cellworks Research India; The panelists for this session included Professor K Ramachandran, Indian School of Business; Dr Sanjay Singh, CEO, Gennova Biopbarrnaceuticals; Dr Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, MD and CEO, IKP Knowledge Park; Dr Vinay Konaje, founder and director, Navya Biologicals; Mr Pankaj Sharma, CEO, LeadInvent Technologies; Mr Sidhant Jena, CEO, Janacare Solutions.
On the second day, four parallel sessions were organized in the areas of vaccines, diagnostics, biomedical implants and devices, agriculture and industrial processes. The focus was on the key challenges and opportunities for taking each sector forward.
Panel I, which held discussions on drugs and vaccines, included moderators like Dr V S Chauhan, director, ICGEB; Dr Rajat Goyal, country director, IAVI. The panelists included eminent individuals like Dr T S Rao, adviser, DBT; Mr Rayasam Prasad, COO, Biological E; Dr Umesh Shaligram, director, R&D, Serum Institute of India; Dr Goutam Ghosh, VP, technology management group, Panacea Biotec; Dr Ashwini Nangia, director, technical, Crystalin Research; Dr K Mosuvan, MD, Tergene Biotech; and Dr Radha Rangarajan, CEO, Vitas Pharma Research.
The panel II, which was on biomedical devices and diagnostics, included moderators like Dr Navin Khanna, group leader, ICGEB, and Dr B V Ravi Kumar, MD, XCyton Diagnostics. The panelists included individuals like Dr Balram Bhargava, ED, SIB Center, AIIMS; Dr Alok Ray, professor, IIT, New Delhi; Dr Alka Sharma, scientist F, DBT; Mr Yashdeep Kumar, MD, Stryker India; Dr Gnasekaran V, GM, Perfint Healthcare; Mr Dinesh Kumar, director, DESIGNINNOVA ; Dr Rohit Srivastava, assoc. professor, IIT Mumbai and Mr Avijit Bansal, SIB Fellow, SIB Center.