Hyderabad: The annual global life sciences summit BioAsia which is being hosted by the government of Telangana, is all set to host its 16th edition from February 25 to 27 in Hyderabad. Focusing on sectors like pharma, lifesciences, healthcare and biotechnology industry, the edition will be inaugurated by Governor of Telangana E S L Narasimhan.
In the last 15 editions of BioAsia about Rs 15,000 crore-worth investment has come to Hyderabad and over 16,000 business partnerships with 250 memorandum of understandings and/or letters of intents have been signed at the forum. Representatives from 95 countries have participated in the event and this year the event is expecting 1,500 delegates from 50 countries including India. The 16th edition has South Korea as its partner country along with participation from South Africa and Spain. In addition to the State of Telangana, the States of Karnataka, Odisha, Gujarat and Assam have joined hands to organise the event.
Speaking to reporters at the curtain raiser event, Telangana Industries principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan said, “This year we will be having three new things to be offered at the event – first is the startups stage wherein 75 startups will be showcasing their innovations and these are startups not only from India but from countries like the US, Canada, Estonia and others; second is the separate platform being set up for the MSME called the MSME pavilion wherein we are expecting 200 participants and thirdly we will be having a scientific enabler pavilion wherein institutions like IICT, CCMB and DRL Institute of Life Sciences will be showcasing their innovation.”
The event will have 100 eminent speakers from across the globe, including Prof. Krishnamurthy Subramaniam, chief economic advisor to government of India, Dr. Don Cleveland, Ludwig Cancer Research, University of California, San Diego (Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences 2018), Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Dr. S Eswara Reddy, DCGI, CDSCO and K T Rama Rao, Working President, TRS.