Report of Participation in Bangalore India Bio, 2016
Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) as part of its continuous efforts to promote biotechnology industries and institute within Gujarat State invited us (GeneXplore Diagnostics and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. GXDRC) to participate in prestigious Bangalore India Bio, 2016. The opportunity given was warmly accepted by GXRDC and Dr. Shiva Shankaran Chettiar, Director and Dr. Jignasa Dattani, Scientific Officer participated in the event. GSBTM, offered a stage in the startup pavilion of Bangalore India Bio, 2016 by providing a stall (B04) in the event to showcase our products and put us on National platform.
The platform provided an relevant exposure of GXRDC among Biotechnology related industries of India. As an startup firm GXRDC could interact with fellow startup companies and the established companies of the field. The event staged congregation of top management team from different industries and companies. Different events were organized during the event to emphasize upcoming and area of national interest, where in eminent personalities, scientist, representative of established organization interacted with the participants in the form of lectures, discussion panels, forum, one to one and further more. Particular events of our interest were rare disease, regenerative therapy and bioinformatics. Apart from these area agro biotechnology Biofuels, Synthetic biology, tomorrow’s medicine were also part of the event. Event organizers also took a note on role of government involvement in the field and thus representative from different state government were also present in the venue to support startups and organization from other states.
The event uniquely had a biopartnership platform, which provided a productive platform for meeting, that could be scheduled through interlink programme and discuss to right person and at the right position to explore collaboration, identify prospects and narrow down to key business alliances. This platform provided strategic space for GXRDC (being a startup) among the nationally and internationally established organization.
One of the major challenges in the field of Biotechnology is skillful human resource, which issue was also wisely subjected by event organizer by incorporating students of Biotech Finishing School, who had spent one year in acquiring knowledge and skill required to be market ready. Several students found organization working in the area of their interest and interaction lead to few interns application and acceptance of the same from the organization.
We would like to summarize by presenting a heartfelt gratitude to Mission Director, GSBTM, entire team of GSBTM for providing the opportunity. Key outcome of our participation in the event is shared by highlighting one MOU discussion with University of Leeds, identification of two Business Associates one from Bangalore and other form Hyderabad, more cost effective suppliers for our test, collaboration with other organization like Dhitiomics to complement each other in market and get few application of interns to work with us for next six months.
I again personally thank Shri. S. N. Tyagi, Mission Director, Dr. Madhvi Joshi, Sector Specialist, Dr. Snehal Bagtharia, Sector Spectialist, Dr. Anand Bhadelkar, Sector Specialist, Dr. Jayshankar, Sector Specialist and all other team members of GSBTM who personally took care of our comfort and facilitating our interactions during the complete event.
Day wise update:
February 9, 2016
First day of the event as always started with quite a rush to reach the venue, registration, preparation of the stall and attending the inaugural session. The inauguration was marked with key dignitaries like Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Honorable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. VijayRaghavan, Secretary Department of Biotechnology, Dr. Kiran Majumdar, Director Biocon Limited, Ms. Manjula, Principal Secretory IT&BT. Further speaker like Prof. Sharad Chandra and Dr. VijayRaghavan enlighten the gathering with key concerns and opportunities in the field of Biotechnology. Event then progressed by exhibitors and lunch followed by programmes like Making tomorrow’s Medicine, Oncology and Precision Medicine and Rare Disease and Orphan Drugs. Evening was adored by Biotech Conclave with panelist across the field of Biotechnology discussing on policy to future role of industry, academia and government officials. First day ended with a grand Dinner at Hotel Lalit Ashok.
February 10, 2016
Second day started with parallel session in different halls of hotel Lalit Ashok emphasizing on different topics like Agribiotech, Regenerative Medicine, Synthetic Biology, Biofuels, IoT in Healthcare, Biotech Finishing Schools, etc. Day, apart from different events hosted the biopartnership platform were in all participants could schedule meetings and discuss business prospects for each other’s organization. Honorable Minister of Karnataka State Mr. K. C. George, was present to greet the participants and announce awards in different category. Of all the awards distributed best showcasing to Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission and a startup award to Gujarat Eco Microbial Technologies were notable.
February 11, 2016
Third day of the event was marked by Bio investors forum, where some new concepts were presented with participation of some venture capitalist and participants were updated with upcoming funding government supported and private supported avenues. Followed by lunch and bioquiz.
Participation of GeneXplore Diagnostics and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. had availed new avenues for exploring and prospects that could have only met a large gathering like this. Below is listed some of them.
- Interaction with fellow startup companies from Gujarat and meeting entrepreneurs.
- Understanding the need of industry for genomic services and sectors which we can serve.
- Discussion for MOU on academic and intellectual exchange with University of Leeds.
- Discussion with Ms.Anantha Laxmi, a consultant on regulatory affairs for trade in UK, so as to gain access to provide service to some UK based researchers.
- Identification of two Business Associates in Bangalore (Genelon Institute of Lifescience Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore) and Hyderabad (Smart Labtech Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad).
- Interaction with laboratory consumable supplier for better cost effective products.
- Introduction to new technologies that can be substituted to known clastogens like Ethidium bromide.
- A step towards collaboration with companies in the field of Genetic Diagnosis to complement each others’ strength.
- Leeds on few Consultant for Business development (BD) and strategies to enhance the BD capacity of the company.
- Exposure to various government schemes that could support Startups in the field of Biotechnology.
- One to one interaction with couple of investors in the form of Bank and Venture Capitalist.
GeneXplore Diagnostics and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. look forward for such support and endorsement from Government of Gujarat in similar and international platforms. We would like to contribute as one of the stakeholder in development and progress of the field. It is note of appreciation on behalf of all startup companies in Gujarat to Policy making and executing authorities of Government of Gujarat.