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Bio India Delegation feted by GIACC

Umah Papachan
June 2009
Bio India Delegation feted by GIACC

Indian participants from the biotechnology industry were feted by the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) in partnership with the India China American Institute (ICA), in a recent dinner at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University here in Atlanta.

The 110 delegates mainly made up of CEOs from the Indian biotechnological sector, Government Ministers and officials from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Department of Biotechnology & Association of Biotechnology Enterprises (ABLE) were attending the recent 2009 BIO International Convention at the Georgia World Congress Centre.

Led by the CII and ABLE, its mission “is to facilitate partnerships between India and USA in the form of joint R&D, biotechnological transfers, joint ventures and to increase greater cooperation between academia and private industries,” says Dr. Anjan Das, CII’s Senior Director of Technology, Innovation & Life Sciences.

It’s also an effort to create awareness about the biotech industry and the potential of a billion dollar investment in India, according to Dr. Purnima Sharma, Managing Director of Biotech Consortium India Ltd. based in New Delhi.

“We are here to network and build bridges. It’s also an effort by the Indian biotech industry to reach out and build initiatives. India has a long way to go in our quest to be a world-class biotech hub. Our mission is also to attract investments by offering attractive incentives,” Dr. Sharma adds.

As a good host Dr. Jagdish Sheth, senior advisor of GIACC says, “our role is very important as a non-governmental organization to develop and improve the economic, commercial and financial relations between India and the State of Georgia. This delegation represents one of a series of high-profile activities carried by GIACC to increase awareness of the rising role of India in the global economy.”

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