17.02.2014

Barañao opened the 2014 BioAsia International Fair

The Minister of Science, Mr. Lino Barañao, started today the official mission in the Republic of India. During the first day he participated in the Biotechnology fair, held meetings with officials and visited a science and technology center.

Barañao opened the 2014 BioAsia International Fair

The Minister of Science, Lino Barañao at the opening ceremony of the 2014 BioAsia fair [Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of Argentina in the Republic of India]

The Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Mr. Lino Barañao, began today in Hyderabad the official mission through the Republic of India, where he participated in the opening ceremony of the 2014 BioAsia international fair and in the meetings with local authorities, including the governor of Andhra Pradesh, Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshminarasimhan Narasimhan. The mission will run until February 21 and the visit to the New Delhi, the India capital city, together with the national director of International Relations of the Ministry, Mr. Águeda Menvielle is scheduled.

"When I think about Argentina I think about innovation and technology", Barañao said in his speech.

During the first day, Barañao met the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshminarasimhan Narasimhan, they exchanged ideas and talked about the importance of science and technology for local development. Later, the head of the ministry of Science visited the Center for Genetics and Diagnostics, where he was welcomed by the director of that Institution, Mr. Gowrishankar Jayaraman and researchers. It is noteworthy that the center works on issues relating to the identity of individuals after disasters, forensic cases and issues related to human trafficking.

In the afternoon, Barañao gave a welcoming speech at the 2014 BioAsia international fair, where the presence of Argentine companies was highlighted. In his presentation, Barañao referred to the need of strengthening international cooperation in biotechnology to address the challenges posed by the growth of humanity in the production of food, energy and health. In this regard, he highlighted the work of Argentina, characterized by a high efficiency in agricultural development. The Minister cited some specific examples, such as developments in vegetal biotechnology conducted by Mrs. Raquel Chan and her team of researchers and scholars from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) and her discovery of drought-tolerant gene, and the recent research work conducted by the team of scientists led by Gabriel Rabinovich about the progress of the fight against cancer, among other successful examples. "When I think about Argentina I think about innovation and technology", Barañao concluded his speech.

Finally, the Minister of Science met the principal secretary of the Indian government for Industrial Promotion, K. Pradeep Chandra. During the meeting, the officials discussed the work in scientific technological poles, as the existing Argentine case in La Matanza, and the possibility of developing bilateral cooperation for the generation of medical devices.

The official mission organized by the National Directorate of International Relations under the Science portfolio, continue on 18 and 19 in Hyderabad, before visiting New Delhi. On Thursday 20 in the capital visits at the Institute for Integrative Genome and Biology and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Corporation National Research are scheduled. During closure, Barañao will meet with his Indian counterpart, Shri Sudini Jaipal Reddy.

It should be noted that Argentina and India maintain a program of cooperation in science and technology including the initiative called "mobility of researchers", which took place in 2005, 2006 and 2011. The two countries are involved in 18 projects funded with contributions from the European Union. Meanwhile the programme RAICES (Network of Argentine Researchers and Scientists Living Abroad), under the Ministry of Science aims to promote repatriation and links with Argentine scientists residing abroad, also has a presence in India, registering 72 Argentine based in that country. It is noteworthy that other official visits to the Republic of India have been made in 2004 and 2009, showing the fruitful relationship between the two nations.

About BioAsia

BioAsia is an international exhibition that seeks to enhance innovations, discoveries and solutions, by offering a global platform for the convergence of biotechnology companies, research institutes, investors, analysts and regulators. With an objective of optimizing the business potential of biotech, BioAsia provides a dynamic platform for companies to exhibit and launch their products and services. BioAsia encourages knowledge and experience sharing amongst young research scientists and academics to promote innovations and initiatives through appropriate awards and recognitions.  The fair is an Asian portal to explore the immense potential of biotechnology.

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