Symposium with a focus on Biotechnology
A Two days symposium titled ‘Scope, innovations and methods in Biotechnology’ was conducted on August 11-12, 2017 at MET Institute of Pharmacy (Degree). The seminar included presentations by some esteemed speakers. Dr. Smita Lele who spoke on bioprocessing for high value products from fruits. This was followed up by Dr. Nandini Gokulchandran who discussed the potential of stem cells in various disorders especially highlighting its use in incurable neurological disorders. Dr. Susan Thomas spoke on applications of structural bioinformatics. Dr. Indu George discussed agricultural problems and an array of possibilities for the pharmaceutical, food, textile and other industrial applications. Dr. Ajit Datar discussed the Hyphenated Techniques for Biotechnology.
Day two commenced with Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala explaining the process of establishing a Tissue Bank at the Tata Memorial and the challenges faced. Dr. Krishna Iyer discussed DNA and Protein Microarrays. Mr. Vishram Vaidya elaborated on vaccine production methods and scale-up and emphasized on development of vaccines producing a usable, safe antiviral vaccine. The session concluded on the futuristic note of role of Biofuels – Recent advances, challenges and opportunities delivered by Dr. Prakash D. Vaidya. Posters relevant to the seminar topic were presented by some delegates and the students which were adjudged by Dr. Nilesh Khutle.