The programme saw industry leaders and academia under one roof to discuss opportunities to build a culture of innovation and translational research in India
Dr Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences (DRILS) has conducted a day long symposium ‘DRILS Synergy 2015’ with the objective of fostering the ‘industry academia ecosystem.’ The event was attended by YS Chowdary, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Dilip Shanghvi, Founder and Managing Director, Sun Pharma, Satish Reddy, Chairman, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories and GV Prasad, Co-Chairman and CEO, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, besides delegates from leading pharmaceutical companies, academic and research institutions.
DRILS Synergy 2015 is a first-of-its-kind programme that brought together industry leaders and academia under one roof to discuss opportunities to build a culture of innovation and translational research in India. As part of the programme, two panel discussions were held on ‘Synergistic Industry Academic Ecosystem: Innovate in India and ‘De-risking innovation and gearing up for the future: A perspective in the life sciences.’
An interactive web portal was also hosted through which the institute would be openly accessible to anyone. The goal of the portal is to support people who have innovative ideas and need a guide, a lab, or a mentor all of which are available in the form of the expertise and experience at the Institute. The purpose of the interactions will be to develop ideas to a pilot and then eventually a product or a service that helps society at large and create long term value. Mentoring and guidance, assistance in fund-raising and pilot testing are all ways in which the institute can help.
GV Prasad, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories said, DRILS Synergy is a forum to address the core opportunities and challenges in the industry. We strongly believe that collaboration between industry and academia will create a culture of innovation and great amount of research and productive work that can benefit the entire industry.