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SGRF organises sixth annual international conference

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NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies conference was organised in Cochin

SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF) recently organised the sixth annual international conference, titled ‘NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT)’ in Cochin.

Sam Santhosh, Promoter of SGRF (SciGenom Research Foundation), a non-profit organisation with the objective of spreading scientific education in the country emphasised the importance Next Generation Sequencing Genomics to the participants at the conference. The conference had interesting sessions like genomics in healthcare, plant, insect biology and genomics, NexGen Sequencing, (NGS) data analysis solution etc.

Dr Oommen V Oommen, Chairman, Kerala State Biodiversity Board was the Chief Guest for the conference along with Kris Gopalakrishnan, Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys who was the guest of honour.

The co-hosts for the NGBT meeting included Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Biology Department), Mumbai; The Centre for the Commercialisation of Antibodies and Biologics and The Toronto Recombinant Antibody Centre, Toronto; Institute of Bioinformatics, Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

The three-day programme had speakers from renowned research institutes from across the globe. Some of the speakers at the meeting include Dr Aakrosh Ratan, University of Virginia, US, Dr Nandula Raghuram, GGS Indraprastha University, Dr Ratna Dua Puri, SGRH, Dr Analabha Basu, NIBMG, Dr VB Reddy, AgriGenome, Dr Ravi Gupta, MedGenome, Dr Andrew Peterson, Sr Director, Genentech, US, Dr Ramprasad VL, COO, Medgenome, Bengaluru, Dr K Thangaraj, Group Leader, Centre for Cell and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Dr Chirantan Bose, MedGenome, Bengaluru.

The conference featured drug discovery as a major theme and encompassed various key note lecturers with a spectrum of expertise from genomics to cancer immunotherapy, to pant genomics and cancer signalling.

Young scholars presented their work as posters and an international panel of experts  judged their scholarship for awards sponsored by journals of repute including Life, PLOS, FEBSJ and Journal of Cell Science. Young scientists got an opportunity to obtain career advice as well as interact with prospective employers as part of this job fair.

Prominent providers of sequencing solutions such as MedGenome and Illumina and various scientific journals and prominent names like Centre for the Commercialisation of Antibodies and Biologics, Agrigenome, Intel, Nanostring, Affymetrix etc., have partnered with SGRF for this conference.

EP News Bureau

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