Atlanta, GA: Bangalore INDIA BIO has established itself as a confluence of the Biotech fraternity in India. This flagship three-day event of the government of Karnataka, began on February 4, 2013 and was attended by over 800 delegates. This event draws the attention of the industry leaders, professionals, engineers and engineering equipments manufacturers from India and abroad. The 13th edition of Bangalore India Bio (BIB) was inaugurated by Jagadish Shettar, Chief Minister, Karnataka and was organized by the Department of Information Technology, Bio-Technology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka and the Vision Group on Biotechnology.
The Government of Karnataka and BIB 2013 presented a “Special Recognition Award” to Atlanta based U.S. India Business and Research Center (USIBRC). Since 2006, USIBRC has been working to connect Indian and US organizations in the fields of health sciences, IT, advanced technologies and education. USIBRC has organized three annual USA India Business Summits (UIBS) and one India’s Supply Chain Conference in Atlanta in last three years.
Founder of USIBRC, Ani Agnihotri is a proactive leader with business acumen and understanding of technology to convert “big picture” vision into implementable business plans. For his contributions to promote U.S.-India business; Agnihotri was chosen by Atlanta Business Chronicle as a finalist for the 2010 Georgia Governor’s International Awards and also featured in the cover page story of Georgia Trend.
Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS) also signed MoU at Bangalore India Bio to fulfill the biotech industry’s needs with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia. The institutions will explore collaboration with potential companies with university research and industry expertise to help train manpower. The MoU is an industry-driven instrument and the Government has taken the role of a facilitator. Ani Agnihotri of USIBRC was a catalyst in bringing this historic agreement signing between the two state institutions and was given the award by Dr. H.P. Kumar, Chairman & Managing Director, NSIC at BIB.
Key dignitaries at the inauguration included Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson, Karnataka Vision Group on Biotechnology; Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon; Prof K Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, SV Ranganath, IAS, Chief Secretary of Karnataka, David Flores, Co-Founder, President and CEO, BioCentury, US; Anne MacColl, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Development International, Scotland;Mark Lytle – Division Director; Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta, Georgia, US and ISN Prasad, IAS, Principal Secretary, Dept of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka.