Self-reliance cannot be achieved without the active participation from industries-Solanki.

Chandigarh, Oct 4 – India’s dream of scientific self-reliance cannot be achieved without the active participation from industries. The academicians have been working in isolation and therefore intended objectives could not be met properly. It is need of the hour that they should collaborate with industries.

This was stated by Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solani while addressing the inaugural session of Industry-Academia conclave- 2017 organized by CSIR- Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), here today. The three-day international conference, which will continue till October 6, aims at engaging industry and academic leaders to discuss current unmet medical needs globally.

The Governor suggested that such close interactions would pave path to forge new research and development partnership and alliances between industry and research Institutions, and lead to more product and technology development output.

Prof. Solanki said that CSIR-IMTECH has come a long way in realising the dream of a world class research and development institution and is aggressively moving from creating isolated laboratories to collaborating for innovation complexes. Partnerships between industry and academia have yielded great stride in research for IMTECH as has been witnessed by therapeutic use of clot buster Streptokinase for the public at large at affordable cost.

Director, IMTECH, Dr. Anil Koul, Chief Operating Officer, Janssen R and D, Dr. Stef Heylen and Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, USA, Dr. Pinaki Panigrahi also spoke on this occasion.

Others present on the occasion included Senior Advisor for Global Health and Innovation, Sunpharma, India, Mr. Altaf Lal and Canadian Consul General in Chandigarh, Mr. Christopher Gibbins.