'BANGALORE BIO-2008' begins Apr 24

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Bangalore, Apr 22 (UNI) 'Global Partnership' will be the focal theme at the eighth edition of India's biggest biotech event 'Bangalore Bio-2008' to be held here from April 24 to 26.

Talking to newspersons here today, Karnataka IT and BT Secretary Ashok Kumar C Manoli said event had become 'the most preferred destination' for leaders, experts, manufacturers, researchers and service providers from the biotech fraternity to seek and set new directions for this emerging sector.

About 150 exhibitors from India and abroad and 650 delegates, including 100 from 15 foreign countries, would participate in the three-day event.

Merck and Co Inc, one of the world's biggest pharma companies,was the global partner while Australia (Victoria State) was the country partner coming with 18 companies and a delegation of 40 professionals.

France was participating as the international partner with 15 organisations and a delegation of 45 biotech experts.

Nobel Laureate Sidney Altman of Yale University in the US would inaugurate the event and Union Secretary for BT M K Bhan would deliver the keynote address at the inaugural function.

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