4th Edition of Bangalore Nano successfully concluded

by Agencies    Dec 13, 2011

The 4th edition of Bangalore Nano, organized by The Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka under the guidance of Vision Group on Nanotechnology, concluded on December 9, Friday.

At the valedictory function, Dr. V.S. Acharya, Minister for Higher Education, Planning & Statistics, Muzrai, Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka said, “I am glad to be here. I am delighted to note Bangalore Nano has created a unique platform to deliberate on present trends in Bangalore on nanotechnology and the various aspects of industry. Nano technology has become the revolution of the 21st century. The government will take necessary steps to include nanotechnology in the education systems.”

This two day event featured top global intellects, entrepreneurs and organizations in the field of Nanotechnology.

Introduced this year, the India Nanotech Innovation Award was presented to Panacea Biotech. The Malhotra Weikfield Foundation Award were given to five budding scientists from leading institution in India.

Young Scientists and Researchers from Institutions like IISc, JNCASR, IITs, NCBS and international Universities showcased several new concepts and ideas in the Poster Session.

The tradeshow featured 25 exhibitors from across the globe. Cumulatively organizations from 12 countries like Russia, Germany, USA, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and France were participants.

Seven startups were given a platform to pitch for investments or collaborations from the VCs and Institutions under the Research Industry Collaboration Hub (RICH) programme.

“There was terrific interest and leads through exhibition. In fact we had a record number of enquiries at a show, ever.” said, Tom Wallik of Nano Ink.

Mr. Ashok Betraj from Apsara Innovations said, “Bangalore Nano was very useful for us. We received excellent response and this event would generate good business for us. We would like to participate next year too.”

Mr. Abhinandan Chiney a young researcher from Tata Consultancy Services-TRDDC said, “The tutorials were of the highest quality. It is a very good concept and getting academicians to talk was a master Stroke. The talks were well balanced, not too advanced nor too basic. I’m looking forward to Bangalore Nano next year.”

R Shivakumaran a scientist from ISRO who attended the tutorials in Nano Materials & Nano Sensors, said, “The tutorials was of very high quality to enhance our knowledge in fundamentals as well as applications.” Prof. Ullrich Steiner, University of Cambridge, UK said, “its an excellent opportunity for scientists from other nations to interact with their Indian counterparts.”

Dr. Shantikumar Nair, Amrita Center for Nanosciences, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi –Said, “the tutorials is an excellent feature that been introduced for the first time. Its an excellent platform for students to gain knowledge about the basic as well as practical aspects of nano science & nano technology. Mr. Jean-Charles Guibert of Minatec, France, said, “The involvement of government bodies will definitely help to formulate new policies and strategies for making best use of the knowledge generated in this area. Bangalore Nano is an important event where people from India as well as other nations can meet and interact.”

Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur said- “this platform is very good for interaction and networking for future collaboration and i had a very fruitful interaction with fellow speakers.” Prof. Srinivas Sridhar - NSF Nanomedicine Science and Technology Program, Boston University, USA said “it is the first time such a symposium has been organised on nanomedicines.”