Drug development is neglected in our country: Dr. Flora
Arsenic toxicity caused diseases incurable: Dr. Flora
Good research and planning needed to develop drugs in our country: Dr. Flora
A three-day International Conference on Biotechnology and Nanotechnology under the auspices of Indian Science Congress Association, Jaipur Chapter organized by the department of biotechnology of The IIS University commenced on Saturday.
In the inaugural session, Dr. Ashok Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, The IIS University, welcomed the chief guest and all the delegates, invited speakers, and research scholars. Dr. Pradeep Bhatnagar, Dean, Faculty of Science while acquainting the gathering with the aims and objectives of the conference said that this century has been nicknamed as the era of biotechnology and nanotechnology.
Associate Director of Defense Research and Development Establishment, Gwalior Dr. S.J.S. Flora delivered the keynote address on the occasion. He talked about drug development: Journey from lab to human trial. He has spent 34 years in drug development but he was saddened to say that drug development is one science that is largely neglected in our country. He also said that not even a single drug is originated from our government institutions due to lack of research and planning and it is a matter of great worry.
In his speech he also talked about diseases caused due to arsenic toxicity. As of now, there is no drug which can cure arsenic caused diseases, he said. Dr. Flora is working on a drug to cure arsenic related diseases and it’s on trial stage.
The first day of the conference had two sessions. During its first session, Dr. V K Bhalla from IMTECH Chandigarh talked about the use of nanotechnology in the field of medicine. He discussed lateral flow test device which can be used by a common man at home to detect diseases in the primary stage.
Prof. Y. Singh from the University of Delhi talked about tuberculosis disease. He said that it is very necessary to cure this disease once it gets detected otherwise this disease becomes drug resistant. And once it becomes drug resistant only injections can cure it but it has several side effects. He also said that very soon a medicine will be launched in India that will replace injections and will cure the disease from its roots.
This conference will conclude in five technical sessions wherein 30 research scholars will present their research papers and 77 posters will be displayed. These sessions are covering various topics from the vast area of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology including industrial biotechnology, ecosphere and environment, cellular and molecular biology and translational therapeutic agents and tools of the 21st century.
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