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Drive to promote awareness on bioinformatics

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INBIOS-Bioinformatics Society of India, a voluntary, non-profit organisation, has lined up a series of initiatives sessions across the country to create awareness on the potential of bioinformatics and as a new career option.

In one such initiative, Inbios hosted a two-day industry-academia interactive session termed Brainstorm 2003 in Hyderabad on April 5-6 at G. Pulla Reddy College of Pharmacy in Hyderabad.

The meet deliberated on the status of bioinformatics in India and education opportunities to address this space and related industry issues, according to an Inbios communique.

Ms Anuradha Acharya of Ocimum Biosolutions said while there is scope for industry-academia collaborations, there is greater possibility of industry-industry collaborative initiatives. Citing an instance, she felt a bioinformatics company could associate with biotech and pharma companies, which can be mutually beneficial.

Dr R. Jagannathan of Prayognet pointed out the importance of tapping the domestic market by focussing on application of various bioinformatics to medicinal plant and ayurveda-related research initiatives.

Experts at the meet suggested that software engineering students could lay special emphasis on computational aspects of bioinformatics and science graduates could equip themselves with analytical skills particularly for biological data using bioinformatics techniques and skill-sets.

The Indian expertise and strengths in the information technology space can be effectively leveraged to make the country a major centre for bioinformatics.

Highlighting the importance of networking, Mr Mohan of The Hindu said that the use of open source and collaborative group learning are vital for the growth of this sector.

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