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Students from UP, Finland win first Biotech Online poster competition organized by Karnataka Government

Bengaluru, 5 October 2020: Mr Deepansh Mody, a biotech student from the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, Uttar Pradesh and Ms Ambrin Farizah Babu, studying at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland were the joint First Prize winners of the Biotech Online Poster Competition.

Their posters were in microbiome and metabolomics subjects. They both got a prize money of Rs 15,000 each. Mr Varun Ullanat of R V College won the second prize of Rs 10,000 for his posted related to Alzheimer’s treatment. The third prize of Rs 10,000 was bagged by Ms Nilofar Karim of Amity Institute of Molecular Medicine and Stemcell Research at Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

The Biotech Online poster presentation organized jointly by K-Tech, Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) and media platform, Biotecnika and Stempeutics, was done completely online in the last week of September. The prize distribution was also done online on September 30. K-Tech is part of the Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society, Department of IT, BT & ST of Government of Karnataka. The prizes were sponsored by Sea6Energy, JIVA Sciences and Skanray. Internships were sponsored by Cosmosid and Renalyx. IBAB was the Knowledge Partner.

Addressing the students online, ABLE President Mr Shrikumar Suryanarayan highlighted the immense role biotechnology plays, particularly during these days of COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated the technology’s powers to feed, heal and fuel the world, touching all aspects of our lives.

“ We supported the event to provide an opportunity to young biotechnologists both in academia and industry to showcase their research work and enable possible collaborations,” said Ms Meena Nagaraj, MD, KITS.

A 7-member jury shortlisted 30 finalists from over 1000 posters received under 10 different categories from students, research scholars, and biotech professionals from across the country. The posters were available for online viewing on Biotecnika platform and for voting by industry professionals and public. The jury members were: Dr H S Subramanya (IBAB), Dr Raja Mugasimangalam (Genotypic Technologies), Dr H E Shashidhar ( Cultiva AgriTech), Dr Ramesh Bhat ( UAS-Dharwad), Dr Kshitish Acharya (IBAB), Dr Taslimarif Saiyed(C-CAMP) and Dr Satya Dash( NCL-Venture Center)

In his concluding remarks of the competition, ABLE COO Mr Narayanan Suresh urged the students to convert these ideas into good business plans and aim to launch startups so that the benefits do not just stay in the laboratories but move to the wider society.

The first prize winning poster of Mr Deepansh Mody was titled, “Exploiting the gut microbiome trialogue with microRNAs and host gene expression to treat COVID-19 related cardiac hypertension. Mr Babu’s joint first prize winning poster was titled,” Metabolomics-based machine learning method for the discovery and characterization of biomarkers implicated in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

The second prize winning poster of Mr Ullanat was titled, “Transcriptomic analysis of the entorhinal regions of symptomatic and asymptomatic Alzheimer’s patients.” The third prize winning entry of Ms Karim was titled,” Bioethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass by co-fermentation using Zymomonas mobilis and pichia stipitis in bioreactor.”

The Biotech Online poster presentation organized jointly by K-Tech, Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) and media platform, Biotecnika and Stempeutics, was done completely online in the last week of September.

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