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March 01, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

Biotech India 2003 Exhibition Hall Opening Ceremony (February 2003). From left to right: Mr. G.K. Raman (Executive Officer, Confederation of Indian Industry), Dr. Arthur Carty (President, National Research Council Canada), Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon India Ltd.), Mr. D.S. Brar (CEO and Managing Director, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd) (foreground), Dr. George Iwama (Director General, Institute for Marine Biosciences, National Research Council Canada) (background). NRC recently wrapped up a technology mission to India, a critical first step towards expanded science and technology collaborations between Canada and India. International collaborations create new business opportunities for Canadian firms and stimulate world-class science and technology.

The mission involved a broad range of participants from the public and private sectors. Besides senior NRC scientists and researchers, the Canadian delegation included representatives from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada, MDS Sciex, Agwest Biotech and representatives of biotech companies and universities from Western Canada. The delegation participated in Biotech India 2003, which is part of the Confederation of Indian Industry's 15th International Engineering and Technology Fair (IETF2003). IETF2003 is Asia's largest industry fair bringing together over 200,000 business visitors from more than 35 countries.

Biotech India 2003 Exhibition Hall Opening Ceremony (February 2003). From left to right: Mr. G.K. Raman (Executive Officer, Confederation of Indian Industry), Dr. Arthur Carty (President, National Research Council Canada), Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon India Ltd.), Mr. D.S. Brar (CEO and Managing Director, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd) (foreground), Dr. George Iwama (Director General, Institute for Marine Biosciences, National Research Council Canada) (background). In addition to the conference, where NRC president Dr. Arthur Carty delivered a keynote address, NRC officials met with the Minister of Science and Technology, the Secretaries of the Departments of Science and Technology and Biotechnology, as well as leaders of public research institutes and executives of companies from India and around the world. Meetings took place in New Delhi, the site of the biotech conference, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai where NRC took part in the National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) 2003 conference. In all, despite a short visit, over 30 meetings occurred, plus numerous other visits conducted by other delegation participants.

India has research strengths in numerous sectors, including information and communications technology, software development, aquaculture, e-commerce, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology. As a result of the mission, promising new collaboration opportunities have been identified in a number of new areas. Future steps will involve workshops in Canada and India to bring together scientists from both countries.


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