SciGenom Research Foundation organized its seventh annual international conference titled “NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT)” on October 2nd. The co-hosts for the 3-day long edition of the NGBT meeting included The Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB); The Toronto Recombinant Antibody Centre (TRAC), Toronto, Canada; Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB), Bengaluru, National Institute of Science, Education and Research (NISER) and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University (KIIT).
The Conference featured exciting developments in genomics technologies and their applications in life sciences including human, plant and animal biology, drug discovery, cancer immunology, genome engineering using CRISPR/CAS9, medical applications and personalized therapy.
Featuring accomplished national and international speakers, thinkers and thought leaders that shape the course of scientific discovery, the Conference saw about 80 talks and 13 keynote lectures delivered. Speakers and delegates from leading universities and research institutions from India and abroad participated.
“There have been many exciting developments in genomics technologies and their applications and this year’s Conference continues to be an eye opener to the possibilities that the field of Genomics can offer”, said Dr Sekar Seshagiri, NGBT Conference Chair.
Sam Santhosh, Trustee, SGRF (SciGenom Research Foundation) and Founder & Chairman, MedGenome said, “We are confident that the conversations on Genomic applications in life sciences including human, plant and animal biology, drug discovery, cancer immunology, genome engineering, medical applications and personalized therapy will go a long way in creating real value solutions.”
Genome Asia 100K – an ecosystem for scientists and students to share their work build new connections and explore collaborations – served as Knowledge Partner for the Conference. The Canadian Journal of Biotechnology indexed the student abstract and sponsored the poster awards along with Genome Asia 100k.
AllSeq and ETHealthworld were NGBT’s online media partners. The Conference also featured industry leaders from Illumina, MedGenome, Premas, Agrigenome, FeatherSoft, PacBio, ILS, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), Nanostring, Agena, New England BioLabs, MagGenome, KSIDC, Agilent and other leading organizations.
SGRF presented the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr Partha Majumder, NIBMG, Kalyani, Bengal. Dr. K. Thangaraj, CCMB Hyderabad was awarded the 2017 SGRF Excellence in Science Award. These two scientists have done pioneering work in the field of human genomics.
Scholarships and travel awards were awarded to 140 students to enable their participation at the meeting. SGRF also announced the winners of its 2017 Genomics Project Grants at the meeting.