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JAMMU: CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine organized National Conference cum Industry-Academia Meet on Opportunities and Challenges in Fermentation Based Industrial Processes (IAMF-2018). The event was held at IIIM auditorium and was largely attended by eminent scientists, industrialists, invited dignitaries, guests, delegate and students researchers.  Dr.Vidhya Rangaswami, Vice President, Reliance Industries, Mumbai, the Chief Guest inaugurated by lighting the ceremonial lamp followed by Saraswati Vandana by students of RRL High School.   

Dr. Ram Vishwakarma, Director IIIM, Jammu, while welcoming the Chief guest and delegates said the such types of events are very important  because a lot of applied microbial research is being carried out in the area of biocatalysis, drug development, therapeutic enzymes and peptides, probiotics, nutraceuticals, biofertilizer and biocontrol agents, food and flavours and traditional knowledge based fermented products but due to lack of linkages with Industries these researches do not go forward. He further informed that to overcome these problems, an initiative is being taken by his institute to provide opportunities to researchers in these areas to translate the applied microbial research to the industries. It was also told that this event is one of its kinds in whole Jammu & Kashmir region. 

In this event, oral presentations related to fermentation based industrial processes were discussed during different sessions as most of the sessions as per the thematic areas where researchers can share their thoughts for the development of new &economic products and sessions are aligned in such a way where participants can take gain knowledge from experts of Industries and Academics. An exhibition of IIIM products and recent products of different biotech companies were arranged for the delegates and participants.  This event will also help in evolving new projects or areas where bioresource can be utilized more effectively for the development of new technologies which may be useful to human welfare. 

Dr. Vikas Babu, Organizing Secretary of IAMF-2018 said that this event is supported by DBT, SERB, DRDO, IIIM-TBI, Ministry of AYUSH and partially sponsored by emerging technologies and Solar Industrial Corporation. After inauguration, two sessions were held on first day of Conference. In a plenary lecture Prof. R. K Saxena gave thought provoking talk titled “Where the problem lies?” . 

The Session I was chaired by Vidhya Rangaswami and co-chaired by Prof. R.K Saxena. In this session, key note lecture titled “Process development for the production of various microbial metabolites and use of enzymes and whole cells for the synthesis of chiral drugs and drug intermediates” was given by Prof. U.C Banerjee, NIPER. First lead lecture of the session titled “Challenges in commercial production of biodegradable polymers from renewable resources” was given by Prof. A.K Srivastava, IIT Delhi. Second lead lecture of the session titled “Amidase based biotransformation for synthesis of heterocyclic hydroxamate and hydrazides” was given by Dr. Bijan Choudhury, IIT Roorkee. First invited talk was given by Dr. Swaraj Singh, Losynth Labs Pvt. Ltd. In which he discussed about “White biology and its applications in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industry”. His talk was followed by invited talk of Dr. Jasmine Isar, Reliance Industries titled “Microbial Fermentation Strategies and Challenges for Production of Biobutanol and Isoprenoids”. Final invited talk of first session was given by Mr. Shabeer Ahmed, GloBiL'S, Agri and Food Enterprises whose title was “Utilization of Fermentation Technologies for BioEconomy in Jammu and Kashmir.” 

The  Session II was chaired by Prof. AK Srivastava and co-chaired by Dr. Bijan Choudhury and Dr. Jasmine Isar. Key note lecture titled “Molecular surgery for developing therapeutic drug from natural alkaloid” was presented by Prof. B.K Behra, Sanmar Speciality Chemicals Ltd., Chennai. Lead lecture of session II titled “Ocean bio resources identified by CSIR-NIO to scale up with industrial partners” was presented by Dr. C. Mohandass, CSIR-NIO Goa. In first invited talk of the session II, Dr. Mukul Bajpai, Microlabs Pvt. Ltd. discussed about “Aspects of Green Chemistry in Commercialization of Active pharmaceutical ingredients”. Second invited talk of the session II titled “Nutraceuticals: In the management & prevention of diseases” was presented by Dr. Manpreet Singh, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. In third invited talk of session II Mr. Arjun Arora, Chankya Pharma. Ltd. apprised audience about “Indian market of serratiopeptidase and thiocolchicoside”. 

A special session on discussion with Industries was conducted in the evening which was chaired by Dr. Asha Chaubey and co-chaired by Dr. Saurabh Saran & Dr. Vikash Babu. Mr. Jayraj Doshi & Mr. G.M Bhogle, Zytex Biotech Ltd., Dr. Mitesh Patel, Sumar Biotech LLP, Dr. Jayesh Ahire, Unique Biotech Ltd., Ms. Femida Patel, Pushpajshah Ltd., Dr. Pinakeen Patel, Bills Biotech Pvt. Ltd., Dr.Rajib Lochan Dey, Genei Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. and Dr. Mukesh Patel, Agriland Biotech Ltd. participated in this session. 

In a panel discussion with industries chaired by Dr. Ram A. Vishwakarma, Director, IIIM, intense discussion was conducted on opportunities and Challenges in Fermentation Based Industrial Processes. 

In a session on Young Scientist Presentations, 27 young scientists from across the India presented their work before the audience. 

Prof R K Saxena, former Head, Department of Microbiology, University of Delhi, Prof U C Banerjee, Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, and Incharge Biotechnology, NIPER, Mohali Punjab and Prof Bijan Chaudhary, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Rookree were among other prominent scientists, academicians and industrialists who attended this Conference. 



Late in the evening, a colourful cultural programme , "Celebrating diversity, a programme of the dances of Jammu & Kashmir" was also presented by Natrang Theatre group which mesmerized the audience

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