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BioAsia Summit 2020 to be held in Hyderabad

The Government of Telangana is hosting Bio-Asia Summit 2020 in Hyderabad between February 17, 2020 and February 19, 2020. The main objective of the summit is to explore the capabilities of Life Science Companies and their investments.

Highlights

The summit will be attended by researchers, investors, conglomerates, start-ups and health care representatives. They will focus on the needs of the evolving Life Science industry.

The theme of the Summit is

Theme: Today for Tomorrow

Biotechnology in India

India is the third largest biotechnology destination in Asia Pacific. There are more than 523 USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) approved Indian owned plants spread all over the world. This is the second highest in the world.

Also, India is the largest supplier of BCG, DPT and measles vaccines.

In 2018, the value of biotechnology industry was 51 billion USD. It is currently growing at the rate of 14.7% every year.

Why is the summit important?

India is to become the most populous country in the world by 2030. The growing burden of diseases in the country is increasing rapidly. GoI is planning on 200 billion USD infrastructure in the next decade. The National Biopharma Mission will require strong workforce.

National Biopharma Mission

The National Biopharma mission was launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Science and Technology with the assistance of World Bank. The mission estimated 250 million USD of investment in the field.

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Corona Virus Vaccine: UK starts testing on Mice; WHO says vaccine to be ready in 18 months

The scientists in UK have tested a new Corona Virus vaccine. The Shanghai University of China has also extracted a vaccine to treat the virus and has injected in to a mice recently.

The World Health Organization has also announced that the vaccine will be ready in 18 months. WHO recently named the virus as COVID-19.

Highlights

On February 10, 2020, WHO announced that the death toll of the corona virus has reached 1,000 and 99% of the deaths were from China. There are more than 43,000 cases in China currently.

About Corona Virus

The Corona Viruses are divided into 4 genera namely alpha, beta, gamma and delta. They are zoonotic. This means they can spread between animals and humans. Out of these, gamma and delta corona viruses generally infect birds. Alpha and Beta viruses reside in mammals.

Viruses are capable of infecting all forms of life. It includes plants, other micro organisms including bacteria, single celled organisms called archaea. The first virus was identified by Dmitri Ivanovsky in 1892. He described it as a non-bacterial pathogen.

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