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BioGoa 2008 - "Entrepreneurship & Technologies in Biotechnology" Seminar to be Organised by GSIA on 1st March, 2008 at Hotel Fidalgo, Panaji, Goa, India

The main aim of the seminar is to create Entrepreneurship Skills in Biotechnology sector among local youth and thereby generate gainful employment which is a win-win situation for industry as well as entrepreneurs.

Goa, India, February 27, 2008 --( The Goa State Industries Association (GSIA) is organising the 2nd Seminar on “BioGoa 2008 - Entrepreneurship & Technologies in Biotechnology” on Saturday 1st March, 2008 at Hotel Fidalgo, Panaji, Goa, India in association with Dhempe College of Arts & Science.

The main aim of the seminar is to “Create Entrepreneurs in Biotechnology Sector”. GSIA has taken the onus on itself to create awareness & facilitate in creating entrepreneurs.

Shri Dayanand Narvekar, Hon'ble Minister for Finance & IT, Govt. of Goa has consented to be Chief Guest. Mr. Srinivas Dempo, Chairman & Managing Director – Dempo Group of Companies will be the Guest of Honour and Dr. Purnima Sharma, Biotech Consortium India Ltd., New Delhi will be the Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural function.

Speakers from across the country namely Dr. Bosco Henriques, Dr. Siddhivinayak Barve & Dr. K.M. Shankar are invited to enlighten the delegates on various topics like 'Natural dyeing of textiles', 'Biotechnology of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants', 'Marine Diagnostics' etc. A special session on 'What Entrepreneurs need to know' from the point of view of Financial aspects & Risk Awareness would also be held by Mr. Sandeep Bhandare and Dr. P.D. Nare. Finally an interaction will be held with the audience by Dr. Nandkumar Kamat.

GSIA is showcasing a highly successful entrepreneurship story in the field of 'Diagnostics & Healthcare', situated within Goa. Another highlight of this seminar would be a special “GSIA Award of Excellence” which will be presented to a unit in Goa for showcasing high entrepreneurship skills and growth in the field of Biotechnology

Certain areas have been identified which should be nurtured by the State Government, Private Entrepreneurs and Corporates for promoting Biotechnology in the State. Focus will be on selective and niche areas as well as creation of Entrepreneurs. Experts would be talking on –

Medical and Pharma Biotechnology
Diagnostic Kits for major infectious diseases like TB, Malaria, HIV, Hepatitis etc. along with their Vaccines (for Humans and Animals) at cost effective prices.

Essential oils & Natural Dyes
Extracts of natural compounds for use in textiles, foods, etc.

Marine Biotechnology
Sea and River aquaculture, Seaweed and Algae culture as well as other Marine Bioproducts. Also extracts of compounds from marine ecosystem to assist human healthcare.

Agriculture and Food Biotechnology
Promotion of ventures for Biofertilizers, Biopesticides, Tissue-culture, Tropical Floriculture and Horticulture to be considered. Cultivation of Auyurvedic Medicinal and Herbal Plants along with Mushroom and Food Biotech Ventures to help mass scale Rural Employment.

With the aim of the seminar in long term to “Create Entrepreneurs”, the audience will be exposed to the 'reality-check' mechanism when speakers will let know the risks involved, their management as well as views of finance experts in approaching their prospective projects.

Showcase of some entrepreneurial products will also be displayed during the seminar. Audience of around 180 people will include Entrepreneurs, Corporates & Students (local as well as international).

During December 2004, GSIA along with Department of Industries, Trade & Commerce, Govt. of Goa conducted a seminar on “BioGoa 2004 - Opportunities in Biotech Industry for SSI Sector". This led to the formation of Biotech Policy for the State of Goa.

The event details, registration and contact information is published on the GSIA website at


Goa State Industries Association (GSIA) is a leading business chamber for industries in Goa. GSIA aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer. See the GSIA website at
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