The First Lady Mrs. Tammy Snyder Murphy of New Jersey, United States of America along with a delegation consisting of members of science and technology representing educational organizations such as Princeton University have visited ASPIRE-BioNEST, the life science incubator of the University of Hyderabad. The delegates have visited the School of Life Sciences, interacted with the faculty and students, and toured the ASPIRE-BioNEST to meet with the start-up companies incubated in the incubation center focusing on scaling technologies in R&D, technology, and products related to life sciences.
Prof. Reddanna, the project coordinator of the ASPIRE-BioNEST accompanied the delegation to the incubation center along with Prof. Appa Rao Podile, Vice-Chancellor and Prof. G.S. Prasad, Director, TIE-U, and Prof. Dayananda Siddavattam, Dean, School of Life Sciences. Prof. Reddanna briefed the delegation about the initiatives on innovation and entrepreneurship by the University in general and ASPIRE-BioNEST in particular, which provides infrastructural support to startup companies involved in healthcare, life sciences, biotechnology and allied areas.
Dr. Sreedhara Voleti, CEO of BioNEST incubation center, introduced the different start-ups focusing on finding a protein molecule for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) through research, finding alternatives of using animals by 3D-printing of organs for faster, effective, and cheaper options in drug discovery, finding primary and secondary metabolites through natural sources viz. Algae. The visit helps ASPIRE BioNEST in establishing tie-ups with Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs and thus promote innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the University.