A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between University of Hyderabad and Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) on 20 October 2016 at the inaugural session of the BioQuest 2016. Speaking on this at the School of Life Sciences, Dr. Manohar, Director, NIMS stressed the importance of translational research and interaction among scientists and clinicians to bring new and effective medicine for various life threatening diseases.


In addition a Letter of Understanding (LOA) was exchanged between UoH and Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation (AHERF). Mr Seemant Jauhari, CEO, AHERF mentioned about significance of health care research and innovations for developing better cost effective treatment. He explained about the various business models in health care research and innovation. These MOUs will facilitate the faculty of UoH to interact with clinician for conducting joint research projects; organizing seminars/workshops/training programs and conduct project works for MD/Ph D students.


BioQuest is an annual event of the School of Life Sciences to showcase the infrastructure, the ongoing research and teaching programs of the School. The overall event is scheduled for two days with a specific theme for each day. First day the theme is on translation research and second day it is focusing on academia-industry interactions. The BioQuest 2016 lays emphasis on translational research to bring together academics, hospitals and industries into a single platform to transform research findings to benefit to the mankind, in terms of patient care and successful business ideas in agriculture biotechnology and heath care. All the sessions are designed to include lectures and panel discussions by a group of experts who are doing tremendous and pioneering work in their area of specialisation. Each day, the students are given opportunity to present poster and deliver short talks based on their ongoing research.

The BioQuest2016 started with inaugural session chaired by Prof. Vipin Srivastava, Pro-vice Chancellor, UoH and Prof. P. Reddanna, Dean, School of Life Sciences, UoH. The chief guests for this occasion were, Dr. Manohar, Director, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Dr. Anula Jayasuriya, Co-Founder and Managing Director Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, San Francisco, USA, and Mr. Seemant Jauhari, CEO, Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation (AHERF).

Prof P Reddanna, Dean, School Life Sciences explained about the research achievements and strengths of School in frontier areas of life sciences. Prof. Vipin Srivastava appreciated and congratulated students and faculty of the School of Life Sciences for organizing this extraordinary event.


The Inaugural address on ‘Translational Medicine – Bench to Bed’ was delivered by Dr. Anula Jayasuriya, Managing Director Evolvence India Life Sciences Fund, San Francisco, USA. In her address, she mentioned about the importance of combined scientific discovery with improved health. She explained about the health care vision of ‘Right Medicine-Right Time-Right Patient’ and need of precision/personalized medicine of various cancers.

-By GV Reddy, Research Associate
School of Life Sciences