~ One of India's Biggest Evolutionary Movements in Biology ~

Mumbai, January 31, 2023: Darwin, an International Conference and One of India’s Biggest Evolutionary Movements in Biology, introduces its fourth edition with a line-up of various events. It aims to promote Open Science by bridging the gap between researchers and DIY Bio-enthusiasts. The conference is conducted at no cost to sensitise and financially support the Bio-community by providing scholarships and project funds to sustain Biolabs, as well as Biohackers, while promoting research culture globally. An initiative of Somaiya Vidyavihar, the international conference is organised by Bioriidl, an extension of Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (riidl Somaiya Vidyavihar), a not-for-profit organisation under Somaiya Trust.

This year the conference is to be held in hybrid mode from 3rd Feb – 5th Feb 2023. It will host the biggest biotechnology & life science conclave and investors meet, startup summit, on the 5th of February, at Somaiya Vidyavihar, Mumbai. The event starts from 11 am onwards. There are no offline workshops in this edition, instead, there are going to be 10 online workshops across 2 days (3rd & 4th Feb). The three-day conference will strive to encourage problem-solving through imagination, innovation, science and research.

This global celebration of biology by research enthusiasts facilitated through a panel of industry experts and renowned scientists, sharing cutting-edge research topics, talk sessions by established biologists, hands-on workshops, tours, a Research Symposium - a paper presentation competition and Biohackathon - a hackathon to solve problems of the world biologically will be centred around Sustainable Biotechnology. It has witnessed an overwhelming participation from 44+ countries across the globe.

To enlighten the attendees, three panel discussions are scheduled on the themes - Biodesign, Food & Agriculture and Bioentrepreneurship over the four-day conference.  

Few of the panellists include:

1.For Discussions on Tackling Challenges in Implementation of the field of Biodesign:

Panellists: Ms. Margherita Pevere, Bio-artist, Ms. Marta de Menezes, Director, Cultivamos, Cultura, Ms. Minerva Castellanos, Co-founder, Scintia, Dr. Jo Zayner, Bio-engineer, biohacker & CEO, ODIN & Mr. Salman Promon Khan, Founder, Mechamind & STAR Labs BD & speaker session will be conducted by Mr. Joe Davis, Artist-Scientist, Harvard Medical School.

2. For Discussions on GMO Foods: An asset to tackle Climate Change or a Health Risk?

Panellists: Dr. Jonathan Minchin, Founder, Ecological Interaction Applied Research group, Dr. Dilip Kumar Verma, Senior Scientist, ICAR, Mr. David Ishee, Dog Breeder & Biohacker and Dr. Parvathi JR, Assistant Director, Somaiya Institute of Research and Consultancy and speaker sessions will be conducted by Dr. Pierre Dukan, French Nutritionist and Mr. Vishaal Bhuyan, CEO, Aanika Biosciences

Ms. Bhavna Pandya, Innovation Catalyst, riidl Somaiya Vidyavihar and Head, Bioriidl will be addressing the guests and delivering the welcome speech at the event. She shares her views that, “At Bioriidl, we are curating the best resources & forging partnerships while inviting global researchers to share about their research work for the benefit of the bio-community. Conferences like Darwin can provide a platform for the students, researchers & academicians who can think outside the boundaries of synthetic biology to design solutions which can tackle global issues while enabling people to believe in open science, community-driven innovations & entrepreneurship.”

Dr. Tony Davis, Director and Co-Founder at Carbometrics & Ziylo who is the keynote speaker at Darwin expresses his joy and says that, “I am delighted to be associated with this event, where there will be high-level Industry experts from Pharma/Biotech and Clinical Research Organisations exchanging ideas and innovations, and discussing contributions to this exciting field”.

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