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COSTI NC 12

REPORT

2014 National Conference on Biotechnology

Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology


& Innovation
ORGANISING TEAM

Prof. Sirimali Fernando, CEO COSTI

Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Project Director COSTI

National Council on Biotechnology


Prof. Athula Perera (Co-chair), University of Peradeniya

Mr Rizvi Zaheed (Co-chair), Hayleys PLC

Prof. Vajira Dissanayake, University of Colombo

Prof Roshan Perera, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence


University

Dr Susil Silva, Veterinary Research Institute

Prof. Ranil Dassanayake, CEYGEN Biotech (Pvt) Ltd.

Dr Dharshan De Silva, Genetech Research Institute

Mrs Shamalee Wickramasinghe, Ceylon Biscuits Limited

Team InnoS
Ms Amali Ranasinghe, Project Scientist COSTI

Ms Maheeni Samarakoon, Deputy Manager COSTI

Mr Pulendran Tharmendra, Deputy Manager COSTI


CONTENTS

Registration and Inauguration Ceremony 02

Address by Chief Guest 03

Welcome and Introduction 04

Introduction to National Council on Biotechnology 05

Special Guest Address 06

Key Note Address 08

Parallel Sessions 10

Industry Open Session 19

22
Special Remarks

Formulating the National Industrial Biotech Association 23

23
Way Forward and Vote of Thanks

Suggestions Given by Participants 24

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Annex
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REGISTRATION AND INAUGURATION

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ADDRESS BY THE CHIEF GUEST HON.


SENIOR MINISTER PROF. TISSA VITARANA

Hon. Senior Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana spoke on the different technology waves that are now
sweeping through the country. One of them being Biotechnology, has been recognized as a very
lucrative means for developing the countrys economy. Taking examples from around the world on
exporting hi-tech products Sri Lanka should also take initiative by increasing value addition on their
exports, which in turn will lead to an increase in the countrys GDP. Globally the Biotechnology sector
increases each year by 11%, and now it is time for Sri Lanka to contribute its part. The Global
biotechnology industry is expected to reach US $450 billion by 2016. Sri Lanka has formed a public
private partnership in developing nanotechnology by establishing the Sri Lanka Institute for
Nanotechnology (SLINTEC). Scientists have to interact with industry in a similar manner to achieve the
economic growth via biotechnology. COSTIs coordinating role could be beneficial in this context to
translate the research into rupees. This conference is aimed at identifying every inch of potential
through value chain analysis for this to be achieved. Hon. Senior Minister Prof. Vitarana then
specifically thanked COSTI for organizing this event and highlighted the role COSTI plays in
developing the biotechnology sector of the country.

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WELCOME AND INRTODUCTION PROF.


AJITH DE ALWIS

The welcome address and introduction was delivered by Professor Ajith de Alwis, Project Director,
COSTI. He highlighted in his speech a background on COSTI and the important role it will play in the
future on the economic growth of the country. COSTI was established in 2013 through a cabinet
decision on September 11, 2011 with the mandate to coordinate and monitor scientific efforts,
implement value addition, and facilitate the commercialization of research efforts within the country.
There are 61 research institutes and 24 ministries that need to coordinate in order to convert
Research into Rupees via making our research into tangible products. Prof. de Alwis further went on
to emphasize that monetizing the work shows the economic significance of research and will
encourage more investors to fund research. It was highlighted that the Human Genome Project had
generated $141 for every dollar invested back to the US economy. This exhibition showcases our
capabilities and capacities to develop biotech industry in the country. With a vision to increase the hi-
tech exports a VIDU Sri Lanka was introduced with a way forward for VIDU NEGUMA. The goals
ahead are to increase the percentage of Sri Lankas exports with biotechnology, make a roadmap
for the biotech industry, and to develop National Innovation Programs (NIPs) that will lead to
develop proposals for the 2016 budget. He concluded by saying, We are a biodiversity hotspot
lets make it a biotech hotspot in the future.

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INTRODUCTION TO NATIONAL COUNCIL ON


BIOTECHNOLOGY (NCB) - PROF. ATHULA
PERERA
Professor Athula Perera introduced members of the NCB as followes;

Professor Athula Perera, Co-chair, Emeritus Professor, University of Peradeniya

Mr Rizvi Zaheed, Co-chair, Managing Director, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd and Director
Hayleys PLC.

Dr Dharshan De Silva, Director/Senior Scientist, Genetech Research Institute

Prof. Vajira Dissanayake, Human Genetics Unit, University of Colombo

Prof. Ranil Dassanayake, University of Colombo and Ceygen Biotech Pvt. Limited

Prof. Roshan Perera, General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University

Mrs Sharmalee Wickramasinghe, Managing Director, Ceylon Biscuits Limited

Prof. Perera emphasized the importance of establishing partnerships between Agriculture,


Industry, and Health sectors for increased productivity and efficiency because all three groups
utilize biotechnological techniques, whether it be transgenic organisms, enzyme bleached
materials, or gene therapy. With these areas collaborating, we can think of innovative ideas and
also increase Sri Lankas export market. One area of concern is pollution of land, water, and air.

He acknowledged the current contributions by the National Science Foundation, National Research
Council and the Council for Agricultural Research Policy. COSTIs aims through this conference are
to pick a few ideas to bring to fruition. Prof. Perera also pointed out that at the end of the
conference, COSTI aimed to establish the first National Industrial Biotechnology Association to
accelerate the economic development using biotechnology.

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SPECIAL GUEST ADDRESS GOVERNOR OF


CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA MR AJITH N.
CABRAAL

Mr Ajith Cabraal the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka highlighted the importance of
science and how todays Scientists can contribute to the countrys wealth creation where research could
be converted to rupees in a positive manner to contribute to Sri Lankas US $ 67 billion economy.
Science can make the country more sustainable, as he pointed out by increasing the countrys exports
and decreasing imports. As he pointed out there needs to be a hunger to innovate, especially since we
are connected to the world and therefore must contribute our share of development to the world. The
21st century is especially for biology. In agriculture, increasing crop production is a necessity while
conserving biodiversity. To protect the environment and reduce CO2 emissions biotechnology related
solutions can be found. In healthcare, we can work on vaccines and pharmaceuticals. He also
mentioned that in industry we can improve energy production by using biotechnology related
products. The Governor highlighted the importance of bringing in more investors to the country to fund
scientific research and in turn the research can be profitable for both the country and the investors in
the long run. Although initial capital required might be high, with incentives and results promised,
people would look to invest more in to scientific research.

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The industrial exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Ajith Cabraal, the Governor of the Central Bank of
Sri Lanka and Mr Mahinda Madihahewa, Secretary to the Senior Ministers Secretariat. The exhibition
was sponsored by the US Embassy of Sri Lanka.

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KEY NOTE ADDRESS MR RIZVI ZAHEED

In his speech Igniting Minds through Collaborative Partnerships: The Route to Creating Wealth for All
through Biotechnology, Mr Zaheed, talked about how the private sector can help to jumpstart the
process of partnerships and wealth creation. It was stated, how most of the wealth currently is
concentrated in or around the Western Province and the wealth needs to be spread around the
country. In addition we have to increase the hi-tech exports by contributing towards increasing the
percentage of hi-tech exports to 10% of total. He continued to explain private sector approaches
of fast track, environmental scanning, igniting minds, collaborative partnerships, and institutionalizing
entrepreneurial spirit. As an example; fast track means moving beyond talking and into planning with
responsible regulation through rapid development. He further went on to elaborate that there is a
brain drain where young educated people are leaving Sri Lanka due to a lack of perceived
opportunities within the country and why it is important to retain the skills if we wish to progress in
terms of technology. The biodiversity hotspot needs to be converted to economically benefit Sri
Lanka towards becoming a biotechnology hotspot. Environmental scanning is equally important to
lookout for opportunities in the market. The national requirements need to be addressed keeping in
mind the market needs. When agriculture is considered, the growers requirements need to be
addressed while attending to value addition. He highlighted the enormous export opportunities in
floriculture and horticulture, plus the opportunities in health care. Finally he emphasized the
importance of collaborative partnerships and that incentives need to be enumerated.

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KEY NOTE ADDRESS DR MARK A. EITEMAN

Dr Eiteman, is a Professor of Bio-chemical Engineering and Microbiology, University of Georgia and


Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Biotechnology. In his speech, Encouraging and Capturing Innovation in
Biotechnology: An Academic Perspective, he highlighted that for ideas to become products;
universities and biotech industries must work together. Ideas come from technical excellence,
willingness to talk, taking intellectual risks, being open to diverse types of experiences, and spending
enough time. To realize these ideas, there must be infrastructure and publicity, which can be provided
by biotech companies. As long as universities teach their students innovation, the combination of
academia and industry will be unstoppable. After all, almost everything we interact with in daily life
is from biotechnology and therefore, the possibilities are endless. Biotech start-ups has the problem of
initial high investment on the research and this could be supported through private and university
collaboration.

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PARALLEL SESSIONS HEALTH

Dr Dharshan De Silva, Director/Senior Scientist, Genetech Research Institute chaired the Health
sessions.

Cutting edge Technologies for the Development and the Manufacture of Antibodies and
Vaccines Prof. Roshan Perera, General Sir Kotelawala Defense University

o Current expenditure for vaccines in Sri Lanka is LKR 400 million per year and they are all
imported from other countries.

o Antibody treatment is also available in Sri Lanka but it is very expensive as the antibodies are
also imported from other countries.

o Therefore he highlighted the importance of developing vaccine technology in the country, and
how it would help make treatment more affordable and available for everyone.

o He also discussed the potential of being able to export our knowledge on vaccines to other
countries if the field was developed within the country.

o He then went on to point out some of the challenges in vaccine development.

Current Landscapes for Molecular Diagnostics and Future Trends - Prof. Aresha Manamperi,
University of Kelaniya and Ceygen Biotech

o Asia is considered to be the most promising in the area of medical diagnostics

o Medical Diagnostics is important for personalized medicine: The right therapy for the right
patient at the right time at the right dose.

o Current medical diagnostics in Sri Lanka is dominated by infectious disease testing which
accounts to about 50-60% of the market, and 99% of it is service based.

o She then discussed the key markets, the clinical role and current technology that is available
for diagnostics.

o She then highlighted the current limitations in diagnostics and what strategies must be
implemented in order to develop the field in Sri Lanka.

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Genomic and Regenerative Medicine: The New Frontier in Health Care Prof. Vajira
Dissanayake, Human Genetics Uni, University of Colombo

o He discussed the health challenges in Sri Lanka and why non communicable diseases are
becoming an increasing threat to the Sri Lankan population.

o Statistics were shown on patient populations for which a particular drug is ineffective, and
as he pointed out that the effectiveness of current medicates to any indicates range from
approximately 35 to 75%, and that no as a result many patients do not have medications
that are effective for their illness.

o He highlighted the fact that we are in an ineffective health care system, and adverse
reactions to drugs are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the world.

o He highlighted the fact the Sri Lankas population is aging and that organ replacement will
become an increasing need in the years to come, and that there is a need invest in stem
cell biology and regenerative medicine.

o The solutions to overcome these problems lie in understanding our genome and increasing
our capacity in regenerative medicine.

o Prof. Dissanayake also pointed out that the current economic impact of the human gene
project, on which 14.5 billion USD was invested, is now estimated to be nearly a trillion
dollars.

Recommendations for National Innovation Programme / Projects

Pharmaceutical production: Setting up facilities to produce off patent pharmaceutical products and
to gain experience in manufacturing under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as both an export
and an import replacement. This will allow Sri Lanka to gain experience to build their own R&D base
to make new pharmaceutical products.

Nutraceuticals: Sri Lanka has many traditional products that can be marketed as nutraceuticals. If we
can bring this information to potential investors they can set up facilities to take advantage of these
products that are in high demand in western countries.

Especially Ayurvedic products are in high demand at the moment. If the Ayurvedic sector is to be
developed and marketed, proper standards need to be introduced to evaluate the products. With

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necessary funding we can prove the effectiveness of ayurvedic therapies, which can help in marketing
these products and expand production.

Vaccines and antibody therapy: Provide funding focused on research for potential vaccines and
antibody therapy for targeted diseases. It is important to build up capacity in areas such as antibody
therapy, which is becoming a cutting edge area of treatment for various diseases. This field has huge
scope going forward.

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PARALLEL SESSIONS AGRICULTURE

Agriculture session was chaired by Prof. Athula Perera, Co-chair National Council on
Biotechnology

Transgenic for Economic Development Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi, Department of Chemistry,


University of Colombo.

o Dr Hettiarachchi first gave an introduction on what a transgenic crop is and moved towards an
overview on the crop genetic engineering cycle.

o Mainly used tools for producing transgenic crops are

Agrobacterium mediated transformation

Microinjection

Gene gun (particle bombardment)

Protoplast transformation

o In one of her slides, she highlighted the traits that add value to transgenic crops such as
increase in yield, improved nutritional quality and disease resistance over other crops.

o Dr Hettiarachchi spoke about currently approved GM crops and the increase in its usage. The
global hectarage of biotech crops have increased more than 100 fold from 1.7 million
hectares in 1996 to over 175 million hectares in 2013.

o Current status of transgenic crops around the world was also highlighted, including the 27
countries that have been identified as large-scale users of transgenic crops in the year 2013.

o Further pointed out how BT crops contribute to food security, sustainability and climate change
as well as its perceived downfalls.

o Dr Hettiarachchi also talked about the transgenic research conducted at university of Colombo
by over-expressing BBX21 gene in rice. The productivity of the crop is increased by enhancing
the light-signaling pathway through over expression of BBX21 gene in rice.

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Formulation of Bio-pesticides and the Mass culture of Natural enemies for Pest Management-
Dr Daya Ahangama, Retired Professor, University of Peradeniya

o Dr Ahangama gave a brief introduction to bio-pesticides, what they are, the different types
and their modes of action against fungi, bacteria and viruses..

o Dr Ahangama also highlighted the unique features and limitations of using bio pesticides with
emphasis on why there is high demand for bio control agents with the increase in resistance by
pests to commercially available pesticides.

o Other reasons for looking to bio pesticides as an alternative include: Effect pesticides have on
human health and the environment, lack of broad spectrum pesticides for many varieties of
pests and the ease of use unlike with other toxic chemicals.

o Some of the research findings she presented were from research work done in Sri Lanka. The
bio pesticides are not yet available for field-testing but the laboratory testing has shown
promising results. There is interest to take things from the lab to field and then to the
commercial market.

Herbal Biotechnology: Potential and Prospects Dr Frank-Udo Huneke, Consultant.

o Protein therapeutics represents one of the most widely expanding areas in pharmaceutical
industry. Majority of proteins are glycoproteins, and plans have gained acceptance as a high
quality alternative and economical protein production.

o One case study that was discussed was on the production of Erythropoietin (EPO). It is a highly
glycosylated protein produced in the kidneys. It is an important growth factor and plays a key
role in regulation of erythrocyte maturation.

o Using Biotechnology it is produced in the CHO cell line and is used as an Erythropoiesis
Stimulating Agent (ESA).

o Has a market value of estimated 8 billion US dollars a year. Its application: Anemia and
Cancer

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Recommendations for National Innovation Programme / Project

Biotechnology a tool for crop development: The aim is to allow scientists to produce more useful and
productive crop varieties by exploiting genes from a wide range of living sources, not just those that
can be found within the crop species.
As identified at the conference, the following working group along with other relevant stakeholders will take-
part in the proposal initiation.
Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi, University of Colombo
Prof. Sriyani Peries, University of Peradeniya
Dr Renuka Attanayake, University of Kelaniya
Dr Thirukumaran, University of Jaffna
Dr Jayantha Senanayake, Department of Agriculture
Non-state sector: Hayleys Plc., Genetech team, CIC Agri Biotech, Serendib Horticulture Pvt Ltd etc.

Improve and enhance the production of bio-products: The government should fund targeted projects
to discover natural bio-fertilizers & bio-pesticides and establish their effectiveness for use as proof in
marketing. This will encourage industries to use these biodegradable products in their manufacturing.
This will further promote the use of environment friendly products in Sri Lanka as well as being able to
export to other countries.
Similarly, the following working group along with other relevant stakeholders will take-part in the proposal
initiation.
Dr Daya Ahangama, University of Peradeniya
Dr Mikunthan, University of Jaffna
Ms Nadeesha Karunaratne, Biotech Lanka Pvt Ltd
Dr Sarojini Fernando, Rubber Research Institute
Dr Vindya Basnayake, Plant Viral Indexing Centre
Non-state sector : Bio-power Lanka Pvt etc.

Development of therapeutics using plants: Fund research to produce therapeutic proteins in plants.
A number of therapeutic proteins have been produced in plants to lower costs and reduce adverse
immunological reactions in patients, e.g. Recent Ebola therapies.
Also, the following working group along with other relevant stakeholders will take-part in the proposal
initiation.
Dr Nimsha Weerakkodi, Open University of Sri Lanka
Human Genetics Unit
Dr Sandun Senerath, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Dr Pushpa Abeysinghe, University of Ruhuna
Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology
Non-state sector

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PARALLEL SESSIONS INDUSTRY

Industry session was chaired by Mrs Sharmalee Wickramasinghe, Managing Director, Ceylon
Biscuits Limited.

Recombinant Products and their Economic Potential Dr N V Chandrasekharan

o Recombinant products (Products) are proteins made with recombinant DNA

o To make them, put gene of interest into vector (plasmid), then transform into bacteria (or other
expression system), the bacteria then transcribes it into RNA, which directs the assembly of
proteins of interest

o Scientists must choose appropriate expression system based on post translational modification
of protein (can even use plants sometimes)

o Many applications for rProducts! Many products will get a profit!

o Many are patented, but 1st generation patents are expiring

o In Sri Lanka, only University of Colombo Biotech and Ceygen really doing this work. We have
highly skilled people but lack funding

Biological Materials, Biomaterials & Biobased Material towards Bioeconomy Dr M S Yapa

o Biological materials are a component of a biological organism or something that can make a
biological reaction happen

o Biomaterials are products created by biomass

o Bio-based material are made from biological monomers (like plastics)

o Bio-based is not the same thing as biodegradable

o Bio-economy is the economic output from biological research and from biotech industries

o Sri Lanka should use unconventional thinking and use synthetic biology to make materials we
need

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o These initiatives will create jobs in various sectors, not just science

o Collaboration is key scientists and policy makers control the direction we head in the future

Biological Conversion of Biomass into Fuel Dr S Gunawardane

o In Sri Lanka, 53% of biomass energy is for heat and electricity.

o Biochemical conversion of biomass into energy is done when biomass is fermented, which
produces energy

o Methane formation (biogas) comes from sewage with anaerobic bacteria

o Ethanol fermentation is when cellulose or starch is broken down into simple sugars and then
these sugars are fermented in a process that produces

o Best case scenario is consolidated bioprocessing , which means everything is in one reactor

o Challenges: enzymes are expensive, pretreating raw material takes a long time, Sri Lanka
does not have a lot of plant matter to use, besides straw

o Need to move from bench work to larger scale!

Question to keep in mind: How do we use these technologies while preserving Sri Lankas biodiversity?

Recommendations for National Innovation Programme / Project

Pharmaceutical production: As mentioned above providing incentives and funding to research and
establish a nascent pharmaceutical industry with R&D facilities in Sri Lanka.

Synthetic biology: With new molecular biological techniques being developed scientists are able to
produce a wide variety of products using various biological systems. Companies should be
encouraged to partner with scientists from academia and industry in other countries to enhance our
capacity in this area. Using synthetic biology we can then manufacture products that use less energy
and are environmentally friendly. There is a huge global demand for products that are produced
using eco-friendly manufacturing methods and through synthetic biology we are able to accomplish
this. In addition it is important to fund research programmes to understand the various microbial
pathways to make protein production more efficient.

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Enzyme and food additives are a growing industry. Sri Lanka has a number of natural products in
which these enzymes and natural products can be purified or produced using synthetic biological
techniques.

Biotechnology for green industry: As most of the industrial waste to be managed in an environmental
sustainable way this technology could be utilized for green management.

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INDUSTRY OPEN SESSION

Selected members from respective sectors in Sri Lanka, who exhibited their products gave brief
outlines of their current work in the biotechnology industry as well as their opinion and suggestions on
how things could be improved.

Biotechnology for Improvement of Floriculture: Prof. Sriyani E. Peiris


Sri Lanka can make own varieties of flowers that can be can
exported adding value to increase profit. We can try to
improve on the existing breeds by changing colours, smells and
also increasing their resistance to certain disease. The research
work necessary to engineer new varieties is severely
underfunded, and requires more investing from funding sources.

Effective Wound Debridement: Mr Shriyantha Peries


Lucilia cuprina larvae are used for wound debridement. The
larvae are put on to wound for 72 hours and they clean all of
the dead skin. This reduces the healing and removes the
necessity of amputation in severely affected limbs. This
treatment has saved around 3500 limbs but because it is very
expensive it is not as freely available to most patients. If
sufficient funding is given it is possible to provide this treatment
to patients for free.

Cottage Industry: Green Tea Industry: Mr Sarath Gammanpila

Currently Sri Lanka imports $6 million of fertilizer


We should go into things with least capital and reduce imports
Can improve upon forgotten traditional medicines

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Growth of Biotechnology in Sri Lanka : Mr P K D Channa Tharanga Somadasa


The representative from CANN Biotech talked a little about the
growth of biotechnology and went on to highlight a few CANN
products.

Centre for Dengue Research : Dr Neelika Malawige


Dengue is a huge burden to economy and 70% of dengue is in Asia. Reducing the number of
incidences mean we reduce the amounts we spend on treatment
and that money can in turn be used to fund economic
development. To do this we must work on either controlling the
vector or producing an effective vaccine. CDR has a mobile GIS
system for the purpose of collecting data on dengue. They are
currently waiting on ministry approval for this. To increase the
number investors that fund research a suggestion is to use either CSR or give tax refunds to companies
that help fund research.

Credence Genomics : Dr Vas Gnanam


Credence Genomics is Sri Lankas 1st Next generation
sequencing facility. They have a wide range of products that can
test for all bacteria, for genes that cause disorders, for breast
cancer etc. This can be used to personalize treatment including
cancer therapy.

Biofilm Bio-fertilizers: Mr Samuditha Kumarasinghe


Biofilm fertilizers are monoculture of bacteria or fungi. This is
cheaper than imported fertilizers. Currently it is successfully
being used in tea plantations. There is a plan to use it on rice
and vegetable farms fields. Local investment in Sri Lankan
research should be encouraged and believe Sri Lankans Can
Do

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Open Sessions II was chaired by Prof. Athula Perera and Dr Dharshan De Silva
"Capacity Building in Biotechnology by Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Coordinating Secretariat for
Science, Technology and Innovation.
Ideas fuel R & D, which leads to technology upscale and commercial production that allows market
penetration. There has to be cooperation between industry and university to build capacity of human
resources, and the necessary infrastructure.

Safety by Prof. Athula Perera, University of Peradeniya


Sri Lanka should tap into its existing source of biodiversity and always strive to conserve it. Must
manage risks of GMOs the same way we manage everyday life risks. Sri Lanka has signed the
international protocol that establishes biosafety which will be approved soon. If these products are
going to penetrate the market then careful consideration must be taken to label these products for the
safety of the consumer.

Scaling Up by Dr Aruna Manipura, University of Peradeniya


Uniform standards when it comes to quality and it must not decrease when quantity increases.
Production ability affects prices. He concluded by suggests having mobile factories.

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Regulatory by Dr Vas Gnanam, Credence Genomics Pvt. Ltd


There is need for guidance on what to work on and how to use existing technology. These guidelines
must be enforced and updated accordingly. A framework must be created to make sure goals are
communicated. Current framework = Sri Lanka customs, EDB (export development board), NIPO (Natl
Intellectual Property Office), Ministry of Science/Health/Industry. The Outcome = protect and nurture
technology of Sri Lanka.

SPECIAL REMARKS

Prof. Kshanika Hirimuregama, Chairperson of the University Grants Commission announced that the
University Grants Commission will collaborate in future activities with COSTI.

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FORMULATING THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL


BIOTECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION

The objective of this association is to promote and


safeguard the interested of biotechnology collaborators,
such as academia, researchers and industry. The working
group was formed to draft the constitution and to begin
activities. Eventually to formulate an association with 25
members to be registered. Individuals can join either
through corporate or lifetime membership which will be
Rs. 5,000 for research groups and Rs. 20,000 for RD
companies.

Working group : Eng. Mangala Yapa Pro-tem Chairman


Mr Dilranjan Jacob Analytical Instruments Pvt.
Mr Ruwan Rajapakse Hayles PLC
Mr Samuditha Kumarasinghe Biofilms Pvt Ltd.
Dr Jayantha Senanayake Department of Agriculture
Prof. Aresha Manamperi University of Kelaniya
Dr Chandrika Parera Coconut Research Institute
Ms Deshini Abayawardena Quntiles PLC

WAY FORWARD AND VOTE OF THANKS

COSTI will look through the dreams and aspirations that people wrote down on the notecards
during the parallel sessions. Depending on the idea, its relevance to COSTI goals, and funds
available, some of these suggestions will be picked for future funding. The teams established at the
conference will make proposals and submit within a months time to COSTI.

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SUGGESTIONS GIVEN BY PARTICIPANTS

Participants were invited to give their suggestions and comments on the COSTI conference. Some
common themes identified by this were;
a) Developing certain products in Sri Lanka instead of importing them (Enzymes and pharmaceuticals).
b) Discovering/modifying products unique to Sri Lanka (for export).
c) Developing bio pesticides and bio fertilizers, using waste to make biofuel
d) Genetically improving crops like rice and
e) Investigating the mechanism through which ayurvedic herbs work.
Additional suggestions for future work:
Use already available materials, such as agricultural residues, to look for unique proteins that
have niche markets one person has found coconut gene related to somatic embryogenesis,
similarly we can map rice genes
Genetically modify yeast with genes from cellulosic fungi, eventually making a process that
goes from straw to ethanol in one fermenter
Producing reagents/enzymes/primers in Sri Lanka instead of importing them (e.g. Currently
University of Colombo is conducted research into producing avidin).
Introduce biological control against white root disease (which attacks rubber trees) some
antagonistic organisms already found
Improve bacteria in fermented dairy products to increase the probiotic properties and
improve Sri Lankans health
Have awareness programs to educate other researchers and the people using the technology
(farmers) about new innovations and investigate danger to health carefully
Industrial sector should invest in university student research
Industry Biotechnology Park with services and all inclusive facilities for economic development.

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Annex
ANNEX 01 : LISTS OF INVITEES, PARTICIPANTS
AND EXHIBITORS

No Invitees Institute
1 Prof. Tissa Vittaran Hon. Senior Minister
2 Mr Ajith Niwad Cabraal Governor Central Bank
3 Mr Mahinda Madihahewa Secretary, Senior Minister Secretariat
4 Prof. Kshanika Hirimuregama Chairperson, University Grants Commission
5 Dr Kumara Hirimuregama Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo
6 Prof. Tuley De Silva Link Natural Products
7 Dr Mark Eiteman Keynote Speaker
8 Dr Sirimal Premakumara Ministry of Technology and Research
9 Mrs Padma Abekoon Director Biodiversity
10 Dr A M Mubarak Chairman, Industry open session
11 Dr Arjuna Kumarasuriya Asia Distributor Territories, illumina

No Health Session Participants Institute

1 Dr Suranga Kodithuwakku University of Peradeniya


2 Mr Raj K Omprasadham Credence Genomics Private limited
3 Dr Vaz S S Gnanam Credence Genomics Private limited
4 Mr York B Philips Credence Genomics Private limited
5 Prof. Vajira H W Dissanayake University of Colombo
6 Eng Shachinthaka Dissanayaka Ceygen Biotech
7 Dr Sachie Panawala Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation
8 Mr Kajan Muneeswaran University of Colombo
9 Ms K M Damitha Gunathilake University of Colombo
10 Eng Thanuja Denipitiya University of Colombo
11 Mr M B C L Somarathne University of Colombo
12 Prof. Preethi Udagama University of Colombo
13 Prof. Aresha Manamperi University of Kelaniya
14 Dr Omala Wimalaratne
15 Ms Thilini Seneviratne CEYGEN BIOTECH (PVT)LTD
16 Prof. Y I Nilmini Silva Gunawardene University of Kelaniya

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17 Mr S K Sivaram Kulendran Hayleys Aquagri (Private) Limited


18 Dr Nimanthi Jayathilaka University of Kelaniya
19 Dr Shiroma Handunnetti University of Colombo
20 Mr Jehanathan Nilojan University of Colombo
21 Prof. Sirimali Fernando Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation
22 Prof. Kumudu De Silva University of Ruhuna
23 Ms Himasha Perera University of Colombo
24 Ms Rumasha Nipuni University of Colombo
25 Mr Sujeewa Sampath Lellupitiyage Don University of Colombo
26 Mr Kasun Buddika University of Colombo
27 Ms Ishara Ariyapala University of Colombo
28 Prof. Roshan P Perera General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana
29 Ms L B Dakshika Tharangani University of Colombo
30 Prof. Jennifer Perera University of Colombo
31 Dr Nimal Jayaweera Veterinary Research Institute
32 Dr Menaka Hapugoda University of Kelaniya
33 Dr Manjula Sumith Magamage Sabaragamuwa University
34 Dr G I S Perera Veterinary Research Institute
35 Dr Reggie Perera Ministry of Health
36 Prof. J A Liyanage Yakkala Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute
37 Dr D A L Munasinghe Yakkala Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute
38 Dr W M C M Wijesinghe Ministry of Health
39 Dr K G V Pathirathna Ministry of Health
40 Dr Nilukshi Liyanagunawardena Veterinary Research Institute
41 Dr K M S G Weerasooriya Veterinary Research Institute
42 Ms H M S Angela University of Colombo
43 Ms P H W Muthukumarana University of Colombo
44 Ms Lakna Panawala University of Colombo
45 Ms H MH H Denuwara University of Colombo
46 Ms Nuwanthika Kumarasinghe University of Colombo
47 Mrs N D Asha Wijegunawardana University of Kelaniya
48 Ms J A Yahani Pankaja University of Colombo
49 Mr D E N Mandawala Asiri Cenre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine
50 Mr Kasun Ranasinghe Asiri Cenre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine
51 Mr Pumindu Herath Asiri Cenre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine
52 Dr Nirmala Sirisena University of Colombo
53 Dr Selvam Kannathasan University of Jaffna
54 Dr Arumugam Murugananthan University of Jaffna
55 Ms A N I Perumal University of Colombo
56 Ms Indhujah Thevarajan University of Colombo
57 Ms Chedliya Ishak University of Colombo

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58 Dr Rajika Savanadasa University of Colombo


59 Dr Dineshani Sirisena University of Colombo
60 Dr Iresha Vijayakumar University of Colombo
61 Ms Zahara Mansoor University of Colombo
62 Ms D M Ranaweera University of Colombo
63 Ms Rashmi Tippalagama Genetech Research Institute
64 Dr Vinitha M. Thadhani Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientists
65 Mr Shirantha Peries Mega Biotech(Pvt) Ltd
66 Ms Chapa Wanniarachchi University of Colombo
67 Ms M PK Harshana University of Colombo
68 Ms Jayamini Jayawardana University of Colombo
69 Dr Kamalika Ubeyratne Veterinary Research Institute
70 Dr Gathsaurie Malavige University of Sri Jayawardenapura
71 Ms Imalki Kariyawasam University of Colombo
72 Ms P L Sasini Polwatta University of Colombo
73 Ms Vindya Udalamaththa University of Colombo
74 Dr T K Wetthasinghe University of Colombo
75 Ms P B Jeerasinghe University of Colombo
76 Ms uthpala chandrasekara University of Colombo
77 Mr Roopasingam Kugapreethan University of Colombo
78 Ms Achala Kamaladasa University of Sri Jayawardenapura
79 Prof. R.P.V. Jayanthe Rajapakse University of Peradeniya
80 Ms Srisaiyini Kidnapillai University of Colombo
81 Mr Laksiri Gomes University of Sri Jayawardenapura
82 Ms S M Y N Samarakoon University of Colombo
83 Ms J H K D Senarath University of Colombo
84 Ms A M L L Abeykoon University of Colombo
85 Mr D T Kankanamge University of Colombo
86 Ms Panchananthan Nirosha University of Colombo
87 Dr Asitha Siriwardhana Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC)
88 Dr Dinara Gunasekera Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIT)
89 Dr S A Paranavitane Centre for Dengue Research
90 Mrs Nirmalanthi Silva Astron Limited
91 Mr Johann De Zilwa Astron Limited
92 Mrs Shanika Fernando Astron Limited
93 Dr nilanka wickramasinghe Centre for Dengue Research
94 Ms Chamilka Thilakaratne
95 Dr A A P Keerthi South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, Malabe
96 Dr K H Dulip Tharanga Kasagala Veterinary Research Institute
97 Dr Deepthi de Silva University of Kelaniya
98 Dr Priyantha Liyanage Ministry of Health

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99 Ms Dilshani Fernando Quintiles Plc


100 Mrs Sugi Sivayogarajan Gamma Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd
101 Mr Ruwanthi Murage Gamma Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd
102 Dr Aruna Dharshan De Silva Genetech Research Institute
103 Mrs Nagnanthini Vaathavooran Nawaloka Metropolitant
104 Mrs Aruni Wickramanayake Asian Chemical Industries
105 Dr Nuwani Manamperi University of Kelaniya
106 Ms Melanie N Wathugala Genetech Research Institute
107 Ms M W Nirmanie Indeevari Perera BCAS Campus
108 Ms Rashika Tennekoon Genetech Research Institute
109 Ms Thiruni Adikari University of Sri Jayawardenapura
110 Dr Sandaruwan Panapitiya University of Sri Jayawardenapura
111 Dr Dulika Sumathipala University of Colombo
112 Mr Pathmasiri Ranasinghe Industrial Technology Institute
113 Mr M Nazeel Human Genetics Unit
114 Mrs H H M A U Herath Univerity of Colombo
115 Ms Jayamini Jayewardane University of Colombo

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No Agriculture Session Participants Institute


1 Eng Kapila Gabadage Chemiunique (Pvt) Ltd
2 Dr D H N Munasinghe University of Ruhuna
3 Mr Arjuna Samarasinghe Hayleys PLC
4 Dr Venura Herath University of Peradeniya
5 Dr Vindhya Basnayake Plant Virus Indexing Centre
6 Mr Amila Dissanayake Hayleys Agro Biotech (pvt) Ltd
7 Dr Kumudini Gunasekare Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation
8 Dr Fathima Zahra Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation
9 Dr Chathuranga Bamunuarachchige Rajarata University
10 Dr D M J B Senanayake Field Crops Research and Development Institute
11 Ms Krishanthi Bandara Rajarata University
12 Mr Nsdeesha Kaluwitharana Sri Bio Tech Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
13 Dr H A Mangalika Wickramasinghe University of Peradeniya
14 Ms W A G Aruni Chandrasena University of Colombo
15 Ms HPGR Menaka Samarakkody University of Colombo
16 Ms Thanusha Abeywickrama University of Colombo
17 Mrs Surani Ediriweera University of Colombo
18 Dr Samanthi Wasala Department of Agriculture Sri Lanka
19 Mrs D M Hunupolagama University of Colombo
20 Ms Saroopa Samaradivakara Industrial Technology Institute
21 Prof. Sriyani Peiris University of Peradeniya
22 Dr Gamini Samarasinghe Department of Agriculture
23 Dr S A D Sanjeewa Singhabahu University of Colombo
24 Mr Chathura Wijesinghe University of Colombo
25 Ms D Gunawardana University of Colombo
26 Dr P H A P C Girihagama Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy
27 Mrs Deishini R. Herath National Aquatic Resources Agency
28 Prof. Sandun Senarath University of Sri Jayawardenapura
29 Mr Kumar Deivanayagam Bio Power Lanka
30 Prof. S Abeysinghe University of Ruhuna
31 Dr N S Kottearachchi Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
32 Dr T G Dayananda University of Ruhuna
33 Prof. M K Bandumathie Weerasooriya University of Kelaniya
34 Mrs. Arundathie Wijesekera CIC Agri Businesses (pvt) Limited
35 Ms Tharani Nadesalingam Bio Power Lanka
36 Ms Sathya Kandasamy Bio Power Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
37 Prof. Pushpa Abeysinghe University of Ruhuna
38 Mr Krishantha Ruwan Rajapakse Hayleys Agro Biotech (Pvt)Ltd
39 Mr Rizvi Zaheed Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd
40 Mr Samuditha Kumarasinghe Lanka Bio Fertilizers (Pvt) Limited Page 29
41 Dr Kalaivani Vivehananthan Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
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42 Dr Tissa Amarakoon University of Kelaniya


43 Mr Niranjan Gunasekara University of Colombo
44 Dr Daya Ahangama University of Peradeniya
45 Dr Samantha Iddamaldeniya Veterinary Research Institute
46 Dr Nimsha Weerakkody Open University of Sri Lanka
47 Ms Sachira Vilochani National Cleaner Production Center Sri Lanka
48 Mrs Iresha Silva Department of Export agriculture
49 Dr Keerthi Hettiarachchi Department of Agriculture
50 Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi University of Colombo
51 Dr M I S Safeena South Eastern University
52 Dr Gunaratnam Thirukkumaran University of Jaffna
53 Ms Madhavika Kodagoda CIC Agri Businesses (Pvt) Ltd
54 Mr N P P Liyanage Uva Wellassa University
55 Dr Thayaparan Sinnadurai King Aqua Services (Pvt) Ltd.
56 Ms Hetti Arachchige Thilini Nishadi King Aqua Services (Pvt) Ltd.
57 Mr Ranabahu Chamaralalage Nimal Shinwa Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Samantha Ramachandra
58 Mr Nagarathnam Thiruchchelvan University of Jaffna
59 Ms J A M O A Abeyawardana University of Colombo
60 Mrs Lakmini Edirisinghe National Cleaner Production Center Sri Lanka
61 Dr Mojith Ariyaratne University of Peradeniya
62 Dr Nilupa Senasinghe-Dissanayake Veterinary Research Institute
63 Mrs I S Wijewardene BMS, Galle Road, Colombo 05.
64 Mr Herath Mudiyanselage Jayantha King Aqua Services (Pvt) Ltd.
Bandara Herath
65 Dr J M Seneviratne Department of Export agriculture
66 Mrs C L Thialaratne Department of Export agriculture
67 Ms Sudarshini Thadchanamoorthy Aqua Agriculture Batticaloa (Pvt) Ltd.
68 Dr L Mangali H R Alwis Uva Wellassa University
69 Dr Pradeepa Bandaranayake University of Peradeniya
70 Dr S A C N Perera Coconut research Institute
71 Dr H D D Bandupriya Coconut research Institute
72 Mr Ranga Dissanayake University of Colombo
73 Ms T R L Senadheera University of Peradeniya
74 Dr Saman Athauda University of Peradeniya
75 Dr B C Jayawardena University of Peradeniya
76 Dr Kalyani Dias Helanka Biotech Pvt. Ltd.
77 Ms Himaddrini Abayanayke Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
78 Prof. ARIYA Sumanasinghe University of Peradeniya
79 Mr E M J M Rizvi South Eastern University
80 Dr Nilwala Kottegoda Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC)
81 Mrs T M N D Tennakoon Plant Virus Indexing Center, Department of Agriculture
82 Ms S V G Nirosha Priyadarshani Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences

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83 Mr M D Piyathilaka Institute for Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences


84 Mr S M Nagahawatte Fruit Research and Development Institute
85 Mr Senerath Ekanayake Horticultural Crop Research and Development Institute
86 Prof. Rohan HS Rajapakse University of Ruhuna
87 Dr Chamil Nayanakantha Rubber Research Institute
88 Mr.Suresh Vaghela Quintiles Lanka
89 Dr T H P S Fernando Rubber Research Institute
90 Mr HMDAK Herath Rajarata University
91 MrPrasanga Dilip Kumar Fernando Avon Pharmo Chem (Pvt) Ltd
92 Dr Pathmanathan Sevvel University of Jaffna
93 Dr Renuka Attanayake University of Kelaniya
94 Mrs S I Rajapakse Ministry of Environment & Renewable Energy
95 Dr P N Dassanayake University of Sri Jayawardenapura
96 Dr S M C Himali University of Peradeniya
97 Dr J K Vidanarachchi University of Peradeniya
98 Ms A M S B K Amarakoon University of Peradeniya
99 Prof. Gunasingham Mikunthan University of Jaffna
100 Dr. Lanka Ranawke University of Ruhuna
101 Mrs. Himaddrini Abayanayke Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
102 Ms Liyanagunawardane Veterinary Research Institute
103 Dr Chandima National Cleaner Production Center Sri Lanka
104 Mr Ananda Jayasekera Lanka Bio Fertilizers (Pvt) Limited
105 Prof. S Samith Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture
106 Prof. Hirimuregama University of Colombo
107 Dr P K Dissanayake University of Sabaragamuwa
108 Mrs Isha Wijeyratnam Serendib Horticulture Pvt Ltd
109 Mr Nalaka Mohotti Hayleys PLC
110 Mr Prashantha Gihan Manawadu BAM Green
111 Mr W S Imesh Genetech
112 Mr Herath Fruit Research and Development Institute
113 Dr Sunil Premawanse University of Colombo
114 Ms Rashika Tennakoon Genetech
115 Dr S N T de Silva University of Wayamba
116 Prof Athula Perera University of Peradeniya
117 B A S K Samarawickrama
118 T Galinda
119 Azam Baheer-Mohor
120 Ms Keshini De Silva
121 Dr Kumari Biopower Lanka Pvt Ltd
122 Mr Dilip De Silva CEO, Serendip Horticulture
123 Ms Maheeni Samarakoon Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation

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No Industry Session Participants Institute

1 Dr O V D S J Weerasena University of Colombo


2 Mr G H I M Wickramasinghe University of Colombo
3 Mr Sarath Wickramarachchi Multichemi Exports (Pvt) Ltd
4 Mrs Udya Rajapakse University of Colombo
5 Dr Udo Huneke Freelance consultant
6 Eng Sarath De Alwis Gammampila Freelance consultant
7 Kajendran Kirushanthy University of Colombo
8 Dr Sanja Gunawardena University of Moratuwa
9 Mr W S Imesh De Silva Genetech Research Institute
10 Prof. Chandrani Wijeyaratne University of Sri Jayawardenapura
11 Prof. Deepal Mathew University of Colombo
12 Dr S N T De Silva Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
13 Mr Nipuna Jayathilake Freelance consultant
14 Prof. Ranil R S Dassanayake University of Colombo
15 Dr Indrika Abeygunawardena University of Kelaniya
16 Dr Vayanga Rathnayake University of Kelaniya
17 Dr N V Chandrasekharan University of Colombo
18 Ms F Ashrifa Ali Spectrum institute of Science & Technology
19 Prof. Ajith De Alwis Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation
20 Mr M F Fathima Dhilhani University of Colombo
21 Dr Aruna Manipura University of Peradeniya
22 Dr Muditha D. Senarath-Yapa John Keells Group
23 Mr PPDDT Weerarathna Sri Lanka Customs
24 Mr TL Samaraweera Sri Lanka Customs
25 Dr Ruwan J. Illeperuma Genetech Research Institute
26 Mr Suraj Goonawardhana Genetech Research Institute
27 Mrs R M D N RATHNAYAKE National Intellectual Property Office
28 Dr C.Dilrukshi Wijayarathna University of Colombo
29 Mr Asjad Hameed ANC Education
30 Ms Sharani Jayasekara Genetech Research Institute
31 Ms Elanahai Vimaleshwaran Genetech Research Institute
32 Ms Shashika Kotalawala Genetech Research Institute
33 Mr M A N. I. KUMARA John Keells Group
34 Mr Udaya Amaraweera John Keells Group
35 Mr Charith Abeywarna University of Moratuwa
36 Mr Palitha Harasgama University of Colombo
37 Ms Yoshitha Wahalathanthri Genetech Research Institute
38 Mr Karunaraj Prashath University of Colombo
39 Dr Chandima Jeewandara University of Sri Jayawardenapura
40 Mr P K D CT Somadasa University of Colombo

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41 Mr Navoda Palpola University of Colombo


42 Eng Kimal Chandula Wasalathilake University of Moratuwa
43 Eng P W Vidanage University of Moratuwa
44 Eng Peshalya Kothalawala University of Moratuwa
45 Ms M M Nipuni Mandari Chandrasiri Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
46 Ms Supuli Jayaweera University of Moratuwa
47 Eng Kusumitha Perera University of Moratuwa
48 Ms Lankani Hettigoda Siddhalepa
49 Eng Harshani Iresha University of Moratuwa
50 Prof. Sunil Premawansa University of Colombo
51 Mrs Christine Alex Karunya University, Coimbatore
52 Mr Lakshman Wijeyewardena National Enterprise Development Authority
53 Dr I U Vijayakumar University of Colombo
54 Ms Deshini Abeyewardena Quintiles Lanka Pvt Ltd
55 Mrs Gayathri Gunaruwan Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
56 Ms Vinodini Nawaratne Megabiotech
57 Dr S PremaKumara Ministry of Technology and Research
58 Mr Thilak Wickramasinghe Sri Lanka Standards Institution
59 Dr Thusitha Wickramasinghe Asian Chmical Industries
60 Mr Ruwan Gunawardene Department of National Planning
61 Mrs Christine Alex Karunya University, Coimbatore
62 Ms Lankani Hettigoda Siddhalepa
63 Mrs Sugi Sivayogarajan Gamma Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd
64 Mrs Ruwanthi Murage Gamma Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd
65 Dr Shehan De Silva Sri Lanka Nanotechnology Institute
66 Mr Nishendraharan CAAN Biotech
67 Mr R M C Deshapry University of Peradeniya
68 Ms Shee Wickramasinghe Ceylon Buiscuits Ltd
69 Ms Vagheela Suresh Quintiles Lanka Pvt Ltd
70 Ms Amali Ranasinghe Coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation

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Exhibitors : Biotechnology Industry

No Company name
1 Analytical Instruments (Pvt) Ltd
2 Bio Power Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
3 Biotechnology Laboratory, University of Colombo
4 CANN Biotech (Pvt) Ltd
5 Centre for Dengue Research
6 Ceygen Biotech (Pvt)Ltd
7 Credence Genomics (Pvt) Ltd
8 Hayleys Agro Biotech
9 Human Genetics Unit, University of Colombo
10 Lanka Bio Fertilizers (Pvt) Ltd
11 Mega Biotech(Pvt) Ltd
12 Sargam Green Tea Pvt. Ltd.
13 Sri Lanka Aquaculture Development Alliance
14 Asiri Group of Hospitals
15 Genetech

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ANNEX 02 : AGENDA

National Conference on
Biotechnology
BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR WEALTH CREATION
September 18, 2014
Hilton Colombo Residencies, Union Place, Colombo 02
PROGRAMME
09:00 am 09:30 am Registration

Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Ajith de Alwis


09:30 am 09:40am
Project Director, COSTI

Introduction to National Council on Biotechnology


09:40 am 09:50 am Prof. Athula Perera
Emeritus Professor, University of Peredeniya and Co-chair, National Council on Biotechnology

Key Note Address


"Igniting Minds through Collaborative Partnerships : The Route to Creating Wealth for All Through
09:50 am 10:20 am Biotechnology"
Mr Rizvi Zaheed
Managing Director, Hayleys Agriculture Holdings LTD and Director Hayleys PLC, Co-chair, National Council on Biotechnology

Key Note Address


"Encouraging and Capturing Innovation in Biotechnology: An Academic Perspective"
10:20 am 10:50 am Dr Mark A. Eiteman
Professor of Bio-chemical Engineering and Microbiology, University of Georgia and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biological Engineering

Special Guest Address


10:50 am 11:05 am Mr Ajith Nivard Cabraal
Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Address by the Chief Guest


11:05 am 11:15 am Prof. Tissa Vitarana
Honorable Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs

11:15 am 12:00 am Opening Exhibition

Industry
Agriculture Health Mrs Shamalee Wickramasinghe
Session Chair : Prof. Athula Perera Dr Dharshan De Silva
Parallel Sessions

Transgenic for Economic Development Cutting-edge Technologies for the


Recombinant Products and Their
Development and Manufacture of
Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi Economic Potential
Antibodies and Vaccines
Dr N V Chandrasekharan
12:00 noon 12:20 pm Department of Chemistry, University of Prof. Roshan Perera
Colombo
Department of Chemistry, University of
General Sir John Kotelawala Defense
Colombo
University

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12.20 pm 12.30 pm Discussion

Formulation of Bio-pesticides and


Mass-culture of Natural Enemies for Biological Materials, Biomaterials &
Current Landscapes for Molecular
Pest Management Biobased Material towards
Diagnostics and Future Trends
12.30 pm 12.50 pm Dr Daya Ahangama
Prof. Aresha Manamperi
Bioeconomy
Retired Associate Professor, University of University of Kelaniya and Ceygen Biotech Dr Muditha SenerathYapa
Peradeniya John Keells Research

12.50 pm 01.00 pm Discussion

Herbal Biotechnology : Potential and


Prospects Genomic and Regenerative Medicine Biochemical Conversion of Biomass
: The New Frontier in Health Care in to Fuel
1.00pm 01.20 pm Dr Frank-Udo Huneke Prof. Vajira Dissanayake Dr Sanja Gunawardane
Human Genetics Unit, University of Department of Chemical Engineering,
Consultant Colombo University of Moratuwa

01.20 pm 01.30 pm Discussion

01.30 pm 02.00 pm Exhibition and Demonstration Next Generation Sequencing : A Platform for Scientific Research and
Development
Dr Arjun Kumarasuriyar, Asia Distributor Territories, illumina

Industry Open Session


02.00 pm 03.00 pm Presentations by Selected Industry Participants
Discussion

Chair : Prof. Athula Perera, Dr Dharshan De Silva and Mrs Shamalee Wickramasinghe

Capacity : Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation
03.00 pm 04.00 pm Safety : Prof. Athula Perera, University of Peradeniya
Scaling up : Dr Aruna Manipura, University of Peradeniya
Regulatory : Dr Vas Gnanam, Credence Genomics Pvt. Ltd.

Formulating the National Industrial Biotechnology Association


04.00 pm 04.20 pm Pro-tem Chair : Eng. Mangala Yapa

Way Forward and Vote of Thanks


04.20 pm 04.30 pm Prof. Athula Perera and Prof. Ajith De Alwis

End

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ANNEX 03 : ASSISTED BY

Art work, Designing and photography : Mr Buddhika Jayasekera

IT support : Dr Geetha Abeysinghe


Ms Virangya Seneviratne
Mr Ishan Bandara
Mr Shanika Abeyratne

Administration support : Mr Damith Chandrasekera


Mr Wasantha Ekanayake
Ms Maduka Perera
Ms Janani Kanapathyraj
Ms Pooja Malavisooriya
Ms Vajira Perera

Session Rapporteurs : Dr Kumudini Gunasekera


Dr Sachie Panawala
Dr A R F Zahra
Mr Pathmakumara Jayasingha

Office Assistance : Mr Lasitha Kumara

Synthesis of report : Ms Rashmi Thippalagama


Ms Melani Wathugala
Ms Amali Ranasinghe and
Dr Dharshan De Silva

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