Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS) organized the 1st International Conference on ‘Drug Discovery & Development Research in Developing Countries (DRDC)’ at its Ibrahim Auditorium on October 3-6 2015.
Organized by the University and sponsored by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), and Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd, the conference themed “Building Research and Development Capacity in Science and Technology lagging countries for Discovery and Development of new drugs from regional biota” focused on the production of affordable drugs for developing countries.
At the inaugural ceremony of the four-day long conference, Professor Dr Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, Chairman In-Charge and Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Mr Mahbubul Karim, Director, Technical Operations of Incepta Pharma, Mr Ruhul Amin, Director of Drug Administration, Prof Ananda Mohon Chakrabarty, Member, Scientific Council of ICGEB, Prof AK Azad Khan, Chairman, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) and Mr Sayef Uddin, Secretary General of BADAS were present on the occasion as the Special Guests. Prof Ahmed A Azad, Incepta Distinguished Professor of the University and Chairman of the Organizing Committee presided over the meeting and Prof Liaquat Ali, Vice-Chancellor of BUHS delivered the welcome speech on the occasion.
Prof Mohabbat Khan emphasized the importance of sharing new experience to develop a science and knowledge based society. Prof AK Azad Khan said, this conference will play a significant role in the research and development of drugs among the participants with sharing knowledge and expertise. Mr. M. Sayef Uddin pointed out the high cost of drugs for diabetics, and spoke about how this affects diabetics as a life-long disease.
In his welcome speech, Prof Ali hoped that the University would organize such conferences every two years to encourage and develop knowledge on research and development of drugs in the country. Prof Ahmed Azad expressed his gratitude to the participants to make the event a success.
More than 500 doctors, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs of pharmaceutical industries from home and abroad including India, Pakistan, Australia, England, Japan, Italy, Turkey, Argentina and Singapore attended the conference and shared their valued experience. Researchers presented 47 studies on subjects varying from regional biota. Besides, 39 oral and 27 poster presentations were held on various topics, including immunology, therapeutic treatment, processing biotechnology for large scale production of biopharmaceuticals. About 50 pharmaceuticals and medical manufacturing companies displayed their products at the event.