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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ph.D. position in DRDO @ Ministry of Defence, Government of India

Applications are invited from CSIR qualified candidates (or candidates with DBT/DST/ICMR/INSA funding) for a doctoral position in Defence R&D Organization, Ministry of Defence, Government of India. The doctoral position is in the area of Bioinformatics. The area of research is understanding human acclimatization in extreme environmental conditions.

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate's professional qualifications to pkhurana08[at]

Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Khurana
Scientist 'C'
Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences,
Defence R&D Organization,
Lucknow Road,
New Delhi

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Biotechnopreneur Camps 2012

Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM), Gujarat Venture Finance Limited (GVFL) & Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC)
along with SkyQuest Technology Consulting Pvt. Ltd. (Knowledge Partner)
Life Sciences | Medical Devices | Biotechnology | Pharmaceuticals
Fostering Technology based Entrepreneurship in Gujarat

The journey of Biopreneur Camps 2011 from Surat, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Baroda and Ahmedabad saw 100 participants at each venue; graced by the presence of eminent guests including Mr. Ketan Patel, MD, Troikaa Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Chandan Chatterjee, Director, The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), Govt. of Gujarat; Dr. Ravi Dhar, Senior Consultant – Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Programme (BIRAP) of Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, Dr. V. S. Patel, Ex-Vice Chancellor, S. P. University and Director, Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre for Applied Research and Testing (SICART) and many more in addition to Shri Mihir Joshi, MD, GVFL; Dr. A. S. Rao, Ex-Sr. Advisor, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and currently, also Advisor, FMC and Shri A. K. Saxena IFS, Mission Director, GSBTM, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Gujarat.

The programme helped many researchers to turn their science project into business idea and many entrepreneurs to get new ideas.

BiotechnopreneurTM Camps 2012 is a platform for budding entrepreneurs, researchers and students to understand various aspects of biotech entrepreneurship from industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs, representatives of Government and academicians.

Key features of BiotechnopreneurTM Camps 2012:

~         Pitch your Business Idea: Seek assistance at any stage for your technology idea
~         My Story Session: Get inspiration from Successful Biotechnology Entrepreneurs
~         Plenary Sessions
~         Network: Interact and with experts and consultants from diverse fields (Technology, Market, Finance, Policies etc.)


BiotechnopreneurTM team invites you to “PITCH YOUR BUSINESS IDEA” - An opportunity to present your business idea among a panel of technology experts, businessmen and investors. 

Pitch your Business Idea and you will get a chance to seek mentoring & support to start your own biotechnology based business venture.

Business Idea/Concept/Venture in Lifesciences domain
Applicants from the State of Gujarat

Who can apply?
  • Budding Entrepreneurs/Start-ups
  • Innovators planning a venture based on their innovation/s
  • Researchers looking to take their technology to market 
Shortlisted Applicants will get a 15 minute slot to present your business idea at BiotechnopreneurTM Camps 2012 and will be offered support like mentoring, strategic advisory, getting investor-ready, applying for funding.

Ahmedabad | Mehsana| Rajkot | Surat | Vadodara

Documents to be submitted (Only Soft Copy):
  1. Business Idea – Concept note
  2. Anticipated Support  (not more than 200 words)
  3. Detailed profile of Applicant
  4. Scanned Passport size Photograph 
Deadline for Application:
The entries should reach us by email ( latest by 31st December 2011 by 5:00pm

Note:- Subject should be “Pitch Your Business Idea – Biotechnopreneur Camps 2012”

For any further clarification or details, write to Ms. Neha Jhala on

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Elsevier Acquires Ariadne Genomics

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, announced today the acquisition of the business assets of Ariadne Genomics, a provider of pathway analysis tools and semantic technologies for life science researchers. Ariadne will be integrated with Elsevier's Corporate Markets division.
"Ariadne Genomics' pathway analysis tools and semantic technologies integrate research findings from across multiple content sources providing a deeper understanding of biological pathways and disease progression. Ariadne's products improve research productivity and outcomes for life science researchers by delivering new insights for potential interventions, therapies and cures," said Alexander van Boetzelaer, Managing Director of Elsevier Corporate Markets. "Ariadne brings to Elsevier an information offering in the biology domain and a passionate and dedicated team of life science professionals. Ariadne's team and offerings are a powerful complement to our chemistry, pre-clinical and clinical workflow solutions."
Ariadne's flagship product Pathway Studio is widely used by pharmaceutical, agriculture and academic institutions to provide analyses of molecular pathways and disease progression. Pathway Studio is an integrated data mining and visualization solution that organizes relevant facts and relationships from large document collections of genes, proteins, cell processes and diseases. The tool, powered by Ariadne's MedScan® technology, enables visualization of biological relationships spanning biomedical literature and supports the interpretation of experimental results utilizing domain-specific ontologies, taxonomies and dictionaries.
"As a customer of both providers, I am excited to learn that Ariadne Genomics and Elsevier have joined," said Dr. Jonathan Usuka, Director of Global Business Planning at Celgene, a multinational biopharmaceutical company. "Pathway Studio provides essential support to our immunological studies. As part of Elsevier, there is the potential to deliver even more value to our researchers."
Ariadne's CEO, Ilya Mazo, said of the acquisition, "With our integration into Elsevier, we look forward to strengthening our ability to serve biological researchers in scientific communities through further development of Pathway Studio, fortified with Elsevier's content, and complementing Elsevier's leadership role across biomedical disciplines."
Ariadne is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Financial details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

GN Ramachandran Fellowships in the field of computational biology

December 12, 2011

Applications are invited for the GN Ramachandran Fellowships recently instituted by the CCBB, DBT-COE, JNU to encourage young scholars to work in the interdisciplinary research in the field of computational biology. The fellowship is meant for brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific research positions at SCIS, JNU.

SCOPE : Computational Biology & Data Mining.

QUALIFICATION & BACKGROUND:i) The fellowship is open to brilliant scientists and engineers who are below the age of 35 years .
ii) The applicant should possess a Ph.D. in Science/Engineering and have adequate professional experience.
iii) These Fellowships are very selective and only those who have a proven/outstanding track-record as evident from their research publications and recognitions would be eligible.

ELIGIBILITY FOR JUNIOR FELLOW :1. Ph.D. in any branch of natural sciences.
2. At least 2 years Post-Doc experience in theoretical/computational/quantitative sciences.
3. Preferable experience in the area of simulations, large scale data analysis, statistical modeling.

DURATION : The duration of the fellowship will be for three years or until the project (DBT-COE at JNU) granted, whichever comes first. Every year a report will be submitted for successful progress.

  • The value of the fellowship will be Rs.40,000/- per month (consolidated)for Junior fellowship.
  • School will provide the necessary R&D, administrative and basic infrastructural support to facilitate research. Please see the website :
  • The GN Ramachandran Fellows will be eligible & encouraged for receiving regular research grants through the extramural funding schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India.
  • The scientists will be working at CCBB, SCIS, JNU and collaboration with the members of SCIS as well as outside the school is encouraged.

  • The availability of Fellowships will be through application and forms are available through CCBB. The applicant may apply through the form duly filled up and by email.
  • Selection of Fellows will be made at least once/year by an empowered Search-cum-Selection Committee specially appointed for the purpose.
All applications may be sent to :
The Coordinator
Centre for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
School of Computational and Integrative Sciences
Hall No.6, Lecture Hall Complex
Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi – 110 067.
Email : Tel.: (011) 2674 1517
Last Date for application : Dec 25th.2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Inherit the RNA

A new study in Cell shows that C. elegans doesn't need DNA or even epigenetics to pass traits down through the generations, says 80beats' Veronique Greenwood. Some worms can use RNA to fight off viruses and that these molecules — and the ability to fight the virus — can be passed on for more than 100 generations, she adds. The researchers engineered worms that didn't have the genes to make the RNAs necessary to fight a virus, and then bred them with worms that did have these genes for several generations. Some of the resulting offspring had ancestors with the virus-fighting molecules, but didn't have the genes themselves. But when they observed the worms under the microscope, Greenwood says, the researchers saw that the gene-less worms were still fighting off the virus like their grandparents had. The researchers speculate that "the RNA molecules made by the original worms in response to a virus attack were floating around in the cytoplasm of the eggs and sperm that became their offspring," Greenwood says.

Inherit the RNA | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb

Life Science and Informatics

What is this?
is this a new industry?
or a old wine in a new bottle?

Well Life Sciences and Informatics can be anything form computational biology, all omes and omics, core bioinformatics to curation and literature mining, database creation, in the area of biology, chemistry , bio-chem space.

There are number of companies in India and bangalore is the forefront as a major bio-cluster with 20 to 30 companies in this sphere.

now how good are these companies doing?
how good are they in terms of the international markets and how profitable is their business?
what do they do?
their clients?

These are some interesting things that could be discussed in this blog page...

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