Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

BIOSPAIN 2018 Brings Users to the Hub Country of Biotechnology in Europe

MADRID, September 5, 2018/PRNewswire/ –The Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO) and the Regional Government of Andalusia have announced a collaboration agreement naming Seville as the site of the ninth BIOSPAIN biennial fair. Between 25 and 27 September 2018, the FIBES Exhibition & Congress Centre will thus be the stage for BIOSPAIN, a forum to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences among all the actors from the biotech sector, which has become the leading platform to enhance the international standing of Spanish biotechnology.

In the 2016 event, BIOSPAIN attracted 1,750 delegates representing 800 companies from 29 countries, (28% of those attending came from abroad), 233 exhibitors, 50 international investors, 49 breakout sessions and also featured 3,000 one-to-one meetings.

These numbers have made BIOSPAIN the world’s fifth largest biotechnology event by business meetings and the most important country-based event in Europe. The event is structured as a trade fair, a partnering system which facilitates one-to-one meetings, a conference programme and an investor’s forum which brings together the globe’s most important investors from the field of life sciences. As of today, BIOSPAIN already have 25 confirmed investors from seven countries, including Ysios Capital Partners, Andera Capital (previously Edmond de Rothschild), Biogeneration Ventures and Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

This year’s BIOSPAIN programme gives special weight to the biomedical area, although a good part of the conference will also be dedicated to agri-food and industrial biotechnology, mainly in the bioeconomy field. Financing sessions will also have a prominent place. The fair will also feature the plenary speaker Philippe Monteyne, a partner of Fund+. Among the main topics to be discussed in this ninth edition are: Alzheimer’s disease, advanced therapies, agri-food, biobanks, financing programmes, circular economy, artificial intelligence, gene editing, immunotherapy, antibiotic resistance, precision medicine, etc.

Additionally, as a new aspect this year, BIOSPAIN want to encourage researchers, academics and representatives from intermediary bodies to participate with a special registration policy.

In the poll conducted among the participants after finishing the event, 84.81% of those polled in 2016 stated that they identified real business opportunities. The event was classified as good or very good by 76.92% of the people attending.

As of today, users can download the BIOSPAIN 2018 APP on the iOS and Android marketplaces. The app is easy to use and will provide extensive support for participants throughout their experience in the convention. The app makes it easier for participants to be independent, to network and to have all the relevant information available in the palm of their hand.

For more information:
Lucía Cecilia
Director of Communications for ASEBIO and BIOSPAIN 2018
Telephone: +34-912109374/10
Mobile: +-34-663-117-293
E-mail: lcecilia@asebio.com


Development of remote, border areas among govt’s top priorities: CM GB

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says development of remote and border areas are among priorities of government.

Addressing public gatherings at Chorbat and Gawari areas during his visit to Ghance, Baltistan, he announced to upgrade Chorbat Tehsil as sub-division besides establishment of twenty beds hospital and a degree college for girls.

The Chief Minister also announced establishment of ten beds hospital in Gawari. He said contract of this project would be awarded to contractor next month.

He said a technical college would be set up in Khaplu at a cost of 850 million rupees.

Source: Radio Pakistan

4 killed as passenger jeep falls into deep ravine in AJK

Four persons were killed and thirteen others injured when a passenger jeep fell into a deep ravine while negotiating a sharp turn at Pathra area of Haveli district Azad Kashmir today.

According to Police Control Room, the ill fated jeep was on its way to Forward Kahutta City from Mumtaz Abad.

The injured were immediately shifted to Military Hospital Tachaan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Relief goods presented to families of martyred jawans in Mithi and Badin

Officials of Pakistan Army distributed relief goods in Mithi and Badin among the families of those Jawans who laid their lives in defending the borders of the country and fighting terrorists in different operations.

According to details, 504 Semi Activated Mujahid Battalion Badin Cantonment, Major Mushtaq Ahmed and Major Altaf, along with other officials, visited various villages of Mithi, to meet relatives of over 27 martyrs and distributed relief goods ahead of the Defence Day to be observed tomorrow.

Speaking on the occasion, the military officials said that it is the duty of every Pakistani to help the families of those who had laid down their lives for the country.

Meanwhile, An event in connection with Defence of Pakistan Day was held at village Vahro Sharif in Umerkot to pay rich tribute to the martyrs.

On this occasion, sweets and fruit were distributed among the children and slogans were also chanted “up with Pakistan”.

A large number of Army, Police and officials of district administration were present on the occasion.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Provincial govt focusing on development projects in region: CM GB

Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan has said provincial government focusing on development projects in the region.

He was talking today at DC office Khaplu with delegations of people from different areas of the district Ghangche.

Chief minister keep foundation stone of the city park Khaplu.

He announced ten million rupees for the beautification of the Khaplu town.

He visited forest park saling, where he planted a tree, also visit the on going project of Saling RCC bridge, where engineer brief him.

Chief minister also visited Keris valley and inaugurate the tehsil office there.

Source: Radio Pakistan

U.S. Appoints Veteran Diplomat Khalilzad As Special Adviser On Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late on September 4 that he had appointed former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad to be his special adviser on Afghanistan.

“Ambassador Khalilzad is going to join the State Department team to assist us in the reconciliation effort, so he will come on and be the State Department’s lead person for that purpose,” Pompeo told reporters traveling with him on a visit to Pakistan and India.

Khalilzad’s appointment signals that the administration is putting a renewed focus on the Afghan peace process. He has experience working for four U.S. presidential administrations and has knowledge of Afghanistan’s main languages, culture, and politics. He is from Afghanistan’s ethnic Pashtun majority.

As an aide to President George W. Bush, Khalilzad helped plan the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 that led to the ouster of the Taliban’s government and set off a 17-year war for control of the country.

Pompeo said that during his visit to Islamabad, he will emphasize that the United States wants Pakistan to help more in ending Afghanistan’s 17-year war.

U.S. and Afghan officials claim that Afghan militants fighting against the government have found safe havens in Pakistan where they can plot deadly attacks and regroup after their yearly offensives across the border. Pakistan denies that it harbors terrorists.

“We need Pakistan to seriously engage to help us get to the reconciliation we need in Afghanistan,” Pompeo said.

In a policy shift in June, Washington said it would “support, facilitate, and participate” in any Kabul government-led peace talks with the Taliban.

The Taliban has spurned the Afghan government’s offers for talks, however, and instead has staged a surge in violence around the country this year.

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