Bhubaneswar: The Odisha based Institute of Life Science (ILS) has patented 21 research products and two of it – ‘Chikungunya Detection Kit through Protein’ and ‘Cell Seperation Kit’- have been commercialised.
This was disclosed by the ILS Ajaya Parida at the Open Day & Science Exposition, organised jointly by ILS and the Regional Medical Research Centre(RMRC), here on Friday.
” Many more are patents are in pipeline for commercialization in service of the people”, Parida asserted.
Giving key note address of the Exposition, the ILS director said, “The main objective of the event is to engage the public with science and show the ways how science, technology, engineering and mathematics can provide us with the solutions to improve our lives”.
The RMRC director Sanghamitra Pati highlighted the significant progress in the area of’ ‘health science research’ and outlined the research projects being carried out at RMRC.
Addressing the Exposition, the State science & technology minister Ashok Panda said, “Science and technology are the driving force of economic growth and nutritional security”. He said, “Technology has enough potential for fostering food, health, nutrition and environmental security in the State”. Stating that the State Government has put in place facilitating norms and institutional mechanisms, Panda asked the science and research institutions operating in Odisha to prioritize the research programmes on critical need of the State and the people.
The chief secretary,Asit Tripathy, said, “The essence of science is the scientific attitude and positive mind to seek methodological answers”. Science is an ever growing body of knowledge and there is no last step to it”. The coming generation will be more knowledgeable than us as science will keep on exploring more contours of reality. “If a question is not answered today, added Tripathy, ” it will be answered tomorrow with more convincing logic”.
ILS administrative officer Dayanidhi Prdhan and scientist Rajeev Swain also spoke on the occasion.
This two-day event is being organized in commemoration of India International Science Festival in Bhubaneswar. More than 1600 School and college students from different districts of Odisha are participating in the event. Around ten exhibition and exposition stalls have been set up in the event. The organizations like NRRI, ILS, CFTRI, CIFA, RPRC and RMRC have showcased their research and development activities in the stalls.