BioAsia 2021 all set to get bigger, snags Satya Nadella as | Hyderabad News

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HYDERABAD: The annual lifesciences and healthcare forum BioAsia is all set to get bigger and go global in its 18th edition with an impressive lineup of the who’s who of the world of technology, healthcare and lifesciences for the event. BioAsia 2021 will be held on February 22 and 23 this year.
The biggest catch for the annual event, which will be going virtual this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who will deliberate on the opportunities created by the intersection of technology, healthcare and lifesciences in a fireside chat — `Charcha 2021-Healthcare to Hit Refresh’ — with Telangana IT & industries minister KT Rama Rao.

Apart from Nadella, BioAsia 2021 will see speakers like Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) CEO Dr Richard Hatchet, World Health Organisation (WHO) deputy director general of programmes (DPP) Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Gates Foundation’s global health president Dr Trevor Mundel and US Food & Drug Administration’s CBER (Centre for Biologics Evaluation and Research) director Dr Peter Marks, who will deliver the keynote address. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and member VK Paul too will be key speakers at the event which is being held on the theme `Move the Needle’ with focus on Covid-19 and life beyond the pandemic.
The key panel discussions include one on `Immunising the world’ where WHO’s Dr Soumya Swaminathan, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava, UNICEF’s principal advisor and chief of immunisations Dr Robin Nandy, South Korea’s International Vaccine Institute DG Dr Jerome H Kim, Bharat Biotech CMD Dr Krishna Ella and Biological E’s MD Mahima Datla will delve into India’s current role and potential to become an innovative global vaccine provider.

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