Global Biosafety Management Program
News Feb 12, 2010
Recent breakthroughs in biotechnology research has brought to the world a wide variety of useful agricultural innovations such as nutritionally enhanced crops and genetic modifications of plant varieties for greater resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.
While not the magic bullet that can single-handedly solve all the complex problems of hunger and poverty, such technologies possess the potential to play a major role in alleviating hunger and malnutrition in emerging economies. It is therefore essential to assess the prospects of agricultural biotechnology and set up effective biosafety regulatory systems to protect consumers and the environment as well as to ensure safe access to new products and technologies developed in-country or elsewhere.
Through a series of interactive lectures, case studies and panel discussions over the intensive five days of the program, eminent faculty of academics, government policy makers, scientists and regulatory practitioners from industry will guide participants on:
* Best practices in translational research,
* Regulations for transgenic crop development, commercialization and GM foods,
* Mechanisms for partnerships in safe and useful transgenic research and more
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