The event flagged off with a total of 16 delegates from various institutions at 10 am with the inaugural ceremony. Dr. Shivakumar Arumugham -Vice President, Department of Biotechnology Sami labs Pvt Ltd. Bangalore, was the Chief Guest for the day. He addressed on biological product development and raw material assessment with the help of various bio instruments and its necessity for quality enhancement. Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal presided over the function and addressed the gathering.
Then followed the first session, Dr. Elango, R & D Scientist Serene Science and Technologies, Bangalore explained the importance and working of instruments, also added on the safety measures with which it has to be handled to achieve accurate results. He also related it with diagnosis of cancer and its determination with techniques like real time PCR, quantum DOT, DNA Microarray, Laser controlled micro dissection.
The following session was taken over by Mr.Srinivasan who gave an insight, dissecting each part of the microscope and its working, explained the inside out of its mechanism.Post lunch, there was a session on the demonstration of instruments. Mr.K.Shanker, Director, Serene Science and Technologies, Bangalore, dealt with the working principle of gel documentation system, UV transilluminators, sonicator, and conventional thermal cycler.
Mr.Balaji, Application Scientist, 3i Molecular Solutions, Bangalore, described the concept of real time PCR, speedy breedy and their application in Molecular Diagnostics. Mr.Prakash of Scigenics Biotech Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, explained about orbital shaker. Mr. Somashekar of Ultra biotech Pvt, Ltd., Bangalore detailed on the mechanism and maintenance of laminar flow hood.
The one day workshop on Bio Instrumentation was truly successful and beneficial for both the faculty members and the students. The Workshop gave an insight into the principle, working and maintenance aspects of various instruments used in Life Sciences laboratory.