STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is a growing market for life sciences and biotechnologies, and a country where the same have great potentials for beneficial social, economic and health impacts. Multilateral cooperation of Pakistan with international partners such as European Union (EU) could significantly increase the footprint of this impact.
These views were expressed by Prof. Maurizio Martellini, Secretary General of the Landau Network-Centro Volta and Prof. of Theoretical Physics at the University of Insubria (Como, Italy), at an in-house talk, organised by the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) on the subject titled Conceptualizing a future cooperation with Pakistan in Bio and Health Sectors.
While elaborating the prospects of cooperation, he said that Pakistans biotechnology and medical industry and said that research in academia is rapidly developing.
He said that university departments in Pakistan dealing with life science research amount to over 200, with increasing numbers in general and particularly in the biotechnologies and applied science sectors.
The bio-economy in Pakistan for a collaborative and utilizing a framework for international bio-safety and security programme is perhaps the best way forward.
Dr Maria Sultan, Director General SASSI, in her remarks stated that the Pakistan will welcome the cooperation in the bio-safety and security field, however, it requires more broad-based understanding of global concerns and Pakistans requirements in this field.

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