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Biotechnology and Development   
Biotechnology and Development
Challenges and Opportunities for Asia
Hard  Back Book     :   Pages : 319
2004  Edition         :   ISBN - 81-7188-346-X
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BIOTECHNOLOGY along with the other core technology viz. Information Technology, is at the heart of technology revolution in Asia. Asian countries have adopted strategies for harnessing the potential of biotechnology for their industrial Development. The areas of applications both in pharmaceutical and agriculture sector have widened, finding new vistas of economic growth.

Policy challenges, however, are arising among others, concerning trade in GMOs, impact of genetic engineering on environment and human health, biosafety management, and ethical aspects that are yet to be addressed at any collective forum in Asia. One of the missing links is a dialogue between natural and social scientists so as to identify socio-economic requirements and policy priorities in the realm of biotechnology and development in the region.

This book brings together perceptions on some of these issues by eminent experts from the Asian region. As a sequel to the pioneering Biotechnology Revolution and the Third World : Challenges and Policy Options (RIS 1988), this volume draws lessons from the experiences of Asian developing countries and revisits some of the concerns raised earlier.

The contributors to the volume draws policy lessons from country experiences in capability building in Asia, in particular on the role of regional cooperation. It is clear that the Asian countries need not only technical assistance for capacity building, but also financial support to upgrade their facilities to meet challenges emerging from the introduction of the new organisms. As most of the Asian economies face common challenges including the management of biodiversity resources, cooperative efforts may prove fruitful. An examination of regional cooperation in Europe and ASEAN may help in identifying a roadmap. Volume Editors present a synthesis of key lessons emanating from different contributions.

Biotechnology and Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia is a valuable resource for governments, multilateral institutions, academics and practitioners in the field of the economic development and technology policy management.


Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Fellow, RIS and Managing Editor of the Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) has been working on Intellectual Property Regime; trade and environment related issues in WTO. His areas of specialization include economics of biotechnology and biodiversity. Dr. Chaturvedi has authored two books and has published several research articles in various prestigious journals. He has also worked at University of Amsterdam under a project supported by the Dutch Government on International Development Cooperation and Biotechnology for Developing Countries. Dr. Chaturvedi has also been a member of the IGSAC Committee of Experts to evolve a framework of Co-operation for conservation of biodiversity in the SAARC region; and Editorial Board of Biotechnology Development Monitor, Netherlands.
Dr. S.R. Rao, obtained his PhD from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has postdoctoral experience in molecular plant pathology in Japan and Australia. Currently, Dr. Rao is Director in the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and is responsible for international co-operation especially in Asian region and establishment of biotech facilities and centers of excellence. He is member of many important committees on biotechnology policy and research. Dr. Rao has established a niche in blending economics with technology and specializes in capacity building and regional cooperation and has published several important papers in national and international journals on biotechnology priorities, policy, regulation and management.


Foreword by Shri K. C. Pant

Preface by Dr. Nagesh Kumar

Contributors to this Volume
1. Biotechnology and Development : An Overview
Sachin Chaturvedi, S. R. Rao
2. Biotechnology Innovation and Development
William G. Padolina
3. Bioindustrial Revolution and Economic Development : Evolving Indian Strategy
Manju Sharma
4. Biotechnology, GMOs, and Development: Economic Implications
Edgar J. DaSilva, Sachin Chaturvedi
5. Asian Cooperation in Biotechnology
S. R. Rao
6. Biotechnology in Europe: 20 Years' Experience and Current Strategy
Mark Cantley
7. How Well Does Japan Meet Its Challenges and Responsibilities in Biotechnology and Development for Asia?
Darryl R.J. Macer, Minakshi Bhardwaj
8. Investment, Capacity and Incentives in Biotechnology: Indian Experience
S. R. Rao
9. The Current and Future Outlook of Agricultural Biotechnology in Malaysia
Hassan Mat Daud
10. Status of Agribiotechnology in Philippines
Raynaldo E. De La Cruz
11. Challenges and Opportunities for Biotechnology Development: The Korean Experiences
Sang-Ki Rhee
12. Biotechnology in Bangladesh
Naiyyum Choudhury, M. Serajul Islam
13. Agricultural Biotechnology in Thailand
Naresh Damrongchai
14. Genomics Rejuvenate Biotechnology, Equal Opportunities and Uneven Challenges: A View from China
Bin Liu
15. Singapore Strategises Biotechnology for Development
Sachin Chaturvedi
16. Crop Biotechnology Initiatives in Asia: Progress, Opportunities, and Challenges
Randy A. Hautea
17. Biotechnology and International Trade Regime: Options before Developing Countries
Sachin Chaturvedi

Contributors to this Volume

William G. Padolina Deputy Director General, International Rice Research Institute, Manila.
Manju Sharma Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi.
Edgar J. DaSilva Former Director, Life Science Division, UNESCO, Paris and Honorary Professor, University of Vrystaat, South Africa.
Sachin Chaturvedi Fellow, Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (RIS) and Managing Editor, ABDR, New Delhi.
S. R. Rao Director, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi.
Mark Cantley Advisor, Life Science, Directorate, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
Darryl R. J. Macer Director, Eubios Ethics Institute and Director, International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), Bioethecis Program, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Minakshi Bhardwaj Ph.D. Student, Institute of Biological Science, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Hassan Mat Daud Head, Biotechnology Center, MARDI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Reynaldo E. da la Cruz National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Los Banos College, Laguna, Philippines.
Sang-Ki Rhee Chief Research Scientist, Korea Research Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology,  Kwangjingui Seoul, Korea.
Naiyyum Choudhury National Institute of Biotechnology, Ramna, Dhaka.
M. Serajul Islam National Institute of Biotechnology, Ramna, Dhaka.
Nares Damrongchai Policy Researcher, Biotechnology Policy Study Program, National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Bangkok.
Bin Liu Chief Technological Officer & Director, Department of Research & Collaboration, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
Randy A. Hautea Global Coordinator and Director, International Services for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Application (ISAAA), Laguna, Philippines.
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