Mohali: The emerging applications of nanotechnology and its tremendous potential in healthcare on Wednesday were discussed by eminent experts from leading universities of the region at a one-day symposium on “Nanotechnology – Pharmaceutical applications”, organised by the Doaba College of Pharmacy at the Doaba Group of Colleges in Mohali campus.
The prominent speakers at the symposium included Dr Subheet Kumar Jain, Professor and Head of Pharmacy, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Dr Gaurav Verma, Coordinator of Nanotechnology Centre at Panjab University, Chandigarh and Dr Richa Shree, Professor of Pharmacy at Punjabi University, Patiala. Dr Sanjay Bajaj, Managing Director, Select Biosciences (India) Ltd was the chief guest.
Director General, Dr Daljit Singh, highlighted the emerging applications like controlled and targeted drug release systems, but also cautioned about the risks of misuse of nanotechnology, and the imperative need for responsible development norms.
Dr Gaurav Verma explained the principles of nanotechnology, and the similarities between biotechnology and nanotechnology. He reviewed the potential applications like nanomagnetics, implantable sensors, use of gold nanoparticles coated with anti-cancer antibodies, photovoltaic retinal for restoring sight to the blind etc. Dr Richa Shree explained the concept of drug development from herbal plants and the role of phytochemicals. Chief Guest, Dr Sanjay Bajaj, discussed the concept of Nanoscience and its pharmaceutical applications, and highlighted the emerging applications like nano biosensors, nano imaging of cells, receptors, etc. Dr Preet Kawal Kaur, Principal, Doaba College of Pharmacy, presented a vote of thanks.
DGC Chairman, M S Batth and Managing Vice Chairman, S S Sangha presided over the event. DGC trustees, directors, principals, officers and faculty members attended the programme. More than 200 students of the Doaba College of Pharmacy attended the symposium, and participated enthusiastically in the discussions.
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