The HTCG has been a joint initiative of the ministry of external affairs led by foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal and the US under secretary for industry and security Kenneth Juster. The first HTCG meeting was held in July 2003 in Washington DC.
During the second HTCG meeting, the keynote address will be given by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research director general RA Mashelkar on Indias high technology capabilities: proven and potential. Mr Kenneth Juster and Mr Kanwal Sibal will address the inaugural session. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, jointly with the external affairs ministry, is coordinating a round table discussion on intellectual property rights (IPR).
As part of the HTCG meet, there will be a breakout session on biotechnology and life sciences. While Indian speakers include Reliance Life Sciences Firoza Parikh, Dr Vijay Chandru of Strand Genomics and Mr Utkarsh Palnitkar of Ernst & Young India, the US will be represented by Mr Max Wallace of Arbor Group LLC, Ficci officials informed eFE.
There will be another session on Working towards developing model biotechnology law and regulatory process. It will be co-chaired by Bharat Biotech Internat-ional CEO Krishna Ella and Hawai Biotech CEO Suresh Patil. Speakers will include Biocon Indias Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Dr Villoo Morawala of Avestha Gengraine Technologies.