A seminar on “Bioinformatics and Pakistani Industries” was arranged at International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan Agricultural Research council (PARC), Pakistan Medical research Council (PMRC), KRL hospital, National Institute of health (NIH) and many participating universities like Quaid -e -Azam university (PASTIC) Islamabad, National University of Science and Technology, (NCVI and EM&E), COMSATS, Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU), NIBJE Faisalabad, International Islamic university (IIU) itself, and many other universities from Peshawar and Lahore on November 2nd, 2010.
A poster competition at BS/MS level on Bioinformatics and their commercial applications was held after the seminar. Abstracts from all over Pakistan after a critical scrutiny were selected. The selected posters were allotted space in the exhibition hall and 6 judges (from industrial and academic background) were present to judge the best project.
And I feel gratified to announce that the Best MS-Project all over Pakistan was won by Hashaam Akhtar of (NCVI) NUST. Moreover, the Best Software Award was won by a student from EM&E and NUST was given the Best University Award of Year 2010 (Bioinformatics).
Hashaam’s project was on Interferon lambda protein (which is an antiviral, used to treat Hepatitis C and various cancers). The treatment of interferon lambda isn’t affordable for an unignorable majority of patients. Hashaam, with his supervisor Dr. Ishtiaq Qadri, designed a synthetic protein using Bioinformatics Tool (Codon Usage) , which resembled 100% with the natural protein but its production was 3 times faster and its yield was 3 folds more, which made it 3 times cheaper and provided an opportunity for pharma-industries to cut their cost price to one third. Hashaam and Dr. Qadri are now trying to get this synthetic protein patented.
Courtesy Reporting: Maha Nadeem Akhtar (UG – NCVI – NUST)