Dr. T. S. Rao, one of India’s preeminent vaccine researchers, received the “Distinguished Service Award” at a banquet of the USA India Business Summit in Atlanta Sept. 17, which for the first time was held in conjunction with the 1st USA India Forum on Vaccines and Immunotherapy.
Ani Agnihotri, a co-chair of the event, told Global Atlanta that the biotech program was held in addition to the business forum in an effort to encourage cooperation between the immunization research being conducted in Atlanta with that being done in India.
Dr. Rao at present is working as an adviser in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology of the Indian government. He is coordinating the programs related to medical biotechnology, human genetics and genome analysis.
He participated on a panel chaired by Dr. Rafi Ahmed, director of the Emory University Vaccine Center, where research initiatives taking place here and in India were discussed.
Other award winners included Dr. K. M. Venkat Narayan, director of the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center, and the Ruth and O.C. Hubert Chair of Global Health, and a professor of epidemiology & medicine at Emory University. He is a specialist in the epidemiology and prevention of diabetes, obesity, and vascular diseases.
Dr. Narayan was awarded the “USA and India Research and Development Award.”
R. K. Sehgal, a former commissioner of what is now the Georgia Department of Economic Development and formerly the chief executive of several Atlanta-based engineering and construction companies, is currently an international business consultant.
Mr. Sehgal received a “Community Builder Award.”
Dr. Jay Yadav, founder and chief executive of CardioMEMS and a consulting cardiologist at the Piedmont Heart Institute, has founded and sold several medical companies. He is a member of the Metro Atlanta Bioscience Leadership Council, the American Heart Association and is a director of Georgia Bio and The Indus Entrepreneurs.
He received the “Outstanding Business Leader Award.”
Shailendra Shukla, executive director of Chhattisgarh Bio-fuel Development Authority and the director of Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency, is an authority in the fields of bio-fuel, renewable energy and rural development.
He received a “Community Builder Award.”
Dr. John McIntyre, a co-chair of the summit, is the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for International Business, Education and Research and a professor of management in the university’s College of Management. He also holds an appointment in international relations in the Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.
Dr. McIntyre has been instrumental in organizing the Georgia Tech Global Business Forum, which he helped launch in 1994 and from which the USA India Business Summit was spawned. The business forum has featured over the years economic issues related to a variety of countries including Japan and Korea and addressed numerous U.S. global competitive issues.
Dr. McIntyre received the “Friend of New Ideas Award.”
The gala dinner was held at the Biltmore Hotel where Mr. Shukla told the more than 200 guests that he had returned to attend the summit because when he last visited a preceding summit in 2010 he met Georgia executives involved in alternative energy projects that had inspired him.
Dr. Manju Gopalnath, an Atlanta-based cancer specialist, also spoke at the dinner in favor of the summit, because of her work conducting clinical trials for cervical cancer research in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Presentations at the dinner included performances by artists from the Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy choreographer by Siddarth Kelam, and a presentation by Robert Arnett, author of “India Unveiled.” A report on the buying power of Asian Indians conducted by the Selig Center for Econmic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business also was presented.
For more information, Mr. Agnihotri may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org