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Confident Thailand Lab International and Bio Asia Pacific 2020 Lead the Way for the Laboratory Technology Industry
Nov 03 2020
Thailand Lab International 2020, organised by VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific with the major supporter, Science and Technology Trade Association, presented a new concept in response to the Covid-19 pandemic whilst commemorating its 10th anniversary through the Hybrid Edition exhibition. In partnership with Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences, Bio Asia Pacific 2020 was launched for the first time in virtual and live session. This featured an online seminar platform simultaneously with Bio Asia Pacific, which aimed to promote trade and investment within the life sciences and biotechnology sectors along with scientific and innovation investment for the modern laboratory.
Throughout the 3 day event, the exhibition generated the country’s economic growth and facilitated the expansion of industrial trade and investment in the last trimester of this year. The Lab 2020 session included over 100 leading companies and offered over 500 products brands dedicated to the fields of research, analysis, diagnosis, inspection, and trial, covering every industry. A special activity zone - ‘Bio Square’ - for broadcasting the Bio Asia Pacific conference and activities was included. This also provided an open platform for business pitching within research groups, including startups.
Thailand Lab 2020 covered a wide range of issues, with over 100 seminar topics across every industry. Presentations from leading domestic and international experts provided research and innovation necessary to take the country through the Covid-19 crisis. Participants were updated with the progress of Covid-19 vaccine production directly from the researchers and manufacturing companies, who provided in-depth information via onsite seminar and online broadcasting during the exhibition days.
The official opening ceremony was held on Wednesday 28 October 2020 at BITEC, Bangkok, and was honoured by the presence of hosting alliances from the public and private sector, media, leading entrepreneurs, and distinguished guests from every industry. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, Professor Dr Sirirerk Songwilai, presided over the opening ceremony along with Ms Kanokporn Damrongkul, Director of Exhibition Department of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Mr Chairat Sangchan, Deputy CEO and Acting Director of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences, Mr Suwan Pongsunk, President of Science and Technology Trade Association, Ms Thitapa Samitinon, Deputy Director of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Associate Professor Anan Tongraar, Vice Rector for Research, Innovation, and Technology Development of Suranaree University of Techonology, Mr Heiko M. Stutzinger, Managing Director of VNU Exhibition Asia Pacific Co, Ltd and Mr Anucha Parnpichate, Project Manager of Thailand Lab International. The event then proceeded to the signing of an agreement on the establishment of ‘Amata Meditown’ by Amata City, Mahidol University, and Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation, witnessed by Mr Vikrom Kromadit, CEO of Amata Corporation Public Company, Professor Dr Banjong Mahaisawariya, President of Mahidol University, and Mr Chairat Sangchan, Acting Director of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences. The eventful opening concluded with the signing of an agreement on the establishment of 15 Thailand Life Sciences Cluster agencies. In that evening, there was a ‘Welcome Reception & Networking’ commemorating the 10th anniversary of Thailand LAB.
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