Biotechnology and knowledge-based innovations are sought after by countries small and large for development and societal prosperity, not to forget for advancing the standards in medicine, health systems and services of nations. Key elements to this science and technology driven development agenda are exemplified by BIOQUEST India. This global biotechnology forum draws from local and regional advances in the Asia-Pacific and integrates it with key global scientific progress in life sciences.
In 2013, the BIOQUEST will continue to cover emerging and established areas such as Genomics and Translational Medicine, Biomedical engineering, Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Bioanalytical Techniques, Bioprospecting and Bioengineering and Biotechnology in India (Fig. 1). Each of these areas has a multidisciplinary approach to answer the biological questions that aim at alleviating human suffering and improve better standards of life. The BIOQUEST conference is scheduled at Amrita University, Kerala from 10-14 August 2013. The details of the conference are readily available at the BIOQUEST 2013 webpage: http://www.amritabioquest.org/Biomedical%20Engineering.html. The scientific program highlights not only the key themes but also the eminent speakers who will be sharing the latest knowledge of the subject of their expertise. It is anticipated to offer a stimulating platform for experts and young scholars in the following areas of knowledge-based innovation as outlined below.