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January 25, 2012

IITian's $5 mn gift for cancer research project!

Living up to his own promise made nearly four years ago, a US-based Indian & IT entrepreneur came to Mumbai on January 20 with a five million dollars gift to his alma-mater Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai to launch a research centre for biosciences & bio-engineering with the focus on career. 
  
An alumnus of the 1969 batch of IIT, Romesh Wadhwani, founder of Symphony Technology Group & chairman of Wadhwani Foundation along with his wife Kathy & IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar, inaugurated the Wadhwani Research Centre in Biosciences & Bioengineering (WRCBB) at the IIT-Bombay campus.

The WRCBB follows a generous gift of US$ 5 million announced by Wadhwani in 2008 in New York, towards the project, designed to focus on understanding cell motility & cancer invasion. Khakhar said that the IIT-B's faculty of department of biosciences & bioengineering will be affiliated to the WRCBB for the research projects. He also said that the department of biosciences & bioengineering is relatively a young department but has already achieved recognition for its research excellence in multiple areas. 

These include cancer cell biology, signalling mechanisms in immune cells, bio-nanotechnology, biosensors, computational biology, computational neurobiology drug delivery systems among others. In addition, WRCBB will focus on understanding cell motility & cancer invasion as its research area with the ultimate goal to build a better knowledge base in this field. 

Khakhar concluded that "The WRCBB intends to have top-class faculty conduct cutting edge research using latest in emerging technologies with the sole purpose of changing lives for the better all over the world." We wish Romesh Wadhwani & his team with the very best wishes for such a great thought of dedicating $5 million dollars for cancer research project which is of utmost importance for the country.

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