S6: Innovation and Startups


S6: Innovation and Startups

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Funding for research and innovation is poor, and is increasing at a very slow pace in Nepal. Due to lack ofinnovation, we have failed to make a direct impact on socio-economic prosperity of the country. Government needs to drastically increase budget for innovation, and private sector need to increase proportional investment to develop required infrastructure and join global race for innovation. Local innovative research can also help build capacity to mitigate natural crises like COVID19. This session will discus how GoN S&T agencies, academic, private sector institutions and NRNA need a build strong partnership and co-investment approach for the development of research and innovation. It will particularly focus on the role of NRNs in technology transfer, intellectual property protection, and product development and commercialization though start up companies.

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Dr. Raju Adhikari

Dr Adhikari has 28 years of R&D experience in numerous research projects at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and working with biomedical start-up companies in Australia. He is one of the coinventors of Elast-EonTM and NovoSorbTM biomedical platform technologies and an inventor of Sprayable bio-degradable polymer technology (TranspiratiOnal and SynFert) for Agriculture application. He holds an Adjunct A/ Professor at the School of Science, RMIT University in Melbourne and is the director of start-up company CRAM-Responsive Materials Pty Ltd. He has published 6 books chapters, over 100 papers in high impact peer reviewed journals and owns 28 patents (h index 37, Citation > 6700). Dr Adhikari received his PhD from University of Delhi in 1986 and did post-doctoral work at CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers, Australia in 1991 and University of Hohenheim 1993. Dr Adhikari had worked in Nepal as Chief of Central Research Laboratory (CRL) from 1987-1991 and was the Vice president of Nepal Chemical Society 1990-1991. He is the Member Secretary of Science Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department (SK&TT) and Chair of Nepal Science Foundation Trust (NSFT), NRNA.

Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari

Studied Chemistry in Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu; graduated from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation; recipient of POLYCHAR International Materials Science Prize; Technology Award of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology; a member of Science, Technology and Innovation Council at Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; founder president of Nepal Polymer Institute (NPI); founding Chief Editor of the journals Applied Science and Technology Annals (ASTA) and Nanomaterials and Polymers Innovations (NPI); actively involved in several research and education related organizations and initiatives such as IUPAC, National Innovational (NIC) and Young Scientists Summit (YSS);  served as Nepal Government’s representative in Persistent Organic Pollutants Review committee (POPRC) from 2016-2019; Editor (co-)author of 150+ research papers in peer reviewed journals and 8 books; H-index 27 and i10-index 63; (co-)guided 15 PhD researchers (6 completed), served as visiting Professor at Rouen University (France), Mahatma Gandhi University (India), Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan); research areas include polymers, biomaterials, nanotechnology, biomedical materials; currently Executive Director at RECAST/TU. 

Session Chair: 

Hon Dr Ram Kumar Phuyal, Ph.D. is a Member of National Planning Commission (NPC), Government of Nepal (GON) since 26th April 2018. He has an extensive knowledge of working with academia, research, and policy institutions serving as university faculty, researcher, and policy analyst in both home and abroad, and acquired expertise in development economics and planning, industrial organization, international trade, public policy analysis, regulatory economics, and quantitative economics. His current portfolios in NPC are in economic sectors, statistics, and progress on SDGs 8, 10, and 12.

Dr. Phuyal is an economist with over 17 years of solid experience in development planning, policy research, and teaching as an academician, and policy expert. Prior to this appointment, most recently he was a faculty at Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur. Earlier, he contributed as a visiting scholar/adjunct faculty in Chonnam National University, National University of Singapore, South Asian University, Kathmandu University, Pokhara University, and Mid-Western University in different periods of time. In addition, he led and served as a senior advisor/expert at several committees and taskforces set up by government of Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University and Pokhara University etc.

He has served as a chief editor of peer review journals in development economics, and has contributed as an editorial board member in various scholarly journals as well. He has authored chapters in several books, and published over two and half dozens of academic and policy papers in indexed journals including; Agricultural Sciences, Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Journal of Economic Modelling, Chinese Business Review, international Journal of Economic Research, Japanese Economic Review, Journal of Development and Administrative Studies, Journal of World Economic Research, Korean Industrial Economic Association, Modern Economy——- ,Scientific Research and Essays, Studies in Regional Development, and so forth.  He also delivered talk and guest speeches at a capacity of keynote speaker, panelist member, discussant and rapporteur in several international conferences and workshops.

Dr. Phuyal holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Chonnam National University (CNU), South Korea, where he was honored with the outstanding Ph.D fellowship awards in the years 2006 and 2007. He has also received the prestigious Nepal Bidya Bhushan Padak-First Class from Government of Nepal. Then, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow in economics at Centre for Regional Development (CRD) of CNU, South Korea.

He can be reached at: phuyal_ram5@yahoo.com, and rkphuyal@npc.gov.np


Prof Andrew Parrett

Prof Andrew Parrett Managing Director of unlisted public company Cytomatrix Ltd. A company with technology and assets in biotechnology and polymer science. R&D on applications of short polymer fibres to controlled loading and release of bioactive molecules, proteins and oligonucleotides. Director of the Board of Interlinksq Group of Companies The group owns and is developing 200 hectares of land as an intermodal terminal on the Toowoomba to Brisbane Rail line and the national inland rail. Finished with Deakin University in 2014 after 10 years of on and off arrangements as Professor and head on the 3 different Institutes. We set up three very successful research centres and institutes for Deakin University. All were strong multidisciplinary research groups covering fields as broad as physical and biological sciences to economics and regional development and planning. MD to three public unlisted companies I have delivered technology from the ‘benchtop’ to the commercialisation. In 1996-7 Managing Director of a building tech firm with a portfolio of 17 patents in Sydney. In late 2000 I became MD for an antibody company based in Sydney, Australia. The company was listed as a reagent business on the ASX in 2003. Education: Science, Law, Finance: Undergraduate in Science ( Uni of Newcastle), PhD in Quantitative Genetics ( UNE), Diploma Finance (Otago) and Law (ANU).

Dr. R.P.Tripathi

Dr. R.P.Tripathi graduated from Gorakhpur University and completed his M.Phil and PhD degrees from University of Delhi. He joined CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute in 1985 and continued his research and development activities till his superannuation in December 2016. After retirement from CDRI as Chief Scientist and Professor AcSIR he joined as Niper Raeaarely and continued till March 2020. Currently he is adjunct professor at Niper raebarely. During his stay Dr Tripathi supervised more than 150 students for their PhD and master degrees. His research mainly includes development of antiinfectives (tuberculosis, bacterial infection, viral infection, malaria, Leishmania and Filaria) and chemotherapeutic agents for CNS and CVS disorders. Dr Tripathi has published more than 170 publications in international journals of high standard and filed more than 25 patents. Dr Tripathi has been identified as one of goodt medicinal chemists. He has successfully completed many national and international scientific projects successfully during his stay at CDRI. Dr Tripathi has been expert member of different selection bodies and research boards. Dr Tripathi has visited France and South Africa as visiting scientists and expert member to formulate the strategy for tuberculosis programme under UNDP. Dr Tripathi has been awarded many awards and appreciations based on his scientific credentials. He has delivered more than 150 lectures in national and international conferences. Dr Tripathi is editorial board member of many journals and resource person in different Indian Universities.


Dr Timothy (Tim) Hughes

Dr Timothy (Tim) Hughes’s is a Senior Principal Research Scientist, Team Leader Polymeric Biomaterials CSIRO Manufacturing. His work focuses on the design and synthesis of polymeric materials for designed for specific biomedical applications. In particular, Dr Hughes’ expertise is in the field of polymeric biomaterials (hydrogels, fluoropolymers, polysiloxanes, biopolymers), polymer 3D printing, medical devices, drug delivery systems, nanomaterial hybrids, and various self-assembly systems. He completed his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at Monash University in 1997. Following his PhD studies, Dr Hughes was a CSIRO Post Doctorial Fellow developing new ophthalmic implant materials. He has successfully led a series of commercially focused industrial projects covering a wide range of areas including ocular devices, surgical/tissue adhesives, drug delivery systems, cell therapies (cell encapsulation devices), medical imaging contrast agents and polymer 3D printing to deliver scientific impacts and commercial outcomes. He has published over 50 journal papers, and co-inventor on 17 patent families. He has been co-awarded several awards including 2004 Royal Society Award for Interdisciplinary Research (Eureka Award) and 2009, 2012 CSIRO Medals for Research Achievement.

Dr Ron Chattlier

Dr Ron Chattlier worked in the field of electrochemical biosensors from 1996 onwards in Memtec, US Filter, Vivendi and Universal Biosensors (UBS). During this time, I have developed novel chemistries, voltage pulse sequences and analyses for the test technology. These inventions have been used to stabilize the electrodes, enzymes and electrochemical mediators, and to correct for a large number of interfering factors such as antioxidants, haematocrit and temperature. The advanced algorithms and error traps have allowed UBS meters to function as expert systems, rejecting incorrect results and guiding the user towards accurate results via an inbuilt “customer service interface”. The overall effect of these inventions is to create fast, accurate, stable and inexpensive biosensor systems which educate the user as needed.

Dr Rabindra Puri

Er. Baburaja Shrestha

Prof. Pramod B Shrestha

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Date And Time

2020-10-09 @ 09:00 AM to
2020-10-09 @ 01:30 PM


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