Mysuru, September 15, 2021: “Drug Discovery is not a simple process, it needs a lot of time and money, along with manpower,” opined Prof. Rangappa, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore.
He inaugurated the two-day International e-Conference on the topic “Drug Discovery and Material Science,” organized by the IQAC and Department of Chemistry, JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science, B.N. Road, Mysuru, on September 15, 2021.
In his address, he stressed the contribution of chemists and biologists to the field of Medicinal Chemistry and explained how small molecules play a vital role in drug discovery.
He opined that Chemical Biology is the right platform that is considered an interface between Chemistry and Biology. He also spoke about the processes involved in drug discovery, right from designing molecules up to clinical trials.
Finally, he explained that the discovery of therapeutic agents for the treatment of diseases is the need of the hour, and researchers across the globe should pay heed to it.
Presiding over the inaugural program, Prof. B.V. Sambashivaiah, Chief Executive of the College, explained that the timely availability of drugs is very much needed. He said, for a molecule to enter the market as a drug requires decades of hard work from hundreds of scientists. “There are more ways of getting a drug which ranges from accidentally discovered drugs to synthetically obtained ones,” he said.
He also recalled the efforts of one of the most prominent scientists of India Prof. C.N.R. Rao, and his contribution to the field of Material Science.
The two-day International Conference will witness four technical sessions by eminent scientists from the USA, UAE, South Africa, and India. There will be five invited lectures, 40 oral and 45 e-poster presentations. About 400 persons, including students, research scholars, faculty, scientists from different parts of the world are participating in the e-Conference.
Earlier, Dr. H.C. Honappa, Principal of the College, welcomed the guests and participants. Dr. L. Mallesha, Head, PG Department of Chemistry spoke about the conference, Smt. J.S. Vidya, Head UG Department of Chemistry proposed a vote of thanks, and Ms. Sushmita M.S. rendered an invocation. Mr. Neeraj Nanaiah was the moderator of the inaugural session.