The conference was opened with a welcoming speech by the rector of the Nazarbayev University, Shigeo Katsu: “Biotechnology is helping the world, using the opportunities given to us by nature and the achievements of genetics: it reduces the incidence of infectious diseases and saves millions of children’s lives, fights with life and health threatening conditions of the body, helps to prevent illnesses …. “. He also noted the symbolism of the event within the walls of Nazarbayev University, at the university, where a parallel development of three strategic components: education, science and innovation is happening. Prominent speakers of the conference were Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biology, School of Science and Technology Ken Alibek and junior research fellow of the Department of Nano biotechnology of the Energy Research Centre Assel Musabekova.
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