Within the fifteen years since the birth of MAGI Group, we wanted to interview some of the guests and speakers of the event. As in the case of Professor Munis Dundar, professor of Medical Genetics and Head of the Medical Genetics Department at Erciyes University and president of Ebtna.
“First of all, please let me allow to say that it is not possible to complete the paths MAGI has covered in these 15 years in a single interview. Since its establishment, MAGI has always adopted an integrated multidisciplinary management approach and established its mission in this direction. In this long journey, MAGI has achieved significant success in researching and diagnosing rare genetic diseases and providing major diagnostic support to specialists, as well as expanding its service network in important European locations such as the Balkans, Africa, and Russia as well. At the same time, MAGI has designed various projects of international cooperation in developing countries through initiatives based on the will to help patients meet the challenge imposed by the illness and the unknown. In this respect, I highly appreciate MAGI for its success in carrying out many projects and collaborations in the international context and spreading the organization to different parts of the world. The realization and sustainability of such a success are not possible for every institution.
To briefly mention these international projects pioneered by MAGI, we see that the project in the Balkans started with the opening of the new Blood-Donor Center in 2014 and the Center for investigation of rare genetic diseases. Currently, this center in Tirana, continues its studies at full speed. When we look at the commitments of MAGI in Russia, we come across important cooperation with the “Save the Children” association to provide treatment and diagnosis to orphans living in Russian institutions. This collaboration also led to the establishment of a sector dedicated to rare diseases at RDKB, a large Russian pediatric clinic in Moscow. As another major step forward in Russia, MAGI’s new spin-off was officially opened in 2015 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and the laboratory was donated to the local university for diagnostic testing of genetic diseases.
In addition, it should be emphasized that MAGI’s achievements were not limited to Europe, but also accomplished some pioneering projects in the Africa continent. MAGI has also demonstrated the encouraging aspect of MAGI over these 15 years, when MAGI has offered a series of training scholarships from the University Hospital of Ibada, Nigeria to enable young doctors to come and study in Florence.
In summary, it has been a great source of pride both for MAGI and EBTNA that all these achievements have been achieved in this period. And besides this, it also sets an example for companies in the process of being established.”
“The European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA) has as its main characteristic the symbiosis between science and the biotechnological industry.
Since its establishment, it has been offering academic and industrial projects that can contribute to the relationship between biotechnology and science. Every year, the Association organizes a large-scale traditional biotechnology congress which gathers the whole world of science that biotechnology and related fields share the knowledge.
And the main purpose of the association is to unite the biotechnology industry and the world of science without non-profit.
The European Biotechnology Society is represented in 52 countries including Europe and other countries in the world and is composed of around 2500 members in the world. Due to its establishment nature, the association is responsible for implementing and supervising several certain programs such as international activities including European Biotechnology School, Biotechnology Summer School, etc. Apart from these events, several symposiums held at certain times are also among the activities organized within the scope of the association. In addition, it is also possible to encourage academicians and students who participate in these activities by keeping the connection with international universities constantly active.
Beyond the organization of these events, “The Best Biotechnology Product Awards” also finds its owners at the congresses held traditionally every year. This year, this award is dedicated as the “Kevan Gartland European Best Biotechnology Product Award” to honor Professor Kevan Gartland, who has made significant contributions to the science of biotechnology.”
“In order to foresee what is expected from biotechnology in the future, it is necessary to understand today’s world and industrial needs according to the conditions of the day. In this respect, it is extremely important to develop contemporary education learning algorithm modules to enlighten future generations and to ensure the sustainability of knowledge with a transferable model.
Considering that biotechnology covers many areas in daily life, we see that it is maintained in many areas from food biotechnology to environmental biotechnology, from agricultural biotechnology to textile biotechnology. Therefore, it is the basic criterion for each sector to follow up-to-date approaches in line with people’s needs and to make life easier. For instance, the production of fabrics that are more resistant to tearing and wear and the development of strategies to increase the shelf life of food are issues that need to be studied in the future. Of course, while doing these, it is always necessary to take a more sensitive approach towards the environment.”
“There is always a very sharp line between biotechnology and the environment. Because every product you produce in this sector can be beneficial to humanity and technology, while in the other part of the line, these products can cause great damage to the environment.
Biotechnology should be defined as a fundamental field that takes care of microorganisms, the environment and serves the benefit of humanity altogether. Within the framework of this benefit, it has made the representation of biotechnology with different colors and adopted the criterion of being environmentally friendly at the intersection of each color.
In particular, green biotechnology, which covers application areas such as geomicrobiology, biofuel production, and bioremediation, and blue biotechnology, which includes aquaculture and marine biotechnology, have a higher importance in being sensitive and respectful to the environment. Moreover, supporting the use of recyclable products in fields such as environmental biotechnology and textile biotechnology is an element that should not be ignored in minimizing environmental waste.”
“Yes, it is an undeniable fact that green has become much more important nowadays. As we all know, the significant increase in the world population paves the way for industrialization to gain momentum with the increase in consumption needs. This situation, in parallel with the increase in the rate of polluted air in the atmosphere, causes an increase in carbon emissions and brings about the deterioration in the ecosystem. While talking about this issue, one of the leading problems facing the world, global warming should not be overlooked. The global warming observed in parallel with the increase in carbon emissions has paved the way for forest fires and is dragging the world step by step towards drought. Forest fires do not only damage the atmosphere but also bring the natural balance to degradation by putting many animals living in their natural habitats in danger of extinction. Here, the steps to be taken to combat drought is one of the most important duties on humanity in order to make the world a more livable planet.
In this regard, I believe that the representatives of the countries in this field should come together in international summits and put forward rational capital plans for the prevention of drought in common consensus. It should be the main purpose of humanity that biotechnology develops multi-faceted protective strategies in all these covered areas.”