Strengthening the Industry Collaborations
To strengthen the institution to industry concept a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (IBMBB), and Fadna Tea (Pvt) Ltd. on January 17, 2023. The event took place at the College House Premises, in the presence of the Vice Chancellor Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. Karunaratne, Director of IBMBB Professor Prasanna Galhena, Professor Sameera R Samarkoon, Director of UBL Cell Professor M.N. Kaumal, Dr Kanishka Senathilake, Ms Arani Ranasinghe, and Mr Mishal Faizan, who were representing the institution. ‘Fadna Tea’ was represented by Managing Director Mr P.M. Chamendra Somathunga, Chief Product Officer Dr D.B.T. Wijerathna, Manager R&D Dr G.P.L. Supulchandra, and Executive R&D Mr S.B.C.J. Sesath Bandara.
IBMBB is a renowned institution that conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology with subject-matter experts on staff. The goal of this collaboration between ‘Fadna Tea’ and IBMBB is to develop functional products such as nutraceuticals and to improve the quality of Sri Lankan products.