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Horizon Campus Helps Generate Skilled Workforce For Sri Lanka’s Bio Tech Industry

A large part of this would constitute in creating a strong cadre of scientists, working in all areas of the biotech sector, using all available tools to bring the country forward.
As such, Horizon Campus has been playing an integral role in contributing to the talent development of the bio technology industry in the country, by training the potential workforce required for this sector, through their globally accredited bio technology degrees in affiliation with highly ranked Nilai Campus in Malaysia.
Offering two key degrees comprising of The Diploma in Biotechnology and the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biotechnology, both the courses cover a comprehensive range of subjects that encompass the applications of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, cell culture techniques, marine and environmental biotechnology and others for the development of new products.
Dr.Thusitha Gajanayake, Senior lecturerat Horizon Campus outlined industry opportunities in the country that will be made available through the development of new products and new marketsin this sector as well as the talent development requirements to fulfill them.
The pharmaceutical industry:Dr. Gajanayakesaid“Dramatic advances have been made in medical biotechnologywith the production of vaccines employing recombinant DNA methods for genetic engineering applications in the treatment of hereditable and communicable diseases being a keydevelopment.
In Sri Lanka, this represents a cost-effective alternative to the prescription of expensive original products, where local pharmaceutical companies can manufacture equally good medications rather than importing it, leading to lower costs in medications. Many leading pharmaceutical companies in the country have already commenced exploring opportunities in this area and have established well equipped laboratories to carry out further research and development.
At Horizon, we prepare students to engage inlab research,explore biotechnology and medical applications of products categoriesand DNA testing and drug discovery to help trainthem into the competent human capital thepharmaceutical industry needs.
The agriculture industry: He continued, “It’s no longer necessary to depend on sustained harvest, which may be subject to vagaries of weather or climate. By means of genetic engineering, genes coding for economically desirable traits can be cloned and those systems established in the laboratory in controlled culture and production.
For Sri Lanka, this presents a solution prevent importing certain food products and have them locally manufactured instead.Additionally the financial savings in agriculture would be huge with reductions in the need for pesticides, herbicides, as well as the cost of spraying.
Sri Lanka therefore needs a workforce with the capability of identifying how genetically modified foods and organisms can be made.Theseare key area covered in our curriculums that comprises molecular biology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics and cell culture techniques.
The environment: He further explained, “Biotechnology is also increasingly applied in the field of environmental protection, including waste management and environmental rehabilitation.
Biosensors used for the detection of harmful substances in water, air and soil are the key tools ofenvironmental biotechnology.Researchers are developing systems based on microorganisms of enzymes to help indicate environmental toxins.Therefore environmental biotechnology is a field with great potentialin a county like ours that is in dire need of such services.
Our degrees that cover both marine and environmental biotechnology addresses methodologies of how to optimize the use of biotechnology-related tools and strategies for predicting and monitoring contamination and developing mitigation measures.”
Harnessing a talent pool to drive the nation’s Bio Tech sector :With almost all sectors making increased use of bio-based processes and products, with their value-added chains being supplemented with biotechnological components, Horizon Campus,backed by their highly knowledgeable experts in the field and their strong links to the industry is the leading campus for bio technology education in the country.Registrations are now open for the 9th Intake for Diploma and Bachelors of Sciences (Hons) in Biotechnology. With a limited number of seats available still, there’s an opportunity for Science enthusiast who wishes to take the challenges in Biotechnology accomplish their dream to become future Scientists.
Interested parties can obtain further information by visiting or by contact 0716623623, 0716 613 613, 0114 365 555 or visit Horizon Campus at Malabe.

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