Tehran hosts Fifth IranLabExpo 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tehran hosts Fifth IranLabExpo 2017Tehran is hosting a four-day exhibition displaying a wide range array of laboratory equipment and chemicals ― all made in Iran. The event aims to demonstrate the country's scientific progress under 'resistance economy'.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Fifth Laboratory Equipment and Chemicals Exhibition (IranLabExpo 2017) at Tehran International Fairgrounds, Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi said over 131 central laboratories in universities and scientific centers nationwide are to be established and equipped with domestic products.

He further said over 50 central laboratories have been launched using domestic products.

Inculcating the culture of knowledge-based economy and the activities of 39 scientific parks, he said, 32,000 job opportunities have been generated, of which 10,000 have been created in the past three years.

The minister added that Iran's ties with global scientific centers have witnessed a growth in the post-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the landmark nuclear deal signed between Iran and the six major world powers in July 2015 — era.

"Last week, a 121-member Italian group comprising professors and heads of firms visited Iran. During the visit, MoUs were signed between Italy and Iran in the fields of research and education."

He further noted that good collaboration has been made with Russia on educational research.

Knowledge-based products worth $500 million were exported in the past three years, he added.

Also, two major knowledge-based products including Iranian humanoid robot dubbed 'Surena Mini' and a small animal imaging device were unveiled at IranLabExpo 2017.

They were among the knowledge-based productions that were unveiled on Monday at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
'Surena Mini' is a 50-centimeter high humanoid robot developed by Iranian researchers at a knowledge-based company and the Center of Advanced Systems and Technologies (CAST) at University of Tehran. The robot has been produced with the objective of commercializing advanced technologies.

The small animal imaging device, or animal PET scan, was developed for designing and developing new diagnostic and therapeutic drugs. The device can also be used in stem-molecular cell research and oncology research.

The exhibition will run until April 27. Over 370 knowledge-based companies are taking part in the four-day event.

The exhibition's goal is to provide an opportunity for domestic manufacturers and producers to promote their products and encourage universities, companies, research centers and institutes that are seeking to buy high-quality laboratory equipment and chemicals.

Last year, over 400 companies attended the event exhibiting more than 9,000 products.

The third generation of Iranian humanoid robot called 'Surena' was unveiled in November 2015.

According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Iran is now one of the five countries in the world possessing the technology to produce humanoid robots.

*Source: Iran-Daily