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February 8th, 2009
At the Biyagama Free Trade Zone, about 20 km east of Colombo, an ambitious and technologically advanced project is taking shape intended to propel Sri Lanka right up in the development of science for commercial use, in the global marketplace.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) is preparing to open by May this year and in two to three years time to produce Sri Lankan nanotechnology intellectual property and patents which deliver a competitive advantage for Sri Lankan industry."It's ambitious… but we will get there as our vision is to be the leading research and innovation platform for sustainable nanotechnology in Asia." believes Ravi Fernando, its CEO, seated in spanking new offices and labs that would be the envy of any local scientist.
"With cutting edge technology, this is the country's best-kept secret. Sri Lanka has never really had this kind of science and technology infrastructure before," he said while introducing the core team that would drive the country to be pitted against the best in the West in terms of competitive commercial products.
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