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Uwa Wellassa University

International Research Symposium – Uva Wellassa University 2018

“Emerging Technologies for an Innovative Green Economy”

Uva Wellassa University, which has engraved unique features in Sri Lankan higher education sector, leads the theme of value addition to national resource base. Taking the pride in producing well rounded graduates  to the nation, UWU has developed innovative solutions to bridge the gaps in the knowledge among undergraduates.
The Uva Wellassa University is organizing 2nd “International Research Symposium-2018” (IRSUWU-2018), which is scheduled to be held on 1 st and 3 rd February 2018 with the theme of “Emerging Technologies for an Innovative Green Economy”. This event leads to gather the scientists and the industry personnel to a same platform to initiate an awareness and discussion on the scientific findings and innovation.
This year, the Faculty of Science and Technology plays the leading role in organizing the IRSUWU-2018. Uva Wellassa University offers thirteen degree programmes and these degree programmes aim to develop knowledge, values, conceptual understanding and skills in students, necessary for a range of careers in their particular fields capable of planning, designing and implementing new technologies in value addition to national resource base. It
fosters researches in Material Science, Mechatronics, Natural Products, Computer Science, Industrial Information, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Earth Science, Agriculture, Management Science and Entrepreneurship in a dynamic interdisciplinary atmosphere. The degree programmes are providing the students with opportunities for technology oriented career to fulfill the demand of local and international market. All the undergraduates are continuously involved in researches and development projects and their findings and innovations will be presented at this scientific forum.

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Avon Pharmo chem Workshop

Workshop on “Laboratory Safety Practices and Management and Basic Molecular Biology Techniques”

On the 12th and 13th of December 2017, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Avon Pharmo Chem Pvt Ltd organized a two day work shop entitled “Laboratory Safety Practices and Management and Basic Molecular Biology Techniques” at the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Saliyapura, Anuradhapura.

Pumindu Herath

Pumindu Herath demonstrating some of the key techniques used in molecular biology laboratories.

The purpose of this workshop was to provide a basic theoretical and practical experience on laboratory management and molecular biology and further understanding of safety practices and other related techniques in molecular biology to technical officers and laboratory support staff of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.  The 50 workshop participants represented the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture of Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

Lab Equipment

The participants of the workshop were given a descriptive insight in to the safe handling of many laboratory equipment.

During the workshop, the participants were given a descriptive insight on  safe handling/use of laboratory chemicals, glassware and consumables and safety management , key factors and operation of  Laboratory equipment (autoclave, fume hood, bio safety cabinet, PCR hood, Laminar flow, centrifuge, incubators, freezers, micropipette)   through lectures and hands-on training. In addition the participants were given a thorough understanding of the safe laboratory practices. Further they were introduced to basic molecular biology techniques which included a hands-on training on Polymerase Chain reaction which included DNA extraction, PCR amplification, Horizontal electrophoresis and DNA visualization

Molecular Biology Avon Pharmo chem

Pumindu Herath, Product Manager-Life Sciences, Avon PharmoChem (Pvt)Ltd demonstrating a technique used in molecular biology.

Mr. Pattiyage Kelum Danushka Peiris, former lecturer Department of Chemistry, OUSl, Mr. Sirithilak Gamage, Chief Staff Technical Officer, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Mr. H.M. Pumindu Herath, Product Manager-Life Sciences, Avon PharmoChem (Pvt)Ltd, Mr. Bhathiya Amaradasa, product Manager – General Equipment, Avon PharmoChem (Pvt) Ltd and Mr. Tarindu, Product executive, Avon Pharmo Chem (Pvt) Ltd participated the event as resource persons.

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Japura workshop

Avon Organizes a Special Workshop on Laboratory Glassware & Chemicals and Laboratory Waste Disposal

Avon Pharmo Chem in collaboration with Sri Lanka Universities’ technical Officers’ union organized a special workshop on laboratory glassware & chemicals, laboratory designing, optical microscopy and imaging techniques and handling with the participation of technical officers of  Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Technology of University of Sri Jayewardenepura on 01st August 2017.

Dr.  Surangi Yasawardene, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof. Sunanda Deshapriya, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Mr. Wasantha Perera, Registar, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Mr. Dilip K. Fernando, General Manager, Avon Pharmo Chem (pvt) Ltd. Mr. Hasun Sampath, Marketing Manager, Avon Pharmo Chem (pvt) Ltd. and Mr. Dias Wijayakumara, President of Sri Lanka Universities’ Technical Officers’ Union also participated the event as chief guests.

The workshop was conducted by Mr. Kelum Peiris, Chairman, The Quality Consultant (Pvt) Ltd. and Mr. Thilina Rajeendra, Marketing Excutive, Avon Pharmo Chem (pvt) Ltd.

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Avon Seminar on “The Laboratory Technologies & Basics of Nanotechnology”

A team from Avon pharma chem in collaboration with the Technical Officers Welfare Society of University of Peradeniya, conducted a special seminar  on “the Laboratory Technologies & Basics of Nanotechnology”at Agriculture Biotechnology center, University of Peradeniya on 14th May 2017.

Peradeniya Event


Prof. Gamini Pushpakumara,  Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Mr. E.A.R.M.Edirisinghe Bursar, University of Peradeniya,  Mr. U.D.Dodanwela, Registrar of University of Peradeniya and Dr. Pradeepa Bandaranayake, Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Center were present at the event as special guests.


Some of the participants at the seminar

Around 120 technical officers from the University of Peradenya, Mahaweli Authority, Seetha Eliya, Bandarawela, and Makandura research centers participated this one day event.

Resource person Mr. Benjnamin Wong from Hettich Lab Technology speaking on topic “Is your incubator safe to use?” shared his views on safety features of modern day laboratory incubators and the patented technologies used in Hettich incubators. He also talked about how we can choose the best incubator for our laboratories by looking at the various specifications of these instruments.


Mr Benjamin Wong during his speech on laboratory incubators.

During the second session Dr. Buddhika Dissanayake from the Department of Physics, Faculty of science, University of Peradeniya discussed the latest developments with regards to the Nanotechnology under the topic “Basics of Nanotechnology”.


Dr. Buddhika Dissanayake from the Faculty of Science Speaking on “Basics of Nanotechnology”

Mr. Dilip Fernando, General Manager, APC speaking under the topic ”Role of science communication in today’s society” expressed his views on how we can use science communication in an effective manner to counter the threat of pseudosciences and unscientific ideologies in modern day society.

Science Communication

Role of science communication in today’s society – Mr. Dilip Fernando, General Manager of Avon Parmo Chem during his speech

K. Thilina Rajeendre, Product Executive from Avon discussed the importance of latest laboratory imaging technologies during his speech on “‘Optical microscopy and imaging techniques”.


The Speech on Optical microscopy and imaging techniques by Mr. Thilina Rajeendre


During the live discussions the guests and participants shared views on the importance of the continuous education and training of technical and academic staffs of the university and appreciated the funds and resources of Avon for such a valuable task.

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Avon Sponsors The National Conference on Insect Vector Biology in Jaffna

The National Conference on Vector Biology 2016 organized by Department of Zoology, faculty of Science of the university of Jaffna was held on 10th February 2017 at University of Jaffna. The event was sponsored by Avon Pharmo Chem and titled “Emerging Challenges in Controlling Insect Vector-borne Diseases in Sri Lanka”.

Prof. SHPP Karunarathne

Prof. SHPP Karunarathne Delivering one of the key note speeches

Dr. T. Eswaramohan delivered the Welcome speech and it was followed by the address of the Dean, Faculty of Science.
The key note addresses were delivered by Snr. Prof. SHPP Karunaratne and Prof.Vasanthy Thevanesam.

During the technical sessions researchers presented their work on vector borne diseases. The final Key note address was given by Prof.Nissanka de Silva which followed by the panel discussion.

Prof. Karunarathne

General Manager of Avon Pharmo Chem presenting the memento to Prof. Karunarathne

After the panel discussion, a new society called Vector Biology Society was inaugurated with the appointments of office bearers. Dr Gajapathy presented the draft constitution and would be confirmed in near future.


Participants of the Conference

There was a participation and presentations from Universities of Ruhuna, Peradeniya, Sri Jayawardenapura, Colombo, Jaffna and National Institute of Fundamental Studies

Speaking to the gathering, Prof Thevanesam invited all who are interested in microbiology to join the Association for Microbiology as active members.

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Nichiryo Appoints Avon as the Exclusive Sri Lankan Distributor

Nichiryo Co. Ltd. of Japan has appointed  Avon Pharmo Chem (Pvt) Ltd as the Exclusive Distributor of Nichiryo in Sri Lankan Market from 2017. Nichiryo, famous for their high quality micropipettes, has had a few distributors so far in Sri Lanka and Avon has always been the best performing and competent agent to be qualified to become exclusive agent within shortest possible time.

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Avon Conducts a Seminar and Workshop on Molecular Biology Techniques at Eastern University

Avon conducted a very successful seminar and a workshop on Molecular Biology techniques in Eastern University during 8th and 9th December. The event was a collaborative effort of Avon and Faculty of Science, Eastern University. Participants from departments of Zoology, Botany and Health Sciences, from the office of Provincial Director of Health Services, Department of Agriculture etc…. attended the event.

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ProCon Asia 2016

Avon attends ProCon Asia 2016, Bali, Indonesia

Representatives of Avon Pharmo Chem attended the Promega’s annual event, ProCon Asia 2016 conference at Bali, Indonesia during 14th-18th November.  The conference accommodated 52 participants from 15 countries basically from Asia Pacific regional distributors of Promega.

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Avon Attends the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Hettich Singapore

The Hettich Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore, a subsidiary of Andreas Hettich GmbH & Co.KG of Germany (, a world renowned and leading brand for centrifuges  since 1904, celebrated its 10th anniversary in Singapore branch operation recently and launched their new large showroom and company complex in Singapore. The Hettich Singapore branch serves many countries in Asia Pacific region under the leadership of Mr Samuel Lee and his team since 2006. Hettich engineers, designs and manufactures its products from its family run headquarters in Tuttlingen, Germany.

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Drug discovery and cancer research seminar

A Drug discovery and cancer research seminar is conducted at ITI


Avon together with ITI organized a seminar on latest tools and techniques on drug discovery and cancer research at Industrial technology Institute recently. The topics discussed were 1) Nanoluc: Nextgen Luciferase for Analysis of protein Dynamics and cell Signaling. 2) Advanced Technologies for monitoring Cell Health in Real-Time. 3) NanoBRET and NanoBiT:New tools for the Analysis of Protein – Protein Interactions in Living Cells. 4) Novel Reporter Bioassays :From ADCC/Fc Effector Function to Cancer ImmunoTherapy.

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