The Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) was established on February 1, 2013 as mandated by the cabinet decision of September 9, 2011 with the specific aim of coordination and monitoring of Science,
Navodi Wickramasinghe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics from Vinayaka Mission University, India in 2006 and a Master’s degree in Experimental Biotechnology from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2010. She started her career as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Biotechnology Unit of Plant Genetic Resources Center (PGRC), Gannoruwa. There she was actively involved in a USDA funded project called “Gene pyramiding of brown plant hopper resistance genes in rice”. In addition, she has several years of experience in the private sector as a product/application specialist, business development executive, and coordinator of high end biotech instruments. Prior to joining COSTI she was engaged in a private molecular biology diagnostics laboratory. Navodi joined COSTI on November 2014. She is responsible for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) intervention for biological resources and skills development in Sri Lanka.