Dr Vardhan also visited Lockheed Martin Global Vision Centre (GVC), a centre for research and innovation, and had meetings with Rodney A Makoske, senior Vice President and exchanged Letters to extend the India Innovation Growth Program (IIGP) involving DST, Lockheed Martin and TATA Trusts. The IIGP 2.0 will support “Make in India” and “Start-up India” initiatives with focus on social and technological innovations. During the visit to the US National Institute of Health, Dr Vardhan was apprised on the activities of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) by eminent scientist DrAnthony Fauci, Director, NIAID. Advancement of vaccines for Tuberculosis, Dengue, RSV and Chikungunya under bilateral Vaccine Development Programme were discussed. He had a tour of Vaccine Research Center and Clinical Research Center. Dr Vardhan also had interactions with science and technology diaspora, organized by Indo-US Brain Trust. In his interaction with eminent scientists, engineers, innovators and academicians, he exchanged views on how to strengthen the scientific cooperation between the two countries. He reiterated that deep rooted S&T cooperation between scientific community and research institutions of two countries is a pillar of vibrant India-US relationship.