Biotechnology Strategy Set Course for Bio: India Unveils Biotechnology Development Strategy

Editor: Dominik Stephan

From R&D to manufacturing: India wants to establish itself as a premier hub for biotechnologies. To promote this development, the government plans to establish both global and local initiatives with the aim of achieving a staggering US $ 100 billion by 2025.

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New Delhi - The National Biotechnology Development Strategy -2015-2020 was unveiled by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi recently. The Strategy aims to establish India as a world-class bio-manufacturing hub. It intends to launch a major mission, backed with significant investments, for the creation of new biotech products, create a strong infrastructure for R&D and commercialization, and empower India’s human resources scientifically and technologically.

The envisaged mission is:

  • Provide impetus to utilising the knowledge and tools to the advantage of Humanity
  • Launch a major well directed mission backed with significant investment for generation of new Biotech Products
  • Empower scientifically and technologically India’s incomparable Human Resource
  • Create a strong Infrastructure for R&D and Commercialisation
  • Establish India as a world class Bio-manufacturing Hub

The Key elements of the Strategy are:

  • Building a Skilled Workforce and Leadership
  • Revitalizing the knowledge environment at par with the growing bio-economy
  • Enhance Research opportunities in basic, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary sciences
  • Encourage use-inspired discovery research
  • Focus on biotechnology tools for inclusive development
  • Nurturing innovation, translational capacity and entrepreneurship
  • Ensuring a transparent, efficient and globally best Regulatory system and communication strategy
  • Biotechnology cooperation- Fostering global and national alliances
  • Strengthen Institutional Capacity with redesigned governance models
  • Create a matrix of measurement of processes as well as outcome

The key elements would be implemented in collaboration and partnership with Other Ministries, Departments, State Governments and international agencies towards achieving:

  • Making India ready to meet the challenge of achieving US$ 100 billion by 2025
  • Launching Four Major Missions – Healthcare, Food and Nutrition, Clean Energy and Education
  • Creating a Technology Development and Translation network across the country with global partnership-5 new clusters, 40 Biotech incubators, 150 TTOs, 20 Bio-connect centres
  • Strategic and focused investment in building the Human Capital by creating a Life Sciences and Biotechnology Education Council