Vardhan launches National Biopharma Mission

The first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in the country was formally launched 01 July 2017 by Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan here. Biopharma mission can bring major change in the healthcare technologies. ‘It is time for India to capitalise now on our unique strengths and overcome any hurdles to ensure success in the biopharmaceutical market.

The first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India has been approved by the Government. The program named Innovate in India (i3) will witness an investment of USD 250 million with USD 125 million as a loan from World Bank and aspires to create an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the sector. This Mission of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) – a Public Sector Undertaking of DBT.

The programme will specifically focus on the development of new vaccines, bio-therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices to better address the rising burden of diseases in the country. It will also bring isolated centres of excellence together, enhance regional capabilities and strengthen the current bio-clusters network in terms of capacities as well as quantity and quality of output. The programme will help deliver 6-10 new products in the next five years, create several dedicated facilities for next-generation skills, and hundreds of jobs in the process.

It will provide young entrepreneurs the confidence as well as the systemic support to pursue their aspirations in biotechnological innovation, and transform India into a global hub for cutting-edge biotechnology research and development. As a flagship program of the Government in collaboration with World Bank, it promises to boost the growth curve for domestic biopharma in India by accelerating the translation of research concepts into viable products, supporting clinical validation, enabling sustainable networks for collaboration between industry and academia, and supporting entrepreneurial ecosystem amongst many others.

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