BIOINCUBATORS- BUILDING STRONG FOUNDATION FOR BIOECONOMY
Today, both Central and State Governments are making their earnest efforts to promote biotechnology activities in the country by setting up biotechnology parks, incubators as well as pilot projects through public private partnership. At present, over 100 incubatees are working at various bioincubation centres and biotech parks in India. We will be featuring most active, functional biotech parks and incubation centres spread across India namely -Lucknow Biotech Park, IKP Knowledge
Park, Venture Centre, IIT M Bioincubator, Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Women Society, Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms, Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre and International Biotech Park.
Today, both Central and State Governments are making their earnest efforts to promote biotechnology activities in the country by setting up biotechnology parks, incubators as well as pilot projects through public private partnership.
The Hyderabad campus of IKP Knowledge Park (IKP) was set up as a not-for-profit research park in 1999. Over the years, IKP has raised over Rs. 114 crore and funded around 135 innovators/startups projects across India in public health, medical technology, biotechnology, nutrition, agriculture and environment.
A year after that, in 2000, SIDBI Innovation & Incubation Centre (SIIC) at IIT Kanpur was set up in collaboration with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to foster innovation, research and entrepreneurial activities in technology related areas.
Further on, Golden Jubilee Women’s Biotechnology Park was set up at Siruseri, Chennai, in 2001. Very recently, MS Swaminathan Bio-Incubation Centre supported by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a unit of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology was inaugurated within the campus.
The Lucknow Biotech Park was set up jointly by the DBT, Government of India and Department of Science and Technology, Government of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2002 and it became fully functional in the year 2007.
Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) invited The Chatterjee Group to participate as a majority partner in a project and subsequent to this the International Biotech Park Limited (IBP) was incorporated in 2003 in Hinjewadi near Pune and became operational in a record time. This is the first public-private biotechnology park initiative in Maharashtra. It is a 81 acre Park dedicated to Biotechnology in the field of Life Sciences, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Biotech products and processes. IBP is the largest developed biotech park in India which provides space for R & D as well as for manufacturing purposes.
A Biotech Incubation Centre has been set up at Alexandria Knowledge Park, Genome Valley, Hyderabad. After the sanctioning of the project in March, 2004, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) constituted a Core Committee of Biotechnology Incubation Centre (BTIC) which recommended a high level Programme Management Committee (PMC) and a Technical Advisory and Resource Group (TARG) to decide the organization management structure and operational arrangements, monitor and guide the progress of BTIC implementation. The Society for Biotechnology Incubation Centre (SBTIC) was registered in 2005. The park started operations from 2009.
In 2005, the proposal for setting up of a Biotechnology Incubator at Kerala Biotechnology Park was sanctioned at a total cost of Rs. 23.18 crore. The construction of the biotechnology park on a 50-acre plot is already on. As part of the first phase of the project, the incubation centre has already been completed at the centre.
Also in 2005, the project for the Bangalore Biotechnology Park was sanctioned at a total Project Cost of Rs 32.26 crore; with Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS) contribution of Rs 17.81 crore and DBT Contribution of Rs 14.45 crore. Currently, the centre has 21 common instrumentation facilities, 18 resident incubatees and 3 graduated incubatees.
In 2007, the Odisha Government decided to
develop a Biotech Pharma Park on 64 acres of land on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar and after competitive bidding, Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) was selected as the developer and anchor tenant of the Biotech Park. The proposed park is yet to develop.
In 2009, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a DBT initiative, was established at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) - Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Campus in Bengaluru.
Around the same year, the project of setting up of Guwahati Biotech Park Technology Incubation Centre (GBPIC) was sanctioned by the DBT. Government of Assam (GoA) has recently allotted a land measuring 17 acres to Guwahati Biotech Park in proximity to IIT Guwahati for setting up of GBPIC.
KIIT Technology Business Incubator (KIIT-TBI) also started in 2009, as an initiative of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and supported by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. It is a registered Not for Profit Section (25) Company. Since its inception, KIIT – TBI has provided a vibrant ecosystem for promoting innovations and entrepreneurship development. Having established as a premier university based incubation centre, KIIT – TBI has expanded its verticals in health care, Life sciences and social incubation.
To sustain the innovation chain of novel ideas and enterprises, the Society for Biotechnology Incubation Centre (SBTIC) was established in 2012, as a collective effort of DBT, the then Government of Andhra Pradesh, and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) -Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT).
Since January 2012, Pune based Venture Centre has been a host to BIRAC-supported BioIncubator that supports start-ups working in the areas of biotechnology. The latest addition to the bioinnovation ecosystem is the BIRAC Regional Bioinnovation Centre (BRBC) at the centre.
In 2014, the Bioincubator at Indian Institute
of Technology Madras (IIT-M) was inaugurated and commenced operations in March 2015 with 4 incubatees.
The Biotechnology Business Incubation Facility (BBIF) in New Delhi began its operation in October 2014. It provides incubation support to biotech startups, enables access to specialized equipment and also provide experimental facilities, IP guidance, market linkages etc.
The Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre (BBC), an initiative of KBITS, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka with a liberal funding support from DBT, was established in 2015. It is located within the Bangalore Helix Biotechnology Park.
Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone Limited (AMTZ) was incorporated on April 30, 2016. It is an enterprise under the Government of Andhra Pradesh, a 270 acre zone, dedicated for Medical Device Manufacturing. The zone with in-house high investment scientific facilities can help manufacturers reduce the cost of manufacturing by more than 40-50 per cent.
Among many others, the Government of Gujarat through its nodal agency Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) is setting up a Biotechnology Park at Savli Industrial Estate at Vadodara. The proposed Park would be developed as a Public-Private Venture in an area of about 700 acres in three phases.
Very recently, a Bio-Incubator facility has been inaugurated at School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH). The facility is supported by BIRAC.
Though the first biotech park came up in 1999, only a handful of parks are successful in the last two decades and operating in full capacity. And most of these parks / incubation centres are operating from south indian states like Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala. This is because of availability of skilled workforce, infrastructure and logostics and support from the respective state governments.
Besides there are many incubation centres operating with the support of government agencies from institutes of excellence like IITs, universities and prominent colleges.
At present, over 100 incubatees are working at various bioincubation centres and biotech parks in India. We will be featuring most active, functional biotech parks and incubation centres spread across India namely -Lucknow Biotech Park, IKP Knowledge Park, Venture Centre, IIT M Bioincubator, Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Women Society, Centre for Cellular And Molecular Platforms, Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre, International Biotech Park.