'Bangalore one of the largest bioscience clusters'

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    'Bangalore one of the largest bioscience clusters'
    Bangalore, Feb 10, 2014, (PTI)
    Speaking at 'Bangalore India Bio 2014', inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the presence of Nobel laureate John Gurdon and World Food Prize laureate Prof Marc Van Montagu, he said, ''.....partnering with the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE)-we are proposing to the government of India to set up the first Biosynthetic technology institute in the country.'' DH File Photo

    The country's technology hub, Bangalore, is today one of the largest bioscience clusters on the planet with about 10,000 bioscience researchers and professionals located here, a top Karnataka government official today said.

    "The highest number of biotech startups anywhere in the country happen out of Bangalore and these are growing at the rate of 30 per cent year on year, something which is very exciting for the biotechnology industry and the biotechnology research world," Secretary IT, BT, S&T Government of Karnataka Srivatsa Krishna said.

    Speaking at 'Bangalore India Bio 2014', inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in the presence of Nobel laureate John Gurdon and World Food Prize laureate Prof Marc Van Montagu, he said, ".....partnering with the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE)-we are proposing to the government of India to set up the first Biosynthetic technology institute in the country."

    "This, when it comes up will build the next generation tolls and to build the structurised pathway for making sustainable products in this field," he added.

    Calling Bangalore as biotech capital of India, Krishna said, "... we have about 400 biotechnology companies in India, ... of the 400, 70 per cent are located here in Bangalore."

    "This makes us the unequivocal the unquestioned biotechnology capital of India," he added.

    Stating that 10,000 bioscience researchers and professionals are located in this city, he said "this makes us one of the largest bioscience clusters not in India but in this planet...."

    Announcing that Karnataka will be the first state in India to launch a bioscience and medical technology incubator, he said it would come up at Electronic city.

    Siddaramaih said about 26 per cent of the biotech revenues of the country, particularly in terms of exports, are generated by the industry in Karnataka.

    Stating that first biotech policy in the country was announced by Karnataka in 2001, he said, "The policy, to a large extent, has achieved the objectives. Keeping in view the changing needs of the sector, state government revised and announced 'Millennium Biotech Policy version 2' in December 2009."

    "Since this policy would be completing five years, our government proposes to revisit the policy this year. Inputs of the Vision Group on Biotechnology would be taken for Version-3 of Biotech Policy," he added.

    Pointing out that the project of developing a biotech park in Bangalore is taking shape, the Chief Minister said M/S Alexandria Real Estates, is developing the Alexandria Knowledge Park in Bangalore, Helix - the Biotech Park of Bangalore, which will be operational in about two years.

    Sharing Biotech industry perspective, Biocon CMD and Chairperson-Karnataka vision group on Biotechnology, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said "....in the next fifty years innovation is going come from the east, and this is where I think India needs to be focused on- investing in science and technology, and technology by biotechnology..."

    "What makes it very special in Bangalore is the convergence of IT and Biotechnology ...," she added.

    Stating that we have an enormous opportunity to shape the way for the future, Mazumdar Shaw said: "This is where Karnataka has got a greater and pivotal role to play- for India."
     
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    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah; Minister for Infrastructure Development R. Roshan Baig, Chairman and Managing Director Biocon Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw; and Minister for IT & BT S.R. Patil at the inauguration of the Bangalore India Bio in Bangalore on Monday. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P

    New biotech policy soon: Siddaramaiah - The Hindu
    Present policy needs changes to keep pace with development’

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Monday that the State government will be finalising a fresh policy framework for the biotechnology sector later this year.

    Speaking at the inaugural session of the 14th edition of Bangalore India Bio, the flagship event of the Indian biotechnology sector, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the present policy, adopted by the State in 2009, “required changes in order to keep pace with developments in the industry”. Mr. Siddaramaiah said the new policy would be based on the recommendations of the State’s Vision Group on Biotechnology, which is headed by the Biocon Group’s Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.

    He said a new state-of-the-art biotechnology park would become operational in two years. The Chief Minister said the biotech and healthcare industries, with a combined turnover of $100 billion, required better regulation but should also be investor-friendly. He said the government had sanctioned 12 “finishing schools” for training the workforce in the biotech industry and is satisfied with their functioning. “The model has been appreciated by the industry,” he observed.

    Mr. Siddaramaiah pointed out that while almost one-fourth of the revenues of the Indian biotech industry is generated in Bangalore, more than half of the “core” Indian companies are based in Bangalore. Among them, five are the top 10 companies.
    Bioscience incubator

    Srivatsa Krishna, Principal Secretary, IT and Biotechnology, said the country’s first bioscience incubator is being established at the Bangalore Helix biotech park at Electronics City. Mr. Krishna said the State government has contributed land and Rs. 20 crore for the facility. The Union government has also provided Rs. 20 crore, inclusive of interest accumulated on the principal amount contributed by it. The facility is likely to be completed by June, he said.

    Mr. Krishna said the State is also in the race to host a synthetic chemistry lab in Bangalore. “Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are also in the race,” he told presspersons on the sidelines of the event.

    Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw said the government had played an important role in ensuring the emergence of Bangalore as a crucial hub in the global BT business.

    “The State government has played a progressive, far-reaching and futuristic role in placing Bangalore on the global biotech map,” she said. Predicting that innovations designed in China and India would play an important role in addressing the problems of the future, she said, “Innovation is going to come from the east.”

    Nobel laureate Sir John Gurdon said the policies adopted by the State government have been responsible for Bangalore’s emergence as a global hub for biotechnology. Its status as a “science hub” also played a part in the success, he said.
     

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