Empowering and Enabling the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem for affordable product development
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a Section 25 ‘Not-for-Profit Company’ of Government of India, that is registered under Indian Companies Act 1956, and has been set up as Department of Biotechnology’s interface agency, which serves as a single window for the emerging biotech industries. BIRAC is guided by an Independent Board of Directors comprising senior professionals, academicians, policy makers and industrialists.
As a Government of India enterprise, it endeavours to bring professionalism, transparency and efficiency into its functioning while providing support to catalyse the transformation of the emerging Indian bio-economy.
BIRAC successfully organized its Second Innovators Meet on 23rd-24th September 2013 at Heritage Village Resort, Manesar, Haryana. The theme of the Innovators Meet 2013 – Catalysing the Growth of an Innovation Driven Biotech Enterprise – focused on policy changes and pathways to drive the Indian Bio-economy to reach USD 100 Bn by 2025. The meet was inaugurated by Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary DBT & Chairman BIRAC. More than 200 stakeholders including Policy makers, Industry leaders, Start-ups, Entrepreneurs and Academic researchers attended the meet. The two day long meet witnessed the deliberations on issues ranging from funding opportunities for Bio-entrepreneurs, fostering innovation through bio-enterprises and issues and concerns in Bio-pharma, Bio-agri, Bo-industrial, Bio-services and Bioinformatics. The amalgamation of thoughts from Industry and Academia highlighted the issues critical for the growth of Biotechnology in India and the measures to address them.
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