Developing conducive ecosystem for biotech success

New biotech policy to be released by Karnataka aims to strengthen sector

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Dr Jagadish Mittur, Head, Biotechnology Facilitation Cell at KBITS, Department of IT BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka

Karnataka government will soon introduce a new biotech policy, said Dr Jagadish Mittur, Head, Biotechnology Facilitation Cell at KBITS, Department of IT BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka. Speaking to BioSpectrum, Dr Mittur said, "Initial draft with input from various stakeholders has been done and is being reviewed." The official attributed the success of the biotech sector in the state to the ecosystem that has developed over several decades in both naturally evolving manner and strategically planned manner.

Following are excerpts from the interview:

What is the occupancy level in state's biotech parks?

Bangalore Helix Park is the first and rapidly evolving biotech park set up as an exclusive initiative by the state government. This park has institutional area comprising IBAB (Institute for Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology) and CHG (Centre for Human Genetics), both of which are in operation for over 15 years and are centres of high calibre in their respective domains of biotech/life sciences. In the recent times, Bangalore Bio Innovation Centre (BBC) has been set up for start-ups to promote entrepreneurship. BBC has 20 start-up companies incubated to move from idea to proof of concept stage. The occupation rate is rapidly moving forward at BBC and it will soon be full.

Currently Karnataka has one biotech park in Bengaluru. Is the government looking at establishing more such parks?

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