• 7 July 2010
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HiMedia Laboratories

Head: GM Warke
Life Sciences Revenue:

Rs 45* crore

* BioSpectrum estimates
Business: Manufacturer of  media products for microbiology, parasitology, immunology, serology and virology
Start-up Year: 1976
Address: A-406, Bhaveshwar Plaza, LBS Marg, Mumbai - 400 086, India
Tel: +91-22-25003747, 25001607, 25000653
Website: www.himedialabs.com

Prominence in culture media
HiMedia Laboratories was established in 1976 as Hindustan Dehydrated Media to provide ready-to-use culture media for scientists, researchers and small companies. Today, the company has developed its own technology for manufacture of the culture media and succeeded in introducing over 2,000 of them over the years.

Around 70 percent of the company’s revenues comes from the life sciences space. The company has its manufacturing facilities at Ambarnath, Maharashtra, which produce protein hydrolysis. The facility provides ultra-filtered hydrolysis and ultra-filtered vegetable peptones. It will provide 20 vegetable-based peptones and is manufacturing around 1,000 culture media from these 20 animal peptones.

HiMedia had a tie-up with Sigma to market their products under Sigma label.  HiMedia will soon be offering serum-free media. Another area where the company has plans to enter is the stem cell culture and primary cell culture and offer products at an affordable rate. Hi Media exports its products to over 100 countries and has presence in BRIC countries.

Medispec India

Head: Vipul Chhatbar
Life Sciences Revenue:

Rs 43.24 crore

Business: Marketing, distribution, installation, servicing and calibration of Biomedical, Analytical, Scientific & Diagnostic systems
Start-up Year: 1995
Address: Unit 223, Link Way Estate, New Link Road, Malad (West), Mumbai - 400 064, Maharashtra
Tel: +91-22-28739944/28734567
Fax: +91-22-28759944
Website: www.medispecindia.com
Focuses on cytology reagents
Medispec India Limited (MIL) is involved in marketing, sales and service of medical, analytical and diagnostic laboratory products.

The company clocked an annual turnover of Rs 43.24 crore in fiscal 2009-10 as against Rs 30.30 crore the previous year. It is ISO certified and represents leading overseas manufacturers for their diversified laboratory product range in India and neighboring countries.
The thrust areas of the company are biotechnology and molecular biology. Its products include microplate instrumentation systems, CO2  incubators, bio-safety cabinets, laminar flow hoods, gel documentation systems, and molecular biology systems, variety of lab equipments, microbial contamination detection systems, and personal protection suits.

MIL was the first company in India to provide liquid-based cytology reagents. This product is particularly useful for screening of women for cervical cancer.

MIL joined hands with BioTek Instruments, to form BioTek Instruments India. It is also the exclusive distributor for the US-based NuAire’s products in India.

Alfa Laval India

Head: Jose Hernanz (MD)
Life Sciences Revenue:

Rs 41* crore

* BioSpectrum estimates
Business: Specializes in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling equipments
Start-up Year: 1993
Address: Mumbai-Pune Road, Dapodi, Pune-411012, Maharashtra
Tel: +91-20-27107100
Fax: +91-20-27147711
Website: www.alfalaval.com
Fuels growth with biofuels
Alfa Laval India, the subsidiary of Swedish Alfa Laval Group, caters to the life sciences companies with a product portfolio ranging from centrifugal separators, membrane filtration systems, plate heat exchangers, pumps, valves and fluid handling equipments.

It was the first company to bring in the single fermenter technology in the late 1980s. In fiscal 2009-10, the company clocked a total revenue figure of  Rs 41 crore as against Rs 37 crore in fiscal 2008-09.

Last year the company majorly invested in biofuels sector. It won an  order from PetroVietnam Group, Vietnam, for the supply of equipments and engineering solutions for their ethanol process plant, which is being setup at Northern Vietnam to produce fuel ethanol.

There was a change of guard in the top order with Nainesh Patel, managing director, India, leaving the company on December 31, 2009, to take up a position in Sweden and Jose Hernanz, who was the managing director of Alfa Laval in Spain, was appointed in place of Nainesh Patel with effect from January 01, 2010.

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