BT Parks - North
Lucknow: The Catalyst For UP
The setting up of the Bt park in Lucknow has boosted the biotech activity in the State
The Lucknow Biotech Park was jointly setup by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Department of Science and Technology, Government of Uttar Pradesh in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; local universities and industries. It is a technology incubator plus model. The park buildings were completed in July 2006 and in a few months time all available constructed space and available land has allocated to entrepreneurs.
While states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat have taken a great lead in biotechnology, UP is comparatively new in their comparison. However, the setting up of the park has boosted the biotech activity in the state. The companies in the park are utilizing the common facilities as per their requirements. The park is playing a major role in providing them advisory and consultancy services. Nextgen- Biofertilizers and Aroma Products have expanded their activity outside the park in biofertilizer. Similarly the park has paved the way for launching of two new companies - Green Oil, New Delhi and U.P. Bioenergy Pvt. Ltd, Lucknow outside the park in the area of biofuel energy.
The park plays an important role in the initial establishment of the startup companies by providing information about possible business avenues based on the facilities set up at the incubator center of park, sourcing of technologies and state of the art facilities available with various national R&D institutions, Universities and medical institutions, provides access to expertise available with renowned and accomplished scientists. It also provides them information about the facilities and incentives available under the Government of India and state government biotech policies, availability of special grants, schemes and loans as well as information about requirements for registration and obtaining IPR.
The future plans of park includes, constructing more ready to use laboratories keeping in view the high demand from new start up companies; setting up of a commercial solvent extraction plant for obtaining lead molecules in a public private partnership mode; setting up common facilities of safety evaluation and toxicity testing, analytical facility for food processing industries in public-private partnership; establishing new protocols for high yielding varieties of the Jatropha curcas plants and providing good planting material with particular emphasis on Jatropha and Banana; providing industrial biotechnology training in areas of molecular biology, bioinformatics, human DNA banking, agribiotechnology and providing Agri Biobusiness opportunities for rural development.
Companies / Institutions utilizing the incubation facilities
The limited constructed space of approximately 20,000 sqaurefeet. available with the park has been leased out to the following entrepreneurs for innovative research and services:
AquaBioChip Genomics (India) Pvt.
Clintech Research India Pvt. Ltd.,
Cognate Bioservices Inc., USA
ACS Bioinformatics, Lucknow
HH Biotechnologies Pvt. Ltd, Agra
IQRA Biotech Services, Lucknow
Sheel Biotech Ltd., Manesar
Software Technology Parks of India,
Sepragen India Pvt. Ltd., India
Facilities being operated under Public-Private Partnership mode
The following facilities are being run under Public-Private Partnership mode:
Distillation and Vermicomposting
Tissue Culture and Hardening Facility
Entrepreneurs to whom developed plots have been provided
The vacant land of about 3.25 acres available with the park after setting up the common facilities and technology incubator has been provided to the following entrepreneurs for innovative bio-business and services:
Chandan Health Care Ltd., Lucknow
Life Care Innovations Pvt. Ltd.,
IQRA Biotech Services, Lucknow