With an objective to address the space issues in labs, Scigenics
Biotech has designed a multi-deck shaker for researchers
Given the fact that the space crunch has crept into almost all
laboratories, using vertical space has become a necessity. Thinking on
these lines, Chennai-based Scigenics Biotech came up with a project on
the research, design and manufacturing of a multi-deck shaker. The idea
is to provide the scientists with more area for cultivation within a
small footprint. The project was initiated with the help of Small
Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI) funding under the aegis
of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
With the optional features on CO2 and humidity maintenance, the
equipment caters to a wide range of applications involving microbial,
plant and animal cell culture. Dynamically balancing four shakers on
one frame is an engineering challenge, since smooth running of the
equipment is essential for arriving at high cell density in the flasks.
Therefore, the success of such products straightaway contributes to the
benefit of the scientific community and thus uplifts the Indian
industry to global standards.
Since its inception in early 1990s, Scigenics Biotech has been a
pioneering entrepreneurial venture, in the manufacturing of
bio-equipments under the brand name Orbitek. Headed by Mr S Gopal,
managing director, and Ms S Neela, CEO and director, Scigenics focuses
on manufacturing bio-equipments such as shakers, incubators,
hybridization chambers, and plant growth chambers.
Ms S Neela, CEO and director, Scigenics Biotech, says, “We attended a
review meeting for BSIRI funding in May 2007 and by November 2007, the
loan amounting to 55 percent of the project cost was sanctioned to us.
That was the highest cheque value we have received so far. We were very
happy with the trust and confidence shown on us. We felt more
responsible and became more ambitious. SBIRI through DBT has helped us
in keeping pace with the technology.”
According to the company, currently, there is no Indian manufacturer
for multi-deck shaker with its specification. The developed product is
expected to offer competitive pricing and reduced usage of floor space
that will result in energy saving for customer. The response time, in
terms of concept to product delivery, will be greatly reduced owing to
high flexibility in parameter manipulations.
With the prototype testing and design validation in progress, the
project is nearing completion and the commercial launch is expected in
2011. Because of the challenge from low price options, particularly
from China and South Korea, Scigenics is upgrading to an extremely
professional set up to take on global competition.
in New Delhi