Indian biotech industry is booming and in 2009 it grew at a CAGR of
26.5 percent and generated total revenues of Rs 10,682 crore ($2.4 bn)
according to Research and Markets, an independent market research
The report titled 'Booming Biotech Market in India' credited the boom
to a large pool of scientific talent, world-class information
technology industry, and vibrant pharmaceutical sector.
The report said the industry has been able to survive successfully amid
the global financial turmoil. Government initiatives, like setting up
of more biotech parks and encouragement to public-private-partnerships,
provided cushion to the biotech industry against tough economic
conditions of recession.
The year-on-year growth of the biotech market is expected to accelerate
in near future due to high demand for vaccines, CROs, biopesticides,
biofertilizers, biodiesel and biotherapeutics in India as well as at
the global level. The research has found that the biopharma segment
constitutes a major part of the total biotech market. It has
experienced consistent rise in revenue and the trend is likely to
continue in future as well. The overall biotech market will remain
buoyant despite the recent economic downturn. The baseline for
optimistic future projection of the market is pouring of investments to
promote research and support entrepreneurship in the emerging segments.
TERI, Deakin to open
The Energy and Resources Institute of India (TERI) has inked an MoU
with Deakin University, Australia, to establish a new center to tackle
the issues related to food and water security, and healthcare.
The MoU was signed by the Deakin University Vice Chancellor, Sally
Walker and TERI's Executive Director, Dr Leena Srivastava in the
presence of India's Minister for Education, Kapil Sibal and the Deputy
Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard as part of Minister Sibal's
diplomatic visit to Australia.
Dr Aloka Adolheya, currently the director of TERI's Biotechnology and
Bioresources Center (BBC) and nominated director of the new center
said, “Our new Bionanotechnology Center has the potential to make
significant contributions to solving critical problems faced by India
and Australia. It is imperative to adopt new emerging technologies to
meet challenges like healthcare, water and food security.”
The new center is envisaged to have approximately 70 researchers,
including 50 PhD students enrolled at Deakin and co-supervised by
Deakin and TERI staff. It will also function as a hub for the Deakin
India Research Initiative (DIRI) launched earlier this year. This
involves up to a further 50 PhD students representing Indian industries
or with other research partners again co-supervised by leading
researchers in India and Australia.
The center is perceived to emerge as a unique conglomerate of
researchers from Deakin's ITRI, who bring excellence and expertise in
design and characterization of novel nanomaterials and TERI researchers
from BBC who bring a wealth of experience in biotech applications in
pharmacology, food, agriculture and environmental areas.
Avesthagen, Inno tie up for
Avesthagen has commenced the manufacturing operations of two of its
biosimilars at Inno Biologic's Putra Nilai facilities in Malaysia.
The first product for anemia, AVDESP has already completed preclinicals
and is ready for cGMP manufacturing for conducting clinical trials in
India. The second biosimilar for auto-immune disorders, AVENT, will
also be produced at the Inno Biologics facility. Avesthagen has a
pipeline of eight biosimilars of which four are in advanced stages of
DST initiates CV Raman Fellowship
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has
initiated CV Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers
under its science and technology initiative. This prestigious
fellowship is aimed at strengthening the bond between India and African
nations through science and technology collaboration. This fellowship
is a follow up action of the new science and technology initiative for
African countries announced at the highest level during the
India-Africa Forum Summit in April 2008.
India introduces KVK e-linkage network
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has inaugurated the
e-Linkage Network Operation Center at Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR) headquarters in New
Delhi. The e-linkage facility provided to 192 Krishi Vigyan Kendras
(KVKs) and all the eight zonal project directorates, is part of the
process of strengthening the network of 571 remotely located KVKs in
the country. This facility will also be extended to another 91 KVKs by
the end of 2010.
Biocon buys 49% stake of BBPL from
Biocon has acquired 49 percent stake in its joint venture
Biocon Biopharmaceuticals (BBPL) from Cuba's CIMAB. CIMAB is Biocon's
partner in Cuba and the partners make medicines based on monoclonal
antibodies. Under the business restructuring plan, Biocon will buy
CIMAB's 49 percent stake and will make BBPL a wholly-owned subsidiary
This deal allows both the partners to focus on the joint development of
novel biologics-T1h (Anti-CD6 Monoclonal Antibody), which has just
entered phase III clinical trials in psoriasis.
BBPL will continue to provide manufacturing support for all partnered
programs between CIMAB and Biocon. The two partners will jointly work
towards development of T1h for global markets and promote BIOMab and
ERYPRO in India and elsewhere.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD of Biocon, said, “This move opens a new
chapter in our partnership with CIMAB. We see T1h as a unique global
opportunity that has the potential of being a 'best in class' therapy
for a range of auto-immune diseases like psoriasis, rheumatoid
arthritis, multiple sclerosis and diabetes”.
Summit Partners invests in
Summit Partners, the growth equity investor, has
announced the completion of its investment of Rs 133 crore in
Krishidhan Seeds Limited (KSL). The minority investment will be
utilized for R&D, technology and product-related acquisitions,
international expansion, and company infrastructure. KSL reported
consolidated revenues of Rs 279 crore for the year ended
September 2009 and is on track to generate more than Rs 400 crore for
the current financial year.
Sushil Karwa, managing director of Krishidhan Seeds, said, “The
Summit team demonstrated a genuine understanding of our business
dynamics, the market place, and opportunities for our ongoing success.
The Krishidhan team is excited to partner with Summit to achieve the
next phase of development for our company.”
Scott Collins, managing director of Summit Partners, said, “India's
strong entrepreneurial tradition, combined with a fast-growing economy,
means there are many companies that can benefit from Summit's capital
investment, strategic advice and industry expertise. Krishidhan Seeds
is a great example of this. Building on our experience in the US and
Europe, we look forward to all of our future investments in India.”
Amit Chaturvedy from Summit Partners will become a director on the
company's board of directors effective immediately and Vinay Kashyap
from Summit Partners will become a board observer.
Prakruthik launches nanotech
Nanotechnology-based preventive healthcare company, Prakruthik Health
Care launched its first product, En-Tube capsules, for intracorporeal
detoxification through nanotechnology. En-Tube is a combination of
highly purified, activated, nano svarjika (mineral) and Plantago Ovata
Husk (herb). It will provide the necessary internal cleansing that is
required to keep one fit and healthy. The capsules are made available
over-the-counter and are preventive health supplement that can be used
by people between 12-70 years.
Alvogen opens CRO, API
office in India
Alvogen, the US-based generic pharmaceuticals company, has expanded its
operations in India, by establishing a clinical research organization
(CRO) and an API sourcing office in Bangalore. The CRO will specialize
in the management of clinical trials and offer clinical research
services to Alvogen and third parties. The sourcing office further
strengthens Alvogen's relationships with Indian suppliers for raw
ICAR allows open access to
Indian Council Of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to allow
open access to its research journals online. The journals namely,
Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Journal of Animal
Sciences are published monthly by ICAR.
The journals are accessible from the ICAR website from March 2010 issue
onwards and will be available globally. This step is expected to
benefit the large number of students, researchers and farmers who
earlier had to pay for getting information.