The second edition of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) Innovators Meet 2013, was held at Manesar (Haryana) on September 23-24, 2013. Much visible from the theme 'Catalysing the Growth of an Innovation Driven Biotech Enterprise', the meet this time was focused on policy changes and pathways to drive the Indian Bio-economy to reach $ 100 billion by 2025.
The distinguishing factor about the event was the keen focus given on innovators to interact, network and discuss successful case studies, challenges and opportunities for strengthening the biotech enterprise.
The meet was inaugurated by Prof. K VijayRaghavan, secretary, department of biotechnology (DBT) and chairman, BIRAC. In his address to the gathering, he talked about empowering the young innovators in various areas is one of the strategic keys to achieve the expansion of industry. "We need to work towards building a strong system of innovation," he said.
Dr Renu Swarup, managing director, BIRAC while welcoming the delegates expressed hope that the forum will help them in identifying the opportunities to collaborate and work together for laying down a road map to future. She said further, "One of the key strategies of BIRAC is fostering innovating capabilities in all places of research and with a focus on start-ups and SMEs"
In his opening remarks, Dr G Padmanabhan, NASI-chairman and former director, Indian Institute of Science, talked about the potential that stem cells and computational biology offer. He wondered whether India could ever replicate the big manufacturing units US has in the area. He mentioned further, "Fifteen manufacturing institutions set up in US. I imagine can we have such implementation in India."