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Biotechnology Industry in Kerala: a View from the Trenches

Biotechnology Industry in Kerala: a View from the Trenches






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    Biotechnology Industry in Kerala: a View from the Trenches Biotechnology Industry in Kerala: a View from the Trenches Presentation Transcript

      • A View From the Trenches
      • Biotechnology industry in Kerala, as seen by a young biotech startup
      • ubio Biotechnology Systems Pvt. Ltd. Is a start-up biotechnology venture that focuses on Development and manufacture of low-cost diagnostic Kits for clinical diagnosis
      • Started in 2008.
      • Target Markets: human , veterinary and industrial diagnostics
      • Research Focus on Biochip diagnostics for cancer , TB and tropical diseases.
      • Currently manufacturers 57 diagnostic products
      • Introduction
    • The Triad of Industrialisation Regulations Education Market Industry
      • Is there a market for biotech products in Kerala?
      • What are our needs that can be addressed by biotechnology?
      • Waste disposal, low-cost healthcare, vector control, agricultural productivity, food preservation and processing, what else?
      • We need better studies:
        • Local need identification and market sizing
        • Assessment of economic value of social benefits
        • Scope of government participation and incentive creation
      • Self-sufficient healthcare – the Cuba example
        • Chikungunya, Dengue, Filaria, TB, Endosulfan
        • Who should be interested?
        • Why cant we develop diagnostics, vaccines, medicines and equipments?
      • The Biotech Market in Kerala
      • National and international markets
      • Diagnostics and medicines for tropical diseases
      • Low-cost instrumentation and medical software
      • Contract Research
      • Plant molecules – how to commercialize our biodiversity?
      • Preservation, processing and value addition of food products
      • The Biotech Market for Kerala
      • Quality of our biotechnology graduates is apalling
        • Only general theoretical knowledge
        • No practical exposure
        • Lack of well-equipped training labs
        • High cost of consumables
        • Best students do not come to biotech
      • Industry training and participation essential
      • Government should promote industry-education partnership through incentivised apprenticeship programs.
      • Kerala has the potential to become a biotechnology training hub like Singapore
      • Biotech Education
      • The cutting edges are now at intersections!
      • Innovation needs inter-disciplinary thought and focus
      • Promote ad-hoc education
        • Make it possible for individuals to subscribe to specific courses (say, just take immunology classes instead of an entire biotech course)
        • Relax pre-qualification requirements (say, any engineer should be able to take a biotech degree after taking a few preparatory classes).
        • Relax age bars in education
      • Biotech Education
      • Good Product Research is non-existant
      • Lack of accountability in research is a big problem
      • Project audits required
        • What was spent?
        • Why was it spent?
        • What is the outcome?
        • Performance rating based on cost-effectiveness of project outcome
      • Result audits required
        • What happened to the product/technology that was developed?
        • Was it commercialized? If not, why?
      • Biotech Research
      • Promote industry-academy collaboration
        • Allocate separate grant budgets for basic research and product development
        • Provide product development grants only to collaborative projects
        • Keep industry contribution low, but make it mandatory
        • Kerala Biotechnology Commission’s new scheme is a good example
      • The start-up challenge
        • Lack of access to expensive equipments, especially for infrequent use
        • Lack of expertise in specific areas
      • Biotech Research
      • Promote independent innovators and interdisciplinary teams
        • Create industry incubators in research institutions
        • Incentivise incubation and product creation
      • Open up resources in research institutions
        • Audit use, availability and status of expensive instrumentation
        • Create mandatory industry service cells
        • Provide access to expensive equipment at affordable rates
        • Create incentives to promote academic support given to industry
      • Biotech Research
      • Proliferation and internetworking of start-ups create innovation spirals
        • Examples: Japanese auto industry, US/German electronics boom post-WW2, Silicon Valley
      • Cost of supporting startups is lower than the cost of attracting huge capital
      • Knowledge based startups create high-value employment
      • Start-ups lay foundations for entire industries
      • Why promote start-ups?
      • To start-up or not? The dilemma of a well-paid technologist
        • Reduce start-up barriers, provide support systems, advertise and promote the start-up attitude
      • Compensate for lack of ecosystem
        • Most inputs have to be imported or transported from other states, leading to increased costs.
        • Provide tax holidays to biotech startups – follow the IT example
      • Facilitate easier financing
        • We need a working venture capital fund, preferably with government participation
        • Create a vehicle for easier loan disbursement for priority area startups
        • Make it easier for banks to provide loans – technical evaluation of most banks cannot keep up with technological innovations
      • Provide easy access to facilities and instrumentation
        • Technology parks, common equipment facilities, access to facilities in research institutions
      • What biotech start-ups need
      • www.ubio.in
      • [email_address]
      ubio Biotechnology Systems Pvt Ltd Kinfra Hi-tech Park, Kalamassery, Cochin