Thursday, 18 May 2017

Cabinet approves pharma mission to develop bio pharmaceuticals

Cabinet approves pharma mission to develop bio pharmaceuticals

The government today approved a programme for development of bio pharmaceuticals through industry-academia collaboration entailing (आवश्यक) investment of Rs 1,500 crore by it over a period of five years. The programme will focus on development of specific products such as vaccines, biotherapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics(निदान), an official statement said. Besides, the ‘Innovate in India empowering biotech entrepreneurs and accelerating(तेज) inclusive innovation’ mission will also work on establishment of shared infrastructure and facilities. 
It will build and strengthen (मजबूत बनाना) domain specific knowledge and management skills while also creating and enhancing technology transfer capabilities in public and private sector, the statement added. The proposal was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at its meeting held today. The primary objective of the programme is to forge an industry-academia collaborative mission for accelerating discovery research to early development for biopharmaceuticals. 
The mission will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) – a public sector undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT). The pan-India mission entails an investment of Rs 1,500 crore by the Government of India for five years with 50 per cent of the cost for the programme coming from the World Bank loan.

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