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Biotechnology Parks and Incubators

The Biotech Parks and Bitoech Incubation Centres provide an excellent template for the promotion of Biotech start -up companies and the promotion of Public Private Partnership. The Biotechnology Park at Lucknow set up on 8 acres land provided by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Uttar Pradesh is now operational and is emerging as a good model. A Bio-Business Block set up at the Biotech Park world be housing Business Support facilities, Bioinformatics Unit, Conference/Training Room and Cafeteria. The Tissue Culture Unit has the capacity to produce 10000 to 100000 plants/batch. The Biofertilizer unit has facilities for production of bacterial fertilizers. The central support facility will have the facilities for analysis and quality testing of the products. An ancillary service block has been built for air conditioning system, high and low-tension panel, diesel set generator and a boiler room. The extraction block will have system for extraction of phytochemical/lead molecules from high value medicinal plants. The diagnostic facility established by the Industry will manufacture and market the diagnostics kits. Distillation and vermicomposting units have been completed. One TPD oil expeller has been installed for extraction of oil from Jatropha seeds at the site of distillation unit.

The Biotech Park and incubator facility at Shapoorji Pallonji Bitoech Park, Genome Valley, Hyderabad has been mainly designed for development and scale-up of bio-processes and technologies. Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) compliance for Pilot plant facilities, required for quality manufacturing and for minimizing or eliminating contamination will be available. A Pre-Biotechnology Incubator (BTIC) Process Generator (PBPG), component of the BTIC was set up at IICT, Hyderabad to act as an intermediate and front-end facility to provide lab and bench scale process technologies for biotech processes. A Biotechnology Incubation Centre (BTIC) in Kerala is being established at Kalamassery, Ernakulum Dist., Kochi to promote small entrepreneurs and units for knowledge of traditional medicine, herbs and plant varieties, spices etc. This would help in modernizing production technologies, quality assurance or raw materials and products. The incubator facility would accelerate commercialization of new technologies, support new ventures in biotechnology and provide appropriate linkages to entrepreneurs. Initiatives are underway in Himachal Pradesh to set up a Biotech Park. The Biotech Park initiative at Bangalore, Karnataka is being pursued for the promotion of Public Private Partnership. The Biotech Park at Karnataka will be structured into three components viz. Institutional & Research & Development Block, Biotech Incubation Centre and Common Instrumentation Facility; and Biotechnology Industries Cluster comprising independent private industry units. The Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS) is the implementing agency and they have identified a few Public Private Partners for the Biotech Park.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 09-02-2011