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Cabinet approves IACM for accelerating discovery research

23 May 2017 | News

For the implementation, a Programme Management Unit will be set up at BIRAC, which will work as an operational and functional arm for oversees and monitors program implementation and progress.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission (IACM) for accelerating discovery research to early development for biopharmaceuticals – “Innovate in India empowering biotech entrepreneurs & accelerating inclusive innovation” to be funded by the Government of India. The Mission will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

The Mission Program would be a Pan-India program. The key focus areas of the program would aid in preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in the biopharmaceutical sector to a level that it is globally competitive over the next 10-15 years and will transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development.

For the implementation, a Programme Management Unit will be set up at BIRAC, which will work as an operational and functional arm for oversees and monitors program implementation and progress.

The Mission will focus on development of specific products vaccines, biotherapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics; establishment of shared infrastructure and facilities; building and strengthening domain specific knowledge and management skills; creating and enhancing technology transfer capabilities in public and private sector.

The Mission will provide a holistic and integrated approach to strengthen and support the entire product development value chain for accelerating the research leads to product development. This will help not only in immediate product development addressing public health needs, but also will help to create an ecosystem, which will facilitate development of a continuous pipeline of products.

For implementation a Programme Management Unit will be set up at BIRAC, which will work as an operational and functional arm that oversees and monitors program implementation and progress.
Key deliverables: The Mission will focus on Development of specific products Vaccines, biotherapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics; Establishment of Shared Infrastructure and facilities; Building and strengthening domain specific knowledge and management skills; Creating and enhancing technology transfer capabilities in public and private sector.

The Mission will provide a holistic and integrated approach to strengthen and support the entire product development value chain for accelerating the research leads to product development. This will help not only in immediate product development addressing public health needs, but will also help to create an ecosystem which will facilitate development of a continuous pipeline of products.

Total project cost to be funded by Government of India is Rs. 1500 crore for five years. Fifty percent costs for the Mission Programme will be arranged through the World Bank loan.

Highlight of the mission

·  Pan India mission to be implemented by BIRAC

·   A US$250 M Mission with US$125 M coming as World Bank funding

·   Will create an ecosystem for innovative indigenous product development by researchers, start ups and SMEs and make Indian Biotech Industry Globally competitive

·  India which today occupies only 3% of the Biopharmaticals Global Market aims to reach 5% by 2022

·  It will make the sector globally competitive over the next 10-15 years

·  It will transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development.

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