[pib] Know about Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission


This PIB has some good information on biopharmaceuticals. Few takeaways:

  1. Prelims Exam: Read about the Mission and its funding
  2. Mains Exam: The objectives and focus areas of the scheme will be of help for your Mains answer.

About the Mission:

  1. Aims to accelerate discovery research to early development for biopharmaceuticals
  2. The Mission will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) – a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
  3. The Mission Program would be a Pan-India program

Focus areas:

  1. The key focus areas of the program would aid in preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in the biopharmaceutical sector
  2. Aims to transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development


  1. Total project cost to be funded by Government of India is Rs. 1500 crore for five years
  2. 50% cost for the Mission Programme will be arranged through the World Bank loan

Agencies involved:

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

Focus of the Mission:

  1. The Mission will focus on Development of specific products – vaccines, bio therapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics
  2. There will be establishment of shared infrastructure and facilities; building and strengthening domain specific knowledge and management skills
  3. Focus is on creating and enhancing technology transfer capabilities in public and private sector
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