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[pib] Know about Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission

Note4Students: This PIB has some good information on biopharmaceuticals.

Few takeaways:

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

About the Mission:
• Aims to accelerate 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 Mission Program would be a Pan-India program

Focus areas:

  • The key focus areas of the program would aid in preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in the biopharmaceutical sector
  •  Aims to transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development
  • Total project cost to be funded by Government of India is Rs. 1500 crore for five years
  • 50% cost for the Mission Programme will be arranged through the World Bank loan

Agencies involved:

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

Focus of the Mission:

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