BIRAC sets up 2nd regional entrepreneurship centre in Bengaluru

While it already had one functioning centre at IKP Knowledge Park at Bangalore, the setting up a regional centre at the C-CAMP by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) will add greater value to bio-entrepreneurship in the city


Bengaluru: The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms-C-CAMP, technology and innovation hub, will house the BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre (BREC) in Bengaluru. The centre has been set up by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council with the objective of encouraging the spirit of bio-entrepreneurship, facilitating the creation of life science start-ups and mentoring start-ups to increase their chances of success.

The IKP Knowledge Park in Bangalore already hosts BIRAC Regional Innovation Centre (BRIC) that was set up in 2013 to further BIRAC’s mandate of building a deeper understanding of the capacity and gaps in innovation besides developing targeted programmes to fulfil its broad vision of stimulating, fostering and enhancing biotech innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.

Proposed activities at BREC in C-CAMP include biotechnology entrepreneurship awareness programmes, a national biotechnology entrepreneurship challenge, business/strategy boot-camps and workshops with national and international experts, investor meetings and knowledge seminars.

As per Dr Satya Dash, Head, Startups and Entrepreneur Development, BIRAC, “The BIRAC’s strategy for establishing BREC at C-CAMP is to amplify our portfolio of activities, which can be leveraged by biotech start-ups to transition and scale to the next level.”

“C-CAMP has some exciting programmes in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in biotechnology. Launching BREC at C-CAMP provides an ideal platform to step up and amplify the biotechnology entrepreneurship scenario across India” stated Dr Taslimarif Saiyed, Director and Chief Operating Officer, C-CAMP.