Global Bio India 2021: Biotech sector targets USD 150 billion bio-economy by 2025

It is heartening it was to see that despite all the challenges, we have seen the growth in the biotech sector with 850+ startups in the last year alone: Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology

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New Delhi: The potential of biotechnology innovation ecosystem and its rapid growth have been well recognized as the key contributors to the growth of the global bio-economy. Globally there has been a major thrust towards encouraging the growth of the Startups, entrepreneurs, academia, and industry that are further steering the development of the Indian Biotechnology ecosystem. Global Bio-India which has been organized by DBT-BIRAC from 1st to 3rd of March 2021 and has the participation of over 6000 delegates from 50 countries, convened a session on Startup Conclave-Innovation Driven Bio-economy.
The Chief Guest, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India launched Products of 5 StartupsieBlackfrog Technologies, Bionic Hope Private Limited, Janitri Innovations, Happy Reliable Surgeries, and VIVIRA Process Technologies.  The Minister also launched Tech-Oladesigned by Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT). Tech-Ola is a single-window e- market place app, which would bring together all public and private sector laboratories, fabrication, and prototyping centers to help innovators access services such as testing, machining, prototyping, fabrication, 3-D printing, validation, material characterization, electrical, electronics and laser services, and batch production.
The Minister congratulated the  5 selected startups and said that it is reflective of the contemporary thinking of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign. Piyush Goyal further stressed that the combination of BioEconomy with digital and information economy leads to Biotechnology. It is a defining moment for India’s future economic growth in demonstrating the country’s capabilities of becoming the powerhouse of innovation, invention, and research. He also added, “We need to ensure that startups should not be afraid of failures. We should extend our support to the start-ups to implement their ideas at the ground level to become commercially viable”.
The Minister formally announced the Project Development Cell for Biotechnology and released ‘Indian Bio-economy Report’ by ABLE & ‘Biotech Investment Potential for Indian States Report’ by IFC. He also remarked, “The Indian biotechnology industry is on the cusp of entering a new era due to its capacity to provide significant economic growth and development to the people of India and around the world.
The consolidated Indian Bio-economy report (Indian Bio-Economy Report (IBER) is based on the latest data representing the Biotech sector’s contribution to the Bio-economy. This release followed by regular updates unto 2024-25 to track the progress and an overview of Roadmap for the Indian Biotechnology Industry to see if there is room to accelerate through policy initiatives, what are the gaps and grey areas that can either accentuate or stump Indian Biotech Sector’s USD 150 Billion Bio-economy journey to 2025.
Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology while mentioning that 2020 was the year of challenges but it was also a year of opportunities, remarked how heartening it was to see that despite all the challenges, we have seen the growth in the biotech sector with 850+ startups in the last year alone. “Diagnostics have been a key success story for us”. Dr. Swarup further informed that today we are ready to export our PP’s and N95’s due to the stepping up of startups.