26 June 2017

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Bangalore Biotechnology Scene Poised

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Karnataka, home to India’s biggest and the best IT companies has won another award. The award for an emerging sector -- BioSpectrum BioTech State of the Year – comes to Karnataka with half of the (170 of the 350) Indian biotechnology firms located in the State generating revenues of around 3,000 crore in 2009-10 supported by State Government’s initiatives to encourage BioTech industry growth.

It was quite natural to expect the State headquartered companies, scientists and entrepreneurs to bag bulk of the bouquets at the eighth BioSpectrum awards function here last evening.
 
Industry captain Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Chairman of Biocon, who has played a major role in bringing life sciences to the forefront was honored with the BioSpectrum Leadership Award for growing Biocon into a successful company, backed by a 4,500 workforce and revenues that touch half-a-billion dollars. Both these and other awards were presented on Friday night by Prof V S Ramamurthy, director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, and former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology.
 
Overall, Karnataka stole the show, as it was hailed as the BioSpectrum State of the Year largely due to the State government's initiatives including the announcement of Millennium Biotech Policy II, support of the industry-academia group to drive the growth of the industry and create an ecosystem which is life sciences friendly.  The award was received by Mr Arvind Jannu, director, IT & BT of government of Karnataka.
 
Dr Shaw, who serves as a perfect role model for entrepreneurs of the future to emulate, is leading the Karnataka government’s vision group on Biotechnology.
 
CyberMedia’s flagship journal for the biotechnology industry, BioSpectrum, hands out these awards along with the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) annually.
 
Bangalore based Biocon is back at the top of the BioSpectrum-ABLE, ranking as the No.1 BioPharma Company after regaining that slot from Pune's Serum Institute.
 
A Bangalore scientist who was the founder director of National Centre for Biological Sciences, Dr Obaid Siddiqi, was presented the Life Time Achievement Award 2010 for his pioneering work in the fields of microbial genetics and neurogenetics. A geneticist, Dr Siddiqi is synonymous with his continuing experiments on Drosophila (fruit fly), first on their paralytic mutations and then on the genetics of their chemical senses.
 
Dr Siddiqi's early research on DNA transfer and recombination in bacteria and his work on suppression of 'nonsense' mutation in E.coli are some breakthrough contributions.
 
The awards winners were selected by an eminent jury headed by Mr Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman and MD, Jubilant Life Sciences, among others.
 
The BioSpectrum Product of the Year award went to Cry1c gene from Metahelix Life Sciences, also a Bangalore-based agricultural biotechnology company. This first commercial gene developed solely by Metahelix Life Sciences, offers the cotton plant double protection against two pests - bollworms and spodoptera. The company received approvals for use in two Bt cotton hybrids, MH5125 Bt and MH5174 Bt, in June 2009.
 
Mr Glenn Saldanha, CEO & MD, of Mumbai-headquartered Glenmark Pharmaceuticals was awarded the BioSpectrum Person of the Year. The company’s turnover grew to  2,300 crore from  82.8 crore in 1998 under Mr Saldanha’s leadership and earned the reputation of being a research-driven, global, integrated pharmaceutical company.
 
Glenmark has since expanded its activities to discovery research of small molecules and biologics, along with branded generics and formulations.
 
Dr Rashmi Barbhaiya, CEO, Advinus Therapeutics, a research-based Pharmaceutical Company with a state-of-the art facility in Pune and development center in Bangalore, was recognised as theBioSpectrum Entrepreneur of the Year.
 
The Company Awards were also given on the basis of the BioSpectrum-ABLE annual industry survey, the results of which are published in the June and July 2010 issues of BioSpectrum.
 
BioSpectrum-ABLE  Awards 2010.

BioSpectrum-ABLE Company Awards recognise the contributions of companies in the biotech sector. These awards are given to the top company in each of the biotech segments that BioSpectrum covers. They are decided on the basis of the India industry Survey conducted annually in June-July by BioSpectrum-ABLE Top 20 Survey.
 
Hyderabad’s Nuziveedu Seeds bagged the BioAgri Company Award, while the Bioinformatics Company Award went to Ocimum Biosolutions, also based in Hyderabad.
 
Bangalore’s Novozymes South Asia fetched the BioIndustrial Company Award, Quintiles India, which has five offices in India, won the BioServices Award, and Bangalore’s Waters India made it to the BioSuppliers Award category.
 
Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai was recognised as the Biotech School in the Public category, while Jaypee University of IT, Solan, HP was awarded as the Biotech School in the Private segment.
 
The Jury represented by industry representatives, investors, academicians and technology providers, included Mr Mani Iyer, Founder , Iyerswest; Ms Visalakshi Chandramouli, Partner, Health Care Fund; Dr Satya Dash, COO, Association of Biotechnolgoy-Led Enterprises (ABLE); Dr K Sankaran Director, Center for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, Mr CSN Murthy, CEO, Aurigene Discovery, Bangalore; Mr Apurva Shah, CEO, Veeda Clinical Research, Ahmedabad; Mr Shekhar Ayyala, President, Pall Life Sciences, Bangalore; Mr Pradeep Gupta, Publisher of BioSpectrum & Chairman, CyberMedia and Mr Narayanan Suresh, Group Editor, BioSpectrum.

 

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