Global Bio-India Summit,2019

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News:The Global Bio-India summit is going to be held for the first time in India between November 21 and November 23, 2019.

Facts:

About the summit:

  • The summit is being organized by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) and Department of Biotechnology(DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology. 
  • The purpose of the summit is to attract investments, showcase the country‚Äôs indigenous strengths and aspirations in the biotechnology sector.

Significance of Biotechnology sector:

  • Biotechnology is an industry that focuses on novel drug development and clinical research aimed at treating diseases and medical conditions. 
  • India is among the first countries to set up a department of biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the development of research and human resources in the biotechnology sector in 1986.
  • The sector is also recognized as the key driver for contributing to India’s USD 5 Trillion economy target by 2024.

Additional information:

About BIRAC:

  • Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council(BIRAC) is a not-for-profit Public Sector Enterprise.
  • It was set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT),Ministry of Science and Technology Government of India
  • It aims to empower the emerging biotech industry to undertake strategic research and innovation.