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India to house largest biosciences innovation hub at Bangalore’s C-CAMP


Karnataka Ministers K.J. George, N.H. Shivashankara Reddy,last week, launched 3 major innovation programs at The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP). 

By Team ABLE

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), India’s premier biosciences innovation hub, has initiated three major innovation programs for startups spanning the whole gamut of life sciences, biotech and agriculture namely: 

The Karnataka Startup Advancement Program (K-SAP) BIO 50 
K-Tech Agri-Innovation Centre
K-Tech Technology Business Incubator 

These programs which have been supported by the Government of Karnataka were formally inaugurated on August 2ndby Shri K. J. George, Hon’ble Minister of Large & Medium Scale Industries, IT, BT & ST, Government of Karnataka and Shri N. H. Shivashankara Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Karnataka. The programs will together provide incubation, mentorship, knowledge-sharing and handholding support to startups at various stages of growth and ensure that their deep-science innovations in the field of life sciences including in agriculture, reach the market. 

Launching these three landmark programs at C-CAMP, Shri K. J. George, Hon’ble Minister of Large & Medium Scale Industries, IT, BT & ST, GoK, said, “The newly inaugurated K-tech Agri-Innovation center, K-tech Technology Business Incubator (TBI) & Karnataka Start-up Advancement Program (K-SAP) BIO 50, at C-CAMP aims for enhancement of Biotechnology Innovations. It further aims to nurture startups in biotechnology & life science domains. It is also a 360-degree customized mentorship & hand holding for 50 startups over 3 years. With such initiatives, Karnataka is poised to be the biotechnology capital of the country.”

Shri N. H. Shivashankara Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, said, “In agriculture though we have achieved high production levels, farmer issues like high cost of production, fluctuating costs of produce and many such missing links exist. The K-Tech Agri innovation center will promote cost effective production.”

According to the press statement, the Karnataka Startup Advancement Program (K-SAP) BIO 50 is a comprehensive program initiated by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) in association with Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre (BBC) to provide necessary impetus to Karnataka startups working in any discipline of life sciences early on in their entrepreneurial journey by identifying gaps and providing the required mentorship, knowledge and network in a structured format. 

“The future is for new enterprises. Entrepreneurs of today are solving current problems and managing to thrive in a difficult but large market. CCAMP as an institution has been instrumental in supporting such initiatives,” commented Shri Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT & S &T, GoK

Based out of University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS-B), GKVK Campus C-CAMP has supported over 100 innovative Life Science start-ups from all different sectors of biotechnology and life sciences. However, a critical gap has been identified in the agricultural domain which has not witnessed the same surge of innovations as in healthcare. The K-Tech Agri-Innovation Centre at C-CAMP has been established with an intension to attempt to change this by promoting deep-science/technology driven entrepreneurship in the agri-sector, leading to innovation, economic development and job creation in the agricultural domain. The Centre is envisioned to identify specific agri-health issues through an immersion program, bring innovators together to develop solutions for these issues and subsequently support and nurture them to bring their solutions to the market. Using this multi-step process, C-CAMP aims to identify and support at least 8-10 path-breaking innovations with national impact in the agriculture field and facilitate the validation and deployment of these innovations.
 
Prof. M.S. Nataraju, Vice Chancellor, UAS-B, said, “At UAS-B we are trying to address the problem of rural migration, to train rural youth in new age farming techniques & encourage them to begin their startup journey. ”

With recent support from the Govt. of Karnataka C-CAMP has collaborated with UAS – B, GKVK to identify a space in UAS-B to set up the K-Tech Technology Business Incubator for scaling up its efforts in nurturing innovative life science and biotech start-ups through incubation. C-CAMP with its vast experience in supporting start-ups plans to leverage its existing collaborations in the Bangalore Life Science Cluster with NCBS & InStem to continue and scale-up its efforts in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship at UAS-B, GKVK through this newly established bio-incubation facility and extend its scope to include more innovative life science, biotech & agri-based start-ups.

Prof. Satyajit Mayor, Board Member, C-CAMP, Director, NCBS & InStem thanked the Govt. of Karnataka for their continued support towards C-CAMP’s initiatives and lauded C-CAMP’s role in nurturing the startup ecosystem in the state. 

Dr. TaslimarifSaiyed, CEO & Director, C-CAMP said, “Today is a wonderful occasion for us at C-CAMP. The ideas for 3 programs have come to fruition. We are proud to announce this launch and thank the Govt. of Karnataka for their immense support.”