- Created on Friday, 29 November 2013 13:35
EBTC and ACCIÓ organised a biotech mission to foster business and research relationships between Catalonia and Karnataka from 28th – 29th November 2013 in Bengaluru (State of Karnataka).
The Catalan delegation was headed by the President of the Government of Catalonia, Mr.Artur Mas and the mission comprised of 7 companies, 1 research and technology centre, and 1 cluster .
The Catalan delegation consisted of representatives from the life sciences including Biocat, Biochemize, Farmahispania, Kymos Pharma Services, Laboratorios Espinós y Bofill (LEBSA), Manremyc, ReadyCell and Tamarang Pharmaceuticals, who sought to make contacts, and scout for collaboration and business opportunities in India.
India's biotech hub, the State of Karnataka is the first stop for global and domestic biotech investment in the country. Bengaluru is Asia's fastest growing technopolis, and the the fourth largest technology cluster globally, making it the ideal destination for biotechnology firms looking for specialised research faculties, medical and engineering graduates, IT support structure and modern infrastructure.
A first mover advantage coupled with strong research capabilities, resource base, skilled manpower and government support has created an enabling environment for high growth.The State has biotech projects worth Rs. 150 million on offer, with the potential to provide more than 100,000 jobs in this sector in this decade.
Key moments from the mission
Mr Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC) welcomed the delegation and invited dignitaries and participants. He highlighted the State of Karnataka in terms of skills, infrastructure and growing international linkages in the biotechnology industry, that has created clusters in locations such as Bengaluru. It is in this space of cluster creation and international linkages that EBTC adds value through its network in the EU and sector specific expertise.
On the first day of the Mission, delegates had the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art biotech cluster facilities (C-CAMP,NCBS,Instem cluster), as well as industries such as Richcore Lifesciences and Syngene International.
During the inaugural session on the second day, Dr.Jagadish Mittur (Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), Information technology and Biotechnology (ITBT), Government of Karnataka), gave an overview of the Karnataka biotech ecosystem and initatives driven by state government of Karnataka to boost the sector.
Mr. Artur Mas (The President of the Government of Catalonia) spoke about the mission to India and Catalonia’s key economic sectors and its contribution, one of which was the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors in Catalonia.
Ms. Montserrat Vendrell (CEO,Biocat) shared her experience of the Biocat cluster ecosystem, and Dr. Geetha M.Swamilingiah (Biotech Sector Specialist, EBTC) spoke about EBTC as a platform for EU-India Biotech collaborations.
The second day also saw the Catalan delegates engage in over 20 bio-partnering sessions with prescreened Bengaluru based Biotech/biopharma companies, to showcase products and services offered, build connections, and pre-negotiate future cooperation activities between parties.
What the delegates had to say
"As a participant of the Biopharma group, many thanks for the India trade mission organization. Generally speaking, I think we can consider it a great success. So, congratulations to all the team that has made it possibleI look forward to meeting you personally once again within the short future.Many thanks for your support!" - lluís justo (Sales manager, LEBSA)
"Thanks so much for organising a fruitful B2B event in Bengaluru. I’m convinced the contacts initiated this week will be the beginning of future collaborations." - Montserrat Vendrell (CEO, Biocat)