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Biotech India

Advances in biotech have brought enormous improvements, including nutritionally-enhanced fruits and vegetables. Biotech is helping to create a new generation of healthier oils from soybeans, canola and sunflowers, with lower saturated fat content, to control epidemic levels of obesity. Vitamin A, which is critical for eyesight and anemia prevention, is found in golden rice, a biotech product.

There are hundreds of biotech drug products, and vaccines, currently in clinical trials, targeting diseases such as various cancers, alzheimer's disease, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, aids and arthritis.

Driven by a range of factors, such as growing demand, intensive R&D activities, and strong government initiatives, the Indian biotech industry is on a fast track with US$ 11 billion in 2016 revenues, and expected to reach US$ 100 billion by 2025.

  • The Indian biotech sector is divided into five major segments, including bio-pharma (64% share), bio-services (18% share), bio-agri (14% share), bio-industrial, including biofuels (3% share), and bio-informatics (1% share): Reference 2016 statistics from IBEF and Make in India
  • Key drivers for growth of the Indian biotech industry are increasing investments, outsourcing activities, exports, and the government's thrust to this sector
  • India ranks 3rd in the Asia Pacific region, and 12th in the world as a biotech destination
  • India has the 2nd highest number of United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) approved pharma plants
  • India is the largest producer of Hepatitis B vaccine recombinant
  • India's 1st biofuel refinery is expected to start production in Assam by 2019
  • The national bio-fuel policy 2009 mandates blending of petrol and diesel at 10%, and to be 20% by 2018.

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