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BioNEST facility inaugurated at Manipal

Government of Karnataka Bioincubator (Technology Business Incubator of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal) Manipal 30 th April 2022: Department of Biotechnology’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) supported BioNEST facility inaugurated today at Manipal –
Government of Karnataka Bioincubator (Technology Business Incubator of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal), by Dr. Ranjan R Pai, Chairman, Manipal Education
and Medical Group (MEMG), Bangalore, Dr. Manish Diwan, DGM & Head – Strategy Partnership & Entrepreneurship Development, BIRAC, New Delhi, Dr. HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor, MAHE, Manipal, Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, MAHE along with MAHE Officials.

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a not-for-profit Section 8, Schedule B, Public Sector Enterprise, the set up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT),
Government of India as an Interface Agency to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally
relevant product development needs. BioNEST (Bioincubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies) is a dedicated scheme of BIRAC that supports the creation of
globally competent bioincubation facilities across the country. BioNEST scheme supports specialized incubation centres to cater to Biotech entrepreneurs, startups with access to
relevant instruments, mentorship, access to experts, angels, VCs and IP and regulatory guidance. This scheme is also aligned with the National mission programmes such as Startup
India and Make in India. Through the BioNEST scheme, BIRAC has supported specialized 64 bioincubators in 18 states with the cumulative area of over 7,00,000 sq. ft. The 64
bioincubators are placed either within academic/research Institutes, medical hospitals, Biotech clusters or as stand‐alone incubators that are supported through private, Central or State Governments
BioNEST Incubation facility at MAHE, Manipal, promotes technology innovations for the development of knowledge-based enterprise with successful business models. Bioincubator
provides the world class faculties, infrastructure and services for the incubation of the start- ups in various domains of the biopharma, biomedical devices, dental innovation,
biotechnology, healthcare and diagnostics. Bioincubator programs are open for all innovators across the globe and have various flexible incubation programs such as pre-Incubation, co-incubation, virtual incubation and full-time incubation programs for proof of concept, testing, validation, trials and commercial
operation.

Inaugurated BionEST facility of 10 000 sq. ft. located at the heart of MAHE, Manipal, consist of dedicated and shared laboratories, offices, well equipped instrumentation Electronics
Testing Facility, FAB Labs, Microfluidic Lab, Class 100 Clean Room, Co-working Space, Office 2 Spaces Board Room, Meeting Rooms, Cafeteria and other amenities for the start-ups. In
addition In addition to this, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) also support incubates with access to Central Equipment Facilities, Mentors & Experts. BioNEST provide
various services in technology management, IP management, technology transfer, business plan development, prototype development, refinement, grants support assistance and
market evaluation of the innovative technology ideas. BioNEST – Manipal-GoK Bioincubator strives to provide facilitate to network of professional service providers for accounting, IP,
legal, corporate, regulatory and other management expertise based on the incubate requirements.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ranjan Pai mentioned that Manipal is the land of entrepreneurs and the new BioNEST facility at MAHE supported by BIRAC will go a long way
in promoting entrepreneurship in this region in the coming years.
Dr. Manish Diwan said “BIRAC is India’s leading flagship scheme to promote start ups, entrepreneurs and industry. BIRAC supports the development of globally competitive,
innovative products and technologies, and considering the Manipal’s dedicated support, I am sure that BioNEST facility at MAHE will attain greater heights”.

Dr. H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor said “I am pleased to note that BioNEST facility of BIRAC, Government of India, is now established at MAHE, Manipal. Along with the previously established Manipal-Government of Karnataka Bioincubator, this new endeavour is a
feather in the cap to promote start-ups and entrepreneurship”
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, mentioned that “MAHE with breadth of specialized programs is an ideal place to groom and grow entrepreneurs, and towards this,
the innovation ecosystem is in place at Manipal. These include Technology Business Incubator and Innovation Centre. In the Biotechnology innovation landscape, BioNEST
facility by BIRAC at MAHE, Manipal, will immensely enhance interdisciplinary start ups along
with Manipal-Government of Karnataka Bioincubator and we are committed to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship for the public at large”.

Dr. Manesh Thomas, CEO of Bioincubator highlighted that BIRAC support strengthens the ecosystem, and we were able to add more facilities to incubates. Our current capacity has
increased to 54 start-ups with the addition of BioNEST. Through various programs of BIRAC currently 16 start-ups are benefitted.
BIRAC BioNEST is established at 1 st Floor MAHE Advanced Research Centre Manipal-
Government of Karnataka Bioincubator, Manipal.

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