Make in India & Start-up India

Biotechnology has emerged as an integral part of the Indian bio-economy. The estimated value of biotechnology sector was USD 44.47 billion in 2017 with a recorded growth of 6.8% from 2016. The projected target for the government is to reach the market size value of USD 100 billion by 2025. Currently, Indian biotech industry holds 3% of the global market share and is 3rd largest in Asia-Pacific region. The DBT alongwith BIRAC is playing a crucial role in the implementation and delivery of the flagship programs of the Government of India, such as ‘Makein- India’ and ‘Startup India’. DBT recognizes the necessity for entrepreneurship development among the youth in the country and hence has taken initiatives to build, support and promote Indian biotech ecosystem in healthcare, agriculture and industrial biotechnology.

Make in India (MII)

Make-in-India is a flagship program that was launched on September 25, 2014 by the Government of India. Owing to the fact that the country’s biotechnology industry is in the growth phase where the opportunities are immense, biotechnology was chosen as one of the champion sectors in Make-in-India initiative. Realizing this fact, DBT entrusted the responsibility to BIRAC for establishing Biotechnology Industry Facilitation Cell.
During the year, the following major activities were undertaken:

  • The Make-in-India Cell ensures wider dissemination of the Government programmes and other information relevant to the establishment and growth of startups,SMEs and companies.(
  • After successful completion of Make-in-India 1.0, the facilitation cell at BIRAC under the guidance of DBT has formulated the Make-in-India Action Plan 2.0.
  • The Make-in-India Facilitation Cell at BIRAC is also involved in the various communication and outreach activities for disseminating various initiatives of DBT and BIRAC.
  • A Strategy Meet was organized in July 2018 to discuss the road map for achieving $100 Billion Bioeconomy of India by 2025. DBT & BIRAC have started implementing the recommendations.
  • Creation of Regulatory Facilitation Cell at BIRAC.
  • Product commercialization Unit creation at BIRAC. Secondary Agriculture Entrepreneurial Network (SAEN) was launched in 2018 which is led by scientists from The Punjab State Council &Technology (PSCST) and other partners, such as, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institution (NABI), Centre for Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) and BIRAC’s BioNEST –Panjab University (BioNEST-PU). The project
    aims at promoting new enterprises and support existing industry in the secondary agriculture sector.
  • With an aim to promote Make-in-India, BIRAC & Kalam Institute of Health Technology (KIHT) have partnered to facilitate start-ups,entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians,incubation centres & SMEs in the area of testing & standardization of medical devices. The Cell specifically monitors Startup India and Makein-India action plan mandated activities and prompts the respective scheme coordinators regarding the progress of some of the important initiatives of DBT & BIRAC such as: BioNEST, BIRAC’s Regional Centers, Equity Funding Schemes etc.

Start-up India:

Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to build a strong eco-system for nurturing innovation and startups in the country that will drive sustainable economic growth and generate
large scale employment opportunities. The Government through this initiative aims to empower startups to grow through innovation and design. The Prime Minister of India formally launched the initiative on January 16, 2016.

Major Activities under Startup India Initiative:

  • 35 Bioincubators have been setup across India with world class facilities.
  • 1st International Incubator- Clean Energy International Incubator has been set up under Mission Innovation by DBT & BIRAC. Startups from 23 participating EU countries can potentially come & incubate in India and likewise startups from this incubator can go to the partnering countries facilitating access to global opportunities. Department is supporting 4 Bio-clusters (NCR, Kalyani, Bangalore and Pune)
  • AcE Fund and SEED fund have been launched to provide capital assistance to start-ups and act as a bridge between promoters’ investment and venture/angel investors.
  • BIRAC Regional Centers-3 regional centres and 2 Bio connect offices have been established.
  • FIRST (Facilitation of Innovation and Regulations for Start-ups and Innovators) HUB is created at BIRAC to resolve the queries of start–ups, entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians, incubation centres, SMEs etc. The first Hub has representation from CDSCO, ICMR, DBT, BIS, NIB and BIRAC along with KIHT. It brings stakeholders to a single platform.
  • DBT is organizing national workshops on facilitating resolution of regulatory concern faced by innovators. In these workshops the regulators are reaching out to innovators to help them resolve their regulatory issues and handhold them to get market authorization. The first such workshop was organized on 10th December, 2018 at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).

Impact of PPP programs: Start-up India and Make-in-India Initiatives (2018-19):

  • No. of technologies/ products commercialised - 14
  • No. of patents filed - 11
  • No. of start-ups & entrepreneurs supported -87
  • No. of Bioincubators supported - 4
  • Incubation space created - 57,000 sq.ft.

Contacts Concerned Officer for more information

Program Head Dr Alka Sharma, Scientist G
Phone No. 011-24363699;
E-Mail alka[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in
Program Officer Dr. Kalaivani Ganesan, Scientist E
Phone No. -
E-Mail k[dot]ganesan[at]nic[dot]in
Attached Officer Dr. Rajesh Ghangal, Scientist C
E-Mail rajesh[dot]ghangal[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in/td>