Renu Swarup | Managing Director - Biotechnology
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) | India

Renu Swarup, Managing Director - Biotechnology, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

Dr Renu Swarup is presently Sr. Adviser for Department of Biotechnology (DBT). She also holds position of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start‐ups and SMEs.

A PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr. Renu Swarup completed her Post Doctoral at The John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, under Commonwealth Scholarship and returned to India to take up the assignment of a Science Manager in the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI, in 1989. As a Science Manager issues related to policy planning and implementation are a part of her assignment. She was actively engaged in formulation of the Biotechnology Vision in 2001, National Biotechnology Development Strategy in 2007 and Strategy II, 2015-20 as the Member Secretary of the Expert Committee. 

Dr. Renu Swarup has also been closely involved in Programmes and activities related to Women and Science. She was responsible for getting implemented the DBT Scheme on Biotechnology Career Advancement for Women Scientists - BioCARe. She was also a member of the Task Force on Women in Science constituted by the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.  

Dr. Renu Swarup also holds charge of Managing Director, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Company incorporated by the Government of India to nurture and promote innovation research in the Biotech Enterprise with special focus on Start-ups and SMEs. Through Biotechnology translational research and industry academia partnerships she has supported more than 500 companies and 300 young entrepreneurs for innovation research and product development.

A Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI) India. She is also a Member of  Governing Body of National Institutes, Universities and Centers. She was awarded the “BioSpectrum Person of the Year Award” in 2012.

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Conference Day 1 @ 09:30

Boardroom panel: Creating a robust ecosystem for pharma in India

India is poised to become a top 5 global pharmaceutical hub by 2020. But in order to achieve this, there’s work to be done, to develop a successful ecosystem. Key stakeholders including the government, pharma, regulators and investors need to work closely together to build it. In this panel, we gather them to explore how, as we explore issues including:
 
  • How will the creation of new pharma clusters across India help enhance the ecosystem?
  • How is the Indian government playing an active role to help build up the ecosystem? (Building infrastructure, funding of incubators and accelerators, mission mode programmes)
  • Should a robust and sustainable ecosystem be centred around academic institutes to increase collaboration?
  • What are some existing models which India can emulate? (Boston,SF Bay area, Singapore, BioValley)
  • Is achieving that too idealistic? How far is India from achieving that?

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