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BioTechnology Opportunities in Tamil nadu

Tamil nadu is rich in bio-resources. The State is located in the Southernmost part of India close to the equator and its seven agro-climatic zones provide substantial advantages of biodiversity that can rarely be found in any other part of the world.  The forest, agricultural and plant resource base of the State is both large and diverse and represents a great market opportunity for biotechnology products.  There are more than 5000 species of  flowering plants and the forest cover in the state spreads 22500 sq.km .  The State has a long coastline that stretches on the west facing the Arabian Sea which presents opportunities for marine biotechnology.

The State Govt. has recognized its inherent strengths of  land-based and marine-based bio-diversity and its traditional medicinal expertise and is seeking to create value through knowledge industries such as biotechnology.

TAMILNADU was the first state in India to bring an exclusive Biotech Policy in September, 2000 for the economic  development of the state integrating the Bioresources and the technical capabilities available within the state. 

Tamil Nadu governments biotech policy

Biotechnology initiative of TIDCO

The Indian biotech industry is poised for tremendous growth from Rs.90 billion to Rs.240 billion by 2010. Recognising this trend, Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (TIDCO) assisted the State Government in the formulation and adoption of a Biotechnology Policy aimed at generating employment opportunities and economic development.  The large pool of scientific talent available at a reasonable cost, a wealth of R&D institution, rich and varied biodiversity, strong IT skills, a highly qualified English speaking yet relatively cost-effective workforce and the State's biotech friendly policies have contributed to Multinational and Indian research companies venturing  into this sector with confidence,

Milestones of State Biotechnology Initiatives 

1999   - Rs. 67million Women's Biotechnology Park created at Chennai in 20 acres.

2000   - High Power Committee headed by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan formulates comprehensive Biotech Policy for the State.

2000 - Tamil Nadu Biotechnology Board a technical cum Advisory Body was constituted by Govt with Dr.M.S.Swaminathan &, eminent scientists and policy planners of state / central Govts. to streamline the biotech activities in the State and also formulate / make amendments in the State Biotechnology Policies from time to time.

2004  - TICEL Bio Part Ltd : Rs. 625 million, world class Biotechnology Park in technical collaboration with Cornell University, USA at Chennai, the completed lab space for Biotech activities.    

In the Pipeline

Marine Biotechnology Park

India is blessed with a long coastline of 8,000 km and the warm, tropical waters sustain great biodiversity, a treasure house for medicinal, cosmetic, nutritional and industrial applications. Tamil Nadu State is strategically situated in the southern part of the Indian Peninsula and its 1,000 km coastline stretches from the west on the Arabian Sea around the Indian Ocean on the South to the east along the Bay of Bengal.

TIDCO is proposing to establish a Marine Biotechnology Park at an approximate cost of Rs.660 million to harness these resources. A feasibility report is being finalised and TIDCO will shortly be looking for a partner to develop the Park which is Proposed to be located on 300 acres of land near Mamallapuram, 40 Km south of Chennai.

  • Common Bio-Resource Centre
  • Supporting infrastructure
  • Clean sea water
  • Effluent Management
  • Lands for commercialising discoveries.

Medicinal Plant Biotech Park

Please provide details TIDCO signed agreement with M/s Occimum Pharma Ltd. in associate sector for propagation of 23 types of medicinal plans in 180 acres sirumalai and extraction and formulation of Phyto-Pharma products at a cost of Rs.14.5 crores .

Life science Venture Capital Fund: Corpus fund of Rs.50 crores is proposed by TIDCO and IL & FS to target Biotech Projects.

Tamil Nadu Biotech Cell is being created to act as a Single Point of Contact for providing information / guidance / facilitation to the entrepreneurs / etc. for venturing into biotech areas and also for setting up biotech manufacturing industries in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Bio Initiatives Key Strengths of Tamil Nadu:

  • Creation of sector - wise Bio Parks with common infrastructure and facilities to minimize capital cost by individual industries.
  • Access to biological materials, new technologies, process and  knowledge through collaborative technology networking with leading national / international universities and research institutes.
  • Industry academic partnership for strategic research, product planning and contract research.
  • Pro - active State Policy.
  • Single Window Mechanism and Tamil Nadu Biotech Cell for mentoring support.
  • BT enabling services to protect Bio -piracy, IPR, patent etc.
  • Biotech industry association for addressing current issues.
  • Advisory body with eminent scientists for addressing industry issues.
  • Venture capital funding support.


"Tamil Nadu is the first State in the country to develop a well - defined Biotechnology Policy and to set up an All Women Biotechnology Park. The State's Biotechnology Policy provides for Bioparks,  Marine and Herbal Biovalleys, Biovillages and Biopartnerships between rural and tribal women and men and private and public sector companies. Through the effective implementation of all these programmes, Tamil Nadu will become the Biotechnology State of India".

- Prof. M.S. Swaminathan,
Tamil Nadu Biotechnology Board

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