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National Biopharma Mission (NBM)

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National Biopharma Mission (NBM):

Why in News?

The National Immunogenicity & Biologics Evaluation Center (NIBEC) for assessing clinical immunogenicity of viral vaccines was inaugurated virtually recently.

  • It has been established jointly by Bharati Vidyapeeth University through its constituent unit Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA) and BIRAC-DBT, Government of India through National Biopharma Mission.

What is Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)?

It is a not-for-profit Public Sector Enterprise, set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) as an Interface Agency to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally relevant product development needs.


About National Biopharma Mission (NBM):

It is an industry-academia collaborative mission for accelerating biopharmaceutical development in the country.

It was launched in 2017 at a total cost of Rs 1500 crore and is 50% co-funded by World Bank loan.

It is being implemented by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).

  • Under this Mission, the Government has launched Innovate in India (i3) programme to create an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the biopharma sector.


Prelims Link:

  1. National Biopharma Mission- objectives and components.
  2. What is Innovate in India (i3) programme?
  3. About BIRAC.
  4. Difference between DNA and RNA vaccines.
  5. About National Immunogenicity & Biologics Evaluation Center (NIBEC).

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Discuss the features and significance of NBM.

Sources: pib.