Life sciences park
Bio360, Kerala’s first Life Sciences Park will advance science to new frontiers. Kerala’s first major step in the field of Life Sciences, the new Life Sciences Park, a Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) initiative, will be a cluster of research institutions, sci-tech academia and companies, working in the field of Biotechnology, Nano-technology and Life sciences. A new venture to attract both domestic and foreign investments in the related areas, the industry-specific infrastructure of Bio360 – Life Sciences Park, includes incubation centre and technology development centre. With such state-of-the-art facilities, Thiruvananthapuram is certain to evolve as a hub of industry and R&D in Life Sciences.
Kerala is one among the 39 Bio Diversity spots in the world and has rich bio resources, plenty of academic and research institutions and large talent pool in the Life Sciences Sector .KSIDC is setting up a Life Sciences Park at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala to leverage the advantages of the state in life sciences sector.
The BIO 360 Life Sciences Park, coming up in a 75 acre campus, was conceived keeping in view the opportunities in R&D and Manufacturing in the Biotechnology/Life Sciences Science sector in Kerala. The facilities being planned at the Life Sciences Park are as follows :
- Incubation Centre to accommodate 20 incubatees, initially.
- cGMP compliant bioprocess facility to be made available on time sharing basis.
- Ready to occupy built-up area for R&D and Manufacturing activities.
- Animal House, Disease Diagnostic Centre & Testing Facilities to be made available to the occupant companies /institutions of the Life Sciences Park.
Developed land for companies /institutions to set up their standalone R&D/ Manufacturing ventures.
The key distinctions and advantages of the proposed park at Thiruvananthapuram are as follows:
- Policy Drive and Promotion
The Kerala government is actively promoting economic development through research and development by creating an environment conducive to the establishment of clusters that harness local research base and intellectual pool, and attract global players in Life Science industry.
- Access to Natural Resources
Kerala has a rich natural ecosystem that provides bio-prospecting opportunities for pharmaceutical, traditional medicine and nutraceutical industries.
- Existing Research Base
Kerala has a vast network of research institutions and centers that conduct upstream and translational research while offering strong mentorship and technology impetus for research. Research Institutes such as Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, and Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute based out of Thiruvananthapuram provide excellent opportunities for collaborations and synergistic linkages with the industry.
- Human Resource Pool
Kerala has demonstrated high levels of literacy across classes and genders. This has been supplemented by skilled and technologically adept human resources emerging from reputed universities and state of the art institutions.
The BIO 360 Life Sciences Park is located at Thonnakkal, Vailoor Village, Thiruvananthapuram.