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National Biopharma Mission, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

About Us

National Biopharma Mission is an Academia-Industry Collaborative Mission for Accelerating Discovery Research to Early Development for Biopharmaceuticals. The objective is to “Innovate in India Empowering biotech entrepreneurs & accelerating inclusive innovation”.

Towards strengthening the emerging biotechnology enterprise in India, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, has initiated the National Mission Program entitled - An Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission for Accelerating Discovery Research to Early Development for Biopharmaceuticals – “Innovate in India Empowering biotech entrepreneurs & accelerating inclusive innovation”. Through a dedicated Program Management Unit (PMU), Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) the Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of DBT is the Implementing Agency of the Program (Program co-funded by World Bank loan) The vision of the Program is to enable and nurture an ecosystem for preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in biopharmaceuticals including vaccines, biologics, medical devices and diagnostics to a level that will be globally competitive over the next decade.

Presently, the Indian Biotech companies are facing numerous challenges in identifying adequate number of clinical trial sites which have the required infrastructure, capacity, trained manpower, harmonized processes and background data on disease incidence at their respective sites and access to disease registries, at institutional, local, regional/state, and national levels.

A patient registry is defined as “an organized system that uses observational study methods to collect uniform data (clinical and other) to evaluate specified outcomes for a population defined by a particular disease, condition or exposure, and that serves one or more predetermined scientific, clinical, or policy purposes.

Project Objectives:

  • Capacity building across all the sites of Network

  • Multi-Centric registry of the Network

  • To make the sites ready for clinical trial conduct

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CTN Collaborators

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Maharashtra (MGIMS)

Medanta Institute Of Education and Research, Gurugram (MIER)

The Medanta Institute of Education and Research (MIER) was formalized on April 29, 2011, with the vision of promoting research processes in modern, traditional and integrative medicine for the benefit of humanity. Medanta Institute of Education & Research is an autonomous organization recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) as a "Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO)", to carry out research, educational and training programs in the quest of quality health care. MIER undertakes and promotes scientific and medical research programs that have a bearing on the health, social, economic and industrial needs of India.



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Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh (PGIMER)

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is a public medical university in Chandigarh, India. It is an 'Institute of National Importance' (INI). It has educational, medical research, and training facilities for its students including all specialties, super specialties and sub specialties. It is the leading tertiary care hospital of the region and caters to patients from all over Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand , Haryana , Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Apart from the clinical services, PGI also provides training in almost all disciplines of Medicine including post graduate and post doctoral degrees, diploma and fellowships. There are more than 50 such training courses in the institute. Since it is a post graduate institute, it does not have facilities for undergraduate MBBS courses.


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The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) is India’s first rural medical college, nestled in the karmabhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi, in Sevagram. It is managed by the Kasturba Health Society. The college was earlier affiliated to the Nagpur University (1969–1997) and from year 1998 it is now affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik.

The MGIMS was begun in 1969, the Gandhi centenary year. It is the first rural medical college in India. It was started by Dr Sushila Nayyar. The Kasturba Hospital, started in 1944, is the only hospital started by the father of the nation himself.




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St. John's Medical College & Hospital, Bangalore (SJMCH)

The St. John’s Medical College Hospital was conceived as the cradle of clinical learning for all our graduates and postgraduates affiliated to our institutes across the health fields of medicine, nursing, paraclinical and allied health. This professional education can only occur by providing learning experiences that are academically sound, holistic, comprehensive and professionally delivered by our physicians who are also faculty. The hospital began functioning on the 8th December, 1975, and has steadily grown from a few hundred beds and units to over 40 full-fledged departments providing care and treatment services, both specialty and super specialty. By 2018 we would have added 600 beds to continue to be one of the largest health care facilities under one roof in Bengaluru with 2000 bed strength.

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Founded in 2014 , we at CARE make patient "Live pain free". Today it has grown to become the largest standalone Rheumatology Centre in the country. CARE aims to provide cost effective, state of the art treatment to patients suffering from Rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders and their various manifestations

Our Expert team of Doctors include Rheumatologists, Orthopedicians, Musculoskeletal Radiologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Clinical pharmacists, Physiatrists and Physiotherapists under one roof . Every member of the clinical team at CARE has extensive experience in treating Rheumatologic conditions and work in tandem to provide personalized treatment for patients.

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Centre For Arthritis & Rheumatism Excellence, Cochin (CARE)

Kusum Dhirajlal Hospital, Ahmedabad (KD)

KD Hospital (Kusum Dhirajlal Hospital) is a multi/super speciality hospital located at the prime location of Vaishnodevi Circle, SG Road, Ahmedabad; with state-of-the-art facilities & treatments at an affordable cost, encompassing wide spectrum of accurate diagnostics and elegant therapeutics created on the philosophical edifice of patient and ethical centricity ensuring humanistic dispensation.

A multispeciality approach enables each speciality to have the comfort of collaborating on complex cases thereby ensuring a comprehensive assessment/ treatment of the patient. Patients are provided with multiple options for treatment, the most suitable of which are arrived at through a collaborative case assessment approach that decides the best course of treatment for the best outcomes.

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Principal Investigators
Key Strength

Key Strength

Trained manpower

Harmonized SOPs and processes

Required infrastructure

Disease registries at local and national level (across 6 states in India)

Disease Registry

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Systemic Sclerosis (SS)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

ANCA Associated Vasculitis

Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Aortoarteritis/ Takayasu

Spondyloarthritis (SpA)


Sjogren’s Syndrome (SjS)

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Dr Madhvi Rao


Abhinav Yadav

National Project Manager

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       Chief Manager


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 Biotechnology Industry Research                                 Assistance Council (BIRAC).

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