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Venture Center to host Government’s Regional Bioinnovation Centre 

The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has selected Venture Center to host its Regional Center. This joint initiative between Venture Center and BIRAC will be called the BIRAC Regional Bioinnovation Centre (BRBC), and has been set up with the objective of strengthening and creating networks, services, information and resources to support and promote life sciences and medical technology start-ups across the country.

Under the BRBC, Venture Center shall be making available to startups an actively curated mentoring network, base camps on specific themes of relevance to startups, a regulatory information and facilitation service and a bioincubation practice school for other incubator managers.

With a high quality resource center in the form of BRBC, Venture Center hopes to help around 1500 bioentrepreneurs from the existing ecosystem, and create and sustain a cluster of innovative biotechnology businesses with a significant economic impact regionally, nationally and globally. For more information, please visit: http://www.brbc.venturecenter.co.in/

Dr Satya Dash joins the Board of Venture Center 

Dr. Satya Dash, Director Impact Lab at PATH India, has been inducted into the Board of Directors at Venture Center, significantly expanding the depth and expertise of biotech entrepreneurship at Venture Center.

Dr Dash has been championing the cause of entrepreneurs and incubators over several years now. Prior to PATH, Dr. Dash was Head Strategy Partnerships & Entrepreneurship Development at BIRAC the nodal Indian biotech innovation agency. During his time at BIRAC, he contributed immensely to changing the landscape of biotech and lifescience entrepreneurship in the country with the conceptualization and introduction of various high-impact entrepreneurship schemes and programs.

These include Biotech Ignition Grant (BIG), which is India’s largest early stage biotech startup funding program, a social innovation program called SPARSH, BioNEST (incubators program), AcE Fund (equity funding) and various funding schemes. His other achievements include serving as a Senior Consultant at IIM Bangalore and Advisor to the Government of Karnataka on Biotech Policy 3.0. He has also been the COO of the nodal biotech industry association- ABLE.

In the coming years, Venture Center looks to expand with several new facilities and activities for entrepreneurs, and Dr. Dash’ addition has strengthened our board at a critical juncture.

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