Biotech in the Indian subcontinent is on the rise. In 2017, the region made up around 3% of the global biotech market, but this number is expected to climb to about 19% by 2025. The Indian subcontinent is ranked amongst the top 12 destinations for biotech worldwide.
Here are 20 biotech companies in the Indian subcontinent that are innovating the industry and making the world a better place:
Executive Chairperson - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Located in Karnataka, India, Biocon is developing and manufacturing biomiliar and novel pharmaceuticals to treat cancer, auto-immune disorders, and diabetes. The company also provides contract research and manufacturing services (CRAMS) to biotech and pharma companies through their subsidiary Syngene.
Chairman & Managing Director - Dr. Krishna Ella
Located in Hyderabad, India, Bharat Biotech develops biotherapeutics and vaccines that are safe and effective. Some of the products they have launched are REGEN-D to treat diabetic foot ulcers, a vaccine against typhoid called Typbar TCV® that received WHO-Prequalification in January 2018, and COVAXIN — a vaccine against Covid-19.
Founders: Sri Sailaja Nori, Nelson Vadassery
Located in Karnataka, India, Sea6 Energy's focus is to produce ethanol from seaweed and convert it into biofuel, plant growth stimulants, animal feed ingredients and other renewable resources. This helps to solve problems associated with feedstock like land use, freshwater requirements, and opportunity costs.
Founders: Sam Santhosh, Mahesh Pratapneni
Located in Bangalore, India, MedGenome operates a genomics diagnostics and research platform to understand the genetic markers for metabolic disorders, cancer, and rare diseases. Using computing, analytics, and bioinformatics, the company is able to provide deep insights into these diseases on a molecular level.
Chairman: Shyam S Bhartia
Chief Financial Officer - Shyam Pattabiraman
Located in Uttar Pradesh, India, Jubilant Pharmova is a biopharma company that serves three different markets: Novel drugs, Contract research, and Pharmaceuticals. The novel drugs are used in the oncology and auto-immune disorder areas, and they provide innovative research through their contract research centers in Bengaluru and Noida. The company also is manufacturing and distributing radiopharmaceuticals for the pharma market.
Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.
Chairman and Managing Director: Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla
CEO: Mr. Adar C. Poonawalla
Located in Pune, India, Serum Institute of India creates vaccines using cell based and genetic technologies. It has become the world's largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses created and sold globally. The company also creates vaccines for Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, r-Hepatitis B, and other diseases. Its latest vaccine against Covid-19, COVISHIELD, has been very useful in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in India.
CEO & Founder - Gyanuraj Pandey
Located in Bharatpur, Nepal, Shubham Biotechnology produces biotech products using fermentation and biomass technology. They also focus on proteins, enzymes, and biodiversity.
Chief Executive - Asim Mehmood
Located in Lahore, Pakistan, Pharma Lord is developing therapies intended to treat the metabolic abnormalities that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It also manufactures innovative medicine to support the immune system.
Co-founder and CEO - Anand Anandkumar
Located in Karnataka, India, Bugworks Research develops novel antibiotic drugs to tackle problems associated with AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance). The company is also building small molecules against solid tumors which can be used as both stand-alone and combined therapeutics.
Founder: Manjiri Bakre
Located in Karnataka, India, Oncostem Diagnostics creates predictive and prognostic tests intended to identify patterns of cancer recurrence risk.
Founders - Tuhin Bhowmick, Arun Chandru
Located in Karnataka, India, Pandorum Technologies is creating functional human tissues that can be used for medical research. Using 3D printing technology, the company is working on creating human liver tissue that can act as a replacement during liver transplantation or failures.
Founders: Mallik Sundaram, Pradip Majumder
CEO- Mohit Malhotra
Located in Karnataka, India, Farcast Biosciences uses its innovative platform to preserve the tumor microenvironment. This enables doctors to evaluate the correct therapy that will be most beneficial to the patient before any treatment begins.
Executive Chairman & Scientific Director - Ravindra Mohan Sapkota
Located in Kathmandu, Nepal, Shikhar Biotech produces and tests goat polyclonal antibodies. Other services include Immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry.
Executive Chairman of the Board - Soshil Kumar, Managing Director - Dr. Rajesh Jain, Joint Managing Director - Sandeep Jain, Vice President. Biology Research - Naveen Jain
Located in New Delhi, India, Panacea Biotech is involved in researching, manufacturing and marketing of branded pharmaceutical formulations, and vaccines. Their current vaccine portfolio consists of Primopol [Oral Polio Vaccine (type I and type III)], Easyfive (DTwP+Hep B+Hib), NovoHib and Polprotec (IPV).
Founder - Binay Panda
Located in Karnataka, India, Ganit labs is a genomics lab using genomic sequencing to sequence and interpret data from various organisms. The company is government-funded and a not-profit organization.
Celestial Biolabs Limited
COO - Krishna Maringanti ,
Managing Director - Aditya Narayan Singh
Located in Andhra Pradesh, India, Celestial Biolabs Limited designs small molecules that help in wound healing, anti-aging,
Director - Nida Haque
Located in Lahore, Pakistan, AGCT Genomics provides affordable and widely available genetic testing.
Founder & CEO - Anu Acharya
Located in Hyderabad, India, Mapmygenome provides molecular diagnostics services. Based on these services, it provides detailed genetic insights on drug responses, inherited conditions, and diseases.
Chairman - Md. Harunur Rashid
In-charge R&D - Asif Mahmud
Located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Globe Biotech produces biologics and novel drugs at affordable prices. Globe Biotech uses its proprietary platform to create biomolecules intended to cure various diseases. Other areas of focus include regenerative medicine, cell therapy, and diagnostics.
Chairman - Kazi Shakil
Located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oryx Bio-Tech will soon become South Asia’s leading integrated human plasma biopharmaceutical group and the largest plasma-derived products manufacturer in Bangladesh. The company's products cover three major categories: albumin, immunoglobulin, and coagulation factors.
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