BioRRAP: National Portal for Biotech Researchers and Start-ups

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Ministry of Science and Technology, MoS of Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of State (IC) Ministry of Earth Science, and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, has launched a “Single National Portal for Biotech researchers and start-ups.” This portal named Biological Research Regulatory Approval Portal (BioRRAP) will be catering to the needs of all those seeking regulatory approval for biological development and research in India. This is a portal by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology.

How will this portal help?

  • The portal will help to strengthen the interdepartmental synergies and will also bring transparency, accountability, and efficacy to the functioning of various agencies that are regulating the various aspects of biological research and also issuing permissions.
  • This portal is in line with the government’s “ease of start-ups” and “ease of doing science and scientific research.”
  • This portal will also help the stakeholders to see the approvals that have been granted against a particular application via a unique BioRRAP ID.
  • Through this portal, researchers will be able to check the stages of approval of their respective applications for the purpose of getting regulatory clearance.
  • This portal will be generating BioRRAP ID for all the submitted research applications on this portal. Using this ID, stakeholders can initiate further submission processes to the respective regulatory bodies.
  • This portal is only for research-related activities and cannot be used for the purpose of product development.

How many biotech start-ups and companies are currently working?

In the nation, over 2,700 biotech start-ups and more than 2,500 biotech companies are currently working. Biotechnology has fast emerged as a livelihood and academic field for the country’s youngsters. Also, by the year 2025, the nation will become a Global Bio-manufacturing Hub and will also be featured among the top five countries across the globe in this field. By the year 2025, the Indian biotechnology industry is expected to cross USD 150 billion.

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