India’s first ‘Flow Chemistry Technology Hub’

Recently, a Flow Chemistry Technology Hub (FCT Hub) was opened in Hyderabad.

Where is the FCT hub located?

It is located at Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences (DRILS), Hyderabad. The hub is initiated by the Telangana government.

What is flow chemistry?

“Flow chemistry”, also known as “continuous flow chemistry” is the process of performing chemical reactions in a tube or pipe. Here, a chemical reaction is run in a continuously flowing stream rather than in batch production.

What are the advantages of flow chemistry?

  • Faster reactions
  • Cleaner products
  • Safer reactions
  • Easy scale-up.

What are the benefits of having an FCT hub?

The hub will help in the greater incorporation of flow chemistry techniques in the pharma sector as well as the adoption of continuous synthesis for the manufacturing of active pharma ingredients (APIs).

Which city is regarded as the Life Sciences capital of India?

Hyderabad is regarded as the Life Sciences capital of the country.

Why Hyderabad is regarded as the Life Sciences capital of India?

  • Hyderabad has over 800 pharmaceutical companies and hosts the highest number of United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) approved facilities globally.
  • Two out of three adult vaccines for Covid and two vaccines for children have been developed in Hyderabad.
  • The largest pharma cluster is being planned in Hyderabad.
  • Hyderabad contributes to about 35% of India’s overall pharmaceutical production.

What are the achievements of Telangana in the life sciences sector?

Telangana has succeeded in attracting investments worth Rs 6,400 crore in the life sciences sector from 215 companies. Telangana has set a target of doubling the value of the life-sciences ecosystem to about USD 100 billion by 2030 from the current USD 50 million with the creation of about 4 lakh jobs.

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