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Society of Biotechnology of India

  • 21 Dec 2019
  • 2 min read

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Recently, the Society of Biotechnology of India (SBPI) was launched by former biotechnologists and technocrats of the Union Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.

Key Points

  • It is a non-profit organisation.
  • It would promote transformation changes and approaches towards core research in modern biotechnology so that the outcome could lead to more products and technologies for economic and social gain.
  • It would complement India's efforts towards enhancing research funding of “gap areas” in infrastructure, human resources, regulatory frameworks and converting research and development leads into applications.
  • Members of the SBPI have experience in promoting biotechnology in areas such as BT cotton, introduction of recombinant therapeutic proteins and vaccines and fostering international collaborations.

Recombinant Therapeutic Proteins

  • These are produced from recombinant DNA using biomolecular engineering, which involves inserting the gene encoding of a protein into expression systems such as bacteria, yeast or mammalian cells cultures.
  • Recombinant therapeutic proteins have gained importance for clinical applications and they have replaced the original animal-derived version used in medicine.
  • Therapeutic proteins are quite diverse in the application treatments such as human insulin for diabetes, erythropoietin for anemia and chronic renal failure, vaccines for Hepatitis B etc.

Source: TH

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