Pharmaceutical Research And Innovation Institute To Come Up In Lucknow
Lucknow, May 17 (TNA) In what will go a long way in boosting the pharma industry and promoting research in the sector, Uttar Pradesh chief minister has said that a Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation Institute will be established in the state capital. The CM has asked officials to come up with an action plan on this within a fortnight after consulting experts.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath discussed the possibilities of development of the pharmaceutical sector in the state in a high-level meeting on Wednesday. Uttar Pradesh is the 6th largest state in the country in terms of number of pharma manufacturing units, and it now will aim to become the leading state in the country. Similarly, contribution of UP in pharma manufacturing in the country is currently 2%, which needs to be increased to 10-12%, the CM underlined.
High level research institutes like IITR, CDRI, CIMAP and NBRI are functional in the state. While there are also academic institutions like SGPGI, KGMU. With planned efforts, Lucknow has emerged as a biopharma hub in the last few years. AKTU and other technical educational institutions are capable of providing human resources for the pharmaceutical sector. While the process of construction of Pharma Park is going on in the state, Medical Device Park is also to be constructed. Better use of this resource has to be made.
To encourage the pharmaceutical industry, we need to focus on all three areas of quality educational institutions, research labs and industry. In such a situation, Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation Institute should be established. The institute will primarily focus on research and innovation, as well as act as a bridge between other institutes and industry related to the sector, the chief minister said.
“Prepare a detailed action plan regarding the nature of the Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation Institute. Prepare a panel of sector experts. Assess the future needs of the pharmaceutical sector and submit a detailed action plan within the next 15 days, studying best practices from around the world. Suitable land should be identified for this in the capital Lucknow. This institute will give a new identity to Uttar Pradesh in the field of pharmaceutical research and manufacturing on the national platform” he added.