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India’s first dendritic cell therapy company: APAC Biotech

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If you have worked in India’s pharma industry, you’ll probably have heard about APAC Biotech before this article. The company is the first in India to work on this new exciting branch of cancer therapeutics: Dendritic Cell Therapy. They conducted the first trial in India on Autologous Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy for Refractory Cancer Treatment and were the first to receive …

Cyca Oncosolutions- An India oncology drug delivery biotech company

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Bioentrepreneurship is not an easy path to take, especially in developing countries such as India with limited public financial support. Best described as a scientist, entrepreneur and motivator, Nusrat Jahan Sanghamitra, founder of Cyca OncoSolutions is committed to make a difference in people’s lives by her scientific and personal endeavors. Starting as a researcher with a mission ‘to find a better anticancer …

Highlight: OCT Therapies, an early stage stem cell therapy biotech in India

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You probably already know that we have a line up of near 20 early stage biotech speakers joining us at the 15th Biopharma India happening in Grand Hyatt Mumbai this 19-20 September. In this week’s update, we feature OCT Therapies, an exciting company working on stem cell therapies, to give you a preview before their presentation at the conference. Caroline Mathen, CEO and …

From Idea to Commercialisation: 10 minutes with Pradip Sinha

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University is a great source of innovation with huge potential to commercialise ideas to feasible products. To bring you true innovators at the 15th BioPharma India conference this 19-20 September, we reviewed all possible early stage biotech companies in India, including spinoff from India’s most reputable academic institutions and incubation centers. One of the shortlisted companies is InvivoD Solutions, a spin off …

Gene therapy in India: Meet Viravecs, an early stage biotech

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Immuno-oncology in preventive healthcare may be a popular trend right now but it is not just big pharma’s game. We observed several interesting start ups in Asia working on finding the solution to cancer, including Viravecs from India tackling the problem from the genetics angle. We spoke with Rohan Kamat, Co-founder of Viravecs who is confirmed to speak at the …

Meet Bugworks, India biotech working on innovative AMR products

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a real problem across the global healthcare system. While AMR is observed in infectious agents across different diseases, it now seems to also be being observed in agents causing common yet serious diseases, such as bloodstream infection (sepsis), diarrhoea, pneumonia, gonorrhoea and urinary track infections. Before superbugs become resistant to all of the “last resort” antibiotics, innovative biotech …

10 minutes with Swagene, an India biotech start up on precision & personalised medicine

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Following the success of the Biotech Innovation Track at BioPharma Asia 2017 (now rebranded to Phar-East), we are delighted to introduce the same pitching format to the 15th BioPharma India 2017 in Mumbai this 19-20 September, to allow early stage, innovative Indian biotech companies to introduce their company profile and upcoming pipelines to interested investors and potential partners. One of …

Sustaining innovation-based biotech in the home of generics

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India is probably one of the world’s most successful generics markets. Despite all the scandals related to quality of the generics drugs supplied to developed market, the country still remains the home of low cost, high quality generics production. We interviewed Dr C.N. Ramchand, founder of several innovative companies including Saksin Lifesciences and MagGenome to seek his rationale of going …

Medical affairs in India and South Asia

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Medical affairs is an increasingly important role in Asia’s pharmaceutical industry. Beside serving as the connecting point between stakeholders, this function serves as a crucial role to improve confidence of drugs and stakeholders opinion of the pharma companies. Working closely with patients, physicians, regulators and payers, close professional communications and evidence presentations are what is needed in a high performing …

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Rethinking Drug Discovery & Research Models in India

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Drug discovery is a high risk, high return business. Despite the intrinsic risks, pharma companies continue to invest heavily in R&D to improve the quality of life of patients in needs of treatment. While capital is important in R&D outcomes, innovation-based organisations need to understand the best model to adopt to speed up the process in bringing discoveries to useful commercial …