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Bengaluru-Based Research Foundation Wins National Technology Business Incubator Award

The Bengaluru-based Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) research foundation recently won the National Technology Business Incubator Award from the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology.

The bio-incubator located at C-CAMP has several incubatees. One of the healthcare startups incubated includes Bugworks, a startup developing next-generation broad-spectrum antibiotics to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The startup has now reached the clinical trial stage to fight antimicrobial resistance through drug discovery.

In the environment sector, C-CAMP incubated Sea6Energy, a startup in the sustainable development sector using algae to produce phytosanitary bioactives. Their first product on the market is a natural and biological plant growth stimulant. The other is an organic plant immunity booster that enhances a plant’s defense responses to a wide range of viral infections. Both products are natural formulations designed to holistically improve plant health and yield.

In agriculture, cleantech startup StringBio uses bacteria to convert methane into edible single-cell protein for animal feed. It is also a synthetic biology startup using patented fermentation technology and process engineering methods to leverage organic waste and waste to manufacture value-added biomaterials, including single-cell proteins for biotechnology. animal feed, in particular feed for aquaculture, and biofertilizers.

“This recognition is tremendous validation of the value that C-CAMP’s bio-incubator program has added to India’s bio-innovation ecosystem. This underscores the importance of fostering cutting-edge research, innovation and entrepreneurship in life sciences in India, and leveraging this science to create societal impact,” said Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO and director of C-CAMP.

The bio-incubator established at C-CAMP, with support from Bionest, BIRAC, NITI Aayog-AIM, Ktech Government of Karnataka and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, currently has 40 resident incubatees, 10 non-resident incubates across India and the world and has supported 25 graduate incubates over the years. C-CAMP is also catering to the deep science bio entrepreneurship ecosystem in India with several portfolio innovations in health, agriculture and environment.