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LIFE SCIENCE SECTOR – STRENGTH OF KERALA
  • Rich Bio Resources: Kerala is designated as one of the 34 biodiversity "Hotspots" in the world. It has a natural habitat for innumerable number of species. Kerala accounts for
    • 24% plant species
    • 30% animal species
    • 35% freshwater fish species of the country
    • 210 freshwater fish species
  • Reservoir of medicinal, flora and fauna : Kerala State is rich with natural resources in flora and fauna .It has got unique source of medicinal plants to produce ayurvedic potions which has enabled large number of business houses, health spas, clinics. Kerala accounts for:
  • 900 species of medicinal plants
  • 7667 species of flora
  • 1254 species of fauna
  • Strong In Healthcare & Traditional Medicine: Kerala spends more than 9% of the State's GDP on health. There are 961 primary health centers and 5408 sub centers. The number of hospital beds in Kerala is approx 1,25,000.
  • Emerging Education and Research Base: The R&D institutes in Kerala is largely Government driven. Research is mainly centered around healthcare and limited application in agri biotechnology. The Kerala Agricultural University and 18 colleges are offering biotechnology courses. There are 7 medical & Agro based biotechnology research institutes, 3 institutes are engaged in research in marine biotechnology.
  • Skilled Workforce & Human Capital: Kerala has got the highest ratio of PhDs to total population. It has the highest density of Science & Technology personnel. Kerala accounts for:
    • 20 Million people in the working age group of 15 ~ 59
    • 2.5 Million working abroad, 55% of which are in gulf region
    • Home to renowned national institutes – IIM, NIT, IIITM, IISER, IIST
    • High Human Development Index – Highest in India

Drivers of Life Sciences in Kerala

  • Home to the Western Ghats, one of the 39 biodiversity hotspots in the world
  • About 300 Life science-related institutions including
    • 15 National level R&D institutions
    • 12 Universities
    • 30 Medical Colleges
    • 20 Dental Colleges
    • 7 Ayurveda Medical Colleges
  • Nearly 1000 research scholars working on frontier technology areas in Life Sciences / Biotechnology
  • About 200 PhDs produced every year in the sector
  • A broad spectrum of Life science related Industrial units
  • Traditional industries such as Ayurved & bio-pharma
  • Cost-effectiveness in instrumentation & software in Life science industry
  • Technology Park with CMMI level 4 quality certification and world-class IT campus at Trivandrum and Kochi
  • A well-developed IT industry that makes it an ideal place for emerging fields such as Bio-Informatics
  • Bio-clusters to facilitate focused development through academia, industry and government linkages
    • Biomedical Technology at Trivandrum Bio-cluster
    • Aquatic Biotechnology at the Kochi Bio-cluster
    • Agro-Veterinary and Forest Biotechnology at the Malabar Bio-cluster
  • Infrastructure for the Life Sciences sector in the form of Life Sciences Park, Thiruvananthapuram

Government Policies

  • Online single window clearance system – K-SWIFT- for industries
  • The Life Science Industrial Policy promotes private as well as public-private partnership mode of development. The policy envisages accelerated commercial production and services in Life Sciences.
  • Supportive government policies- Industrial & Commercial Policy, Kerala Technology Start-up Policy, Agricultural Development Policy and Kerala State Information Technology Policy.
  • Fixed Capital Investment subsidy up to Rs. 3 million under the Entrepreneur Support Scheme, Bio-Technology based industries are eligible for an additional assistance of 10% of the fixed capital investment subject to a ceiling of Rs. 1 million, given to priority industries.
  • rants to MSME units set up after acquiring new technology from approved research institutions.
  • Incentives for enterprises coming up in recognized industrial park/zones.
    • 100 % stamp duty / registration fee exemption
    • Environmental Protection Infrastructure Subsidy
  • KSIDC offers interest rebate for its clients who service the loan promptly. At present the rebate offered is 0.75% every quarter.