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Kerala Life Science sector - Opportunities

  • Potential Sectors include Biotech R & D Services, Bio-Informatics, Bio- Services, Bio-Medical Technology, Bio-Pharma, Nutraceuticals etc.
  • Focus on novel research areas such as Biologics, Marine Biotechnology, Sericulture, Animal Husbandry, Agro-biotechnology, Bio-algal fuels, Stem cells researches, Bioactive compounds from herbs, Animal Vaccines, Bio-flavours, Bio-fragrances, Bio-materials etc.
  • Emergence as a potential biotech export hub harnessing core strength in value added products from spices, medicinal plants, marine resources etc.
  • Opportunity for NRI investments.

Kerala Life Science sector - Advantages

  • Scientific innovations in Life Science / BioTech institutions, several products & technologies ready to find their way from lab to commercialisation
  • Presence of several Centres of Excellence and Knowledge Centres in Biotechnology
  • Biodiversity hotspots in Western Ghats
  • Leadership in herbal-based industries
  • Low cost instrumentation and medical software

Kerala Life Science sector - Strengths

  • Strong research base, in terms of trainable skilled human resource and educational infrastructure in Life Sciences
  • Rich Human Capital
    • About 20,000 students of life sciences passing out of Universities / Colleges of Kerala every year.
    • Nearly 1000 research scholars work on frontier technology areas in Life Sciences/ Biotechnology.
    • About 200 PhDs produced every year in the sector.
  • Advantages in terms of R&D facilities, knowledge, skills, and cost effectiveness, in the biotechnology industry
  • Kerala Government Agencies in support of Life Sciences
    1. Department of Industries
    2. Department of Science & Technology
      • Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE)
        • Kerala Biotechnology Board (KBB)
        • Kerala Biotechnology Commission (KBC)

Kerala Life Science sector - Challenges

  1. Business support
    • New Biotech Policy
    • Specialised mentoring support for entrepreneurship development,IPR knowledge etc.
    • Commercialization of technology
    • Academic Industry linkage
    • Public-Private Partnership
  2. Access to finance
    • Poor reach to Venture Capital investments.
  3. Skills
    • Inadequate industry ready manpower
  4. Infrastructure
    • Inadequate infrastructure for innovation & economic growth
KSIDC offers

Life sciences through Kerala Lifesciences Park

  1. Infrastructure support
  2. Knowledge management
  3. Incubation & Capacity building
  4. Technology commercialization
  5. Technology transfer
  6. Technology development & Prototyping
  7. Intellectual Property Management
  8. Business acceleration - Marketing & Financial advisory services
  9. Finance & Seed funding
  10. Mentoring

Trivandrum Life Science Cluster

  • Institutions (List not exhaustive)
    1. The Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Pattom
    2. Kerala Agriculture University (KAU), Vellayani
    3. Kerala University Campus (KUC): Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology & Centre for Bio- Informatics, Kariavattom
    4. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science & Technology (SCTIMST), Poojappura
    5. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Poojappura
    6. Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Chalakkuzhi
    7. Trivandrum Medical College, Chalakkuzhi
    8. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Vithura
    9. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thumba
    10. Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Sreekariyam
    11. Coconut Research Station (CRS), Balaramapuram
    12. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Vizhinjam
    13. Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), Palode
    14. National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram
    15. Metabolic Disorders Research Centre (MDRC), Thucaud
    16. Ayurveda Research Institute (ARI), Poojappura
    17. HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), Poojappura
    18. HLL Technology Business Incubation centre (TBlC), Poojappura
    19. Government Dental College (GDC), Chalakkuzhi
    20. P.M.S. College of Dental Science & Research (PMS), Venkode
    21. Proposed Bio 360 Life Science Park,Veiloor

Kochi Life Science Cluster

  • Institutions (List not exhaustive)
    1. Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kalamassery
    2. Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Panangad
    3. Kerala Agriculture University (KAU), Vellanikkara
    4. Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS), Thrissur
    5. Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Peechi
    6. Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Willingdon Island
    7. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Ernakulam North P.O
    8. Marine Products Export Promotion Council (MPEDA), Panampally Nagar
    9. Spices Board of India (SBI), Palarivattom
    10. Government Medical College, Thrissur
    11. State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB), Thrissur
    12. National Research Institute for Panchakarma (NRIP), Cheruthuruthy
    13. Aromatic & Medicinal Plants Research Station (AMPRS), Odakkali
    14. Pineapple Research Station (PRS), Vazhakulam
    15. Coconut Development Board (CDB), Ernakulam
    16. Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE), Kochi
    17. Banana Research Station (BRS), Kannara
    18. Agronomic Research Station (ARS), Chalakudy
    19. National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resource (NBPGR), Chirakakode
    20. Cashew Research Station (CRS), Madakkathara
    21. Unani Clinical Research Unit (UCRU), Edathala
    22. Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute (JMMCRI), Nellikunnu
    23. Amala Ayurvedic Hospital & Research Centre (AAHRC), Poovathur
    24. Amala Cancer Research Centre (ACRC), Amala Nagar
    25. Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences (IGIDS), Kothamangalam
    26. P.S.M. College of Dental Sciences and Research (PSM), Akkikavu
    27. SCMS Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology - Research & Development (SIBB), Aluva
    28. Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Ponekkara
    29. Aster Medicity (AM), Cheranellor
    30. Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala (VO), Thaikkattussery
    31. Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Research Development Institute (SARDI), Koothatukulam
    32. Agappe Diagnostics Ltd. (ADL), Pattimattom
    33. CARe Keralam - Cluster Innovation Centre , Koratty
    34. Biotechnology Incubation Centre , KINFRA Hi-Tech Park (BIC), Kalamassery
    35. ALTREE LAB Private Limited (ALPL), Palarivattom
    36. UniBiosys Biotech Research Labs (UBRL), Kalamassery
    37. CSEZ, Kakkanad
      • Ubio Biotechnology Systems Private Limited
      • Liatris Biosciences LLP
      • SciGenom Labs (SGL)
    38. Infopark (IP), Kakkanad
      • TCS’ Life Sciences
      • LJ International (AVT Biotechnology)

Malabar Life Science Cluster

  • Institutions (List not exhaustive)
    1. Calicut University (CU), Thenjipalam
    2. Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Tavanur (KCAET)
    3. Indian Institute of Spices Research, Moozhikkal (IISR)
    4. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Calicut (CMFRI)
    5. Government Medical College, Malappuram (GMC)
    6. Calicut Medical College / Govt. Dental College, Calicut (CMC)
    7. Calicut Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre, Mannilidam (CAHRC)
    8. Government Homeopathic Medical College, Karaparamba
    9. National Institute of Technology (NIT): School of Biotechnology/School of Nano Science &technology, NIT Campus
    10. Indian Institute of Management (IIM-K)
    11. Malabar Botanical Garden & Institute for Plant Sciences, Pokkunnu (MBGIPS)
    12. Centre for Medicinal Plants Research, Changuvetty (CMPR)
    13. Agricultural Research Station, Anakkayam (ARS)
    14. Marine Biological Station, Eranhipalam (MBS)
    15. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal (AVS)
    16. KMCT Medical College / KMCT Dental College, Manassery (KMCT)
    17. Regional Laboratory Rubber Board, Bilathikkulam (RL)
    18. Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Modakkallur (MMCHRC)
    19. Malabar Dental College & Research Centre, Edappal, (MDCRC)
    20. MES Academy of Medical Sciences / MES Dental College, Perinthalmanna, (MES)
    21. Educare Institute of Dental Sciences, Malappuram
    22. VPSV Ayurveda College, Kottakkal

Life Science Institutions (60) dispersed across Kerala(List not exhaustive)

  • Kollam
    1. CEPC Laboratory & Technical Division (The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India)
    2. Amrita School of Biotechnology
    3. Government Medical College, Parippally
    4. Azeezia Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Meeyyannoor
    5. Travancore Medical College Hospital, Umayanalloor
    6. Azeezia College of Dental Sciences and Research, Meeyyannoor
    7. Amrita Ayurveda Medical College, Kollam
    8. Sree Narayana Institute of Ayurvedic Studies & Research, Puthur
  • Pathanamthitta 
    1. Agricultural Research Station
    2. Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Thiruvalla
    3. Believers Church Medical College Hospital, Kuttapuzha
    4. Mount Zion Medical College, Adoor
    5. Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvalla
    6. Mannam Ayurveda Co-operative Medical College, Pandalam
  •  Alappuzha
    1. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kayamkulam
    2. Centre Coir Research Institute, Kalavoor
    3. National Institute of Virology, Punnapra
    4. Government T D Medical College, Vandanam
    5. Onattukara Regional Agricultural Research Station, Onattukara
    6. Rice Research Station, Mancomb
    7. Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Kalavoor
    8. Pelican Biotech and Chemical Labs, Vayalar
  • Kottayam 
    1. Mahatma Gandhi University
    2. Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Athirampuzha
    3. Rubber Research Institute of India, Kottayam
    4. Government Medical College, Gandhi Nagar
    5. Government Dental College, Gandhi Nagar
    6. Athurasramam NSS Homeopathic Medical College, Sachivothamapuram
    7. Central Research Institute for Homeopathy, Kurichy
  • Idukki 
    1. Indian Cardamom Research Institute
    2. Cardamom Research Station
    3. Al Azhar Medical College, Thodupuzha
    4. Al-Azhar Dental College, Thodupuzha
    5. Nagarjuna Herbal Concentrates, Thodupuzha
  • Palakkad 
    1. Regional Agricultural Research Station
    2. Government Medical College, Kunnathurmedu
    3. Karuna Medical College, Vilayodi
    4. Kerala Medical College, Cherupplasery
    5. PK Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Vaniyamkulam
    6. Royal Dental College, Chalissery
    7. Ahalia Ayurveda Medical College, Kozhipara
    8. Santhigiri Ayurveda Medical College, Olassery
    9. Vishnu Ayurveda College, Shornur
  •  Wayanad
    1. Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode
    2. Regional Agricultural Research Station, Ambalavayal
    3. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Meppadi
    4. DM Wayanad Institute of Medical sciences, Meppadi
  • Kannur 
    1. Pepper Research Station, Panniyoor
    2. Kannur University, Thavakkara
    3. Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram
    4. Kannur Medical College, Anjarakandy
    5. Pariyaram Dental College, Pariyaram
    6. Kannur Dental College, Anjarakandy
    7. Government Ayurveda Medical College, Pariyaram
    8. Parassinikkadavu Ayurveda Medical College, Parassinikadavu
  •  Kasaragod 
    1. Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kudlu
    2. Regional Agricultural Research Station, Pilicode
    3. Century International Institute of Dental Science & Research Centre, Poinachi
    4. P N Panicker Souhruda Ayurveda Medical College, Parakalai
    5. Central University of Kerala, Kasaracod

Lifesciences companies in the private sector comprises of around 100 companies 

Life Sciences Park, Trivandrum

  • Trivandrum is a geographic cluster of Industries, R&D Institutions, and Centres for Higher Learning in the domain of Life Sciences related sectors
  • Coming up in 215 acres of land in Vailoor Village, Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram District
  • Prominently located by the side of the National Highway 66 to Kochi from Thiruvananthapuram

Master plan – KSIDC Life Sciences Park

Priority projects at Life Sciences Park, Trivandrum

Specific projects currently operational/under implementation and being planned within the Life Sciences Park are as follows: 

  • Operational projects
    1. Bioscience Research and Training Centre by Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (K-VASU)
    2. R&D facility established by M/s. Polyskin Life Sciences India Pvt. Ltd
  •  Work in progress
    1. Institute of Advanced Virology
    2. Medical Devices Park
  • Work to commence
    1. Biotech Building by KSIDC
    2. Innovation cum Incubation Centre by KSIDC
    3. Finishing School
  •  Corporates currently in negotiation with KSIDC
    1. Scigenome Labs Pvt. Ltd.
    2. Agappe Diagnostics Ltd

Package of Facilities and Support to Investors at Life Science Park, Trivandrum

  1. Innovation Hub
    • Incubation Centre
    • Bioprocess Facility
    • Ready to occupy built-up space for R & D and manufacturing activities.
  2. Animal House, Disease Diagnostic Centre & Testing facilities.
  3. Developed land on lease to setup stand alone R & D / manufacturing facilities.
    • Cost of land envisaged is Rs.3.9 lakhs per cent.
    • Early bird scheme for land allotment: Reduction of land price by 50% is envisaged.
    • Land allotted on long term lease basis for an initial lease period of 30 years.
  4. Uninterrupted power supply and adequate water supply.
  5. Finishing school to provide industry ready man power.
  6. Handholding support / seed funding by KSIDC.

Govt. of India Incentives for Life Sciences Projects

FDI in Biotechnology 

  • 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under the automatic route for greenfield pharma.
  • 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under government approval route for brownfield pharma upto 74% FDI is under automatic route and beyond 74% is under government approval route.
  • FDI up to 100% under the automatic route for the manufacturing of medical devices.

Tax Incentives

  • The turnover limit to avail the Presumptive Tax Scheme under section 44 AD, has been increased from USD 153846.2 to USD 307692.3. The taxpayers carrying a business will be allowed to avail this scheme for which they will have to declare profits at minimum 8% of the total turnover and they will be exempted from the requirement of maintaining any books of accounts.
  • New manufacturing companies incorporated on or after 1.3.2016 to be given an option to be taxed at 25% + surcharge and cess provided on fulfilment of certain conditions.
  • Lower corporate income tax has been proposed for the next financial year of relatively small enterprises.
  • 100% deduction of profits for 3 out of 5 years for start-ups setup during April, 2016 to March, 2019. MAT will apply in such cases.
  • 10% rate of tax on income from worldwide exploitation of patents developed and registered in India by a resident.
  • Custom single window project have been announced and would be implemented at major ports and airports from the beginning of next financial year.

Other Incentives

  • Refund of customs duty paid at the time of import of scientific and technical instruments, apparatus, etc. by public funded and other research institutions, subject to submission of certificate of registration from the department of scientific and industrial research.
  • Depreciation allowance on plant and machinery has been raised to 40% from 25%.
  • Customs duty exemption on goods imported for certain cases of R&D.
  • Customs and excise duty exemption to recognised Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO).
  • 150% weighted tax deduction on R&D expenditure.
  • A three-year excise duty waiver on patented products.
  • 100% rebate on own R&D expenditure.
  • 125% rebate if research is contracted in publicly-funded R&D institutions.
  • Joint R&D projects are provided with special fiscal benefits.
  • The setting up of a venture capital fund to support small and medium enterprises.