THE BIOTECH Park, Lucknow, isn’t content with eight acres of land allocated by the State Government for providing technology-incubation facilities for biotechnology companies.
Last month, the Biotech Park moved a proposal with the State Government while demanding 200 acres of land for creating a cluster of biotechnology research facilities under a public-private partnership model across the State. “In a nutshell, the Biotech Park, Lucknow, is keen on setting up a series of ‘smaller biotech parks’ across the State,” said sources in the UP Council of Science and Technology, Govt of Uttar Pradesh.
The proposal includes a demand raised by the Biotech Park, Lucknow to let it act as a ‘nodal agency’ for co-ordinating the activities of all Biotech Parks proposed to be set up in the State during the coming years.
A demand had also been raised in the proposal to expedite the development of the Biotech Park in 100 acres of land in Greater Noida, whose roadmap was prepared in 2004-05. The State Government plan prepared for the creation of a Biotech Park in Greater Noida envisaged developing the facility on the lines of what had been developed in Andhra Pradesh involving participation of major players in the country’s biotechnology sector.
“The Biotech Park, Lucknow itself is looking for additional land for setting up a large diagnostic facility in the State Capital”, Dr P K Seth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Biotech Park, Lucknow told the Hindustan Times.
Regarding future projects to be taken up at Biotech Park, Lucknow, sources said plans are afoot to set up a number of tissue banks and state-of-art disease-research facilities. There are also projects on anvil for setting up a DNA bank where all new biotechnology research findings could be tested, he added.