BioCrats is a Persistent Systems’ initiative with an aim to build a vibrant scientific community in the field of life sciences by connecting, sharing and moving on basis of exchanging ideas.
‘BioCrats Connect’ Convention is a half day interactive session, bringing together leading industrialists, scholars and academicians. It’s a platform to interact and discuss science, research and development activities and industry practices with a focus on promoting innovation and research. BioCrats Connect also provides a unique venue for advancing the academic debate, offering a wide perspective and a variety of networking opportunities for researchers. For the 7th ‘BioCrats Connect’ Convention, Venture Center, NCL, Pune is also a collaborating partner.
BioCrats will be held on Friday 7th December, 2012 – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm- at Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent, Pune.
Check this page for details of the agenda, schedule etc.
Fees and Registration
This event is free and open for anybody to attend. Please register here
What: IIT-Bombay Alumni Association Pune presents an introduction to the Venture Center (see recent PuneTech coverage of Venture Center) When: Friday 10th July, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Venture Center, NCL Innovation Park, Pashan Road. To reach Venture Center, go past NCL towards Pashan, pass the cricket ground adjacent to NCL and then you’ll find NCL Innovation Park / Venture Center on the right hand side. Map Registration and fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required.
Venture Center is an incubator housed in NCL Pune, created with the purpose:
“To nucleate and nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises for India by leveraging the scientific and engineering competencies of the institutions in the region”
Kaushik Gala, Business Development Manager at Venture Center is looking for all innovators in the areas of biology, chemical, and material sciences. The IIT-Bombay Alumni Association of Pune has organized a talk by Kaushik at Venter Center to speak about their activites
Venture Center is an incubator housed in NCL Pune, created with this purpose:
To nucleate and nurture technology and knowledge-based enterprises for India by leveraging the scientific and engineering competencies of the institutions in the region.
Envisioned Future: To be the organisation that will be credited with creating, shaping and sustaining a “Pune cluster” of innovative technology businesses with a significant economic impact regionally, nationally and globally within the next 20 years.
To find out more about Venture Center, we interviewed Kaushik Gala, the Business Development Manager of Venture Center. Here are excerpts from the interview:
1.What is Venture Center?
Entrepreneurship Development Center (‘Venture Center’) is a technology business incubator approved by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. Venture Center is incorporated as a Section 25 not-for-profit Company established under the Companies Act 1956.
·Advisory – Intellectual property, business planning, startup nuts-and-bolts issues, etc.
·Fund-raising – Seed stage fund raising from various sources including government agencies (eg. MoMSME), professional investors, etc.
·Technology commercialization program (‘Lab2Mkt’)
·Information and learning center – Library, databases, workshops, seminars, etc.
3. At what stage do you expect innovators and/or startup companies to approach you?
We offer resources and services at all stages of an early-stage technology startup – ranging from idea/conception, to prototype to Series A/B financing.
4. Obviously you are not interested in incubating any and all startups? Can you describe, with some examples, what sectors you are limiting yourself to?
Our focus is on the areas of material, chemical and biological sciences and related engineering / software ventures. However, some of our services are open to all individual entrepreneurs and startups.
Specific examples include startups that have commercialization technologies related to surgical implants, membranes for water purification, CFD and modeling solutions, etc.
5. Are the innovators expected to move to Pune, into your facility, to avail of any of your services?
For startups that need our infrastructure facilities, being located in Pune is obviously preferable. However, for services such as advisory and fund-raising, they can be located outside Pune as well.
6. How is Venture Center funded? What are your long-term funding plans?
Venture Center is funded via:
·A grant from DST-NSTEDB for start-up costs and operational expenses for the first 5-years
·In-kind support from NCL
·Donations from well wishers
After the fifth year of operation, Venture Center is expected to become self-sufficient. Besides generating revenue from a variety of services, our long-term funding plans include:
·Raising capital from governmental agencies and professional investors to set up an early-stage (‘seed’) fund for investment in technology ventures
·Raising grant funds from governmental and corporate agencies to expand our services portfolio
·Partnering with other R&D labs, domestic/foreign incubators, etc.
Computer Society of India – Pune Chapter presents:
What: Use of Informatics in LifeSciences and Healthcare; Talk by Abhi Gholap, President and CEO, Optra Systems; Panel discussion with participants from UoP, Jubilant BioSys, TCS, etc.
When: Wednesday, May 21st, 2008, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Where: Damle Hall, behind Indsearch, off Law College Road Entry: Free for CSI Members, Rs. 100 for others
Talk by Abhi Gholap, President and CEO, Optra Systems
Life science and healthcare industry is witnessing innovations and advancements in instrumentation in recent years. This has resulted into increase in the amount of image data overtime. More than 67% of life science & healthcare data is in the form of Images. Image acquisition, Image analysis, Image management, Regulatory compliances, Image collaboration are some of its dimensions, which need verticalization for Genomics, Proteomics, Pharmacogenomics, Toxicology, Preclinical and Clinical Trials and Patient care. With over half a million bio researchers and 6-7 years long drug discovery and development lifecycle, total available Imaging tool and informatics market is estimated to be at $5 bn with 11.9% annual growth rate.
About the Speaker
Abhijeet, a seasoned technopreneur, has over 14 years of experience in BioMedical and Life Science Imaging software industry. He started his career with Imaging Group at TCS. Later he worked for leading Imaging companies like CedarTech, Siemens Medical Systems and ByzanTech solutions in United States . In 2002, he founded a digital pathology product company in Silicon Valley , California . After successful exit in 2006, he founded Optra Systems, a solutions and services company with complete focus on Life Science and Healthcare informatics.
Abhi earned his M.Tech. with specialization in BioMedical Imaging from IIT Mumbai , India . Abhi is known as thought leader in Optical Imaging software applications while actively working as member of many institutions. He was recently felicitated by Rotary Club as recipient of “Vocational Excellence Award” towards his research in BioMedical Imaging. He is an active member of Pune Vyaspeeth and other social forums. He is credited with several research publications in addition to 11 patents.
Dr. Deepti Deobagkar, University of Pune
Dr. Prashant Naik, Head Informatics, Jubilant Biosys, Bangalore
Vishal Katariya, LLM(US), LLM ( UK ), IPR Management