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Nano biotechnology: small is powerful

Nano biotechnology is a relatively new programme. Initiated as a stand-alone programme in the year, 2007 it fosters research, leverages the fast growing knowledge in different areas of Nanoscience to create values in Biomedical and Agricultural business space. Nanobiotechnology requires a multidisciplinary research approach.

To kick start the programme, initially some exploratory projects were supported to create an environmental congenial towards undertaking such collaborative research activities, thereby bringing physicists, chemists, biologists and clinicians on a common platform for engaging in knowledge exchange towards targeted innovations through nanotechnology interventions.

With such an initiative, the first objective of promoting collaborative research was truly achieved. However, most of the projects were related to the areas of designing targeted drug delivery vehicles, developing smart nanomaterial for various biomedical applications including therapeutic values and some belonged to agricultural applications.

Considering application values of the knowledge generated through these projects, the Department has evolved a system of assessing the translational potential of the knowledge outcomes and taking them further towards translational projects to create business values and relevance to society at large. The knowledge outputs are assessed periodically. The interactive meetings with other Government Departments helped Nano biotechnology initiative to complement the efforts of other agencies, which include support towards development of infrastructure, promoting regulatory research and creating a highly innovative Nanobiotechnology community in the country at the interface of nanotechnology and biotechnology convergence.

Our objectives are…

To advance research in the cutting edge areas of Nano biotechnology, foster innovations and promote translational research in collaboration mode to address various issues in the areas of health, agriculture, food and environment through basic and applied Nano biotechnological research interventions.

Our priority areas include …

  • Designing of new therapeutics and targeted drug delivery vehicles for cancer, arthritis, neurological and other important diseases.
  • Novel formulations to enhance the efficacy of existing drugs and expand their therapeutic spectrum
  • Nano carrier systems for siRNAs therapy
  • Diagnostics for early diseases detection and imaging
  • Design and development of smart nanomaterial for bio separation, tissue engineering and other medical applications
  • Sensors for detection of chemicals and pathogens in food and crops, Nano carriers system for pesticides, pheromones, nutrients /fertilizers, nanoparticles-mediated gene or DNA transfer in plants for development of pest-resistant varieties, and improving the nutritional qualities of food and smart packaging system etc.

We support programmes under the following categories

  • Use of inspired discovery and early translational science: The research objectives of the proposal should have clearly defined roadmap for scientific outcomes and for future application strategies.
  • Translational research: Under this category, the proposals should already have demonstrated proof of concept, requiring further application-oriented translational studies and/or support for product development and commercialization.
  • Development of critical tools for translational research: The proposals should aim at developing innovative tools and process for preclinical research in the priority areas.

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Nano biotechnology Task Force

Contacts:

Dr Suchita Ninawe
Advisor
E-mail: sninawe@dbt.nic.in
Phone: 011-24363722

Dr Dhananjay Tiwary
Joint Director/Scientist E & Program Officer
Email: dhananjay.tewary@nic.in
Phone: 011-24369611