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Kerala, India Biotech Park Moves Forward: Four Acres Earmarked for Incubator

NEW YORK, March 25 - The Indian state of Kerala has moved forward with plans to develop a biotech park in its capital, a regional website reported today.


The biotech park will occupy 25 acres in the state's capital of Thiruvananthapuram, (also known as Trivandrum), with a technology incubation center on four acres, and the remaning 21 acres as a business improvement zone with developed plots, the government-owned Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) states on its website. Pharmaceutical companies will be invited to locate facilities in the park.


The state government has allocated Rs. 300 million ($6.3 million) for the park, and the Indian government is likely to match these funds equally, according to the regional website,


The "thrust areas" in which the park's developers would like its industrial denizens to focus include immunodiagnostics and vaccines, industrial enzymes, plant tissue culture, biopesticides, and biofertilizers, KINFRA said.


Additionally, the RajivGandhiCenterfor Biotechnology, which is located in Thiruvananthapuram, will be a node of this park, director R. V. Thampan told The Rajiv Gandhi Center researchers study everything from bioactive peptides involved in controlling the fungal pathogen responsible for black pepper quick wilt disease, to the expression of biodegrading genes.

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