BioNEST- Panjab University, a bio-incubator, has received Rs15 lakh under the corporate social
responsibility (CSR) funding from Fresenius Kabi Oncology Limited (FKOL), Gurugram.
FKOL is a public company known for its R&D and manufacturing of oncology drugs. The company has
been in a cooperative relationship with the incubator since 2017 and has sanctioned a sum of Rs65
lakh till date for the establishment of various facilities at BioNEST-Panjab University (PU) campus.
The incubator will get quantitave PCR/ real time-PCR facility from FKOL in its fourth phase.
The real time PCR forms a basis of many advanced molecular biotechnology techniques and more recently as an analytical system during the pandemic.
Recently, the BioNEST-PU got a 250-litre scale bioreactor at its scale up facility.
“Having useful facilities onboard as a part of the incubator will encourage more startups to come
and work independently for product development. We hope for more industrial collaborations with
the university in near future,” said Prof Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, PU.
“The Quantitative PCR facility will be used by microbiologists, incubates, scientists, faculty and
researchers working in the fields of food safety, food spoilage, molecular biology, analytical systems and fermentation and for the microbial risk assessment of water quality and in public health
protection,” said Dr Rohit Sharma, project leader, BioNEST-PU.
By Murtuza Merchant