THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government is keen in promoting biotechnology-based Industries in the lines of IT industries, Minister for Water Resources Mathew T Thomas has said. He was speaking after inaugurating the Trivandrum Biotechnology Industries Conclave 2017, held in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. The minister said the Biotechnology Park at Kalamasserry and the Life Science Park at Thonnakkal would flourish the way Technopark and Infopark have done in the field of IT. “We have not fully utilised the potential of biotechnology. The industry here can develop by utilising the natural resources, Ayurveda etc,” he said.
Around 60 companies in the sector mostly consisting of first generation entrepreneurs attended the conclave aimed at generating ideas for the creation of ecosystems for the biotech industry in the state. Vice-chairman of Kerala State Planning Board V K Ramachandran presided over the function.
The conclave was organised by the Kerala Biotechnology Commission (KBC) and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) in association with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC).