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Telangana Govt to set up Tech hub for Flow Chemistry in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Nov 25 (UNI) Telangana Government on Thursday announced the setting up of a multi-industry supported innovation and technology hub for Flow Chemistry here.
This is an initiative aimed towards ensuring greater incorporation of flow chemistry techniques during Pharma R&D and greater adoption of continuous synthesis for manufacturing of active pharma ingredients (APIs).

In the presence of State Minister for Industries K.T Rama Rao and Principle Secretary (IT & Industries) Jayesh Ranjan, a consortium agreement for setting up the CoE on Flow Chemistry was signed by Mr G.V. Prasad (Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories limited), Dr. Satyanarayana Chava (CEO, Laurus Labs), Mr. Shakthi Nagappan, Director (Life Sciences & Pharma) and Chief Executive Officer, Hyderabad Pharma City, Government of Telangana and Dr. Srinivas Oruganti (Director, Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences).
This hub would function as a Center of Excellence (CoE) and is being set-up at Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences (DRILS), a research institute of global eminence, and will receive funding and patronage from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited and Laurus Laboratories.
Research activities at the CoE will benefit from the scientific mentorship and support from world-renowned scientists like Prof. Goverdhan Mehta (University of Hyderabad) and International Advisors such as Prof. Steven Ley (University of Cambridge, UK), Prof. Oliver Kappe (University of Graz, Austria) and Prof. Shu Kobayashi (University of Tokyo, Japan).

The Government of Telangana will facilitate strategic support and scale up for the hub by encouraging more industries join the consortium and benefit from it.
Speaking on the occasion, the Industries Minister said that “this hub would be an enabler for the pharma industry in India to make a paradigm shift towards incorporation of modern approaches from R&D to manufacturing and migration to greener and sustainable processes.
The Telangana government is delighted to facilitate and support the establishment of the CoE with the help of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Laurus Laboratories, the Minister added.
Mr Ranjan said that “We remain committed to the growth of life sciences sector and consolidating our leadership position.
The state government jointly with DRILS has envisaged establishment of this hub to support pharma companies in the city build scientific capabilities, support process development and also training.”.

Mr Shakthi Nagappan said that “CoE is another milestone in accelerating the growth of Life Sciences sector in the state. This is part of the larger effort of the State become the USD 100 Bn life sciences ecosystem by 2030”.
On the occasion, Mr G.V. Prasad said, “We are happy to participate in this collaborative effort spearheaded by the Government of Telangana to bring the latest technologies in flow chemistry to the API and intermediate industry and to the state.
As an early adopter of sustainability as a core value, we look forward to contributing to the creation of deep local expertise in sustainable and green manufacturing processes.”

Dr Chava said the establishment of CoE for Flow Chemistry at Hyderabad will further cement its position as a global leader in Pharmaceutical Industry.
Dr. Srinivas remarked, “The Flow Chemistry Technology Hub (FCT-Hub) will focus on bringing together multiple capabilities from chemistry and engineering expertise to choose the right reactions and help pharma and biotech companies in prioritizing products and processes to find workable solutions to challenges faced in translating existing processes to continuous manufacturing.”

Prof. Goverdhan Mehta noted that this is a landmark initiative from many perspectives. The hub is expected to accelerate the indigenous development of advanced processes that would strengthen the state’s as well as country’s position as a global leader in pharmaceuticals.

Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, is regarded as the life sciences capital of India and an important life sciences hub in Asia Pacific.
With over 800 pharmaceutical companies, the city hosts the highest number of USFDA approved facilities globally and contributes to about 35 per cent of India’s overall pharmaceutical production .
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