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23rd April, 2024 Science and Technology


Source: Hindu

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  • The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) in Bengaluru has partnered with the Blockchain for Impact (BFI) Biome Virtual Network Program to accelerate transformative healthcare solutions through biomedical innovation.
  • This collaboration aims to nurture cutting-edge biomedical science and leverage blockchain technology to address key healthcare challenges in India.


Objective of the Partnership

  • The BFI-Biome Virtual Network Program aims to accelerate the impact of transformative scientific advances in healthcare by fostering collaborations among incubators, research institutes, and stakeholders in the translational pipeline.
  • C-CAMP has a robust pipeline of biomedical innovations in critical areas such as infectious disease diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance, cell therapy, immuno-oncology, regenerative tissues, and digital health technologies.
  • At least 10 of these solutions are already in clinical trials or at the pre-IND stage with regulatory bodies such as the FDA or the CDSCO.

Role of BFI in Supporting C-CAMP

  • With the support of BFI, C-CAMP plans to accelerate the commercialization of these emerging solutions by providing access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, regulatory networks, funding, and scale-up opportunities.
  • BFI-Biome Virtual Network Program: this initiative unites various incubators and research institutes under a single umbrella to foster collaborations and streamline the translational process from research discoveries to real-world applications.
  • BFI will allocate over $200,000 over three years to support essential programs for healthcare-based startups, leveraging C-CAMP's expertise in developing innovative solutions.
  • C-CAMP emphasizes that the partnership with BFI aligns with its goals of fostering deep science research and innovation for societal impact.
  • Both partners aim to blur disciplinary boundaries, promote cross-integration of expertise, and provide multidisciplinary insights into addressing healthcare challenges.

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP)

  • The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) is an initiative of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India.
  • Established in 2009, C-CAMP serves as a dynamic hub for life sciences innovation, fostering collaboration between academia, industry, and the startup ecosystem.


  • C-CAMP is dedicated to enabling cutting-edge bioscience research and innovation through its two major arms: state-of-the-art platform technologies and facilitation of life sciences innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • It aims to provide high-end technologies and support systems to researchers and entrepreneurs, allowing them to overcome technological barriers and pursue challenging scientific questions.

Technologies and Services: C-CAMP offers a range of high-end platform technologies and expertise to academic and industrial researchers across India. Some of its key functions and facilities include:

  • Confocal and fluorescence microscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • Mass spectrometry and biomolecular characterization
  • Genomic sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Protein technology core
  • High-throughput screening
  • Transgenic fly facility
  • Microfluidics and microfabrication facility
  • Mouse genome editing
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Electron microscopy
  • Medtech rapid prototyping facility for microfluidic diagnostic devices

Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

 As part of its core mandate, C-CAMP actively nurtures entrepreneurs in the biosciences sector by providing comprehensive support and resources. Some of the support facilities offered by C-CAMP include:

  • Seed funding schemes
  • Incubation facilities
  • Mentorship programs
  • C-CAMP Startup Advancement Program (C-SAP)
  • C-CAMP Agri Innovation Centre
  • Intellectual Property Management Office and Technology Transfer Office
  • Innovation Accelerator: Discovery to Innovation Accelerator
  • BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre (BREC)


  • C-CAMP's efforts in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation have been recognized with the National Entrepreneurship Award 2017 from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.




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