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A DBT-TANUVAS Partnership Programme
Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals (TRPVB)

TRPVB is an unique partnership programme between Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in the field of translational research for Veterinary Biologicals. The research team includes an amalgamated combination of academia / industry and regulatory experts who can leverage and assist clients in various stages of product development. It is housed in one of the leading Veterinary Universities in India which would provide the much needed academic ambience and act as a knowledge hub for information resources. ... more »

The idea evolved through the deliberations and discussions at a translational research workshop conducted at TANUVAS in January 2011, which had the participation of Secretary DBT, academicians from various national and international institutions such as Virginia Tech University, USA and industrial stakeholders. There was a consensus among all the experts on the need for a platform that would converge the requirements of academia, industry and regulation for efficient productization of veterinary biologicals.

A need for a knowledge hub which would facilitate a favorable eco system to lure investments in this virgin area of veterinary sciences, was also recognized. Hence, this platform was initiated at TANUVAS and was christened as Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals (TRPVB) to realize the dream and vision of DBT and TANUVAS.

Challenges of Translational Research

  • Limited ability to study complex and dynamic biological systems in health or disease
  • Need for multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach towards problem solving
  • Interventions should be relevant, feasible, effective and sustainable
  • Complex regulatory environment

DBT - TANUVAS Partnership Programme

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) has been leading the way in devising focused and well-defined programs in animal vaccines, diagnostics and other biologicals. One such programme between DBT & TANUVAS is the translational program for veterinary biologicals. TRPVB will facilitate the translation of existing candidate vaccine technologies or diagnostic kits for field use that can be efficiently taken through product development to commercialization.

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Co-Chairman, TRPVB & Advisor, DBT's Message

The Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals (TRPVB) is an initiative of Department of Biotechnology jointly with Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University to create unique institutional environment to conduct multidisciplinary research that translates scientific and technological advancements into veterinary innovations that will improve animal health. It also seeks to establish collaborations with Veterinary colleges, State Veterinary Universities and Veterinary research Institutes in India and abroad, making this platform a state-of-art facility with expertise aiming to facilitate the translation of technologies by performing product development, validation, obtaining regulatory approvals to facilitate product commercialization.
- Dr. S. R. Rao

From the Director's Desk

Science is a continuing effort to discover and increase human knowledge and understanding, through disciplined research. Technology is the use of scientific knowledge for improving the way we do things. Innovation is a process of converting knowledge and ideas into new or improved products or services. It transforms creativity, knowledge, and ideas into value and competitive advantage.

Thus, Science, Technology and Innovation are the engines of social and economic development.

Several scientific activities have been undertaken in our country in the areas of animal health and production over the years. But sadly, very few have been converted to technologies or innovations that have directly benefitted the stake holders and farmers.

There are several reasons for such a scenario, some of the common reasons include

  • Change in priorities of the researcher based on funding
  • Technologies change rapidly
  • Commercialization is a naive area for the researcher
  • Requirements for regulatory approvals

Hence it was thought that if a platform was provided, that could address all the requirements for the conversion of science into technology and make available products in the market shelves, then this could largely bridge the gaps in this sojourn.

This heralded the beginning of the DBT-TANUVAS partnership programme on the "Translational Research Platform for Veterinary Biologicals (TRPVB)", a platform to address the different kinds of needs under one roof to facilitate 'productization" of animal science research products. It is an innovative venture in the area of animal sciences where in the greatest challenge for commercialization is the cost-starved market.

This platform also has brought together academicians, industry-experienced people, regulation-experienced personnel, biosafety personnel and scientists. This platform is poised to foster a culture of innovation; collaborative participation and facilitate the requirements for evolution and evaluation of commercializable products.

TANUVAS, a leading torch-bearer of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences research in this country was aptly chosen as the venue for the establishment of this TRPVB.

We also recollect with gratitude the efforts of Dr. M. K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi, Dr. R. Prabakaran, Vice-Chancellor, TANUVAS, Dr. S. R. Rao, Advisor, DBT, New Delhi and all other DBT and TANUVAS officials who made this dream come true.

WE reiterate that we would leave no stone unturned for realizing the dream of this platform and a rare opportunity to contribute to society through our poorest of the poor farmers.

- Prof. G. Dhinakar Raj

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