Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech received the National Technology Award for 2018 from the Technology Development Board, Government of India. This award on innovative technologies, successfully developed and commercialised from India was bestowed on Rotavac, by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. The Technology Day ceremony was held on Friday at the Vigyan Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi.
Launched in 2015, Rotavac was introduced into the Universal Immunization Program in India during 2016, with initial implementation in nine States with more States in the pipeline. Till date, Bharat Biotech has supplied about 35 million doses to the UIP. The company has also initiated supply of WHO Prequalified Rotavac to UNICEF and other immunisation programs worldwide.
On receiving the National Award, Dr Krishna M Ella, CMD, Bharat Biotech said: “We are proud to receive the National Technology Award 2018 for Rotavac, it proves that researchers and product developers from India are capable to develop and commercialise innovative technologies for the world.”
Bharat Biotech’s supply chain innovation includes the introduction of a miniaturiced cold chain footprint for Rotavac to one-fifth of its competitors. With product and administration profiles very similar to that of OPV, and a cold chain footprint of about 3.2 cm 3 /dose of 0.5 mL, the vaccine is ideally suited for introduction into immunisation programmes worldwide. Rotavac is under registration in more than 30 countries.
Rotavac boasts a large family of intellectual property with patents filed in more than 35 countries and granted in 10 countries including India, USA, China, EU, Japan, UK etc. Bharat Biotech currently, holds a portfolio of 60 patents and has delivered more than 3 billion doses of vaccines to over 65 countries.
Rotavac was developed as a result of a multi country-multi partner collaborative model of team science for over 2 decades. This large public-private social innovation partnership included the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Indian Institute of Science (IISC), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Translational Health Sciences and Technology Institute (THSTI), the Society for Applied Studies (SAS), Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, King Edwards Memorial Hospital (KEM) Pune, Stanford University School of Medicine, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Johns Hopkins University and PATH.
Dr Harsha Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate change and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, chairperson, Technology Development Board and secretary, Department of Science and Technology were present at the event.