3.4 TECHNOLOGY NETWORKING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIVISION (TNBD)
TNBD, carved out of R&D Planning & Business Development Division, has been mandated to support projects under NMITLI and Energy scheme besides liaison, interaction and dealings with and of industry, financial, banking, commerce, trade, science & technology associations, bodies and all dealings of laboratories with commercial entities, to facilitate functioning of two CSIR units namely Unit for Research & Development of Information Products (URDIP), Customer Satisfaction Evaluation Unit (CSEU) and Diamond Jubilee Technology Award.
In the first year of its inception, the division provided support for 25 ongoing NMITLI projects. The on-going projects cover diverse areas. Notable ones are liquid crystals to decentralized power packs; functionalisation of alkane to advanced nano-materials and composites; defunctionalisation of carbohydrates to biodegradable plastics; and new targets and markers for cancer to advanced drug delivery systems. As a result of this one Oral herbal formulation for the treatment of psoriasis has been developed jointly with M/s Lupin Laboratories and an Investigational New Drug (IND) application has been filed for the first time in the country. A simple and cost-effective office-computing platform, SofComp, has been successfully completed and is now ready for soft-launch. On the business development front, measures were taken to further sharpen and deepen CSIR’s skill base for knowledge marketing.
Global Research Alliance (GRA)
The division provides support to GRA activity. The area in which support shall be provided have been identified by nine leading R&D global organizations viz. CSIR-India, Battelle, USA; CSIR, South Africa; CSIR, Australia; DTI, Denmark; FhG, Germany; SIRIM, Malaysia; TNO, Netherlands and VTT, Finland. These are Water, Health, Transportation, Energy and Digital Divide.
Business Development and Marketing of Knowledge
One of the tasks of the division is providing assistance to laboratories for business development and marketing of knowledgebase in diverse fields in order to maintain organic linkage with national level industry associations and other stakeholders.
Annual Business Meet (ABM)
The ABM 2004 along with a workshop entitled “Strategies for Marketing CSIR Knowledgebase” was organized at NCL, Pune during 20-21st February 2004 wherein scientists responsible for business development activities and several Directors of the laboratories participated. The ABM is a forum for discussing issues relative to common / generic business difficulties. TNBD shall review the guidelines on “Technology transfer and utilization of knowledgebase” with a committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. S. Sivaram, Director, NCL.
TNBD provided secretarial support to Kelkar committee constituted by DGCSIR. The committee was set up to assess and value the socio-economic-environmental benefits arising from CSIR’s R&D outcomes and S&T activities.
Diamond Jubilee Technology Award
In order to reorganize and honour the outstanding technical innovation that has contributed greatly to enhancement of national prestige. During Diamond jubilee year CSIR initiated Diamond Jubilee Technology Award 2003 after completing its glorious existence of 60 years. The award, first of its kind, seeks to recognize and honour the outstanding technological innovation that has contributed greatly to enhancement of national prestige. The award carries a plaque and citation alongwith cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh. During the year CSIR received 116 nominations cutting across diverse industry segments. “TATA Motors” stood out in the scrutiny for their spectacular contributions in the domain of design, development, manufacturing and successful marketing of Indica and Indigo cars. TNBD coordinated the efforts
Unit for Research & Development of Information Products (URDIP)
Continuing its endeavours for developing value added IT products benefiting professionals, academicians and industry, URDIP during the year developed/ added in the series a number of information products. These included:
Health Heritage, which, incorporated both traditional knowledge from Sanskrit classics, referred to by practitioners of Ayurveda and the modern information made available through systematic research during the past 40 years on diverse medicinal plants used in the Indian system of medicine. Summarily the database developed provides the information on chemical studies of plants and biological evaluation on total extracts and fractions there from. It also provides all the pharmacological, biological and clinical work done on pure constituents obtained from plants and gives the complete structures of new substances obtained. A third CD ROM in the series containing information on 50 plants was released during the year.
PAMEP is a database of Patents on Aromatic, Medicinal and Economic Plants. The database has many unique features and covers patents granted on about 300 such plants. The database is in web-enabled format. The work was sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
Ayuta Index’s second volume in the series named as Hetu-Koshah was prepared and released in CD-ROM format. The work was undertaken in collaboration with Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune. It integrates widely scattered and distributed references from Ayurveda classics on symptoms, causes and treatments in a retrievable form.
Patestate is a full text database of all the Indian and foreign patents that have been granted to CSIR. A fifth volume containing database and full text of patents granted during the period 1976-1980 was released during the year. This completes the digitization of all the patents granted to CSIR from 1976 to 2000.
Anusandhan (www.anusandhan.net), a prototype of a science and technology portal that will act as a single window of information on Indian science and technology was developed. It covers the research activities of all the publicly funded R&D institutions funded by Central and State Governments as well as academic institutions. It is also proposed to cover privately funded industrial R&D units. The project is supported by DSIR.
Explorations (www.csirexplorations.com) is prototype of a basic research portal that includes a digital library of Ph.D. theses of CSIR research fellows at national laboratories and other academic institutions. It will also include reports of extra mural projects supported by CSIR to universities and papers published by CSIR scientists.
The discipline of patinformatics encompasses patent intelligence, patent mapping and patent citation analysis with a view to carry out technology competition analysis, new venture evaluation, R&D management and product area surveillance. URDIP completed a number of studies in the area of drug delivery systems, fermentation technologies, biotechnology, medicinal diagnostics and electronic materials. These studies were basically done for NMITLI projects.
Security and Sensitivity Clearance
The R&D proposals involving foreign scientists/ agencies were examined and assessed in the division from security and sensitivity angle. The proposals covered basically contract R&D. During the year, about sixty such proposals were processed. Some of the clientele covering these proposals included DuPont, Procter and Gamble, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, D&O Pharmaceuticals, Daimler Chrysler, Fritz – Haber Institute (Germany) etc.