Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is a premier autonomous organization of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for planning, promoting, coordinating and conducting biomedical research in India. The Council carries out its mandate through its network of 26 permanent Institutes/Centres, and through extramural research support system to investigators in various institutes and medical colleges in India. Recognizing the need to meet the new challenges in providing affordable health care to the Indian citizens, the Council, over the past two decades has given high priority to both the generation of new knowledge and the creation of products, processes and tools for public good.

Thus, the ICMR now places significant priority towards the development of products and processes through seeking partnerships within and outside India, especially from the Indian industry. As part of these new efforts, the new initiative viz., Health Technology Accelerated Commercialisation (H:TAC) Program. This is expected to address one of the main concerns of the ICMR (that is common to Indian technologies as well) to find Indian industries to take forward local technologies. Several, technologies developed by the various ICMR laboratories found reluctant partners from the Indian industry. The H:TAC program in collaboration with FICCI will also focus on affordability, availability and accessibility of the new health products from the technologies developed by the ICMR labs. Through this initiative, the ICMR hopes to further enhance its commitment to the nation for building a strong base that can be scaled to newer levels as per the need of population at large.

The ICMR already has a robust system for intellectual rights property protection and exploitation. The IPR Unit under the Innovation and Translation Research Division is mandated, among other objectives to help and encourage scientists in their efforts to identify innovative components of their research and seek patent protection before publication, to commercially exploit the IP created. Also, to foster and enable technology transfer, licensing and commercialization activities (intramural/and extramural), the ICMR has put in place a policy framework for scientists tointeract with the industry under the Intellectual Property Rights Policy of the ICMR in 2013, Contract research policy and a new , policy on Contribution and Partnership 2017.

The H'TAC program's potency is rooted in the capabilities of ICMR scientists toward solving many of India’s health needs. The program also offers specialized training for both scientists and technology managers for the adoption of best practices, market access and mentoring.


Translating Research into Action for Improving the Health of the Population


GENERATE, manage and disseminate new knowledge, INCREASE focus on research on the health problems of the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of the society, HARNESS and encourage the use of modern biology tools in addressing health concerns of the country, ENCOURAGE innovations and translation related to diagnostics, treatment, methods/ vaccines for prevention, INCULCATE a culture of research in academia especially medical colleges and other health research institutions by strengthening infrastructure and human resource.


Formulate spearhead and promote biomedical research in India as a National Apex Body. Conduct, coordinate and implement medical research for the benefit of the Society. Translate medical innovations to products/ processes and introducing them into the public health system.

FICCI - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry is the rallying point for free enterprises in India. It has empowered Indian businesses, in the changing times, to shore up their competitiveness and enhance their global reach.

With a nationwide membership of over 1500 corporates and over 500 chambers of commerce and business associations, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry espouses the shared vision of Indian businesses and speaks directly and indirectly for over 2,50,000 business units. It has an expanding direct membership of enterprises drawn from large, medium, small and tiny segments of manufacturing, distributive trade and services. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry maintains the lead as the proactive business solution provider through research, interactions at the highest political level and global networking. In the knowledge-driven globalized economy, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry stands for quality, competitiveness, transparency, accountability and business-government-civil society partnership to spread ethics-based business practices and to enhance the quality of life of the common people.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry reach is not restricted or dominated by large business houses. We provide service and support to all cross section of industry and trade irrespective of their size. In fact, we have a separate Committee, which handles the specific issues relating to small and medium sector in India. By definition, the small and medium sector in India is possibly equivalent to the "tiny sector" that you have in the US. We are closely associated with the Indian SME's as we invite them on delegations to help provide them international linkages with industry clusters abroad. Our membership structure also provides us direct as well as indirect linkages with the SME's all over the country.

IC² Institute at The University of Texas, Austin

The IC² Institute is a globally recognized "think and do" component of The University of Texas at Austin whose mission is to engage in cutting-edge research to enhance the solving of unstructured problems related to market economies, wealth creation, growth, and prosperity through entrepreneurial activity and the commercialization of technological innovation. IC² Institute offers its 30+ years of experience to regions and enterprises interested in increasing prosperity through technology commercialization. Services include training entrepreneurs and technology commercialization managers; launching and managing programs for venture incubation, global business acceleration, lab-to-market technology licensing; and developing strategic plans for technology-based infrastructure and economic development.

The IC² Institute is an interdisciplinary unit of The University of Texas at Austin specializing in the practice of entrepreneurial wealth creation. Within the Institute is one of the world’s most prominent business incubators, the Austin Technology Incubator, which has an 88% funding success rate and whose companies have raised over $570 million over the last five years.IC² utilizes its experience and proven methodologies to drive growth and development of innovative technology-based businesses. Its programs have provided commercialization know-how to entrepreneurs and partner organizations while showing concrete business development results in over 35 countries worldwide.