Bengaluru, NFAPost: Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) announced the second edition of its 2021-launched Indo-Israel Innovation Bridge with the Bengaluru Consulate General of Israel.
The kick-off was done by Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon and C-CAMP CEO & Director Dr Taslimarif Saiyed in the presence of Consul General (CG) of Israel to South India Jonathan Zadka.
The Indo Israel Innovation Bridge Edition II aims to take the current, largely exploratory C-CAMP- CG, Israel partnership a notch higher by creating synergistic ecosystem-to-ecosystem tie-ups specifically in the agriculture and MedTech sectors, a strong suit of both C-CAMP and the Israeli innovation Ecosystem.
Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon said Israel finds strong potential in the speed and dynamism of India’s growing innovation ecosystem.
“Also unique in Indo-Israel relations is the very tangible people-to-people connectivity. It is now up to us and efforts like Indo Israel Innovation Bridge to create avenues to enhance this natural partnership & steer it towards mutual benefit and growth,” said Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon.
The Bridge 2.0 will provide for a strong collaborative platform between Indian and Israeli innovation ecosystems, especially in the Medtech sector. It also opens up provisions for the C-CAMP Govt of Karnataka’s Centre of Excellence for Agri Innovations launched Grand Challenges in Agriculture program to accept Israel startups/innovators.
The Grand Challenge launched by Karnataka Minister Dr Ashwathnarayan CN in 2021 is looking for innovations addressing pest-control in coffee cultivation, soil quality detection, and conservation and increased shelf life of produce.
A prominent hurdle in such partnerships is often the internationally variable regulatory pathways and clearance systems. By this agreement, C-CAMP will bring the agency to this potential hurdle through its deep ecosystem networks.
This apart networking opportunities, incubation access to C-CAMP’s high-end technology platforms, stakeholder connections, and a rich, cross-disciplinary academic environment are on offer for technology validation and scale-up needs of interested Israeli parties.
The success of Phase I in which 38 Indian cos and 11 Israeli counterparts evinced interest followed by this current call for Phase II of the Indo-Israel Innovation Bridge. It demonstrates the potential nationwide impact of such micro-level, domain-specific Indo-Israel collaborations in the context of the close alliance between Govt of India and the State of Israel.
Consular General of the State of Israel to South India in Bengaluru Jonathan Zadka said it is a privilege to inaugurate the Phase II of Indo Israel Innovation Bridge.
“We found a strong and agile partner in C-CAMP to help create a platform from scratch for Indo-Israel ecosystems to engage. The Phase I showed how quickly the platform is evolving to initiate meaningful dialogues. Phase II will be about cementing those,” said Consular General of the State of Israel to South India in Bengaluru Jonathan Zadka.
C-CAMP CEO & Director Dr Taslimarif Saiyed said what C-CAMP built with the Indo Israel Innovation Bridge are the first rungs of a ladder that will enable the emerging deep-science culture in Bangalore and India largely, to broaden their horizons towards one of the world’s top innovation countries.
“We are looking at more innovation to happen via this collaboration so that solutions for local and global requirements can be met with our innovators,” said C-CAMP CEO & Director Dr Taslimarif Saiyed.
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, C-CAMP’s mandate is to enable cutting-edge life science research and innovation, and promote life science entrepreneurship. It is India’s premier innovation and technology hub as well as one of the largest and most thriving life sciences ecosystems in the country.
C-CAMP has directly funded, incubated and mentored ~ 200 start-ups over the last few years and is connected to about 2000 start-ups and entrepreneurs across the country in healthcare, agritech and cleantech. C-CAMP is an initiative supported by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, NITI Aayog-AIM, DST-NSTEDB, MeiTY and Department of IT, BT, S&T Government of Karnataka.