Biocon invests Rs100 crore in R&D

Biocon invests Rs100 crore in R&D

New Delhi: Biotechnology major Biocon will be investing Rs100 crore in the next fiscal in enhancing its Research and Development to keep pace with increased orders from multi-national firms as leading global firms have cut down on their expenditure of research and development (R&D).

“We will be investing Rs100 crore in 2009-10 for enhancing our R&D," Biocon Chairperson and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said on the sidelines of India Economic Summit.

“The company has earmarked an investment of Rs60 crore for the current fiscal," she added.

“We have seen an increase in research activities coming to our company during the current financial crisis as there has been a pressure on big pharma companies, mainly from western world, to cut expenditure on R&D," Shaw said.

“The current economic downturn has not affected Biocon much," she added.

On the source of funding the expansion plan, she said, it would be through internal accrual.

When asked about the company’s forecast during the current fiscal Shaw said: “We will meet what we had internally forecasted. It will be a double digit growth".

On its R&D programme she said that two of its molecules for the treatment of diabetes and psoriasis is under development and have entered in phase-III of clinical trials.