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"www.pharmaresearch.in" is India 's 1st exclusive Pharma research website for academic research to bridge the existing lacuna between academic institutes and Pharma industry by providing research problems / topic / clue / Title to all research scholars. The research theme will be actual research problem at R&D and/or F&D Pharma units and it will offer paramount opportunity to each research scholar to show their potentials according to need of Pharma research industry.
The domains in which interaction is practically possible are:
- Industry support to basic research for knowledge creation
- Industry participation in technology development involving some exploratory work
- Academic intervention in solving specific industry problems
- Laboratory utilization by industry
- Continuing education program
The main objective of the website is to deliver Pharma research problems to academic institute and research scholars by industry personnel. The research problems will also be provided by the experienced academicians. Apart from this, website will also provide as a sole destination to many information like latest news about seminars & workshops in India, Free access to Pharma journals, Indian Pharma publications, Impact factor for Pharma journals, Pharmaweb links, Free Pharma Softwares, Sources of financial assistance for research project in India, sources for travel grant, List of CRO in India, List of industries, List of facillities for instrumental analysis, List of facillities for herbarium and plant identification and many more Pharma updates.
The gap between industry's needs and the academic community's aspirations appears to be considerably large. There exists a strong feeling, at least in the academic circles, that unless technology driven initiatives find a surer place in the industrial sector in this country, the academia-industry interaction is likely to remain confined to developmental activities with limited exploratory or research-based content. With little or no acknowledgement of research-intensive needs on the part of industry, and the marginal interest that purely development related activities evoke amongst the academia, the academia-industry interaction does not appear to be resting on very firm grounds. Moreover, there appears to be a critical mismatch in relative perceptions of the two on the issue of how technology development is to be achieved. For academia, technology development amounts to conceptualization and execution coupled with validation at the laboratory level. For industry, the interest lies in translating the laboratory-validated concept into a commercial proposition, where the most important considerations are those of economic viability. The industrial R&D in the country should actually be focused on this phase of technology development where laboratory models are scaled up and converted into commercially viable products/processes. Evolving a laboratory-proven idea into an implementable technology is a kind of effort, which the academic community does not appear to be fully geared towards, at least at present. Should the academia be at all involved in such an effort? This is a question we need to confront keeping in view the possibility that academic potential is best exploited in the first phase of technology development.
Why Industry must join..??
The different academic institutes will work as research centre for recognized industrial research problems
- It works as social responsibility towards Industry to upgrade effectiveness of academic research.
- It will bridge the gap between industry institute
- Industry will have potential applicants for R&D and F&D unit with out wasting a valuable time, efforts and money in expensive set ups for recruitments.
Of the above, interaction at the level of industry support to basic research is virtually non-existent, whereas at the level of industry participation in technology development, some interaction, particularly with large public sector enterprises, has been witnessed. The interaction could be achieved by the publication of the information, employment and transfer of a skilled researchers, consulting agreement, material transferee agreement of a un patented technologies, License or assignment of a patented technologies, collaborative or sponsored research agreement or development of new technologies, and formation of a start up companies. Laboratory utilization by industry for developmental purposes and for material and product testing could bring relatively a greater success.
Why academic must notice this web...??
To stop re-investment of resources in non-profitable research.
- Overall up gradation of academic institute according to demand of Pharma industrial research.
- Compensate demands of expert academicians in newly developed institutes
For academicians, the primary focus of interest is invariably a problem that throws up an intellectual challenge. Technology development initiatives which involve understanding or exploration of a concept and alternative methodologies, etc., related to process and design improvement could be of considerable interest. Academic environments value the autonomy of the individual researcher and there is a strong preference for working towards creation of knowledge in specialized domains. Typically, academic interest in the multidimensionality of a problem leads to a tendency to explore a variety of options to arrive at a solution. Such activity consumes both time and effort and the result may often be inimical to what the industry would regard as a wholesome solution. Also, Time frames at institutes like the are governed by research guidance and teaching priorities of the academic community. Globally, it is funding considerations that orient academicians towards sponsored R&D activities, enabling them, thereby, to sustain their broader research interests.
The Need of the hour:
With technology driven entrepreneurship coming up in the country in a big way, the academia is bound to be more amenable to a closer interaction with industry. Small and medium sectors, which are also going to be a major force in the new rise Pharma industry, could possibly be the catalytic agent in this change. This sector of industry may need technological inputs from the academia in certain identified niche areas. What is needed is a support system to ensure a focused involvement of both academia and industry. If we are prepared to offer ourselves for this endeavor, then it is imperative that the systems and procedures are developed to ensure that industry expectations are met without any compromise on academic aspirations. Can academia, jointly with industry, conceive of and take up short-term, small-budget, targeted exploration / development activity which, on the one hand, would instill confidence in industry and on the other, encourage it to embark on long-term research driven development. Such efforts at the individual level across the profession can indeed yield positive results.
Compulsions of a global market are bound to force industry in general to look afresh at their R&D efforts. This process must be guided by a complete paradigm shift from a simple capital-intensive trading set up to a technology driven entrepreneurial one. Industry could set up research consortia with a view to encouraging research driven technology development either in-house or in collaboration with the academia. Simultaneously, if the academia could tilt the focus of basic research towards application as well, interaction with industry would receive further impetus. Research initiatives involving industry personnel through academic programs with flexible formats could serve as the first step in this direction.
There is a need to create avenues for a close academia and industry interaction through all the phases of technology development, starting from conceptualization down to commercialization. One noteworthy experiment in this direction has been the Technology Development Setting up of technology incubation centers in close proximity of academic institutions could provide yet another mechanism for fostering wholesome technology development. Other avenues for link ups are possible and can be explored. What is important is that such link ups acknowledge and capitalize on the relative strengths of the academia and industry. The interaction is the mutually beneficial one. The collaboration provides industry an opportunity to grow its business by using the results of academic research and the academic institution is in the need of a partner that can take its discoveries to the market place. The website hopes to take this noble initiative and accomplish the mentioned goals.