Sun Micro To Expand Biotech R&D In India

Hyderabad | Updated: Feb 27 2004, 05:30am hrs
Global software products and solutions major Sun Microsystems, which has steadily expanded its research activities in collaboration with various Indian institutions, now plans to expand its activities by forming partnerships with research and academic institutions like the Hyderabad-based CDFD (Centre for DNA Finger Printing Development), IIT Delhi, Icrisat, among others.

We would like to create more Centres of Excellence in India in collaboration with R&D & academic institutions, said Mr Stefen Un-ger, global business development manager, of Sun Microsystems.

At present, the companys activities in India range from developing software for molecular biological data system, e-learning, genomics, proteionics and pharmagenomics and open source software development with all these institutions, he said.

In an interaction with The FE on the sidelines of three day Bio-Asia summit in Hyderabad on Thursday, Mr Unger said: We would like to have Centres of Excellence in science and engineering, library sciences, high performance computing, grid computing technology and host of other bio-technological areas in India with Indian institutions. He added, Though Sun invests in hardware and technical knowhow, however, it will allow the Indian partners to own the credit of intellectual property rights of the products and technologies developed by the Centres of Excellence in India.

The company has earmarked over $2 billion investment annually in the research and development only. It has created 15 Centres of Excellence across the globe and India (Hyderabad) is one among them. We would like to spend and take more interest in the Indian research institutions as we see India has the potential to develop high-end computing technologies, particularly in the area of biotechnology, Mr Unger added.

The company is currently working with IIT Delhi for the development of software on molecular biology datas, in alliance with Icrisat of Hyderabad for e-learning tools for training purpose in agriculture area.