Amaravati: Amid growing expectations for the COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, India's spotlight has turned on the Hyderabad-based Genome Valley which was founded by TDP national president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in 1999 to boost biomedical research, training, and manufacturing.

It was Mr. Naidu's vision to develop Genome Valley as a prestigious high-technology business district spread over 600 sq kms across Hyderabad suburban areas like Turakapally, Shamirpet, Medchal, Uppal, Patancheru, Jeedimetla, Gachibowli, and Keesara. Now, the making of Covaxin at Bharat Biotech housed in Genome Valley bears testimony to the effectiveness of that long-term vision.

Hailing the manifold growth of biotech, Mr. Naidu termed it as a moment of happiness for him as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Genome Valley to review the progress of the vaccine at Bharat Biotech. "My three-decade-old vision has become a reality now. It is a dream come true that the vaccine for the epidemic is being developed at the Genome Valley for which I laid the foundation."

Mr. Naidu said that in the 1990s when the world was just getting curious about biotechnology, seeds were sown for the development of Genome Valley in Hyderabad. Now, over 150 internationally-renowned companies in life sciences and R&D have turned Genome Valley into a biotech hub. It is proved once again that projects developed with a long-term vision will turn out immense benefits to the people, he said.

The TDP supremo further said that many biomedical companies had been set up at Genome Valley which eventually created job opportunities for the youths. "I thank the brave and brilliant minds at Bharat Biotech and all the organisations and companies that are stepping up to help us battle against this devastating pandemic. I wish them success. My message to the future policymakers: Your policies must be a proof in the future," Mr. Naidu said.

The Genome Valley project was commissioned in 1999 as SP Biotech Park under a public-private partnership with Bharat Biotech International along with private infrastructure companies such as Shapoorji Pallonji Group and ICICI Bank.

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