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Robust Pipeline of Newer Vaccines in Offing
Dr S D Ravetkar, Executive Director, Serum Institute of India says that the company has put programme in place to achieve the ambitious plan to offer new vaccines

Serum Institute of India Ltd., is the worlds no. 1 producer of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, HIB, BCG, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccines. It is estimated that about 60% of the children in the world receive at least one vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India Ltd.

Key focus in the coming year will be enhancing further capacities of above vaccines for which state of art plants are under various stages of completion. The growth has its own problems and challenges. Planned programme has been put in place for handling these issues.

Major thrust is also given on further strengthening quality systems by adding Process Analytical Technology (PAT) in various stages of manufacture of vaccines. More focus is given on incremental innovation than only on disruptive innovation. The technical team building by establishment of new training center is given major thrust.

Serum is also working with various Universities and Research Institutions in country and overseas, in Europe and U.S. to leverage advantage of mutual strengths in knowledge building. The development of critical knowledge mass is thus at center of various activities.

With robust pipeline of various newer vaccines in offing structured programme is carried to reduce time to market. Products on the horizon are many like Rota and Pnemococcus and HPV vaccines. This in itself is a gigantic task of putting new R & D incubators and going through entire process of germination of idea till commercialization.

Innovation is also being implemented in supplying various new vaccine administration systems and for effective measurement thereby validation of cold chain management.

These efforts will help make vaccines available at affordable cost to infant population in world. With acquisition of Bilthoven Biologicals in Netherlands Serum Institute of India Ltd., is looking for entry in Western regulated markets, In years to come as our vaccines are already manufactured in world class environment confirming to International FDA.