Government of India & Government of Tamil Nadu



October 11-12, 2017

10.30 am onwards, TNAU, Coimbatore 

A platform for key stakeholders from government, academia and industry to deliberate on the scope and challenges of bioentrepreneurship through the R&D on herbal remedies

India is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, has 15 agro-climatic zones. Out of the 17000-18000 species of flowering plants, more than 7000 are estimated to have medicinal usage in folk and documented systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (AYUSH System of Medicine). The Angiosperm diversity of India includes 17,672 species.  With 5640 species, Tamil Nadu ranks 1st among all the States in the Country, and also nearly 1/3rd of the total flora of India.  This includes 533 endemic species, 230 red-listed species, 1559 species of medicinal plants and 260 species of wild relatives of cultivated plant.  The Gymnosperm diversity of the country is 64 species of which Tamil Nadu has 4 species of indigenous Gymnosperms and about 60 introduced species.  The Pteridophytes diversity of India includes 1022 species of which Tamil Nadu has about 184 species.  Tamil Nadu wild plant diversity also includes vast number of bryophytes, Likens, Fungi, Algae and Bacteria. 

Medicinal plants are not only a major resource base for the traditional medicine & herbal industry but also provide livelihood and health security to a large segment of Indian population. The domestic demand of medicinal plants has been estimated 1,95,000 MT for the year of 2014-2015 and export demand of medicinal plants has been estimated 1,34,500 MT during 2014-2015. Total consumption of herbal raw drug in the country for the year 2014-15 has been estimated at 5,12,000 MT with corresponding trade value of ₹ 5,500 Crore. The major increase has been recorded in export value which has increased from ₹ 345.80 Crore in 2005-06 to ₹ 3211 Crore in 2014-15, registering a nine fold increase in during last decade.

India is among one of among the top 12 biotech destinations in the world and ranks second in Asia, after China. The Indian biotech industry with over 800 companies is growing at 30.46 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). As a business segment, it has huge potential with robust growth. The industry growth is primarily driven by vaccines and recombinant drugs. However biotechnology based natural product research and development has huge potential. With the new guidelines on phytopharmaceuticals the industry is poised for higher growth.

Conference seeks

  • Promote R&D on herbals as a potential bioentrepreneurship opportunity.
  • Awareness and education on the guidelines and approvals of natural products.
  • Enhancing rural livelihood through sustainable utilization of the vast bioresource for economic development.

Conference Themes

  • Strategies for research enabled herbal start-ups
  • Barriers and Enablers to sustainable herbal industries
  • Herbal remedies- Resources and research in India

12th Sep, 2017                                                  Agenda

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Registrations & Tea/Coffee

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Opening Session


Inaugural Address

Keynote Address



11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Strategies for research enabled herbal start-ups

With a wide array of schemes to nurture start-ups and make-in-India efforts, there has been huge support in terms of funding. This session seeks to discuss on the other key strategies in terms of regulatory guidelines, research material availability, potential technologies for commercialization etc for emerging start-ups in this area.



Dr Mohd Aslam, Advisor, DBT; Nodal-officer, BIRAC, New Delhi

Dr Shakthi Vinay Shukla, Director, FFDC, Kannuaj

Dr Latha, T. Stanes, Coimbatore

Dr.R.M.Vijayakumar, Professor & Head, Dept. of Medicinal & Aromatic Crops, TNAU, Coimbatore


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Barriers and Enablers to sustainable herbal industries

Industries have been identified as key drivers of employment and inclusive growth. However they face several obstacles to its long-term growth and sustainability. What are the key barriers and enablers to enterprise growth? This session will focus on the current herbal industry landscape in India, its role in advancing development, and the future potential for this sector.



Mr. K. ShyamPrasad, Vidya Herbs, Bangalore

Mr.B.Ramakrishnan, MD, TICEL Bio-park, Chennai

Mr. Narasimhan, Asthagiri herbal foundation , Chennai


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Herbal remedies- Resources and research in India

This session will focus on the natural resources, research monographs and other key research highlights in this area to provide the state-of-art.


Dr.R.Gnanam, Director, CPMB, TNAU, Coimbatore

Dr. V. Banumathi, National institute of Siddha, Chennai

Ms. Preethi Sukumaran, Krya consumer Products, Chennai

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Technology trade fair and posters tour


Closing Session

Valedictory Address

Key takeaways from the Conference

4:30 pm onwards

Tea/Coffee and Networking


About Organizers


Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute

Established in 2001, the Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (EDII), Chennai is an apex organisation in the field of entrepreneurship education and self-employment promotion in the state of Tamil Nadu. EDII was constituted by Government of Tamil Nadu as a not-for- profit society and is administered by Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). Headed by the Addl. Chief Secretary who is also the Director of the Institute, EDII is managed under the superintendence of a Governing Council, appointed by the Government of Tamil Nadu. 

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University is a leading agrotechnology provider of India and its graduates are recognized throughout the world. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) had its genesis from establishment of an Agricultural School at Saidapet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India as early as 1868 which was later relocated at Coimbatore during 1906. The University is offering Thirteen Undergraduate Degree Programs, Forty Graduate Degree Programs and Twenty six Doctoral Programs in 14 Colleges distributed in 11 campuses all over Tamil Nadu. TNAU has 36 Research Centers for agrotechnology development and 14 Farm Science Centers for outreach. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), GOI ranked TNAU as the first among the State Agricultural Universities in India.

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

Department of Biotechnology is the nodal department in the country for promotion of biotech education, research and entrepreneurship under the Ministry of Science and Technology. The DBT collaborates in this initiative as knowledge partner.