Building Biofoundry India: challenges and path forward

Binay PandaPawan K Dhar

Abstract

Biofoundry is a place where biomanufacturing meets automation. The highly modular structure of a biofoundry helps accelerate the design-build–test–learn workflow to deliver products fast and in a streamlined fashion. In this perspective, we describe our efforts to build Biofoundry India, where we see the facility add a substantial value in supporting research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We describe three key areas of our focus, harnessing the potential of non-expressing parts of the sequenced genomes, using deep learning in pathway reconstruction, and synthesising enzymes and metabolites. Toward the end, we describe specific challenges in building such a facility in India and the path to mitigate some of those working with the other biofoundries worldwide. Read the full Publication.