IMGENEX India Pvt. Ltd., a Biotech Company in Orissa
Dr. Sujay Singh
|IMGENEX India was founded by Dr. Sujay
Singh in the year 2001 in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. IMGENEX India develops and commercializes
novel reagents for the scientific study of human biology and disease and for the
production of new diagnostic assays and potential therapies of such diseases.
reagents include antibodies, gene and protein expression systems, and arrays of various
cells and tissues for use in studies of functional genomics. Areas of biological interest
at IMGENEX include cancer, apoptosis (programmed cell death), molecular signaling
pathways, cellular aging, neurodegenerative, and metabolic and infectious diseases.
Recently, we have built a State-of-the-Art facility for biotechnology Research &
Development at the Infocity complex (an IDCO property). This has modern molecular biology,
protein production, cell culture and antibody development laboratories. IMGENEX India will
also have laboratories for developing high throughput assay systems and stem cell
- To develop a R&D facility to provide research tools as a reasonable cost
: Indias share in global biotech research is less than two percent.
This may be attributed to lack of awareness of modern developments and unavailability of
research reagents at an affordable price in India. Researchers in the university
laboratories and other research institutions normally obtain antibodies and other kits
that are used in the biological research from the foreign manufacturers. These reagents
are expensive and often a scientist in India has to wait for a month or more to get those
reagents in his/her laboratory. To alleviate these problems, we founded IMGENEX India, a
R&D and manufacturing facility in Bhubaneswar. The goal is to utilize local talents to
promote biotechnology in Orissa and India. Now the scientists in India do not have to wait
for weeks and months to get a reagent from the USA or other countries. If the product is
available with IMGENEX India, they can get the product within 3-4 days and paying in
Present products are monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies, RNA interference systems and
other reagents used in biomedical research. These are developed and manufactured at our
Bhubaneswar facility and sold world-wide through IMGENEX Corporation, San Diego,
- To promote Academic and Industry collaborations : In the USA most of
the biotech companies were started by faculty members in the universities. Strong
collaborations between academia and industry have led to explosion of biotech industry in
the USA. Our goal is to develop similar collaborations between the research institutions,
such as, Utkal University, Regional Medical Research Center, Institute of Life Sciences,
etc. We have already established research relationship with Dept. of Biotechnology at the
Utkal University and RMRC. This is done by conducting seminars at IMGENEX India or at the
academic institutions and providing internships.
- Diagnostic kits : We have developed a diagnostic kit for Malaria in
collaboration with a USA based company. This kit is being validated at SRL Ranbaxy, Ltd,
Mumbai. Further diagnostic kits will be developed using the antibodies produced in our
laboratory. These include but not limited to kits to detect Filaria, SARS, etc. We are
also in discussion with SRL Ranbaxy to develop some antibodies that can be used in
- Therapeutic Antibodies : World market for therapeutic monoclonal
antibodies is approximately 3 billion US dollars annually. We are targeting to develop
monoclonal antibodies that can be used in the treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis.
However, this is a long-term goal.
- Stem Cell Research : IMGENEX Indias goal is to be at the
forefront of scientific development. We are always looking for new technologies and
discoveries. IMGENEX India is developing many antibodies that will facilitate Stem cell
research, a promising field of research and clinical applications. To show our commitment
to this goal, we are conducting an International Symposium on Stem cells. This will be
attended by scientists from India and abroad. This symposium will also educate local
students, research fellows and scientists about such a promising field as Stem Cell
IMGENEX India scientists routinely present their scientific findings in meetings in India
or abroad, such as, annual meetings of Indian Association of Cancer Research and
Experimental Biology, USA. Our long-term goal is to make IMGENEX-India a leader in the
biotech industry in India and put Orissa in the World Biotech map.
|Contact Information :
Sujay Singh, Ph.D.
11175 Flintkote Avenue
San Diego, CA- 92121
Tel: (858) 642-0978
Fax: (858) 642-0937
Brig. B.K. Singh (Retd.)
IMGENEX India Pvt. Ltd.
E-5, Infocity, KITT Post Office
Bhubaneswar, 751024, Orissa
Tel: (0674) 2743265
Fax: (0674) 2744112