Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology

The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) is a growing phenomenon. Located in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, RGCB began in 1990 amongst humble surroundings as a small charitable society called the Centre for Development of Education, Science and Technology (C-DEST). In 1991, recognizing its potential, the C-DEST was made a "Grant-in-Aid" institute of the Government of Kerala and renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Development of Education, Science and Technology (RGC-DEST), becoming the first institute in the country to be named after Sri Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minster of India. On April 18, 1994 the Government of Kerala took a landmark decision to restructure the institute into a comprehensive biotechnology center and thus was created the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. The institute was first managed by the Government of Kerala's Committee for Science and Technology and Environment (STEC) and subsequently by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.


Kerala Startup Mission along with Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology has formed a society in the name of KRIBS which is a society for operating Biotech Incubation Centre at Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, Kochi. The BTIC building is a two floor facility spread around 42,000 sq.ft comprising of incubation spaces for Biotech startups, R & D Labs, facilities like Effluent Treatment Plant, DG Back up and all other facilities necessary for biotech startups to kick start their operations.

The major objective of KRIBS is to foster the development of technology for use in advancement of mankind and to provide an environment that fosters creativity in biotechnology and facilitate development technology and creativity. For this KRIBS will control and manage the Biotechnology Incubator and Research Facility called BIONEST located in the Kerala Technology Innovation Zone, KINFRA Hitech Park at Kalamasery in Kochi.

For more details visit www.bionestkerala.com