Bangalore: On 24th February, 2019, the new building of the Institute for Stem Cell Science & Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bangalore was formally inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon'ble Union Minister for Science & Technology; Earth Sciences; Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in the presence of Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), GoI.
The Minister marked the occasion by planting a tree and naming the building, Atal Anusandhan Bhawan. The Minister accompanied by scientists from the three institutes of the Bangalore Llife Sciences Cluster and visitors, toured the National CryoEM Laboratory Facility, Stem Cell facility, and other inStem laboratories where students presented their posters to him.
This was followed by an inaugural ceremony, beginning with a welcome address by Dr Apurva Sarin, Director inStem, who spoke about the vision and growth of the institute in the past 10 years. Dr Renu Swarup, who spoke about the evolution of research at inStem, and Dr Harsh Vardhan offered a promise on the government's behalf toward furthering science, technology and the pursuit of knowledge. Dr Alka Sharma, Scientist G at the Department of Biotechnology ended the session with a vote of thanks. This was followed by a press conference where the minister along with Drs. Swarup, Sarin and Sharma fielded questions about the role of biotechnology and stem cell science in India and abroad.
inStem focuses on collaborative research with a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach with a thematic focus. Research at inStem, encompasses a wide range of topics in stem cell biology: from questions about the fundamental mechanisms that control differentiation and renewal, to clinical studies on blood and brain disorders with a focus on mental illness and intellectual disorders .
inStem was established as an autonomous institute in 2009, with funding from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and incubated by the National Centre for Biological Sciences- TIFR, until recently. NCBS, inStem and Centre for Cell and Molecular platform form the Bangalore Life Science Cluster. This day marked a fresh chapter in the history of inStem, and will pave the way for future research in a new space with state-of-the-art facilities at the Bangalore Life Science Cluster.