Situated in Mohali, the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) is a National Institute which comes under the Department of Biotechnology. CIAB is a member institute of the knowledge city which consists of various Institutions such as CIAB, INST, ISB, IISER, ISB etc.
Spread over hundred acres of land, Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing institute aims at leading a knowledge based bio processing mission via translational testing, optimization and up scaling the existing technologies. It also aims to have innovational and developmental laboratory activities in their respective niche. CIAB is established to be a leading and innovative research organization of bioresources for their productive processing and value additive primary and secondary agriculture bioproducts for edible and non-edible usage.
There is a growing gap between R&D leads, processes and technologies from the laboratory benches and the range, value and volume of tangible translational products of volume or value that actually happen in a contemporary manner. Further, innovative thoughts and ideas may create or catalyze newer product anticipation and catalyze newer avenues of applications. Thus, there is an urgent need of mission to project, probe and pursue these opportunities towards potential pragmatic applications that may actually emanate from them in an institutional mode. It is in this perspective that the Department of Biotechnology (Govt. of India) envisioned to take up this mission of different facets of agri-produce or bio produce as a ‘Secondary Agriculture Initiative for Value Added Products (SAI-VAP) through this new national institute, the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB).
The bio processing has massive scope of work in research and developmental area. The innovational and research institute are particularly central to the gap areas and potential new initiatives related to bio processing for generating co-products of food, feed, phytochemicals and non-food or feed nature. Apart from primary agri-produce, secondary or surplus or spare biomass is aimed to be the feed stock for innovations and developments for scalable, viable, and sustainable utility products catering to start-up companies and entrepreneurs. The institute aims to explore bioprocessing opportunities which holds the potential promise of utility products or value addition for economic and quality gain.