The North Eastern region of India is enriched with both natural and human resources, and Assam is one of the 34 biodiversity hot spots in the world with abundance of natural resources and bio resources. The state will get tremendous economic benefits through commercialization of bio-resources through modern biotechnology. Recognizing this, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, felt the need for a State Biotechnology Policy for tapping the full potential of the science and utilizing it for economic development and directed the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of Assam to formulate a policy to play a prominent role in the revolution in biotechnology. Accordingly a State Biotechnology Policy for Assam was drafted. To fulfill the aims of state biotechnology policy, idea for establishment of “Guwahati Biotech Park” Society was conceived in the year 2008.
“Guwahati Biotech Park” is an registered society with main objective of to provide self employment, to the unemployed and additional work for the underemployed. Also to stimulate the economy of Assam through a focused and comprehensive approach on a few, selected sectors to encourage new groups of entrepreneurs to start diversified business units in the region. The major areas of R&D effort will include Information technology based drug discovery, herbal and tribal medicine, plant tissue culture and micro propagation, food processing, bioinformatics, bio-diesel, Tea Bio-technology, crop sciences, floriculture, horticulture etc.