Dr. Manish Diwan

Dr. Manish Diwan

Head - Strategic Partnership,


Leading large national programs for Government of India to nurture and empower the Biotech Innovation Ecosystem in India. Sectoral lead for National Missions especially Startup India, Make In India; Strategic collaborations including International partnerships; serves on National committees and Advisory Boards; contributes to Policy Reforms.

For Startups, Entrepreneurs and Industry leads national flagship schemes and programs of BIRAC including Risk Funding through Grant-in-aid, Equity, co-investments by Angels, VCs, AIFs (Fund of funds); setting up Incubation Centres for capacity building; Human Resource development through integrating a large partner pool of mentors, experts, peers and industry associations.

Being a central enabler representative, contributes in Ecosystem gap identification and finding solutions. A few policy initiatives include BioEconomy mapping, establishment of the Technology Clusters with Pilot and manufacturing facilities for startups, Field validation for startup solutions, Access to Regulatory guidance, Incubation Manager’s practice school, Scaling and Global integration through a strategic network of national and international partnerships.

He has about 28 years experience in Biotech sector from discovery research to product development, Science Administration and Project Management. Before moving into Public sector in 2017, he contributed to several Clinical Drug Candidates for global drug development at Daiichi Sankyo (India), Daiichi Sankyo (Japan), Ranbaxy, Dabur and University of Alberta (Canada). Also developed technologies during doctoral (ICGEB, NII India) and post-doctoral research (KAIST South Korea; University of Alberta) that were transferred to industry. Trained in Pharmaceutics, Molecular Pharmacology, Immunology, he has led large professional teams in First-In-Class and Best-In-Class Drug Discovery, Translational Preclinical Research and Early Clinical Development.