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The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology (Government of India) has established the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), an autonomous institution, as a part of the interdisciplinary Biotech Science Cluster at Faridabad in the National Capital Region. Major Indian and overseas institutions are mentoring the development of THSTI. The institution is designed to be a dynamic and interactive organization with a mission to conduct innovative translational research and develop research collaborations across disciplines and professions to accelerate the extension of concepts to the improvement of human health. The other members of the cluster include the Regional Centre for Biotechnology under the aegis of UNESCO, with which THSTI will have seamless scientific collaboration to achieve interdisciplinary expertise. The cluster institutions will have access to state of the art experimental animal facility and platform technology resources.

Post: Senior Program Officer (SPO)-  4

THSTI has set up niche centres of research in a number of interface areas relevant to translational research namely, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Research Centre, Paediatric Biology Centre, Centre for Biodesign and Diagnostics.

Intelligent Ideas for innovation: The centre will look at the priority setting based on an appropriate matrix suitable for national, geographical and sub-geographical needs, in disease areas where burden is high and where products are available. The need finding exercise will be based on either a meeting of stakeholders or reaching a consensus gathered through appropriately designed e-surveys, followed by analysis of data based on globally acceptable matrix. A repertoire of technologies available for the prioritized areas and an analysis of incremental innovation required in-order to increase affordability and access will be provided. Required expertise and skill sets for taking these products through the translation process will be suggested and wherever possible, names of the experts for handholding will also be provided.

Exploring strategies where opportunities exist but implementation is not happening: There are opportunities in public health, where interventions available globally are not being implemented in our country. A division of the unit will explore alternate/ innovative strategies to address the implementation aspect. Sometimes prohibitive cost and insufficient information available to various stakeholders are the prime reasons of low uptake of a particular product developed. The prohibitive cost can be addressed by bringing in the indigenous manufacturers on board, providing them appropriate supportive supervision and also providing them information about the available funding to cushion the risk in the product development. The division could also provide the manufacturers with analysis of available platforms and their respective regulatory requirements for fast-track clearance for licensure.

Technology diffusion and demand creation: This activity will be executed by collaborating with appropriate stakeholders and communicating with the policy-makers, parliamentarians, civil society organizations etc. and is expected to facilitate uptake of a product that has already been developed and is useful for public health. Discussion groups will be convened in key areas to evolve a thought processes which will be concretized through the above three mechanisms. Workshops and seminars for disseminating the information to various stake-holders i.e. scientific communities, industries and various elements of civil society groups will also be convened by this unit.

Maximum emoluments: Upto Rs.1.25 Lakh/- p.m. based on relevant experience.

Qualification and Experience: MD/ Ph.D. in any branch of Life Sciences/ Medicine with 7-12 years post-doctoral relevant experience in the areas of Policy/ Public Health/ Vaccines/ Diagnostics/ Drugs/ Medical Devices/ Bio design.

Excellent written and communication skills in English essential.

Job Description: The SPO is expected to provide strategic inputs to the institute and support policy creation in their assigned areas of speciality. This involves interacting with different stakeholders in academia, industry, governments and CSOs, organizing meetings, creating reports, collecting and performing secondary analysis of scientific data based on published reports and unpublished data. Preparation of technical documents in the assigned areas and publication of the findings originating thereof.

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