Innovations in the Biotech and Pharma Industries in India

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Case Code : BREP014
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1978 - 2004
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : -
Industry : Biotech and Pharmaceutical
Countries : India

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Exhibit I: Syngene's Capabilities in Molecular Biology and Synthetic Chemistry
Exhibit II: Contract Services offered by Shantha Biotechnics
Exhibit III: DRL's Areas of Competencies in Discovery Research


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