Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams BEST 2018 Winners

The annual list of BEST (Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Team) winners for 2018 was finalized on December 20, 2018. The Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE). The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai team comprising of Shamraj S Nadar; Prerana D Tomke; Girish S Nhivekar; Dhairyashil M Santre; and Swapanil N Mane won the top honor. Twenty teams, shortlisted through a national competition, presented their innovative biotech business ideas to a jury on December 20, 2018, and five teams were selected under for the ABLE-BEST Awards. This program is supported by Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

The BEST 2018 annual list of five winning teams comprised of young graduate, postgraduate and doctoral student teams who wish to pursue the spirit of biotech innovation and business. The honorees are working in a wide range of biotechnology solutions.

Twenty BEST finalists presented their business plans and technological innovation to a panel of judges and five teams were selected for further mentorship. The BEST Prize award also consists of monetary support. The first winning team secures Rs 5 lakh prize. There are two winning teams each for the second and third spots. While each of the winners for second position get a sum of Rs 3 lakh, each of the third winning teams bag Rs 2 lakh support. It is an initiative of ABLE that is supported and funded by DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India).

The BEST teams are exploring new frontiers of technologies and taking the first step of venturing into entrepreneurship. The winning teams were selected by an eminent jury chaired by Mr Shrikumar Suryanarayan, President of ABLE. Mr Suryanarayan and other jury members presented the awards to the winning teams.

The ABLE-BEST 2018 Winners are:


Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai



Shamraj S Nadar; Prerana D Tomke; Girish S Nhivekar; Dhairyashil M Santre; Swapanil N Mane;


National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) – Ahmedabad



Gopal S Agarwal; Chintankumar M Chaudhary; Mitkumar M Patel; Chanchal S Gupta; Krishnapriya Saraswathy


Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune



Soumya S Kolachal; Priyanka Singh; Rutuja S Magar; Mrinali M Kakamare; Sachi K Upasani


Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai



Mayur Ramrao Ladole; Gaurav Ghanshyam Dastane; Sarjerao Bapu Doltade; Nilesh Lakshaman Jadhav; Abhijeet Bhimrao Muley


Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh


Mehak Chauhan; Parul Chugh; Mansi Chadha; Prabhleen Kaur Bhatia; Deepika Upadhyay

This is the tenth edition of the Biotechnology Enterpreneurship Student Teams (BEST). BEST is an innovative talent search program promoted by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) - Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and managed and conducted by the Association for Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE).

An integral part of this program is a four-day workshop to help encourage young graduate, postgraduate and doctoral students to pursue their biotechnology entrepreneurship dream and exposing them to issues involved in commercialization of bioscience.

The Program will facilitate the setting up of enterprises of ideas/business plans, selected on the basis of a nationwide competition among the specified student community, by providing mentoring and networking linkages as well as award money.

Winners of Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams - BEST 2018 program announced. 1st ICT Mumbai 2nd NIPER Ahmehdabad & Savitribhai Phule Pune University 3rd ICT Mumbai & Amity University Noida

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