ISCB is a longstanding and well established bilateral research and product development programme, jointly funded and steered by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (represented in India through the Climate Change and Development Division of the Embassy of Switzerland). ISCB is governed by the Joint Apex Committee (JAC) and jointly managed by the Programme Management Unit (PMU, EPFL, Lausanne) and the Technology Advancement Unit (TAU, New Delhi).
History: The Technology Advancement Unit (TAU) was set-up in 2010 in New Delhi as an adjunct to the Project Management Unit (PMU) in Switzerland to facilitate, promote and transfer technologies developed under the Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB) Programme.
TAU’s overall goal: TAU’s overall goal is to create a conducive environment for technology transfer and product development as facilitator, advisor and supporter through active exchange of information with stakeholders from academia, governments and public and private institutions. Since the nature of TAU’s role is diverse and variable, the TAU defines its vision, mission, task areas, scope of roles and responsibilities within ISCB and also beyond ISCB.