Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Hon'ble Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences inaugurated the Small animal facility and a Controlled Exposure to smoke facility, at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) in New Delhi. He said that "it is time for Indian scientists to translate research in their laboratory's into solutions for the common man as part of ‘Make in India’".
After visiting various parts of animal house facility- classified corridors, quarantine room, holding room, breeding room, histopathology laboratory and animal experimental facility, he appreciated the infrastructure and cleanliness in the facility. The facility is well equipped with technologies such as anaesthesia machine, plethysmogrph, flexivent, controlled exposure smoke machine, microtome and histopathology instruments. He also appreciated the facility as it is made in accordance with the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) guidelines and standards. He laid focus on using the facility for searching cures for common diseases afflicting Indians and to translate the work done by various researchers in Institute. Speaking to scientists and staff of CSIR-IGIB, Dr Harsh Vardhan said, "diagnostic technologies, high science therapeutics and specialized services developed by CSIR-IGIB could contribute towards quality and affordable healthcare to our people while generating valuable intellectual property that could be monetized globally".