Biochemical Engineering Research and Process Development Center (BERPDC), a fermentation facility, funded Jointly by DBT and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was established in 1986 in the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) chandigarh. It is one of Indias largest and most sophisticated centers for research in technology development, process optimization and scale up in the field of biochemical engineering. The center is equipped with state of the art facilities to carry out cutting edge research in the area of fermentation technology and is backed by excellent analytical facilities. The fully computerized pilot plant, for complete scale up and optimization is among the best of its type in India.
The facility has been catering to the fermentation requirements of various users from the Industry and other research and development establishment. The main objective of our fermentation facilities are to do research and provide services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. This unit of IMTECH has developed and transferred technology on biochemical processes and biopharmaceuticals like natural streptokinase, recombinant streptokinase, recombinant staphylokinase, urokinase, thermotolerent yeast for alcohol production, alkaline protease and alpha amylase. Few of those technology have already been commercialized. At present fermentation scientist are working on new generation thrombolytics and technology platforms on high cell density bacterial and yeast fermentation, exopolysaccharides like pullulan, xanthum gum, bacteriorhodopsin and biosurfactants.