IBAB was established as a non-profit Society, in 2001, by the Department of IT, BT and ST, Government of Karnataka. It was set up on the recommendation of the Vision Group on Biotechnology, an advisory body to the Chief Minister of Karnataka. IBAB is an autonomous institute governed by eminent representatives from academia, industry and government and advised by eminent scientists of the country. The institute started functioning in 2001, and admitted the first batch of students in February 2002. We recap below some of the major milestones that the institute has achieved.


  • 2019
    • BIOSCIENCE POLICY RESEARCH PROGRAMME WITH THE TAKSHASHILA INSTITUTION LAUNCHED
  •  2018
    • BIG DATA BIOLOGY PROGRAMME WITH IIIT-B LAUNCHED, SUPPORTED BY DBT
    • B4 PROGRAMME–PHASE 2, LAUNCHED WITH THE MITTAL INSTITUTE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, SUPPORTED BY DBT
    • MSC IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOINFORMATICS, RECOGNIZED BY BANGALORE UNIVERSITY, TAKES OFF
    • KIRAN MAZUMDAR-SHAW ENDOWS THE MAZUMDAR-SHAW CHAIR IN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY. PROF. YATHINDRA IS THE FIRST OCCUPANT
  • 2017
    • SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
  • 2016
    • BIO-IT CENTRE – PHASE 2, INITIATED
  • 2015
    • B-LIFE PROGRAMME IN BIG DATA INITIATED TOGETHER WITH THE B-LIFE CLUSTER (NCBS, INSTEM AND C-CAMP)
  • 2014
    • INFOSYS FOUNDATION ENDOWS INFOSYS CHAIR. DR. C M GUPTA IS THE FIRST OCCUPANT
  • 2013
    • IBAB’S NEW ‘MSC IN BIOINFORMATICS AND APPLIED BIOTECHNOLOGY’, RECOGNIZED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MYSORE, TAKES OFF
  • 2011
    • MSC IN BIOINFORMATICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY LAUNCHED
  • 2010
    • BIO-IT CENTRE ESTABLISHED WITH SUPPORT FROM MEITY AND GOK
  • 2009
    • MOVED TO NEW CAMPUS IN BIOTECH PARK
  • 2008
    • RECOGNIZED AS A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR RESEARCH AND TRAINING IN BIOINFORMATICS, BY MEITY.
    • DOCTORAL PROGRAMME INITIATED
  • 2006
    • ASTRAZENECA RESEARCH FOUNDATION ENDOWS A FACULTY CHAIR IN CHEMINFORMATICS.
  • 2005
    • FIRST FIST GRANT FROM DST, GOI
  • 2003
    • SELECTED AS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP NETWORK
  • 2002
    • INAUGURATED BY HONORABLE CHIEF MINISTER OF KARNATAKA
    • FIRST POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME INITIATED