India's Biotech Aspirations

Hyderabad: A BT hotbed

India, a nation that has enthusiastically embraced and been transformed by information technology, is in the midst of a biotech frenzy. Newspapers and politicians hail "BT" as the savior for the dot-bombed IT sector, and scores of computer software firms have announced the formation of bioinformatics spinoffs.

Hyderabad, capital of the south-central state of Andhra Pradesh, competes for biotech preeminence with Bangalore, the country's cosmopolitan IT center. Bangalore, capital of Karnataka in south India, boasts Biocon India Ltd., the first and largest