TEHRAN – About 16 national programs related to biological technologies are being implemented to support the country’s economic development, IRNA reported.
The programs focus on livestock and poultry, their feed, biofertilizers, the revitalization of orchards, the production of oilseeds and agricultural products, the development of organic farming and the manufacture of medicines and vaccines for livestock, poultry and aquatic animals.
Biological technologies are seen as the future savior of the country’s economy, an increasingly growing field on which all countries depend. These technologies can shape the future of humanity and the world.
In order to realize a resilient and knowledge-based economy, the vice presidency of science and technology has carried out a series of activities over the past year to further develop the ecosystem of innovation and technology in the country.
The Vice Presidency of Science and Technology was established in 2006 as one of the government’s sub-units with the slogan of moving from an oil-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, with the goal of increasing technological capability and innovation to generate wealth from knowledge and improve people’s quality of life.
So far, over 7,000 knowledge-based and 1,600 creative companies have been registered and put into operation.
Biotechnology, agriculture, food processing, chemical technologies, aircraft maintenance, steel, gas, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and medicine, oil, electronics and telecommunications, information technology and computer software are among the sectors in which researchers work in technology companies.
The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, called the current Iranian year (March 2022-March 2023) “The year of production: knowledge-based and job-creating”. Strengthening knowledge-based enterprises is on the agenda, raising hopes of removing barriers to development.
In this regard, a strategic technology development center was established and supported 362,000 technology projects and 154 commercialization projects, in addition to inaugurating 23 national mega-projects.
In addition, in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem development, 65 creative houses and innovation centers and 30 specialized accelerators have been established with the aim of strengthening and enhancing the export capacity of knowledge-based, creative and technological enterprises.