FEDERATION OF ASIAN BIOTECH ASSOCIATIONS (FABA), announced the reconstitution of the Management Committee of the FABA through a proper election process as a custom for every two years, for the years 2021 and 2022. The committee has representatives from the academy, industry, and Government bodies, with the president from one of the Asian member countries, , this time it is the turn of Bangladesh.The following is the newly reconstituted Management Committee:
Dr. Asadulghani, ICDDR, Bangladesh (President),
Prof. P. Reddanna, University of Hyderabad (Executive President),
Dr. P. Ratnakar, Tech Mahindra (Secretary General),
Dr. Suresh Pothani, ICMR – NARF (Rtd) (Executive Secretary),
Dr. Suresh Poosala, Oncoseek Bio Pvt. Ltd., (EC member),
Dr. Markandeya Gorantla, ATGC (EC member),
Dr. Raman Sundaram, ICAR – IIRR (EC member),
Dr. Uday Saxena, ReaGene Innovations (EC member),
Prof. Vijay Kumar Kutala, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (EC member),
Dr. V. Ramanathan, Rallis India Pvt. Ltd. (EC member),
Dr. S. Harinarayana Rao, CDFD R(td.) (EC member),
Dr. Ajith V Kamath, Pandoram Technologies (EC member),
Dr. Ramesh Sonti, CSIR -CCMB (EC member),
Dr. Jagadeesh Gandla, DARE to Start, Germany (EC member),
Ms. Sreedevi Devireddy, SR Innovation Exchange (EC member),
Dr. Ravikrishnan, RCC Labs India Pvt. Ltd. (EC member).
Dr. D. Sambashiva, Nizam College, Osmania University (Treasurer).
The recent last committee meeting held virtually on 10th February 2021 and the following resolutions were taken:
1. The committee appreciated the entire team of the previous committee, specifically by the President, Dr. Anand Govindaluri from Singapore and Dr. Vijaykumar from NIMS, for their pioneering contributions to conduct various activities including the conduct of “International Conference on Supply Chain Challenges in COVID-19 Vaccines: Indian Imperative” and enrolling the corporate and institutional members.
2. To revitalize the FABA chapters in the member countries to enhance their participation in FABA and FABA Academy activities.
3. To rename the “FABA Special Award” in honor of Dr. BS Bajaj, the founder of FABA, and rename it as “Dr. BS Bajaj memorial FABA Award”.
“Dr. BS Bajaj memorial FABA Award” was presented to Dr. Balram Bhargava in recognition of his contributions during the COVID -19 pandemic in the country in the annual event of FABA i.e. BioAsia 2021, on 22nd and 23rd February 2021. It is to emphasize that the ICMR, under the able leadership of Dr. Balram, played an important role in coordinating Government efforts effectively against COVID- 19 pandemic, apart from collaborating with vaccine manufactures to bring out the COVID -19 vaccine in a record period of time.
According to Prof. Reddanna, Executive President (FABA), “FABA promotes and safeguards the overall interests of Biotechnology as science, profession, industry or trade by coordinating with research professionals, entrepreneurs, industries and academic institutions in various Asian Countries. He also said that FABA promotes collaboration between academia and industries engaged in Biotechnology among the member countries in Asia.”
Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA), established in 2005, is a non-profitorganisation registered under the Indian Societies Act, 1860. It is created to provide a global platform for the development of biotechnology across the globe, particularly in Asian countries. The mission of FABA is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the biotech industry, academia, and healthcare sector.For more than 15 years, FABA has been fostering collaboration between academia, industry, and government, thus promoting investments in biotechnology and related fields. FABA also facilitates cross-border trade in terms of export, outsourcing of services, products, and other related activities. FABA sponsors study and business teams in member countries and invites individuals, experts, scientists, and similar delegations from member countries and across the world.
For more information about the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations, visit: http://biofaba.org.in/
About FABA Academy
FABA academy is a special wing under FABA organization that focuses on grooming the students of the Universities in all the member countries and make them “Future-ready”. FABA academy prepares the students by providing skill development programs that give them the opportunities in the Pharma and Biotech industries. The academy also provides career guidance workshops and webinars to enlighten young minds with all the available options in the job market. The FABA academy also brings awareness and guidance, among the student community, in the core values behind innovation and entrepreneurship. All this is achieved by conducting webinars, workshops, distinguished lectures, and hands-on training onvarious topics of relevance to the industry, under the supervision of experts from the academy and industry.
For more information about the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations, visit: (http://biofaba.org.in/faba-academy.html)