March 2013


Dear Friend,


It was an exciting celebration, marking completion of ten years of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) on March 11 & 12, at New Delhi.

The key note address was given by Mr. Steven Burrill and followed by an address from Mr. N. Vaghul. A host of dignitaries attended and delivered presentations at the event - DCGI, Secretary - Dept. of Health, Secretary - Department of Biotechnology, Principal Secretary IT, BT & ST Karnataka and DDG - ICAR (Crop Sciences) and Dr. S R Rao (DBT).

The final panel (on Working the Plan) was chaired by Ms. Kiran Mazumdar - Shaw, along with Mr. Keshav Desiraju (Secretary, Dept. of Health) and Dr. K Vijay Raghavan (Secretary, DBT).

We appreciate the efforts and support of all our team members, ABLE EC & members, sponsors, supporters and well-wishers in making the event a grand success.

Sincerely,

ABLE Team


ABLE 10th Anniversary Update








"Inculcate a scientific temperament"


The Union Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Sharad Pawar emphasized the need for new technologies to meet the food, health and nutrition requirements of a growing India and to mitigate the problems arising out of climate change, and overuse of pesticides. He added that the Indian farmer is wise to know which technology is beneficial for him, as the case of BT cotton shows.

The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad hoped that Biotechnology can enable delivery of better and more innovative medicines at affordable prices. He pointed out that India had become a major global supplier of Vaccines at affordable prices, sharing the example of Meningitis vaccine from India, which is available at 50 Cents per dose through the WHO.

Mr. Shashi Tharoor (Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resources) advised inculcating a scientific temperament by imparting knowledge of modern sciences like biotechnology to school and college students. He said this will create a pool of industry-ready graduates who could become entrepreneurs with the right guidance and support from government departments .









And the Awards go to...


As part of the tenth anniversary celebration, ABLE identified and awarded various important players of the industry for their outstanding contributions to the growth & development of Biotechnology in India for the ten year period, from 2002 to 2012.

An important highlight of the event was the presentation of President Awards to the ABLE’s past presidents, as follows:

1. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder President (2003-2006)
2. Dr. K K Narayanan (2006-2009)
3. Dr. M Vidyasagar (2009-2010)
4. Dr. Vijay Chandru (2010-2012)

The Winners in the respective categories are:

Mahyco (Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited): Best Bioagriculture company

Praj Industries Ltd: Best BioIndustrial company

Biocon Limited: Best Biopharma company

Syngene International Limited: Best Bioservices company

Kotak Investment Advisors Ltd: Best Financial support provided to Lifescience companies

KBITS (Karnataka Biotechnology & Information Technology Services), Department of ITBT and S&T, Government of Karnataka: State that provided the best leadership and support to the biotech Industry

IKP Knowledge Park: For providing Parks/Incubator facilities for Biotech companies, especially start-ups

Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT): Best College for imparting a high quality Life Sciences education

At the event, ABLE released a compendium - ‘A History of Biotechnology in India’. The hard bound edition and an International edition will be out soon.

ABLE also released the draft guidelines for the ‘Regulatory Framework for Stem Cell Therapy and Products in India’ and handed them over to the three Ministers and the Secretaries of Health & Biotechnology Departments.


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