Updated on 30 April 2013
Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) is a professional non-profit and non-governmental society registered under the Indian Societies Act. It was established in 2004 with the objective of creating a common platform for development of biotechnology across the globe particularly in the Asian Countries. Dr BS Bajaj, chairman, AIBA-SC and secretary general, FABA, India, speaks about the latest developments taking place in the association and its future plans.
What is the total number of members of FABA? What is the eligibility to become a member?
FABA, with its humble beginning in 2004, has achieved a significant landmark in creating a common platform for interaction among 20 member countries and established the common theme and common interest for improving the biotech space including technology transfer, resource sharing, business collaborations, industry-academia linkage, cross border trade and investments, among its member countries. FABA has entered into working arrangement with non-asian organizations like the European Federation of Biotechnology, Europe; Biocat, Spain; Maryland India Business Round Table, US; Bio Industry Park, Italy; and association of German Biotech Companies, Germany among others.
We have three membership categories of management committee, including corporate membership, honorary membership and industries or institutions or organizations membership. Furthermore, biotech associations or institutions of Asia or any other region in the world, who will represent their countries and open chapter of FABA in respective countries, are eligible for country membership.
All applications for membership of the federation shall be made in writing on official letter heads to the Secretary General of the Federation. The membership of Federation shall be deemed to commence from the date of the decision of the management committee, president or vice president, as the case may be. Decision taken on applications shall be communicated in writing to the applicants. Individuals cannot become members of the federation except local management committees. In order to become a member organizations need to pay membership fees. While the admission fee is $300, the annual membership fee is $200.
Could you tell us about the major focus areas of FABA?
FABA's major focus areas include, overall monitoring and coordination of biotechnology programme of respective member country; identification of regional and external resources for supporting the programmes; identification of new areas in the field of biotechnology or related areas, based on appropriate studies; organizing conferences, symposia, workshops in their countries; enrolling industries/corporations/institutions across the globe as members; and conducting and holding conferences on the current trend of globalization in the field of biotechnology. We also take of any other functions that are assigned by the management committee in accordance with objectives and rules of FABA.