Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises – ABLE is a not-for-profit pan-India forum that represents the Indian Biotechnology Sector. It was launched in April 2003, after industry leaders felt a need to form an exclusive forum to represent the Indian Biotechnology Sector.
ABLE has over 580 members from all across India representing all verticals of the sector like Agri-Biotech, Bio-Pharma, Industrial Biotech, Bioinformatics, Investment Banks and Venture Capital firms, leading research and academic institutes and law firms and equipment suppliers.
The primary focus of ABLE is to accelerate the pace of growth of the Biotechnology sector in India, through partnering with the Government in their Biotechnology initiatives to deliver optimal policies and create a positive regulatory environment, encouraging entrepreneurship and investment in the sector, providing a platform for domestic and overseas companies to explore collaboration and partnerships, forging stronger links between academia and industry and showcasing the strengths of the Indian biotech sector.
ABLE thus catalyses a symbiotic interface between the industry, the government, academic and research institutes and domestic and international investors.
ABLE-AG – Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (Agriculture Focus Group) is an association of 11 leading biotechnology companies focused on research and development of innovative agriculture Biotechnology products for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the nation.
ABLE-AG aims to accelerate the pace of agricultural growth in India by enabling strategic alliances between researchers, the Government and the global biotech industry to increase crop productivity, help meet domestic food security, and contribute to the inclusive growth.
Agricultural biotechnologies offer benefits for insect protection, weed management, yield enhancement, drought and flood tolerance, nutrition enhancement, healthier oils and more. Technologies based on recombinant-DNA science such as molecular diagnostics and Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) are readily applied and accepted, but those based on Genetic Modification (GM) needs far more elaborate testing, and so takes much time to develop products. So far, Bt cotton is the only product commercialized in India (since 2002) which has been accepted widely. Its introduction has helped in nearly doubling cotton production within a short time it took to double the yield of Green Revolution crops such as rice (16 years to double) and wheat (20 years).
Many more products from both public and private institutions are being tested for safety and efficacy before commercialization under the strict regulatory system existing in the country. Since the technology is delivered to farmers in the form of improved seeds, the impact can be seen rapidly when such seeds are adopted. Through this technology, farmers are offered in-seed benefits for several novel and impactful traits across relevant crops and agro-ecological regions. The consumers also benefit because of healthier products such as food with healthier oils and essential nutrients like vitamins. Agri biotechnology can also prevent post-harvest losses, and can provide novel industrial raw materials and neutraceuticals. The enhanced productivity brought about through a variety of technologies also ensures that no virgin land and forests need to be diverted for agriculture, thereby ensuring conservation and biodiversity.
Biotechnology holds a great deal of promise to achieving a more sustainable future including food security. With a world population expected to reach nearly nine billion by 2050, Biotechnology offers new potential for meeting the world’s demand for food, feed, fuel and materials while reducing our footprint on the planet. It may result in environmental benefits because biotech crops often require reduced application of pesticides. In addition, biotech crops may also help to conserve soil, moisture and reduce erosion through no-till and minimum till farming practices.
With the present environment in the country, we are continuing farmer-focused research and looking forward to showcasing bio-safety and bio-efficacy in the fields as well as increasing stakeholder dialogue. No doubt, the development and responsible deployment of improved seeds involve a variety of technologies and options, and these are fully factored before commercialization. We also interact closely with other like-minded organizations, and public programs that benefit the Indian society as a whole.