The Foro Argentino de Biotecnología
(FAB) was established in November 1986 as a non-profit-making
foundation on the initiative of three pioneer enterprises
in the biotechnology area, under the honorary presidency
of Dr. Federico Leloir (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1970).
The FAB is leaded by a Board of Directors composed by an
Executive Committee and an Ordinary Member Board, whose
positions are renovated every three years. Besides, the
FAB has an Honorary Committee Board integrated by the National
Secretariat of Science and Technology, National Secretariat
of Agriculture, Food and Fishing, the presidents of the
Science and Technology Committees of both Senate and Representatives
chambers of the National Congress and the Argentine-Brazilian
Biotechnology Centre (CABBIO). FAB activities are implemented
and supervised by a General Manager and a Scientific Director.
The FAB focuses on:
1) Biotechnology diffusion throughout the country.
2) To foster the national policies in the biotechnological
area promoting the public debate.
3) To encourage the public discussion, debate and awareness
of the biotechnological impact as well as Argentina’s
challenge in keeping up with the biotechnology development
all over the world.
4) To promote, support and spread the different private
and public Argentine biotechnology initiatives.
5) To foster the collaboration between the Argentine scientific
and business communities.
6) To represent the private biotechnology sector in front
of governmental and other institutions and entities.
7) To act as a linking tool in strategy development between
the private, governmental and academic sectors.
8) To establish relations with foreign similar associations.
In order to accomplish the above mentioned goals, the FAB
organises lectures, seminars, meetings and courses throughout
the country. FAB also publishes a Bulletin covering national
and international biotechnology news and related general
information as well. They have created a data bank on private
and national institutions, companies, etc. associated with
the biotechnological activity. They maintain a fluent dialogue
with governmental and institutional representatives through
special working meetings, with the participation of all
the biotechnology chore players.
The FAB formed a technical counsel committee to carry out
studies and investigations on specific biotechnology topics,
and to cooperate with the technical aspects of the different
FAB activities. This technical committee is composed of
representatives of national R&D institutions, universities
and private companies.
The FAB has been involved in the constitution of two national
counselling commissions, where FAB representatives actively
participate. One is the National Commission of Agricultural
Biotechnology (CONABIA), in charge of giving advice to the
National Secretariat of Agriculture, Food and Fishing -
from which it depends - on all the biotechnological related
subjects. The other one, is the National Commission of Biotechnology
and Heath (CONBYSA), which depends on the National Secretariat
of Health. This Commission started working in 1993, and
its purpose is giving advice to this Secretariat on all
the subjects related to biotechnology and human health.