Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB)

Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) (https://www.afob.org/) is a non-profit organization established in 2008. The delegates from Asian countries agreed upon its incorporation during the IBS 2008 conference, Oct. 12-17 held in Dalian, China.

Preparative meetings for the formation of AFOB had been held four times prior to its official establishment (April 27th, Songdo Technopark, Incheon, Korea, KSBB 2007 National Spring Meeting; November 5th and 7th, Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan, APBioChEC 2007 Meeting; April 18th, Jeonju City, Korea, KSBB 2008(National Spring Meeting). The delegates from participating Asian countries discussed on the launching of AFOB during the meetings.

The International Federation bears the name Asian Federation of Biotechnology, abbreviated to "AFOB", hereafter referred to as 'The Federation'.

AFOB INDIA-RBO is the India Regional Branch Office is a non-profit organization established in 2015. Its incorporation was approved by the delegates from Asian countries during the 8th Executive Board Meeting (16 November 2015) held during Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015, November 15-19, 2015 in Malaysia. AFOB INDIA-RBO has the following objectives:-

  • To promote co-operation, on scientific grounds, between the scientists from academia and industry in Asian region, and beyond for the general advancement of biotechnology as an interdisciplinary field of research and as a means of bringing the scientific development to industrial level.
  • To promote the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of natural resources /biodiversity through the application of science, engineering and technology.
  • To improve public perceptions and education, to facilitate exchange of people and ideas, and to stimulate innovation and technology transfer with the common goal of advancing biotechnology in Asia and in the rest of the world.
  • To expand the network of regional scientists and organizations to enhance mobility and to facilitate exchange of skills and ideas among Asian nations.
  • To promote industry-institute partnership in supporting bio-entrepreneurship/ biobusiness and ushering in bio-prosperity through bioeconomy.


Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB)

Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) is an academic institution established by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India with regional and global partnerships synergizing with the programmes of UNESCO as a Category II Centre. The primary focus of RCB is to provide world class education, training and conduct innovative research at the interface of multiple disciplines to create high quality human resource in disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of biotechnology in a globally competitive research milieu. In 2016, RCB was recognised as an Institution of National Importance by the Parliament of India. (https://www.rcb.res.in)

Overview of Academic Programmes

Research-based- learning is the hallmark of the RCB academic program. The design and processes of the education at this Centre is such that it will generate technology savvy solution finders, knowledge economy entrepreneurs, and research and development leaders.

The Centre aims to provide education and training in the biotech sciences at the pre- doctoral, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. The Centre has already initiated an interdisciplinary PhD program that aims at producing a highly specialized cadre of scientists capable of undertaking research and development at the highest level in the area of biotech sciences. A Master’s program, and an integrated Master’s and PhD program in Biotechnology are offered since 2018. A Post-doctoral program for the young scientists is ongoing where talented PhDs get an opportunity to train under the mentorship of RCB faculty.

Domain-specific short-term training programs are designed to create a cadre of highly specialized scientists for high-end research and technology development. Interdisciplinary education and training programs at the Centre will be constantly evolving, and will be a source of new ideas and methods in teaching in biotechnology.

An important focus of expertise building will be regulation, product development, scale up, manufacturing science and bio-entrepreneurship. The Centre provides opportunities for career development for highly trained scientists and is open to industry for enhancing their skills in specific areas required for career advancement.

Research Areas

The Centre conducts multi-disciplinary innovative research in biotech sciences in the following broad areas:

  • Infectious Disease Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Cancer & Cell Biology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Systems & Synthetic Biology
  • Structural Biology