Introduction

Voice for BT

‘Voice for BT’, an Inter-Collegiate Public Speaking Competition, is currently India’s only public-speaking contest on biotechnology for college students.

In its 10th edition, the event is conducted by the Association of Biotechnology Enterprises (ABLE), with support from our Patron Gold member company, Novozymes South Asia. Other prominent biotech companies in the country will be supporting the event.

The event is conducted for Biotechnology students from all the four regions in India to provide a platform for them to exhibit their knowledge and understanding of various aspects of biotechnology.

The event is for the Undergraduate Final Year B. Tech/ BE- Biotechnology, Food technology and Chemical engineering students or First Year Post graduate students. Students express their views on various topics in industrial biotech areas.

The design of the program is such that 15-20 participants are nominated from each zonal college (North, South, East, West).

The first two winners from each region will participate in the Final event, which is typically held in a National Biotechnology event giving the students their thoughts at a forum of experts from the industry. The finalists from ‘voice for BT’ contest are rewarded with cash prizes and options for internship at major Biotech companies in India.

ABLE

Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises - ABLE is a not-for-profit pan-India forum that represents the Indian Biotechnology Sector since its formation in 2003. ABLE has over 250 members from all across India representing all verticals of the sector like Agribiotech, 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 help accelerate the growth of the Biotechnology sector in India to attain $ 100 billion by 2025, through partnering with the Central and State Governments in their biotechnology initiatives to deliver optimal policies and create a positive regulatory environment, encouraging entrepreneurship and investment, providing a platform for domestic and overseas companies to explore collaboration and partnerships, forging stronger links between academia, industry by showcasing the strengths of the Indian biotech sector.

ABLE has also started Mission 2020 to enable setting up of 2020 biotech startups by the year 2020 and the country now has more than 5,000 innovative startups. At ABLE, we see the importance of promoting Biotechnology in India. To achieve this objective, we recognize the need to encourage the promising students to pursue higher studies in Biotechnology related areas. With this background, ‘voice for BT’ was initiated as a Public Speaking contest, which gives an opportunity for the students to voice their views on various topics on Biotechnology. This, we believe, will further motivate them to pursue higher studies.

ABLE Business Council, that comprises all past presidents of the organization, has also been set up to provide impetus to the growth of the Biotech business ecosystem to leverage their multi-sectoral expertise

Novozymes

Denmark-headquartered Novozymes is one of the largest suppliers of industrial enzymes and microorganisms in India. Novozymes started its operations in India in 1983, with its operations in the region now covering India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Novozymes firmly believes that original thinking happens when people are given the flexibility to focus and the freedom to fully unfold their individual strengths. The company is consistently ranked among the top 10 employers by Science magazine for its work culture that champions work-life balance, empowerment, well-being, and social responsibility. 

With over 600 employees, Novozymes India has grown into an organization spread across functions, covering applied research, manufacturing, business functions, and a shared service center. To cater to the growing India and South-East Asia markets, Novozymes also has an enzyme production and supply-chain facility in the Patalganga industrial area near Mumbai.

Some of the key business areas for Novozymes India include household care, textiles, food & beverages, oils & fats, baking and beverage alcohol, bio-agriculture, and bioenergy.

Enhancing the sustainable future of the country is at the forefront of what Novozymes does. The company works in close partnership with customers and the global community to ‘Together find biological answers for better lives in a growing world’.

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West Zone : Friday, September 23, 2022

South Zone : Friday, September 30, 2022

North Zone : Friday, October 14, 2022

East Zone : Friday, October 21, 2022

Finals : to be announced

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