“India’s Emerging Biotechnology Industry : Partnership & Investment Opportunities”
When: June 13, 2002
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw,
Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon India Ltd., and Chairperson of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Biotechnology
If the Indian biotechnology industry has a cover girl, it is Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, a voluble 48-year-old who owns Biocon, the country’s biggest biotechnology company – THE ECONOMIST, September 2001. “If intellectual capital is the prime driver, India has a natural advantage but there are other drivers that India needs to address in this pursuit for global excellence in Biotechnology. Low cost R&D capabilities, speed of innovation and the value of IPRs so generated are going to be key factors in determining success in Biotechnology.” – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
India’s pioneer in Biotechnology (enzyme technology) is Bangalore born and educated (Bishop Cotton Girls School, Mount Carmel College). Choosing to be different, she went to Ballarat College, Melbourne, specialising in Malting and Brewing Technology there to become India’s first woman Brewmaster.
She started Biocon in 19’78 collaborating with an Irish firm, floated 2 joint ventures, Biochemizyme and Biocon-Quest India Ltd. With her commitment to individual enterprise, she has held positions in industry councils, including – Vice-President, Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE). Rightly, she was awarded Rotary Award for Best Model Employer, National Award for Best Small Industry, and most noteworthily, the Padmashri in 1989 from the Government of India