My address to Biocon Women Employees on International Women’s Day 2019

Today, as the first women employee of Biocon, I celebrate a lot of things done right at Biocon in last 40 years. When I started Biocon in 1978, there were very few women keen in business space.  I was perhaps the first tech startup in India because IT came to India a little later after … Continue reading My address to Biocon Women Employees on International Women’s Day 2019

A Journey of Endurance

By Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon The approval of our biosimilar Trastuzumab by the U.S. FDA is a vindication of our two-decade-long biologics-led pharmaceutical journey. We had invested ‘ahead of the curve’ in the promising future of targeted biologics at the turn of the millennium. At that time, we had anticipated some of the risks, … Continue reading A Journey of Endurance

Crusader for Affordable Healthcare

Financial Chronicle: Big Interview: Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw spoke to FC on a range of topics, including women as entrepreneurs, philanthropy, affordable healthcare, citizen activism etc. Here’s the full version of the interview. As a woman business leader, what are some of the challenges you have encountered in getting to the top and how were … Continue reading Crusader for Affordable Healthcare

India To Be A Biotech Hot Spot

The last 70 years have been transformational for the Indian biotech industry, mirroring the nation’s own rapidly advancing economy and rising global status. We have successfully leveraged recombinant DNA technology to deliver biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, genetically engineered crops and enzymes. In doing so, we have created a notable bio-economy valued at $35 billion. We have embraced … Continue reading India To Be A Biotech Hot Spot

CRISPR: A Game Changing Technology for a More Equitable Future

2016 was a landmark year for the biotechnology industry as it was for the first time that the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique was used in humans. With more human trials involving CRISPR-Cas9 scheduled to be conducted, I believe 2017 will be the year when the technology’s potential to treat human diseases could receive strong clinical … Continue reading CRISPR: A Game Changing Technology for a More Equitable Future

Biocon Advances In War Against Diabetes

There are nearly half a billion diabetes patients in the world. The alarming growth in the global diabetes population is leading to a huge demand for effective therapies from pre/early diabetes to late-stage disease. Of the 100 million people who need insulin globally, however, only ‘one in two’ can manage and afford costs associated with … Continue reading Biocon Advances In War Against Diabetes

Innovation, not price control is the answer to affordable Bt cotton technology

The biggest threat to cotton farmers is the bollworm, because of its ability to cause extraordinary damage to crops and livelihoods. In the 1990s, pesticides were the only weapon farmers had against the bollworm. Half of all the pesticide consumption in India was accounted for by just one crop – cotton. Yet, the ability of … Continue reading Innovation, not price control is the answer to affordable Bt cotton technology

Pharma & Biotech Sector Must Get Its Due This Budget

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has a challenging task at hand to present a Budget for FY17 that spurs India’s growth at a time when the economic scenario appears challenging, both externally and internally. The global economy is expected to slow down further in 2016 pulled down by weakness in major emerging economies like China, Brazil … Continue reading Pharma & Biotech Sector Must Get Its Due This Budget