NDA 2.0 MUST IMPLEMENT & EXECUTE 5-YEAR STRAT PLAN ENVISIONED IN NDA 1.0

The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had swept the polls in 2014 on a promise of inclusive economic development – “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas”. Mr Modi has continued with this winning streak in 2019, leading the NDA to another sweeping victory. In its first 5-year term, the NDA developed an economic agenda that sought … Continue reading NDA 2.0 MUST IMPLEMENT & EXECUTE 5-YEAR STRAT PLAN ENVISIONED IN NDA 1.0

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

2018 – A Year When Healthcare in India Got a Booster Shot

2018 has been a happening year for healthcare in India. Developments such as the launch of the government’s flagship universal healthcare program, Ayushman Bharat; the insurance regulator's direction to insurers to cover mental illness; the heightened focus on public screening of non-communicable diseases, all  point to the fact that healthcare is starting to get the … Continue reading 2018 – A Year When Healthcare in India Got a Booster Shot

REALISING THE GAME CHANGING POTENTIAL OF NHPS

The NDA government’s announcement of a health insurance scheme covering 500 million poor and needy Indians is indeed laudable. An estimated 75 million Indians are driven to bankruptcy and poverty each year because they have to pay over 60% of hospitalisation costs out of their own pockets. Given the dismal healthcare scenario, the NHPS can … Continue reading REALISING THE GAME CHANGING POTENTIAL OF NHPS

2017 – A Landmark Year for Indian Science

By Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD,  Biocon 2017 has been an exciting year for science in India. From unheralded incremental innovations to Big Bang headline-grabbing global feats, Indian scientists have done some very important work to push the frontiers of science during the year. India researchers made significant contributions to R&D across a broad spectrum of … Continue reading 2017 – A Landmark Year for Indian Science

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

Transforming India into a digital society that is less cash dependent

As the debate on the pains and gains of India’s move to demonetize high-value currency notes continues to rage, I firmly believe that the digital payments economy is an idea whose time has come. History shows us how money as a ‘medium of exchange’ has evolved over several millennia from cowry shells to gold and … Continue reading Transforming India into a digital society that is less cash dependent

Stamp Out Sexual Violence Against Women

Today, women can be seen in greater numbers in what were previously perceived as “male-dominated” professions. Attitudes towards women at the workplace have changed a lot from the time I started Biocon in 1978 as a young, 25-year-old woman entrepreneur, with no business background and limited financial resources. Professionals did not want to work for me … Continue reading Stamp Out Sexual Violence Against Women