Science, Technology and Innovation: How DBT coordinated India’s COVID-19 fight

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that science can rescue humanity. And for science to prosper you need to have dedicated national agencies that are relentlessly driving the agenda of science. Since its inception in 1982, The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has made tremendous efforts in promoting bioscience research, translational education and entrepreneurship. … Continue reading Science, Technology and Innovation: How DBT coordinated India’s COVID-19 fight

A decentralized approach could help turn the tide against Covid-19

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw As the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage India, the inadequacies of our health and medical care systems are exposed and we are paying a horrifying price in lives and livelihoods lost. We need to respond with speed and agility to turn the tide. To ensure that, decentralization is … Continue reading A decentralized approach could help turn the tide against Covid-19

A Combination of Lockdowns and Vaccination Will Save Us

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The second wave of Covid-19 descended on India like a tsunami. We were caught unawares and our response was one of panic and chaos. There was sub-optimal preparedness and rapid response planning. Hospitals were overwhelmed, medicines were in short supply and medical supplies of life-saving oxygen and ventilators were woefully low. From hubris and … Continue reading A Combination of Lockdowns and Vaccination Will Save Us

Lessons from the second wave of coronavirus pandemic

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The second Covid-19 wave has hit India, and hit it hard. Record jumps in coronavirus infections on a daily basis have pushed health infrastructure to the brink in several states. While patients are scrambling to secure hospital beds, hospitals are running out of oxygen supplies and critical anti-Covid-19 drugs along with medical … Continue reading Lessons from the second wave of coronavirus pandemic

India Racing Against Time, Needs to Open Up Vaccines for Young, Mobile Workforce

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw India is witnessing a second wave of novel coronavirus infections with the country now adding over 100,000 cases per day. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Punjab have emerged as COVID-19 hotspots. To stem the next wave, India needs to act with urgency and ramp up the pace of … Continue reading India Racing Against Time, Needs to Open Up Vaccines for Young, Mobile Workforce

Science Not Logic Must Drive Vaccination Deployment To Stem The Next Wave

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw India’s vaccination drive started on 16th January, 2021 in line with WHO prescribed guidelines of sequentially vaccinating its stratified population in three phases. Phase 1 aimed to cover 10 million healthcare workers and 20 million essential frontline workers (police, armed forces, municipal workers) within the government system. Two months later, India has … Continue reading Science Not Logic Must Drive Vaccination Deployment To Stem The Next Wave

Women in Leadership: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw & Debjani Ghosh Engage in a Special Fireside Chat

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, Biocon brought together two of India’s most successful women role models who are an inspiration for today’s generation of girls to become tomorrow’s business leaders. Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh participated in a very engaging virtual Fireside Chat on the topic of ‘Women in … Continue reading Women in Leadership: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw & Debjani Ghosh Engage in a Special Fireside Chat

A Reassuring Budget Focused on Growth, Investment & Jobs

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson, Biocon It was very encouraging to see such a pragmatic, growth-focused budget that addresses the key need to boost economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 impact. This has been reflected in the market cheer following the announcement. The budget covers the major segments which needed redressal with big … Continue reading A Reassuring Budget Focused on Growth, Investment & Jobs

Budget Push can Transform ASHA Workers from Health Activists to Digital Health Agents to deliver on NDHM

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairperson, Biocon Group and member of The Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Re-imagining India’s Health System Technology can enable India to leapfrog into an advanced healthcare system that fulfils the vision of the national health policy of promoting wellness, universal access and affordable care for all Indians. The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) … Continue reading Budget Push can Transform ASHA Workers from Health Activists to Digital Health Agents to deliver on NDHM

World needs to balance risks, benefits and challenges of deploying COVID-19 vaccines

Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw recently spoke at Carnegie India’s Global Technology Summit, which convened leading policymakers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, academics and technologists from around the world to deliberate over five days on an overarching theme of ‘Geopolitics of Technology’. On Dec. 18, 2020, the last day of the summit, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw joined Soumya Swaminathan, … Continue reading World needs to balance risks, benefits and challenges of deploying COVID-19 vaccines