Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Asia’s leading bio-pharmaceuticals enterprise. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she is recognized as a global thought leader for Biotechnology. Under her stewardship, Biocon has evolved since its inception in 1978 from an industrial enzymes company to a fully-integrated, innovation-led, emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise committed to reduce therapy costs of chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
As a global influencer, she is ranked among, ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’, by Fierce Biotech, TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-
Pacific.’ The U.S.-based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. The US based, Foreign Policy magazine has named her among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.’ More recently, she has featured in ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries, by US-based Scientific American magazine and has been ranked Second among the 100 Most Influential People in the field of medicine in the ‘Global Medicine Maker Power List 2015’ published by a top UK-based medical publication.
A first generation entrepreneur with more than 39 years’ of experience, she is recognized for leading the biotech revolution in India. Her contribution to the biotechnology in India has been recognized with the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005), two of India’s very prestigious civilian honors.
She pioneered the setting up of Association of Biotech Led Enterprises, which has been instrumental in bringing government, industry and academia together to charter a clear and progressive growth path for biotechnology in India. She also serves as a member of the Governing Body of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission. As founder member of Karnataka’s Vision Group on Biotechnology, she currently chairs this forum. Ms Mazumdar-Shaw is also a part of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Board of Trustees and is also a Member of the USP Biologics Advisory Group.