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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  • Born: 1953, Bangalore, India
  • Education: BSc (Hons), Bangalore; Grad Dip in Malting & Brewing, Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education
  • Organisation: Biocon
  • Website: Biocon
  • Follow Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Twitter: kiranshaw
  • Image courtesy of: Biocon

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is nothing if not innovative.

Starting with a postgraduate degree in brewing from an Australian university, she built the largest biopharmaceutical company in India.

And, along the way, she dispensed with antagonistic unionists by automating her production line; developed and patented a solid substrate bioreactor that facilitated the cultivation and extraction of microorganisms used in the production of industrial enzymes; skirted around international patents with a revolutionary method for manufacturing human insulin in yeast; created new therapies for both psoriasis and cancer of the head and neck; and established a micro-insurance program that has the potential to provide quality health care and medicines to millions of Indian villagers for an annual fee of just $3 per head.

"The difference lies in our DNA"

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Twitter

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