Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Chairperson, Biocon

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a first-generation entrepreneur and global business leader with over four decades of experience in biotechnology. Fuelled by her passion, she started her biotech journey in 1978 from her garage in Bengaluru, India. She set out to prove that women should not be underestimated or denied opportunity due to gender stereotypes. Today, that journey is changing lives for the better across the globe. She is regarded as an unconventional thinker with many firsts to her credit. Under her aegis, Biocon has emerged to be a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, which delivers on the promise of making medicines accessible and affordable to millions of patients worldwide.

Named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2020 and winner of EOY India 2019 title, Ms. Shaw also appeared on the Forbes 100 most powerful women list 2020.

Throughout Biocon’s incredible growth, Ms. Shaw has been driven by her ambition to create a business that would leverage science for the benefit of society. The company has evolved from manufacturing pharmaceuticals, such as statins and immunosuppressants, to discovering, developing and producing biologics to treat chronic diseases such as diabetes. Her goal is to develop affordable blockbuster drugs with the potential to benefit a billion patients.

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