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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Founder-chair, Biocon Ltd.
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Net worth 2018: $3.54 Billion
Industry: Healthcare
Residence: Bangalore, India
Country: India
BirthDay: 23 March 1953
Sigh: Aries
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Bangalore University; Master of Science, Melbourne University

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw was bornon 23 March 1953 in Bangalore, India, India, is Founder-chair, Biocon Ltd.. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is #625 in List Billionaires People In The World. India's richest self-made woman, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founded biopharma firm Biocon in 1978. Biocon makes a range of generics to treat, among much else, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and cancer. The company is Asia's largest insulin producer with a factory in Malaysia's Johor region.


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My legacy is going to be in affordable health care. I am willing to invest in developing that model and the policies around it.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

In 2016, she has been listed one more time in Forbes—the most powerful woman in the world at 77th position


In May 2015 Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat) named a road in its Mt Helen campus as Mazumdar Drive


Mazumdar-Shaw is the recipient of several international awards including the Othmer Gold Medal (2014) for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry, the Nikkei Asia Prize (2009) for regional growth, the ‘Veuve Clicquot Initiative For Economic Development For Asia' Award (2007), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Life Sciences & Healthcare (2002), and 'Technology Pioneer' recognition by World Economic Forum (2002)


She received an honorary doctorate from Davangere University, India, at its first convocation, July 2013, in recognition of her contribution in the field of biotechnology


At the Pharmaleaders Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit she was named "Global Indian Woman of the Year" (2012); she also received the Express Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit Award for "Dynamic Entrepreneur" in 2009


She is on the 2011 Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list


As of 2010, Mazumdar-Shaw was named among TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world


After the 2009 flood, Biocon, Infosys and Wipro all committed to rebuilding homes for flood victims in north Karnataka


She has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Abertay, Dundee, UK (2007), the University of Glasgow, UK (2008), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (2008) and University College Cork, Ireland (2012)


The Indian Merchants' Chamber Diamond Jubilee Endowment Trust's Eminent Businessperson of the Year Award was presented to Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in 2006 by the Governor of Maharashtra, S


She also has received the Indian Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), the 'Corporate Leadership Award' by the American India Foundation (2005)


Mazumdar-Shaw received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Ballarat University in 2004, in recognition of her contributions to biotechnology


When the patent of the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin expired in 2001, Biocon got involved in its development


In 1997, Unilever sold its specialty chemicals division, including Biocon, to Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI)


She also established two subsidiaries: Syngene (1994) which provides early research and development support services on a contract basis and Clinigene (2000) which focuses on clinical research trials and the development of both generic and new medicines


In 1990, Mazumdar incorporated Biocon Biopharmaceuticals Private Limited (BBLP) to manufacture and market a select range of biotherapeutics in a joint venture with the Cuban Center of Molecular Immunology


Her work in the biotechnology sector has earned her numerous national awards, including the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the government of India


The company's first major expansion came in 1987, when Narayanan Vaghul of ICICI Ventures (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India) supported creation of a venture capital fund of US$250,000


As early as 1984, she began to develop a research and development team at Biocon, focusing on discovery of novel enzymes and on development of novel techniques for solid substrate fermentation technology


She started Biocon India in 1978 in the garage of her rented house in Bengaluru with a seed capital of Rs


She also worked for some time as a technical consultant at Jupiter Breweries Limited, Calcutta and as a technical manager at Standard Maltings Corporation, Baroda between 1975 and 1977


In 1974 she was the only woman enrolled in the brewing course, and the top of her class


She studied biology and zoology, graduating from Bangalore University with a bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1973


She went to school at Bangalore's Bishop Cotton Girl's High School, graduating in 1968


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (born 23 March 1953) is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur

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