Kiran Majumdar Shaw- Biocon

Today we had one of the first women entrepreneur on our stage as a role model. You are right- Mrs. Kiran Majumdar Shaw! It is with great perseverance and confidence, that Kiran Mujumdar Shaw, the chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited has become one of  most successful entrepreneurs in India today. Biocon Ltd is a biotechnology company based in Bengaluru. She started this company in 1978, when Biotechnology was a little know concept. Later she established two subsidiaries: Syngene, a custom research organization, and Clinigene, a clinical research organization. Biocon currently works in four therapeutic areas- Diabetology, Cardioloogy, Nephrology and Oncology. Today, Biocon, Syngene and Clinigene combined employ approximately 4500 personnel including biologists, chemists, medical practitioners, pharmacologists, engineers and so on. Kiran Majumdar Shaw has been awarded with Padma Shri in 1989 and Padma Bhushan in 2005.

Mrs. Shaw very honestly accepted that she didn’t have plan and became entrepreneur by accident in mans world. It was the time when highly education people wanted to move out of country. Engineering, PhD holders didn’t have jobs which will give them challenge and do justice. She started her company literally in a garage and faced lot of people giving her are you kidding me kind of looks when she used to say I am the MD who will be interviewing you.

It took a lot for Kiran to pioneer biotech in India and Biocon now is top 20 global biotech companies. Mrs. Shaw wanted to become doctor but she is happier to see that she have much more than what she could have done as a doctor. It was her honesty and integrity which amazed all in the auditorium and left us inspired to make the difference…


About Mukesh Bhavsar

Mukesh has done BE Civil from Mumbai University and masters in HRM from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He has worked for a couple of NGOs in India and abroad. He has also written for some newspapers and magazines on different social issues. Mukesh is interested in entrepreneurship, writing, social work, travelling, and photography. Follow him on twitter-
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