Bangalore, she had
early education in Bishop Cotton Girls School and then in Mount Carmel
Wanting to do something different, she went to Ballarat College,
specialising in Malting and Brewing Technology. She wanted to become
first woman brew master.
started Biocon in 1978
collaborating with an Irish firm and floated two joint ventures,
and Biocon-Quest India Ltd. She always says that her inspiration for
was, a chance meeting with the founder of Biocon International, Leslie
Auchincloss. Her goal to do something different has led her to 15
new enzymes in recent years. Her vision has transformed Biocon from an
industrial- enzyme company into an integrated biopharmaceutical
it is one of the leaders in India's biotech industry. Biocon has
'firsts' to its credit. It will soon be the world's first company to
manufacture human insulin from the yeast organism, Pichia pastoris, she
Mazumdar says, "In
India biotechnology is the new sunrise industry after IT". She feels,
India, Biotechnology would provide far-reaching benefits to the needs
and nutrition, human healthcare, industrial and environmental
solutions. It is
rightly referred to as the "Technology of Hope". Hope for our hungry
millions through high yielding, high nutrition food crops, golden rice,
wheat and many more. Hope for our diseased populations through
for our environment through cleaner and greener biotechnologies based
enzymes and bioremediation. Hope for the betterment of Indian women
it provides endless opportunities to discover and develop new products.
for India's women, as it is not gender based.
acquiring knowledge at several levels to generate wealth. Kiran
started Biocon with a small capital, but with a dedicated team of
qualifled professionals. They came to work with her for a pittance but
they are at enviable positions. May be they visualized the potential
and had a
lot of faith.
Mazumdar won a number
awards and held important positions. She has been the Vice-President,
Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE). She was
Rotary Award for Best Model Employer, National Award for Best Small
and most noteworthy, the Padmashri in 1989 from the Government of India.
addition to all this,
is another side of Kiran Mazumdar, which many do not know. She has been
supporter of civic amenities, roads and cleanliness in the city of
She has contributed one crore rupees to the Bangalore Agenda Task Force
which is starting the Swacha Bangalore programme. She also has a keen
in local arts and does some writing too.
Mazumdar has shown
value of the desire to achieve something, however difficult or unknown
be. She has poved that the will to struggle and hard work can surely
to the peaks. In her own words, "Success is only pleasurable when you
What is Biotechnology?
defines that it is the exploitation
of biological processes for industrial and other applications,
genetic manipulation of micro-organism for the production of