Biocon’s Mazumdar-Shaw Honored By Chemical Heritage Foundation
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of the Bangalore-based biotech company Biocon, is the first Indian to be awarded the Othmer Gold Medal.
AsianScientist (May 20, 2014) – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of the biotechnology company Biocon Ltd, received the Othmer Gold Medal 2014 on Thursday, May 15, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Established by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in 1997, the annual award honors outstanding individuals who have made contributions to chemical and scientific heritage in areas such as entrepreneurship, education, legislation or philanthropy.
Co-sponsored by CHF and four affiliated organizations: the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Chemists’ Club and the Societe de Chimie Industrielle, the medal commemorates Donald Othmer (1904-1995), noted researcher, philanthropist and coeditor of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
Mazumdar-Shaw is the third woman to receive the Othmer Gold Medal and the first Indian to make it to this prestigious group. Nineteen people have been conferred with this honor till date, including Kazuo Inamori, Robert S. Langer and James D. Watson.
The CHF lauded Mazumdar-Shaw’s pioneering efforts in biotechnology as well as her successful entrepreneurial endeavors in drawing on her knowledge of fermentation science to build Biocon, India’s first biopharma company.
Accepting the award, Mazumdar-Shaw said, “I am deeply grateful to the Chemical Heritage Foundation for awarding me the Othmer Gold Medal 2014. This is an honor akin to being invited to join an extraordinary league of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and philanthropists, an emotion that is both proud and humbling at the same time.”
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