Biocon MD to Get Othmer Gold Medal - The New Indian Express

Biocon MD to Get Othmer Gold Medal

Published: 23rd January 2014 12:29 PM

Last Updated: 23rd January 2014 12:29 PM

Biocon managing director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw will be conferred the 2014 Othmer Gold Medal, the highest award given by the US-based Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Mazumdar-Shaw will be the 20th recipient of the award and only the third woman to receive it. Carsten Reinhardt, president and CEO, Chemical Heritage Foundation said, “Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw was the first woman to become a brew master in India. She used her knowledge of fermentation to become one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the history of her nation.”

“In addition to her great success in business, she is among the world’s leading philanthropists. She has devoted much of her personal fortune to providing healthcare to the poorest people in her country and to many other philanthropic projects,” he added.

Reacting to the honour, Mazumdar-Shaw said, “I feel privileged to receive this prestigious honour and join the distinguished list of previous recipients like James Watson, Ahmed Zawail, Robert Langer and many others from whom I have drawn great inspiration and deeply admired.”

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