Chemical Heritage Foundation honours Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:48 administrator

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw with Carsten Reinhardt, President & CEO, Chemical Heritage Foundation, after receiving the 'Othmer Gold Medal for 2014'Kiran becomes first Indian recipient of the award.


Bangalore. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon Ltd has recently received the 'Othmer Gold Medal 2014'. Established by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in 1997, the annual award honors outstanding individuals who have made multifaceted contributions to chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding activity in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding, legislation or philanthropy.

Kiran 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.

Carsten Reinhardt, President & CEO, CHF, handed over the Foundation's top award to Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw during CHF’s Chemical Heritage Day celebration that culminated with the presentation of the Othmer Gold Medal.

The CHF lauded Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’s pioneering efforts in biotechnology and for scripting a hugely successful entrepreneurial story by drawing on her knowledge of fermentation science to build Biocon, India’s first biopharma company.

Accepting the award, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD - Biocon, said, "I am deeply grateful to the Chemical Heritage Foundation for awarding me the Othmer Gold Medal 2014.  This is an honour 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.