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Mythbreaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech

Seema Singh (Author)

At the age of twenty-five, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw partnered with an Irish entrepreneur, Leslie Auchincloss, to start Biocon India in a garage in Bengaluru. Armed with just a degree in beer making, this move to industrial enzymes and commodity small molecules was as audacious as it was far-sighted. Thirty-seven years on, Biocon is India’s largest research-driven biotech enterprise. And the accidental entrepreneur, Mazumdar-Shaw, is today a tough negotiator and a habitual dealmaker, casually breaking several myths about Indian women in business. Without a supportive academic ecosystem for biotechnology and in the absence of sound policymaking, Mazumdar-Shaw has tirelessly sought out global alliances and resources in her quest for ideas and molecules. To some extent, she has also plugged the brain drain of Indian scientists, making them collaborators in the fight against diabetes and cancer, and creating a space for research in India. In Mythbreaker, author Seema Singh brings alive Mazumdar-Shaw’s three-decade journey through a motley cast of characters – scientists, ministries, pharma rivals, FMCG giants – who came together to produce a narrative that is remarkable for its randomness, luck and relentless pursuit of the next scientific breakthrough.

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About the author

Seema Singh

Seema Singh did her M.Sc. in Physics from M.M.H. (P.G.) College, Ghaziabad affiliated with Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (Formerly Meerut University, Meerut) in First Division in 2001. She did her B.Ed. from I.M.E. Sahibabad affiliated with C.C.S. University, Meerut in 2002 in First Division both in Theory and Practical. She is throughout first division. She is doing her research work for Ph.D. degree.

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Title Mythbreaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech
Author Seema Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Collins Business
Language: English
isbn 9789351778394
length 324p., 16 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Colour; 23cm.