IBAB GOVERNING BODY
Our governing body is a rich blend of leading academics, top bureaucrats and captains of industry. Each of them has achieved very high levels in their professional fields and extensively influenced the development of biotechnology in India. Their foresight and vision guides IBAB as we strive towards excellence.
Prof. Sharat Chandra is Director, Centre for Human Genetics, Emeritus Professor, Indian Institute of Science and Honorary Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Subsequently, he joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1975 as a Professor. Prof. Sharat Chandra was also the Director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad from 1990-92. He has multiple publications to his credit and has mentored many students and post-doctoral fellows. Prof. Sharat Chandra is also a member of several high ranking committees such as the National Bioethics Committee, Human Genetic Task Force etc. In addition, he has been the editor of the Journal of Genetics for over ten years. Prof. Sharat Chandra has been the recipient of many honours and awards for his work.
Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, a pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India, is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, India’s leading biopharmaceuticals company. Named among TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, she has made her country proud by harnessing the power of biotechnology through affordable innovation to make world-class therapeutics accessible to patients around the globe. Under her stewardship, Biocon has evolved from an industrial enzymes company to a fully-integrated, innovation-led, emerging global biopharmaceutical enterprise committed to reduce therapy costs of chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Today, Biocon is the only publicly listed biotechnology company of India.
Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is the founder member of Karnataka’s Vision Group on Biotechnology and currently chairs this forum. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Government’s Department of Biotechnology, where she has been instrumental in bringing government, industry and academia together to chart a clear and progressive growth path for Biotechnology in India. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is a part of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Board of Trustees and is also a Member of the USP Biologics Advisory Group. She also serves as Member, Governing Body and General Body of the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission, an autonomous body of the Government of India
Ms. Shaw is the recipient of several awards, the most noteworthy being the Padmashri award which was conferred upon her by the President of India in 1989 and the Padmabhusan award in 2005. Recently, U.S.-based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business.
Ms Mazumdar-Shaw is also an Independent Member of the Board of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Prof. Sadagopan received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University, USA after which he returned to India to teach at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He has also taught at several universities and institutes in India and abroad. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1995 and has been listed in Marquis’s “Who’s Who in the World” and “Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century” published by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK. Prof. Sadagopan serves on the editorial boards of several technical journals and is a regular columnist for Economic Times, Computers Today, Dataquest, IT Space.com etc. where he writes on several aspects of IT. Prof. Sadagopan has also authored a book on Management Information systems, published by Prentice Hall in 1995. He consults extensively to many private and public sector companies in India on computing, communications and software technologies.
Prof. M. Vijayan, a physicist by training, obtained his PhD in X-ray crystallography from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1967. After his post-doctoral research at Oxford, UK he has been associated with the Indian Institute of Science in various capacities including as Associate Director of the institute till recently. With nearly 200 scientific publications to his credit, Prof. Vijayan has received several prestigious honours and awards, such as the Bhatnagar Prize for Biological Sciences in 1985, the G. N. Ramachandran 60th birthday commemoration medal from the Indian National Science Academy in 1994, the Ranbaxy Research award in Basic Medical Sciences in 1996 and the K.S. Krishnan Memorial Lecture Award of the Indian National Science Academy in 2001. Prof. Vijayan is a member of several prominent international and national organisations such as the IUPAB task force on Bioinformatics, Inter-Union Bioinformatics Group, Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network etc.
Prof. Satyajit Mayor is a distinguished cell biologist. He has worked on various aspects of trafficking of molecules into and out of cells. Particularly noteworthy is his study of GPI-linked proteins, and the elucidation of nano-scale ‘rafts’ in cell membranes. His work has been recognized by several national and international awards, including the Infosys Prize.