Updated on 16 May 2014
As a wish, he states, "An autobiography by Dr Kiran Mazumdar will inspire many aspiring entrepreneurs and scientists. My wish is that she should pen it for the benefit of future generations. As Audrey Hepburn once said, ‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I am possible'. Dr Kiran is a fine example of that."
Mr Subramani Ramachandrappa, CMD, Richcore Lifesciences, is another scientist who joined Biocon in 1999 after graduating in textile technology.
"As an enzyme company, Biocon was a major provider of enzymatic solutions for industrial applications of which textile industry was one of the verticals. My first role was to provide technical support to Biocon's textile customers. My immediate superior and senior colleagues gave me sufficient freedom to experiment and go after new applications. This experience helped me think of innovation at a very early stage in my career," added Dr Ramachandrappa.
Today, Richcore Lifesciences provides innovative solutions to food, water, energy and biopharma industries.
"When I joined Biocon, I was probably the junior-most among a bunch of extremely talented people. The greatest strength of Biocon has been its people put together by Dr Kiran, who were a great hot group of experts, who were fun loving, competitive, passionate and ‘intra-preneurial'," he reminiscenced.
Dr Ramachandrappa spent close to 2 years at Biocon. "I did not fully comprehend what I really learnt in the short exciting time I spent there. However, Biocon taught me a lot more after I left the organization. I became their sales partner, and was able to support my venture. I was able to understand the nuances of innovation and leadership," he expressed.