The Southern California-based Keck Graduate Institute Aug. 28 announced that Biocon founder, chairperson and managing director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has been named to its board of trustees.
The board of the Claremont, Calif.-based institute which focuses on applied life sciences and pharmacy education has 26 leaders in the biosciences, healthcare and education industries.
It was founded in 1997 as a members of the Claremont Colleges, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India, and through a growing partnership with KGI, she established Biocon Academy, a center of excellence for advanced learning in biosciences, in 2014, KGI said in a news release.
Mazumdar-Shaw’s program develops high-quality biotech talent that addresses the needs of the biotechnology sector in India.
In collaboration with KGI, Biocon Academy's flagship certificate program in bioscience is an 18-week program that includes classroom sessions in the areas of drug development, research and development, and quality and regulatory affairs, the institute said.
All sessions are delivered by renowned faculty from KGI, along with experiential learning sessions at Biocon through subject matter experts, it added.
Mazumdar-Shaw, who was named among Time magazine’s most influential people globally, is recognized as a thought leader who has built a globally recognized biopharmaceutical enterprise that is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering best-in class therapeutics to patients across the globe, KGI said.
Her commitment to affordable healthcare extends beyond business, the institute added.
She has several philanthropic initiatives that are directed at making a difference to the lives of marginalized communities. She is making an enduring impact on society through Biocon Foundation's initiatives in the area of primary healthcare, education and community development, the institute added.
Mazumdar-Shaw, who has been with Biocon since 1978, also serves as chair at Biocon company Syngene International Ltd. She earned a bachelor's from Bangalore University and a master's from the University of Melbourne, as well as a handful of honorary doctorate degrees.