Think Beyond, Stay Ahead

"Keep questioning the business model all the time"

Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw traces her journey from brewmaster to biotech pioneer

Photographs by Niloptal Baruah

I tell people I am an accidental entrepreneur. I never intended to start a company. I wanted to become a brewmaster because of my father who was, perhaps, the greatest influence in my life. He was a man ahead of his time and a true scientist at heart. My father was passionate about the science of brewing and wanted to share it with me. So in 1975, I returned to India after completing my studies in Australia and tried pursuing a career in brewing.