Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan, former secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
BioSpectrum jury for 2013 in a unanimous choice, chose Dr M K Bhan, secretary, DBT for the Lifetime Achievement Award 2013. Dr Bhan was awarded on December 20, 2013 at 11th Annual Awards held at Bangalore. He has provided a new direction, leadership and impetus to the sector. Keeping his motto of serving humanity on, his hands are full with work at the moment. On the behalf of entire biotech community, we wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.
A perfect mix of a dedicated worker and an inspiring leader, Dr M K Bhan with his extraordinary persona has brought a fresh approach to the way of doing science and handling bureaucracy. His outstanding work as an eminent pediatrician and clinical scientist has created an everlasting impact. His research in the area of diarrhoeal diseases and child nutrition is globally recognized.
He has been the brain behind a rotavirus vaccine, which has not only created a new paradigm on health and international interaction but also put India on path of novel vaccine development. More importantly, his administrative capabilities made the DBT among only few government
agencies to be recognized for efficient work. Dr Bhan can be credited for championing programs like Biotechnology Industry Partnership
Program (BIPP) and Small Business Industry Research Initiative (SBIRI) to help foster innovation and promote the industry. His execution of the idea and mentorship to the
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), has been very well appreciated by the industry. He has played a unique role to open up the government support and involvement for the Indian entrepreneurs to add on biomedical capacities, new diagnostics tools, affordable agricultural techniques among other various things. Scaling up of existing technologies through collaborations within the industry and also academia too is highly relevant for the sector to make an impact on the society in the long run and Dr Bhan has been the biggest advocate of this. He has also promoted bioclusters as an approach for deeper scientific and business collaboration.