Biocon Academy – ‘A wise decision’

By Aaishwarya Mathur

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Biocon Academy, a platform to hone your biotechnology skills, an opportunity to be industry ready, is an excellent learning platform for fresh biotechnology graduates who aspire to be great leaders and create a career in bio-pharma industry.

At Biocon Academy, we were taught by industry experts from Biocon and subject matter experts from Keck Graduate Academy, California through an extremely well designed international curriculum. I learnt about the growth of bio-pharma industry from its inception to the present market full of generics, biosimilars and novel drug molecules that are constantly being researched to address the various unmet medical needs spanning across minor and major diseases like oncology and autoimmune diseases.

The curriculum incorporated various team assignments and presentations with deadlines that gave us the opportunity to work closely with our classmates, learn team work and enhance our presentation skills. Under the able guidance of ‘Mr. Easwaran’, ‘Ms. Bindu’ and ‘Ms. Meghana’, the program directors, we learnt about the intricacies of the manufacturing units in the pharma industry, the regulatory guidelines, the importance of Quality and Compliance, the drug discovery  research, the  capability of fermentation technology and the entire upstream and downstream processing pathway in the manufacture of a biopharma drug. We were also taught about Clinical Research and the different phases of a clinical trial required to bring a drug to market along with Pharmacovigilance required once the drug is in the market.

Special sessions on Professional Skill Development which included Time Management, Email Writing, Resume Writing and Mock Interviews prepared us for facing the interviews with much more confidence.

At Biocon Academy, we have been  professionally trained to become an able member of the global pharmaceutical fraternity and finally have been introduced into the pharma workforce in various globally reputed companies across the world.

I am personally extremely delighted to have chosen to study at Biocon Academy, where I got an opportunity to meet and listen to global leaders in the industry as well as think tanks from the academia who inspired me to identify the future course for myself and today I am happy to be a part of the Corporate Communications team at Biocon!

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Aaishwarya Mathur, M.Tech in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, student of Batch VI of Biocon KGI Certificate Program in Biosciences @ Biocon Academy, with Biocon since June 2016.

An Interactive Session with Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

By Aishwarya Saxena

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The 16 anticipating hearts were beating in unison as we awaited the arrival of our esteemed guest for the afternoon session. For once we had all forgotten about the piles of papers to be read and exam that was taking place shortly after. The class dwell into a subsiding silence as a familiar eloquent figure appears against the sunlight streaming from the glass windows. After a few moments, our guest walks in steadily and as we grasped in awe we raised as we felt honoured to have been sharing the space with none other than Mrs Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Our fellow companion, Venella mustered all the confidence and zeal in her as she summoned everyone to warmly welcome Dr Shaw. She was expressing our enthusiasm, excitement and thrill to have been a part of this organization and we could all feel the cocktail of nervousness and excitement she must be getting while addressing Dr Shaw directly.
Shortly after that the star of the day took over podium. She shared with us her vision behind the Biocon Academy and went on to discuss the importance of training provided in the QCMB course in today’s manufacturing scenario in India. She expressed the vision of the makers of Biocon Academy which is training individuals for not only the betterment of its genesis companies, like Syngene and Biocon itself, but aims to aid the quality benchmark for manufacturing units in India. She walked us through the steady development of quality control unit from a subsidiary in a manufacturing unit to its current state of being the critical department that determines the viability of the product manufactured and hence also the company. She went on to express her concerns about the growing need of quality control in the current Indian pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and the shrinking of new talent pool in this niche. Biocon, a leader in Indian and Asian pharmaceutical industry, provides world class products and manufacturing facility, and who else to learn about quality control but the best. Through Biocon Academy, Biocon is training individual for the entire Biotechnology sector. Time and again Biocon has proved to be a leader in this industry as it is not scavenging talent pool for personal interest but for the whole world. Surely, her words will echo in my heart for a long while, encouraging me to be a part of this tremendous view. She closed the talk by aiming to put manufacturing and Biotech sector in India at the top. She was happy enough to take all our questions and we sealed our memory by taking a group photograph.

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Aishwarya Saxena completed her M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Edinburgh. She is a student of 1st batch of BITS – Biocon Certificate Program in Quality Control Microbiology from Biocon Academy, Bangalore.