A 4-member jury that includes prestigious industry leaders is selecting the winners of the First Annual Women in Biotech Awards


  • Padma Bhushan Mr Narayan Vaghul is the ex-chairman of India‚Äôs largest private bank, ICICI Bank
  • He transformed a dull Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI) to a dynamic banking powerhouse during his 24-year stint with the institution
  • A career Banker, he started with SBI, worked with Central Bank of India, Bank of India, before his ICICI stint.
  • Youngest Chairman of a nationalized bank( Bank of India) @ 44 years of age
  • Awarded Padma Bhushan in 2010 by President of India
  • Has won numerous prestigious awards such as The ET Lifetime Achievement Award, Forbes Philanthropy Award, Business India Businessman of the Year
  • Humble beginnings in a remote village in Tamil Nadu, alumni of Ramakrishna School, Loyola College & Madras University
  • Chairman of Give India Foundation
  • Independent Director in top companies like Wipro, Mahindra & Mahindra, Apollo Hospitals, Mittal steel


  • N Kumar is Vice Chairman of $1 billion Sanmar Group, based in Chennai
  • Sanmar Group is well known industrial group with interests in chemical, shipping, engineering & metals
  • N Kumar is also Non-Executive Chairman of TAKE Solutions
  • Ex-President of CII, now heads CII Institute of Quality
  • Chairman of Indus Towers
  • An Electronics & Communications Engineer from Anna University, Chennai, he is director at 20+ companies
  • Associated with the NGO, Maduram Narayanan Center for Exceptional Children, Bala Mandir Kamaraj Trust
  • Honorary Consul General of Greece in Chennai
  • President of Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Ex-president of The National Accreditation Board


  • Padma Shri Dr. Ramanathan V. Ramani or Dr. RVR as he is known, is the founder and the managing trustee of Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF).
  • Dr Ramani also additional Member of Board of Governors of Medical Council of India
  • A medical graduate from Kasturba Medical Colllege
  • Started Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Center and Trust in Coimbatore to provide affordable medical care to all
  • Well known for measles immunization program
  • Active member of Rotary Club of Coimbatore
  • Humble background and studied in Municipal Boys High School in Coimbatore


  • Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman & CEO of IKP Knowledge Park, is responsible for developing the first Life Science Research Park in India at Genome Valley, Hyderabad, Instrumental in nurturing over 250 tech startups
  • An Electronics Engineer from BIT, Pilani, she started as banker with ICICI Bank
  • Has won many prestigious awards like the National Entrepreneurship Award
  • Pioneered formation of Hardware Product Incubator and Makerspace, IKP-Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship Network (IKP EDEN), in Bangalore
  • IKP Eden has fueled the Maker movement in India
  • Philanthropy activities as Founder Chairman of Support Elders Pvt. Ltd.
  • She is the President of IKP EDEN and a Director on the Board of IKP Trust and IKP Investment Management Company.
  • Governing Body member of the National Institute of Immunology(NII), Lucknow Biotech Park, Society for Technology Managers, NCR Biotech Science Cluster and TiE Hyderabad Chapter.