Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research RA Mashelkar was on Monday presented the BioSpectrum lifetime achievement award by Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal in Bangalore.
He received the award for excellence in biotechnology for over three decades, business magazine BioSpectrum, which announced the winners of the fourth edition of the biotech industry awards for various categories, said.
The BioSpectrum Person of the Year Award was presented to M Ramasami, Chairman and Managing Director of Rasi Seeds, Attur for his efforts in giving cotton farmers in the country, quality Bt hybrids that have resulted in higher yields and lesser consumption of pesticides.
Dr Villo Morawala-Patell, Founder and CEO of Avesthagen, was presented the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for driving Avesthagen, one of India's leading biotech companies, through an innovative business model which combines both product development and services.
The BioSpectrum Biotech Leadership Award was presented to Kapil Sibal as a recognition to the outstanding change he has brought to the thinking in the science and technology environs in general and biotechnology in particular, Biospectrum said.
The Product of the Year Award went to Plasma Proteins category of products (AlbuRel,ImmunoRel, ReliSeal, HemoRel A and ReliPlasma) developed by Mumbai-based Reliance Life Sciences. Plasma Proteins are used in critical life saving conditions and situations.