Hyd-based Biotech Founders picked for Padma Bhushan

Wed Jan 26 2022 12:33:25 GMT+0530 (IST)

The Union Government had picked personalities across the fields and states who will be honored with the Prestigious Padma Awards, one of the highest awards in the nation. As many as 128 people have been picked by the Union Home Ministry for the Awards.

As a proud moment for Telugu people, vaccine manufacturers from Telugu states were picked by the Ministry to honor them with the Padma Bhushan award for their valuable efforts in developing the Covaxin dose, which is being used to treat the Covid.

Dr. Krishna Ella and Suchitra Ella of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech have been picked for the Award. No words can describe the role the Husband-wife duo played in developing the Covaxin, the first indigenous vaccine made in the country.

In the 25 glorious years of the journey of Bharat Biotech, the Biotech company played a vibrant role in making various inventions. But Covaxin will be remembered for a long time given the time of its manufacturing. When the country was in the worst situation with the Covid impact, Bharat Biotech manufactured the dose, one of the two made-in India vaccines.

The Covaxin vaccine dose of Coronavirus is so efficient in fighting the deadly covid pandemic that the vaccine is exported to other countries as well. More than 20 nations have used the vaccine doses in their fight to beat respiratory disease.

The couple had an inspirational story to receive the Padma Awards. As a big step to achieve their dream to turn entrepreneurs, the couple left their jobs and came back to India with their kids.

Founded in 1996, Bharat Biotech covers vaccines, bio-therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare products manufacturing. In the journey, the company added more than 16 vaccines to its name including Covaxin. The Biotech company headquartered in Hyderabad employs more than 2,000 employees.

Krishna Ella is currently serving as the Chairman and Managing Director of the biotech firm. On the other hand, Suchitra Ella will take care of the business aspects of the firm and its operations.The service they made in the process of developing the vaccine was taken into consideration to pick the names of the wife and husband.