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29-Nov-1978

Biocon’s Founding Day

Incorporation certificate 29th November 1978


Incorporation certificate 29th November 1978

Biocon India Pvt. Ltd. is incorporated as a joint venture between Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Biocon Biochemicals Ltd. Ireland. Starting with three employees in a rented shed in Koramangala, suburban Bangalore. Biocon began manufacturing and exporting Papain, a plant enzyme, and Isinglass, a marine hydrocolloid – both, key products for the brewing industry.

1978

1979

First export of Papain, a plant enzyme derived from Papaya

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw conducts a business meeting with a Papain supplier


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw conducts a business meeting with a Papain supplier

Biocon’s first export was Papain, a plant enzyme derived from Papaya, to U.S. and Europe, signalling the company's ambition to produce high quality, world class products in India for global markets.

1979

1980

Biocon’s ground breaking of its heritage campus on 20th KM, Hosur Road, Bangalore

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Les Auchincloss at the foundation laying ceremony for Biocon’s first building on Hosur Road, Bangalore


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Les Auchincloss at the foundation laying ceremony for Biocon’s first building on Hosur Road, Bangalore

Biocon acquires a 20-acre plot on Hosur Road, Bangalore for INR 600,000 to expand operations. On March 8th, 1980, the foundation stone was laid for the building that currently houses the company’s corporate office.

1980

1981

Biocon starts construction at its own site

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the Biocon building site


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the Biocon building site.

Biocon decides to move beyond its frugal operations in rented premises and starts building its own integrated campus at 20th KM, Hosur Road, Electronics City, Bangalore.

1981

02-Nov-1983

Biocon’s Bangalore campus is inaugurated

 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw with dignitaries, including Irish ambassador H.E. Bernard McHugh, at the inauguration of Biocon’s new campus


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw with dignitaries, including Irish ambassador H.E. Bernard McHugh, at the inauguration of Biocon’s new campus.

Biocon’s new campus at 20th KM, Hosur Road, Electronics City, Bangalore is inaugurated by Irish Ambassador H.E. Bernard McHugh. Manufacturing activity shifted from the rented shed to the new site. R&D was also initiated.

1983

1984

R&D division established to develop Solid State Enzyme Fermentation Technology

Enzyme manufacturing using proprietary Solid State Fermentation Technology


Enzyme manufacturing using proprietary Solid State Fermentation Technology.

Biocon established its R&D division, which initially focused on the development of solid state fermentation technology to develop novel enzymes.

1984

1989

Unilever Acquires Biocon’s Irish Parent

Unilever Acquires Biocon’s Irish Parent


Unilever Acquires Biocon’s Irish Parent

Biocon Biochemicals Ltd, Ireland, including its subsidiaries, are acquired by Unilever Plc. and merged with its wholly-owned subsidiary Quest International, The Netherlands.
Biocon India begins producing enzymes for Unilever’s food businesses.

1989

1990

Scaling up indigenous fermentation technology

 RK Hedge, Former Chief Minister, Karnataka, inaugurates Biocon’s enzyme fermenter at Biochemizyme


RK Hedge, Former Chief Minister, Karnataka, inaugurates Biocon’s enzyme fermenter at Biochemizyme

Biocon scales up its in-house research program based on a proprietary solid state fermentation technology through a new subsidiary Biochemizyme Ltd to scale up from pilot to plant level.

1990

1993

First Life Sciences Company from India to get ISO 9001 Certification

 First Life Sciences Company from India to get ISO 9001 Certification


First Life Sciences Company from India to get ISO 9001 Certification

Biocon's R&D and manufacturing facilities receive ISO 9001 certification from RWTUV, Germany, making it the first life sciences company in India to get the ISO 9001 Certification.

1993

1994

Biocon establishes Syngene International Pvt. Ltd

Dr Gordon Ringold with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Goutam Das, COO, Syngene at the inauguration of Syngene


Dr Gordon Ringold with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Goutam Das, COO, Syngene at the inauguration of Syngene

Syngene is incorporated as a Custom Research Organisation (CRO) in 1994 to provide efficient, high-quality, cost-effective research & development services in chemistry and biology to the global pharmaceutical industry.

1994

1995

Biocon Quest India Ltd (BQIL) is established

 Dr. Sergio Lecchini, CEO of Quest International, with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and other dignitaries at the inauguration of BQIL


Dr. Sergio Lecchini, CEO of Quest International, with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and other dignitaries at the inauguration of BQIL

Unilever acquires 50% stake in Biochemizyme and creates Biocon Quest India Ltd (BQIL), with Biocon and Unilever holding 50% stake each in the entity. A four-fold expansion of Biochemizyme’s solid state fermentation capacity aims to produce a range of fungal enzymes for the food and pharmaceutical industry.

1995

1998

Biocon becomes an independent entity

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw take full ownership of Biocon


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw take full ownership of Biocon

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw buy out Unilever’s share in Biocon India Ltd. making it an independent, privately owned company

1998

09-Jan-1999

Nobel Laureate Prof. James D Watson visits Biocon

Nobel Laureate Prof. James D Watson visits Biocon


Nobel Laureate Prof. James D Watson visits Biocon.

Nobel Laureate Prof. James D. Watson, remembered for co-discovering DNA’s double-helix structure, visits Biocon.

1999

2000

Clinigene - India's first Clinical Research Services Organisation

Henri Temeer, President, Genzyme with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the inauguration of Clinigene


Henri Temeer, President, Genzyme with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the inauguration of Clinigene

Biocon establishes Clinigene as India's first Clinical Research Organisation to develop world-class capabilities for clinical research and related activities. Clinigene, a 100% subsidiary of Biocon, starts providing clinical research services to domestic and multinational companies.

2000

2000

Biocon’s proprietary bioreactor, PlaFractor, is commissioned

Prof. Charles Cooney inaugurates the PlaFractor plant


Prof. Charles Cooney inaugurates the PlaFractor plant

PlaFractor, Biocon’s patented fermentation reactor, is commissioned. The indigenous PlaFractor fermentation platform proved a commercial success as Biocon was the first company to make Mycophenolate Mofetil using this technology in 2000.

2000

2000

First fully automated submerged fermentation plant commissioned

Inside view of Submerged Fermentation Plant


Inside view of Submerged Fermentation Plant

Biocon commissions its first fully automated submerged fermentation plant to produce specialty pharmaceuticals

2000

2001

First company globally to be approved by U.S. FDA to sell Lovastatin API

Solid state fermentation production of Lovastatin


Solid state fermentation production of Lovastatin

Biocon is the first company globally to get U.S. FDA approval for making Lovastatin API through an innovative solid state fermentation technology.

2001

2001

Patent granted for proprietary PlaFractor technology

The indigenous PlaFractor technology proved a commercial success


The indigenous PlaFractor technology proved a commercial success

Biocon’s proprietary bioreactor PlaFractor is granted a U.S. and worldwide patent.

2001

2002

Biocon Biopharmaceuticals established as a JV with CIMAB, Cuba

Biocon Biopharmaceuticals established as a JV with CIMAB, Cuba


Biocon Biopharmaceuticals established as a JV with CIMAB, Cuba

Biocon establishes a joint venture company, Biocon Biopharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, with CIMAB S.A., a Cuban biotechnology company, to manufacture biologicals developed by CIMAB, including Nimotizumab & Itolizumab monoclonal antibodies.

2002

2004

World's first Pichia-based rh-Insulin developed and commercialised in India

The launch of Insugen®, an indigenous brand of rh-insulin, helped lower insulin prices in India


The launch of Insugen®, an indigenous brand of rh-insulin, helped lower insulin prices in India

Biocon is the first company in the world to commercialise recombinant human insulin (rh-insulin), Insugen®, using a novel Pichia pastoris yeast expression system. Today, Biocon’s rh-insulin is approved in over 40 countries.

2004

2004

Biocon makes a resounding debut on the Indian stock market

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the National Stock Exchange, Mumbai on the day Biocon went public


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the National Stock Exchange, Mumbai on the day Biocon went public

Biocon creates a buzz in the stock market in March 2004 with its hugely successful IPO. The IPO received bids thirty-three times the 1 crore shares available for subscription during the bidding process. On Day 1 of listing on the bourses, Biocon closes with a market value of USD 1.1 billion, making Biocon only the second Indian company to cross the USD1 billion mark on the first day of listing.

2004

06-Jun-2006

Biocon Park, India’s first private Biotechnology SEZ, inaugurated

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, inaugurates Biocon Park on June 6, 2006


Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, inaugurates Biocon Park on June 6, 2006

Former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, inaugurates Biocon Park, India's largest integrated biotechnology hub, comprising an integrated cluster of research laboratories and manufacturing facilities spread across 90 acres.

External Link to Address by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam during Inauguration of Biocon Park

2006

2006

First company in India to launch a novel biologic, Nimotuzumab

Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan at the launch of BIOMAb EGFR®


Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan at the launch of BIOMAb EGFR®

Biocon earns the distinction of being the first company in India to launch a novel biologic, Nimotuzumab, for head and neck cancer patients. Through the introduction of this molecule as BIOMAb EGFR®, Biocon enhanced the treatment outcome as well as quality of life of cancer patients in India.

2006

2006

India's largest multi-product Biologics facility inaugurated

India's largest, state-of-the-art multi-product Biologics facility inaugurated


India's largest, state-of-the-art multi-product Biologics facility inaugurated

Biocon Biopharmaceuticals, India's largest, state-of-the-art multi-product Biologics facility, inaugurated at Biocon Park for manufacturing a range of products encompassing monoclonal antibodies and other recombinant therapeutics. P. Chidambaram, former Union Minister of Finance, inaugurated the facility on April 17, 2006.

2006

2007

Biocon divests enzymes business

Biocon divests its legacy enzymes business to Novozymes

Biocon divests its legacy enzymes business to Novozymes for USD 115 million to increase focus on developing, manufacturing biopharmaceuticals.

2007

2008

Biocon acquires stake in AxiCorp GmbH, a German pharmaceutical company

Strategic investment in AxiCorp enables Biocon to establish its first presence in Europe to market its biopharmaceuticals


Strategic investment in AxiCorp enables Biocon to establish its first presence in Europe to market its biopharmaceuticals

Biocon acquires a 70% stake in German pharmaceutical company, AxiCorp GmbH, for a consideration of EUR30 million to market and distribute a range of biopharmaceuticals in Germany and the rest of Europe. Biocon divested its stake in AxiCorp in 2011.

2008

2009

Biocon, Mylan enter strategic global partnership for development of biosimilars

Biocon and Mylan signed one of the earliest partnerships in the global biosimilars space


Biocon and Mylan signed one of the earliest partnerships in the global biosimilars space

Biocon partners with U.S.-based Mylan for the co-development of a high-value portfolio of biosimilars for oncology and autoimmune indications. The portfolio initially included three monoclonal antibodies — Trastuzumab, Bevacizumab and Adalimumab — and two recombinant proteins — Pegfilgrastim and Etanercept. It marked one of the earliest partnerships in the global biosimilars space.

2009

2009

Biocon launches Basalog® (Insulin Glargine) in India

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the launch of Basalog® (Insulin Glargine) in India


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the launch of Basalog® (Insulin Glargine) in India

Biocon launched Insulin Glargine under the brand name Basalog® in India, providing diabetes patients with an advanced, affordable insulin therapy.

2009

2009

Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Centre (BBRC) inaugurated

Dr M.K. Bhan, Former Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, India, inaugurates the BBRC building


Dr M.K. Bhan, Former Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, India, inaugurates the BBRC building

Syngene inaugurates a fully dedicated research and development facility for Bristol-Myers Squibb at Biocon Park.

2009

2010

Biocon and Pfizer enter into a strategic global agreement

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Pfizer's David Simmons at the signing of a global collaboration agreement


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Pfizer's David Simmons at the signing of a global collaboration agreement

Biocon and Pfizer enter into a strategic global agreement for the worldwide commercialisation of Biocon's biosimilar versions of Insulin and Insulin analog products: Recombinant Human Insulin, Glargine, Aspart and Lispro. Biocon and Pfizer amicably dissolved their global partnership in 2012 and all rights licensed to Pfizer for these insulin molecules reverted to Biocon.

2010

2011

Biocon starts work on the largest integrated insulins facility in Asia

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the initiation of the Malaysia insulin facility project


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the initiation of the Malaysia insulin facility project

Biocon announces the project commencement of its state-of-the-art insulin manufacturing and R&D facility, the largest integrated insulin facility in Asia, at Bio-XCell in Johor, Malaysia.

2011

2011

Biocon launches INSUPen® for patients in India

Biocon launches INSUPen®, a convenient, affordable and reusable insulin pen, for patients in India


Biocon launches INSUPen®, a convenient, affordable and reusable insulin pen, for patients in India

Biocon launched in India its world-class, reusable insulin delivery device INSUPen® designed for efficiently, accurately and safely delivering both Basalog and Insugen, thus maximising patient convenience.

2011

2012

Biocon Research Centre Inaugurated

Noble Laureate Prof Kurt Wuthrich inaugurates the Biocon Research Centre


Noble Laureate Prof Kurt Wuthrich inaugurates the Biocon Research Centre

Biocon inaugurated a state-of-the-art Biocon Research Centre, spread across 200,000 sq ft, as part of its aspiration to build a centre of research excellence to accelerate a culture of innovation to promote path breaking research for biopharmaceuticals.

2012

2013

World’s first anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody Itolizumab commercialised in India

The Biocon team that was involved in taking Itolizumab from ‘lab to market’


The Biocon team that was involved in taking Itolizumab from ‘lab to market’

Biocon launched Itolizumab, a novel, first-in-class humanised anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody approved for treating psoriasis, under the brand name ALZUMAb™ in India. This is the first anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody in the world to be commercialised, which makes it a path breaking innovation to come out of an Indian laboratory.

2013

07- March-2013

Biocon House inaugurated

Yamini Mazumdar, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw at the inauguration of Biocon House


Yamini Mazumdar, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and John Shaw at the inauguration of Biocon House

Biocon House, which now houses Biocon Biologics India Ltd, is inaugurated at Semicon Park, Electronic City, Bangalore

2013

2013

Biocon establishes Biocon Academy under its CSR agenda

Biocon Academy is established as a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Learning in Applied Biosciences


Biocon Academy is established as a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Learning in Applied Biosciences

Biocon establishes Biocon Academy as a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Learning in Applied Biosciences under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda as part of the company’s commitment to create a globally competitive biotech ecosystem in India through skill development.

2013

2014

Biocon introduces world’s first biosimilar Trastuzumab, CANMAb™, in India

Biocon introduces world’s first biosimilar Trastuzumab, CANMAb™, in India


Biocon introduces world’s first biosimilar Trastuzumab, CANMAb™, in India

Biocon introduces CANMAb™ in India as the world’s lowest priced Trastuzumab, opening the doors for HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer patients to access an affordable therapy.

2014

2015

Syngene debuts on the Indian stock market

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Peter Bains and other dignitaries at the debut of Syngene on the Indian stock market.


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Peter Bains and other dignitaries at the debut of Syngene on the Indian stock market.

Biocon’s research services subsidiary, Syngene, debuts on the Indian stock market. Syngene’s market capitalisation crossed USD 1 billion within a week of listing.

2015

2015

Biocon’s new insulin devices facility inaugurated in Bangalore

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw with Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Ayog, at the inauguration of the state-of-the-art new insulin devices facility in Bengaluru


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw with Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Ayog, at the inauguration of the state-of-the-art new insulin devices facility in Bengaluru

Biocon inaugurates a state-of-the-art 100,000 square feet facility in Bangalore for manufacturing new generation, patient-friendly devices for its insulins portfolio.

Biocon also launches Basalog One, a high-end, pre-filled Insulin Glargine pen that is almost painless, safe and convenient to administer.

2015

2016

Biocon Gets its First Generic Formulation Approval in EU

Rosuvastatin is the first Generic Formulation product to be approved in EU


Rosuvastatin is the first Generic Formulation product to be approved in EU

Biocon receives European approval for its generic Rosuvastatin Calcium tablets. This is Biocon's first Generic Formulations approval in the regulated markets and marks an important milestone in the company’s forward integration from generic APIs to generic finished dosages.

2016

2016

First biosimilar from India to be approved in Japan

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw announces the approval of biosimilar Insulin Glargine in Japan


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw announces the approval of biosimilar Insulin Glargine in Japan

Biocon achieves a major regulatory milestone when Japan's health regulator approves the sale of its biosimilar Insulin Glargine, partnered locally with FUJIFILM Toyama Chemical. This is Biocon’s first biosimilar approval in a developed market and the first biosimilar from a company in India to be approved in Japan.

2016

2017

First company from India to get U.S. FDA approval for a biosimilar

Celebrations at Biocon to mark the U.S. FDA approval of biosimilar Trastuzumab


Celebrations at Biocon to mark the U.S. FDA approval of biosimilar Trastuzumab

Biocon and Mylan create history by becoming the first companies globally to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for biosimilar Trastuzumab. Ogivri™ (trastuzumab-dkst) is the first biosimilar from Biocon and Mylan’s joint portfolio approved in the U.S. and Biocon is the first Indian company to receive a U.S. FDA approval for a biosimilar.

2017

2017

Biocon’s first overseas facility in Malaysia starts operations

Biocon commences operations at its first overseas insulins manufacturing facility in Malaysia


Biocon commences operations at its first overseas insulins manufacturing facility in Malaysia

Biocon starts commercial operations at its first overseas insulins manufacturing facility in Malaysia. Biocon’s rh-Insulin is the first locally manufactured biosimilar product to be approved for sale by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (NPRA), Malaysia.

2017

2017

Biocon outlicenses Itolizumab to Equillium for U.S., Canada

Biocon outlicenses Itolizumab to Equillium for U.S., Canada


Biocon outlicenses Itolizumab to Equillium for U.S., Canada

Biocon licensed Itolizumab for the U.S. and Canada markets to San Diego-based biotechnology company Equillium through an equity stake. Later, it expanded the scope of the licensing agreement with Equillium for Itolizumab, to include Australia and New Zealand.

2017

2017

Biocon launches its biosimilar Bevacizumab in India

Biocon launches its biosimilar Bevacizumab in India


Biocon launches its biosimilar Bevacizumab in India

Biocon successfully launches its biosimilar Bevacizumab in India as KRABEVA® for patients of various types of cancer. KRABEVA®, the second oncology biosimilar launched in India after CANMAb (Trastuzumab), is prescribed for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and several other types of lung, kidney, cervical, ovarian and brain cancers.

2017

2018

First company from India to have biosimilar commercialised in U.S.

Biocon and Mylan.

Biocon achieves another milestone with the approval and launch in the U.S. of Fulphila™, biosimilar Pegfilgrastim co-developed with partner Mylan. Biocon is the first company from India to have a biosimilar commercialised in the U.S.

2018

2018

Semglee is the first biosimilar from Biocon & Mylan’s joint insulins portfolio to be approved in Europe

Biocon and Mylan.

Biocon and Mylan’s biosimilar Insulin Glargine, Semglee, receives European approval for commercialisation.

2018

2018

Biocon, Sandoz enter global partnership for next-gen biosimilars

Biocon enters into a global partnership with Sandoz.

Biocon enters into a global partnership with Sandoz, a Novartis division and a global player in biosimilars to develop a next-generation biosimilars portfolio, which will help patients worldwide gain access to a range of high quality, affordable immunology and oncology biologics.

2018

2018

Two biosimilars get marketing authorisation in EU

Fulphila®, a biosimilar Pegfilgrastim jointly developed by Biocon and Mylan,

Fulphila®, a biosimilar Pegfilgrastim jointly developed by Biocon and Mylan, is granted Marketing authorisation by the European Commission. Ogivri®, a biosimilar Trastuzumab jointly developed by Biocon and Mylan, also gets EC’s nod.

2018

2019

Biosimilars business consolidated under independent entity Biocon Biologics

Biocon Biologics, with its own dedicated management.

Biocon consolidates the development, manufacturing and commercialisation operations of its biosimilars business under an independent entity, Biocon Biologics, with its own dedicated management.

2019

2019

Ogivri, biosimilar Trastuzumab, commercialised in U.S

Ogivri, in the U.S. through partner Mylan.

Biocon becomes the first Indian player to launch biosimilar Trastuzumab, Ogivri, in the U.S. through partner Mylan.

2019

2019

Bicara Therapeutics incorporated to advance novel immuno-oncology assets

Bicara Therapeutics is incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Biocon.

Bicara Therapeutics is incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Biocon in Boston, U.S., to focus on developing a pipeline of bi-functional antibodies that exploit the advances in immuno-oncology.

2019

2020

True North makes a primary equity investment in Biocon Biologics

Biocon Biologics approves a primary equity investment by True North

Biocon Biologics approves a primary equity investment by True North, starting the value unlocking process for Biocon's biosimilars subsidiary.

2020

2020

Itolizumab Gets DCGI Nod for Restricted Emergency Use in Moderate to Severe COVID-19 Patients

Itolizumab Gets DCGI Nod for Restricted Emergency Use in Moderate to Severe COVID-19 Patients

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approves 'restricted emergency use' of Itolizumab (ALZUMAb®) in India, a repurposed drug, for the treatment of cytokine release syndrome (CRS) in moderate to severe ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) patients due to COVID-19.

2020

2020

Tata Capital picks up minority stake in Biocon Biologics

Tata Capital picks up minority stake in Biocon Biologics

Tata Capital Growth Fund makes a primary equity investment for a minority stake in Biocon Biologics.

2020

2020

Semglee™ (insulin glargine injection) Launched in U.S.

Biocon Biologics and Mylan launch Semglee in the U.S.

Biocon and Mylan achieve the key milestone of receiving U.S. FDA approval and bringing to market both the vial and pen presentations of Semglee (insulin glargine injection), the first for any company following the reference product.

2020
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