Adar Poonawalla, the Chief Executive of the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), has been named among six “The Straits Times Asians of the Year” for 2020, by Singapore’s leading daily, The Straits Times, for their work in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
SII has collaborated with the University of Oxford and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to develop COVID-19 vaccine, ‘Covidshield’, and is conducting trials in India.
The other five Asians of the Year includes:
- Chinese researcher Zhang Yongzhen
- China’s Major-General Chen Wei,
- Japan’s Dr Ryuichi Morishita
- Singapore’s Professor Ooi Eng Eong
- South Korean businessman Seo Jung-jin
The Straits Times has collectively referred these 6 winners as “the virus busters”, because they are heroes of a kind, having devoted themselves to the pressing cause of resolving the coronavirus pandemic, each in their own capacity.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- The SII was founded by Cyrus Poonawalla (Adar Poonawalla’s father) in 1966.
- Adar Poonawalla joined the Serum Institute of India in 2001 and became the CEO of the company in 2011.