In 1966, Dr. Poonawalla embarked on his journey to establish Serum Institute of India with a meager capital equivalent of US$25,000 in order to make low-cost vaccines previously unavailable in his country. Today, Serum Institute is the world’s largest producer of vaccines by number of doses, producing more than 1.5 billion doses a year of life-saving vaccines used in over 170 countries to combat infection from Rabies, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Influenza and Meningitis, among others.
It’s a testament to Dr. Poonawalla’s vision, grit and innovative approach that Serum Institute has attained world leadership by reaching the unmatched figure of protecting more than 2/3rd of the infant population globally, thus saving the lives of more than 30 million human lives across the globe, who would have otherwise perished without the availability of affordable vaccines. The global impact of Dr.Poonawalla’s work is undeniable.
As a philanthropist, millions of dollars have been donated by Dr. Poonawalla for public causes such as charitable schools, hospitals, public parks and the Pune Clean City movement. Additionally, hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of vaccines have been donated free of charge or heavily subsidized by Dr. Poonawalla in areas where they were needed most.
For these efforts, Dr. Poonawalla has received numerous accolades and prestigious awards, including:
He is considered as an icon in the thoroughbred horseracing and breeding world. The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA - the world Apex Body) bestowed on him the “Lifetime Achievement Award” on 5th October 2009 in Paris for his outstanding contribution in the field of horseracing and breeding.
Dr. Poonawalla graduated from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC) in 1963 and was conferred a Ph.D. from the University of Pune in 1988 for his thesis entitled “Improved Technology in the Manufacture of Specific Anti-Toxins and Its Socio-Economic Impact on the Society.” He was also conferred “Doctor of Literature” at the hands of His Excellency Governor of Maharashtra, on March 5, 2015.
Dr. Poonawalla has also authored several books and scientific papers.
सदर प्रकल्प हा डॉ. वेदवती जोगी यांनी सांस्कृतिक मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार यांच्या वरिष्ठ अभ्यासवृत्तीअंतर्गत केलेल्या संशोधनावर आधारित आहे.
This project is based on the research carried out by Dr. Vedavati Jogi for her senior fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.