since its inception, Shantha Biotechnics Private
Limited has played a significant role in the nation's
drive for self-reliance. When most of the life saving
drugs and vaccines were being imported by paying exhorbitant
prices, Shantha Biotechnics concentrated on research
and development of indigenous production of vaccines
to control dreaded infections like Hepatitis-B.
With state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D)
facilities and an experienced and eminent technical
Shantha Biotech's efforts were fructified in 1997. The
company became the first Indian pharmaceutical unit
to produce genetically engineered Hepatitis-B vaccine
through indigenously developed technology. The vaccine,
brand named SHANVAC-B, was so effective and economical,
that the government of India showed interest in including
this vaccine in its countrywide vaccination programmes
to eradicate Hepatitis-B, alongwith Polio, Tetanus
Successful development of Hepatitis-B vaccine brought
several laurels to Shantha Biotech. The company was
honoured with the All India Biotech Association (AIBA)
Award-1997 for the 'Best
Invention of the Year', The prestigious Department
of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) National
Award-1998 for 'Best R&D Efforts',
and the National Technology Award-1999 for 'Successful
Development and Commercialisation of Indigenous Technology'.
Besides manufacturing the lifesaving vaccine Shanvac-B,
Shantha Biotech entered into direct marketing to keep
the prices as low as possible by eliminating the middlemen.
For this purpose, the company organised 'Pedicon
2000', a three-day national conference of Indian
Academy of Paediatrics in January last to develop
direct relations with the paediatricians.
of Strepto Kinase Diagnostic kits, more effective
treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, new
vaccines against Hepatitis-C and Hepatitis-E and
new generation vaccine against Hepatitis-B are
some of the projects in the pipeline of Shantha Biotech.
Address: Shantha Biotechnics Pvt.
Ltd, 3rd Floor, Serene Chambers, Road No.7, Banjara
Phone: 3543010, 354 8507, 360 8843;
Fax: 354 8476.