“Bio­sciences stu­dents have ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties in tra­di­tional seg­ments”

Ami­tava Saha

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Sr. Vice Pres­i­dent & Head, Hu­man Re­sources, Bio­con Lim­ited

Bio­con Ltd., Asia's pre­mier bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany, is com­mit­ted to en­sure a global right to health­care by ad­dress­ing the world­wide need for safe, ef­fec­tive and af­ford­able bio­ther­a­peu­tics. Bio­con has been cre­at­ing long-term value for its share­hold­ers with the mar­ket cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the com­pany hav­ing mul­ti­plied al­most four times since its de­but on the bourses in 2004. Bio­con was only the sec­ond In­dian com­pany to cross the $ 1 bil­lion mar­ket cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion mile­stone on the first day of list­ing. In 2015, the suc­cess­ful IPO of Bio­con's re­search ser­vices sub­sidiary Syn­gene un­locked im­mense value for share­hold­ers. Syn­gene's mar­ket cap­i­tal­iza­tion crossed the $ 1 bil­lion mark within a week of list­ing.

Bio­con has built an em­ployee-friendly en­vi­ron­ment for its gen­der-di­verse work­force that is com­pa­ra­ble to the best in the world. This has been val­i­dated by its po­si­tion among the Top 20 Best Em­ploy­ers in the Biotech In­dus­try as ranked by the pres­ti­gious Sci­ence mag­a­zine. In an in­ter­ac­tion with Narayan Kulka­rni of BioSpec­trum In­dia, Ami­tava Saha, Sr. Vice Pres­i­dent & Head, Hu­man Re­sources, Bio­con Lim­ited, who has over 17 years of work ex­pe­ri­ence with com­pa­nies like First­source So­lu­tions, Mashreq Bank, Ac­cen­ture and Infosys shared his views about cam­pus place­ments and op­por­tu­ni­ties/ open­ings for stu­dents with biotech­nol­ogy/ phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal.

Ex­cerpts of the interview

What cri­te­ria do you have while iden­ti­fy­ing the cam­pus place­ments for hir­ing?

Bio­con’s po­si­tion­ing as a ‘world- class em­ployer brand’ en­ables us to re­cruit top tal­ent from some of the coun­try’s pre­mier in­sti­tutes. For cam­pus re­cruit­ment, we look at in­sti­tutes that have a good track record of pro­duc­ing in­dus­try-ready, high-end tal­ent. We also offer jobs to young and promis­ing life sci­ences in­terns who come to us from both in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties as well as pre­mier In­dian aca­demic in­sti­tutes such as NIPER and IIT. We had started Bio­con Academy in 2013 as part of our CSR ini­tia­tive to offer ad­vanced courses that ad­dress the need of the bio­pharma in­dus­try and en­able global com­pet­i­tive­ness of the sec­tor. In the last few years, we have suc­cess­fully re­cruited from the Academy as well.

What cri­te­ria do you look for while se­lect­ing the can­di­dates?

Bio­con seeks can­di­dates who have a sound the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge of sci­en­tific prin­ci­ples and the abil­ity to con­nect those to the ap­pli­ca­tions in the in­dus­try. In ad­di­tion to ap­pli­ca­tion knowhow, they should have process knowhow and reg­u­la­tory knowhow. As far as soft skills are con­cerned, can­di­dates should have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and the abil­ity to work in teams. Ide­ally, they should be in­dus­try-ready so that they can start con­tribut­ing to the com­pany from Day 1.

What kind of packages a fresher can ex­pect?

Fresh­ers can ex­pect salary packages start­ing from Rs 2.5 lakh per an­num.

What kind of op­por­tu­ni­ties/ open­ings, stu­dents with biotech­nol­ogy/phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal can ex­pect in biotech­nol­ogy, pharma in­dus­try?

The Biotech­nol­ogy sec­tor in In­dia, which is wit­ness­ing a Com­pounded An­nual Growth Rate (CAGR) of about 20%, holds im­mense po­ten­tial for fu­ture growth. To­day, bio­sciences stu­dents have ex­cel­lent ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in tra­di­tional seg­ments like Health­care, as well as, emerg­ing ones like BioA­gri­cul­ture, Bio-in­for­mat­ics etc. There is also in­creas­ing de­mand for tal­ented, trained man­power in fields such as Bio-statis­tics, Clin­i­cal Tri­als, Re­search & De­vel­op­ment, An­i­mal Hus­bandry, Crop­ping Sys­tems and Crop Man­age­ment, Cell Bi­ol­ogy, Food Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Ge­net­ics, Bio­chem­istry, Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, Im­munol­ogy, Virol­ogy, Chem­istry and En­gi­neer­ing etc. Biotech star­tups, which are com­ing up with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy-based prod­ucts and ser­vices, are also adding to the job prospects in the In­dian biotech sec­tor.

Ami­tava Saha

Sr. Vice Pres­i­dent & Head,

Hu­man Re­sources, Bio­con Lim­ited

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