Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla is the Chairman of Poonawalla Group which includes Serum Institute of India. Serum Institute of India manufactures pediatric vaccines.
Recently he was in news when, Microsoft founder Bill Gates met him and called him one of his favourite “vaccine heroes”. He said that Cyrus Poonawalla is among one of the seven vaccine heroes and is a multiple winner with vaccines against measles and others. He has deeply affected the vaccine world and people are dependent on the quality work done at Serum.”
The institute which exports to 130 nations is also developing affordable rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines for Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. The clinical trials are being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation