Maharaj Kishan Bhan

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Maharaj Kishan Bhan
Born (1947-11-09) 9 November 1947 (age 70)
Kashmir, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
Scientific career
Fields Medical Science
Institutions Department of Biotechnology

Maharaj Kishan Bhan is an Indian pediatrician and clinical scientist.[1] He has M.B.B.S. and M.D. Degrees from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. He has carried out extensive post doctoral research at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the areas of diarrheal diseases and child nutrition with an emphasis on public health issues. He is currently the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER).[2]

He is known for developing Rota Viral Vaccine in collaboration with Bharat Biotech International. He was positioned as Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, until 2012.[3] Dr. Bhan conceived the newly formed BIRAC, which is expected to result in product development by industry in collaboration with academia. This initiative is to boost product development in the country. For this Dr. Bhan was actively assisted by Drs. Renu Swarup & Ravi Dhar from BIRAC. Besides, these certain luminaries of Indian science like Prof. Padmanabhan, Dr. Chauhan, Prof. Tandon and several others were constantly advising BIRAC. An elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences,[4] he was awarded in 1990 the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest science award in India, in the Medical Sciences category.[5] He holds honorary Doctor of Science and is responsible for policy formulation and is Member of the Jury for nearly all major national science awards awarded by the Government of India.[6]

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  1. ^ "Maharaj Kishan Bhan Aims For a New Bio Culture". Forbes. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "President, JIPMER". 
  3. ^ "Shaping Technologies into Real Life Programs". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "List of Fellows — NAMS" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Full list of winners of the Shanti Swaroop Prize". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Speakers Bios". Indian Medtech Summit. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Padma Bhushan Dr MK Bhan to get Genome Valley Excellence Award today - BioSpectrum Asia
  8. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Ministry of Home Affairs (India). 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.