Dr. Krishna Ella Wiki, Biography
Dr. Krishna Ella is an Indian scientist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and chairman of Bharat Biotech where he is also a Managing Director. Ella and his company were responsible for developing India’s own COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin.
Ella worked as a research faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Krishna Ella was born into a Telugu-speaking Hindu family in the Tiruttani village, in the Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, South India in 1969.
Ella obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and joined for a Master’s degree at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. On a Rotary fellowship, he completed his master’s degree from University of Hawaii. He attained his PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison in the department of plant pathology.
Dr. Krishna Ella
|Real Birth Name||Dr. Krishna Murthy Ella.|
|Age (As of 2020)||51 years old.|
|Profession||Founder, Chairman & MD of Bharat Biotech International Limited.|
|Famous For||India’s pharma company Bharat Biotech ready for the human trails of COVAXIN (Coronavirus vaccine).|
|Hometown/Birthplace||Thiruthani, Tamil Nadu (India).|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||1969.|
|Last Updated||4 July 2020|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Zodiac Birth Sign.||NA.|
|Residence Location||Shamirpet, Hyderabad (India).|
|Height||Feet & Inches: 5′ 8″.|
Centimeters: 173 cm.
Meters: 1.73 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 70 Kg.|
Pounds: 154 lbs.
|Highest Qualification||1. MS from University of Hawaii.|
2. Ph.D. fromCollege of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Pathology (University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A).
|University/College||1. University of Hawaii.|
2. College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Pathology (University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A).
|Parents||Father: Not Known.|
Mother: Will Update Soon.
|Siblings||Name Not Known.|
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Wife/Spouse Name||Suchitra Ella.|
|Children||Son: Rechas Veerendra Dev.|
Daughter: Name Not Known.
|Awards||1. Biospectrum Award.|
2. American Spring, University Gold medalist.
3. Indian Council of Agricultural Research Fellow.
4. National Research Service Award.
5. Rotary International Prize.
6. Dr. K.C. Chatterjee Memorial Award, Indian Pharmaceutical Association.
|Net worth (approx. value)||Rs. 100 Crore Indian Rupees (as of 2020).|
|Earnings & Company profit||Bharat Biotech company profit around Rs. 80 Crore-Rs. 100 Crore (approx).|
Ella started off his career by joining the pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer, as part of its agricultural division. However, he left to the United States to pursue his education.
He returned to India and set up a small lab in Hyderabad, Bharat Biotech. In 1999, the company launched its Hepatitis B vaccine at a price of ₹10 per dose and supplied around 350-400 million doses to more than 65 countries.
In 1996, he suggested to the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu to set up a biotech knowledge park (now called Genome Valley).
Ella’s company is the first to manufacture a preservative-free vaccine (Revac-B mcf Hepatitis B Vaccine), and launch India’s first cell-cultured Swine Flu vaccine. They also manufacture the world’s cheapest Hepatitis vaccines. Bharat Biotech is the first in the world to find a vaccine for the Zika virus. Bharat Biotech has delivered over 4 billion vaccines in 123 countries.
The vaccine against Covid developed by Bharat Biotech named as Covaxin was endorsed by Indian government with an active push by the Indian Prime minister, Narendra Modi. Covaxin usage was opposed by various opposition parties in India by terming it as BJP vaccine and Some states such as Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Kerala were hesitant to use it. However, the efficacy of Covaxin against the Delta and Omicron variants made it more acceptable afterwards. Later, Krishna Ella along with Adar Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India lauded the Prime Minister Modi for a never-seen before Government-Industry collaboration and for the vision and dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister.
- ET Now — Special Recognition for Healthcare Industry Award
- JRD Tata awards — Best Entrepreneur of the Year (2012)
- Marico Innovation Award
- University of Southern California—Asia-Pacific Leadership Award
- BioAsia – Genome Valley excellence award (2021)
- Padma Bhushan for his contribution in Covaxin in response to COVID-19, by the Government of India in 2022.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison — Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
- University of Wisconsin-Madison — Honorary Doctor of Science degree (2022
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