Praj founder gets selected for George Washington Carver Award

Praj founder gets selected for George Washington Carver Award

Pramod Chaudhari has become the first Indian chosen for the honour for innovation in Industrial biotechnology and agriculture.

  • By Pravin Prashant | September 28, 2020
Washington D.C. based Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced that Pramod Chaudhari, founder and executive chairman, Praj Industries Limited, is selected for the prestigious 2020 George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture.
“He is the first Indian and second Asian recipient of this global honour. Dr. Chaudhari will be honored during a fireside chat at the BIO IMPACT Digital Ag & Environment Conference, on September 22, 2020,” company informed the exchanges on Friday.
US based BIO, the world's largest trade association of biotechnology with presence in over 30 countries, has instituted this award since 2008 with the help of Iowa Biotechnology Association (Iowa BIO).
The George Washington Carver Award, named after legendary agricultural scientist, inventor and environmentalist, is the highest recognition for outstanding contribution in the Industrial Biotechnology sector worldwide.
“The award is a befitting acknowledgement of Dr. Chaudhari's exemplary leadership and contribution towards building a bio-based economy. His entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering endeavours have helped establish a sustainable eco-system in industrial biotechnology. Dr. Chaudhari's tireless efforts in environmental science, bio refining and developing bio-based products that enhance rural economy are seen as furtherance of Carver's legacy,” company said.
“The BIO IMPACT award winner represents leadership in advancing the bioeconomy,” said Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President of BlO's Industrial and Environmental Section. “Pramod’s vision has shown biotechnology's vast potential in solving ever-increasing challenges- from the current coronavirus pandemic to addressing climate change to establishing an economy cantered around sustainability. I'm proud to recognize him with this extraordinary honor.”
“I am honoured to accept this award and feel humbled that my work in the bioeconomy resonates the pioneering spirit of George Washington Carver. This recognition is testament to 35 years of sustained efforts towards the causes of innovation and technology,” said Chaudhari on the development.

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