Founder's Profile

Dr. Krishna Ella is the Executive Chairman of Bharat Biotech International Limited, which he incorporated in 1996. A gold medallist at university, Dr. Ella worked as a research faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A research scientist in Molecular Biology, Dr. Ella strongly believes that innovative technology in vaccine development is essential to solve public healthcare problems caused by infectious diseases. Under Dr. Ella’s leadership, Bharat Biotech has grown to become a global leader in innovative vaccine. A serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovative ideas, Dr. Ella has also ventured into veterinary vaccines, food processing, and developing biotechnology infrastructure in the country. Dr. Ella is also involved in shaping India’s science education and policy through his association with several committees such as:

  • Scientific Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet
  • CSIR Governing Council.
  • CCMB Governing Council.
  • Research Council for CSIR National Laboratories.
  • Board of Visitors – Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Several awards have been conferred on Dr. Ella including Padma Bhushan-India's 3rd highest Civilian Award, ET Now Special Recognition for Healthcare Industry Award, J R D Tata—Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Marico Innovation Award and University of Southern California—Asia-Pacific Leadership Award, Bio Spectrum Person of the Year Award, IPA Industry Excellence Award, FICCI Best Technology and Innovation Award, Prime Minister of India, Business Leader of the Year, Pharma Bio World etc.

Mrs. Suchitra Ella is the Managing Director of Bharat Biotech, which she co-founded with Dr. Ella in 1996. With experience in customer operations, finance, marketing and business development, Mrs. Ella is a strong pillar of support and guidance at Bharat, overseeing a wide range of operations in the company.

Mrs. Suchitra Ella is also the Chairperson of CII - Southern Region and Indian Women Network. She serves on the Boards of ISB Well Wisher’s Trust and United Way Hyderabad—an International Charity Partner focused on social empowerment in local communities with focus on livelihoods, health and education. She was a former Board member of TTD. Mrs. Suchitra strongly believes in corporate citizenship and social responsibility. She spearheads the CSR initiatives of the company.

Mrs. Ella holds a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Madras. She followed this up with diploma in business development from UWCU—Madison, diploma in real estate management from University of South Carolina and post-graduate diploma in patent law from NALSAR—Hyderabad.

Several awards have been conferred on her including Padma Bhushan-India's 3rd highest Civilian Award, South Indian Business Achievers Award 2016, Zee TV Best Women Entrepreneur Award, SAARC Women Entrepreneur Award, Women in Healthcare Award - Golden Jubilee Biotech Park for Woman Society, FICCI FLO Influential Women Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Biotech Industry, Andhra Chamber of Commerce – Business Excellence Award, AP entrepreneurship Award etc.