Dr. Pramod Chaudhuri, founder and executive chairman of Praj Industries (NSE symbol: PRAJIND ,BSE script code:522205) was declared the winner of the prestigious 2020 George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture by Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Washington D.C. With this win, he becomes the first Indian and second Asian recipient of this honour. The award will be presented to him during a fireside chat at the BIO IMPACT Digital Ag & Environment Conference, on September 22, 2020.
The George Washington Carver Award, named after legendary agricultural scientist, is the highest recognition for outstanding contribution in the Industrial Biotechnology sector worldwide and is a befitting acknowledgment of Dr. Chaudhari's pioneering contribution in establishing a sustainable eco-system in industrial biotechnology. Industrial biotechnology is the modern-day equivalent of George Washington Carver’s vision.
As awardee, Dr. Chaudhari joins an elite club of renowned industry captains, distinguished professors, accomplished government officials and agri experts around the world. Not only does this award serve to confirm India's technology ability but also acknowledges Dr. Chaudhari as a global brand ambassador for the industry.
Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President of Bl O's Industrial and Environmental Section said, “The BIO IMPACT award winner represents leadership in advancing the bioeconomy, 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.”
Dr. Chaudhari commented on the development by saying, "I am honoured to accept this award and feel humbled that my work in the bioeconomy resonates the pioneering spirit of George Washington Carver.” He went on to say, “My passion for planet, people and prosperity has led Team Praj to derive value from agri-processing and support the rural economy by offering sustainable end-to-end solutions."