Serum Institute of India Ltd is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold globally (more than 1.3 billion doses) which includes Polio vaccine as well as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, BCG, r-Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines. It is estimated that about 65 per cent of the children in the world receive at least one vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute. Vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute are accredited by the World Health Organization, Geneva and are being used in around 140 countries across the globe in their national immunisation programs, saving millions of lives throughout the world.
Serum Institute of India is ranked as India's No. 1 biotechnology company, manufacturing highly specialised lifesaving biologicals like vaccines using cutting edge genetic and cell based technologies, antisera and other medical specialties.
Serum Institute of India was founded in 1966 by Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla with the aim of manufacturing life-saving immuno-biologicals, which were in shortage in the country and imported at high prices. Thereafter, several life-saving biologicals were manufactured at prices affordable to the common man and in abundance, with the result that the country was made self-sufficient for Tetanus Anti-toxin and Anti-snake Venom serum, followed by DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) group of Vaccines and then later on MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) group of vaccines.
Serum Institute of India has set up the Serum Bio Pharma Park, India's first biotech special economic zone (SEZ). The Park is adjoining Serum Institute's existing manufacturing unit and is a sector-specific SEZ meant for biotechnology and pharmaceutical products.
Serum Institute of India: Gaining Global Ground
Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman and Managing Director, conferred with Honorary D Litt (Honoris Causa)
Launched Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)
Acquired Bilthoven Biologicals from the Netherlands Government
Launches H1N1 influenza vaccine (live) – Nasovac, liquid pentavalent vaccine in pre-filled syringes – Pentavac PFS, IPV Poliovac PFS, and r-EPO – Repoitin in pre-filled syringes
Launches combi-pack of pentavalent vaccine – Pentavac and quadravalent vaccine, Quadrovax. It is recognized as India's No. 1 Bio-tech company for the 3rd consecutive year
Launches indigenously developed DTP-HB combination vaccine – SII Q-VAC
Launches indigenously manufactured Hepatitis-B vaccine (rDNA) – GeneVac-B
Launches India's first MMR Vaccine – Tresivac
Updated: October, 2015