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Lupin founder & Chairman Dr. Desh Bandhu Gupta passes away

Desh Bandhu Gupta  

Desh Bandhu Gupta, Founder and Chairman of pharma major Lupin, passed away early Monday morning in Mumbai. He was 79.

Dr Gupta was Chairman of the Company and was active till last day of life at Lupin.

A philanthropist, Dr. Gupta will be remembered as a visionary, path-breaker and a nationalist who created a solid legacy of a global pharmaceutical major with a presence in over 100 countries. He was very religious and caring.

Apart from building Lupin from a small origin to its present size, Dr Gupta, a soft spoke gentleman, has committed ₹ 100 crore of his personal money to uplift the poverty stricken people from Dhule Distict of Maharashtra, one of the poorest districts of the country.

Born in Rajgarh, Rajasthan, Dr. Gupta earned a Master of Science Degree (Chemistry) and had a vision to fight life threatening diseases of highest national priority by delivering good quality medicines at an affordable price. It was with this objective that he moved to Mumbai and founded Lupin in 1968, Lupin said in a statement.

Under the leadership of Dr. Gupta the company grew from being a domestic Indian pharmaceutical company to a global pharmaceutical major. It is now the 4th largest generics pharmaceutical player by market capitalization in the world.

A firm believer in the concept of holistic development, Dr. Gupta set-up Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation (LHWRF) in 1988 to eradicate poverty by encouraging sustainable development at the grass root level in rural India.

His efforts have led to a positive impact on the lives of 2.8 million families in 3,463 villages across India, according to Lupin.

Dr. Gupta's children Vinita, CEO and Nilesh, MD – Lupin in a statement said “We are deeply saddened with the demise of our father early this morning. What DBG put in motion 50 years ago in helping to create, innovate and lead in the pharmaceutical space is an unparalleled legacy. Those who knew and worked with DBG, remember him giving generously and fostering a dynamic environment where people could learn and grow. We will continue to build on his legacy and live by the values he instilled.”

Lupin is the 4th and the 6th largest generics pharmaceutical company by market capitalization and sales globally, according to Bloomberg.


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