"Swati has a deep commitment towards research and development. It is not in her DNA to give up, however difficult the situation. During the development period of Piramal Enterprises, she knew we were near and yet far in the R&D process, but she persevered. And that attitude pushed us all." - Narayanan Vaghul
Two deeply moving but unrelated incidents played synergistsinSwati Piramal’sphenomenal life-story.The first was when she witnessed her baby cousin being saved from near-death caused by a vaccine shot. The second was when Swati, a young medical student, saw for the first time, a little girl crippled by polio and struggling at every step. While the first incident made her recognisethe central role that a doctor plays in matters of life and death, the second goaded her to do her bit towards the eradication of that deadly disease someday.
A student of medicine, and later as wife of Ajay Piramal, Swati would play a deciding role in turning an age-old textile-centred business into Piramal Healthcare, going on to drive its research and science wings almost single-handedly.With her two-decade-long commitment to scientific research and technology, Swati has ensured that their company is today the biggest name in patents and drug discovery in India. A part of the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Board, Dr Swati Piramalis undoubtedly one of the most respected names in the world of healthcare today.
"Our dream is to discover a drug in India and take it to the world. It takes 10 or 12 years to do this, and out of the 100 times you try, 99 times, you fail. I want to be the one to succeed. So this business is not for the faint-hearted. But you have to dream today about tomorrow, only then will you succeed. I believe that failure or rejection should not demotivate you, it should, instead, force you to persevere" - Swati Piramal