Hyderabad: Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates visited Biological E Ltd, a leading vaccine manufacturer, and the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad on Thursday on a private trip kept completely under wraps.
Bill Gates, who is also co-chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visited Biological E Ltd late Thursday evening, the company said in a statement on Friday.
"Mr Bill Gates congratulated Biological E on the science and innovation platform of the company that allows it to supply effective and affordable vaccines," the statement said.
Bill Gates, who is also co-chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, visited Biological E Ltd late Thursday evening.
"Our company is committed to manufacturing quality vaccines at prices that make them one of the most cost-effective investments in global health. We are very proud to support immunisation needs of the world's poorest countries and supply life-saving vaccines to underprivileged children in the world," said Mahima Datla, managing director of Biological E after meeting Bill Gates.
His private one-day visit was kept secret for security reasons. The media and junior officials at ICRISAT were not informed.
He arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in a private jet and reached ICRISAT at Patancheru in Medak district, about 50 km from Hyderabad. He interacted with scientists and ICRISAT officials about various food security programmes.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding ICRISAT's Village Dynamics Studies in South Asia (VDSA), a project aimed at fighting hunger and alleviation of poverty in dry lands.