In 1968 at 30 years of age, Desh Bandhu Gupta started off with was a very ambitious dream of manufacturing drugs of national priority. The aim was to fight life threatening diseases with a business capital of 5000 Indian Rupees that he borrowed from his wife. He started his working career as Associate Professor at Birla Institute of Sciences and Technology, but never seemed satisfied with his contributions to the country and society. With an initial investment coming his way in the form of loan from the Central Bank, he set up the manufacturing unit in Mumbai and attained this uphill task he had set of first year; Sales target of 5 lakh Indian Rupees.
Right from the beginning, the focus for Gupta was to target tuberculosis, a disease that killed largest number of people in India back in the day. His untiring efforts to build a formulation and manufacture the drugsx` to eradicate TB from India was an unparalleled victory. Gupta’s company, Lupin Pharmaceuticals is today among the top ten pharma companies in the world, producing drugs into Paediatrics, Cardiovascular, anti-infectives, diabetology, asthma and anti-tuberculosis segment.