Shri. Subhash Desai

Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Mining, Maharashtra State
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Shri. Rajeev Kapoor, IAS

Secretary, Dept. of Chemcials & Petrochemcials Govt. of India
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Shri. (Dr.) Rajiv Sharma

Secretary, Science and Engineering Research Board
Government of India.
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Shri. Sanjay Sethi, IAS

CEO, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation Govt. of Maharashtra, India
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Shri. R. Gopalakrishnan

Former Director TATA Sons, Author & corporate Advisor
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Keynote Address By



× Dr. John Warner


John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. He received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).

In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published over 250 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, solar energy and construction and paving materials are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.

Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring (considered one of the highest awards for US science education), the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.


× Dr. John Warner


R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at St Xavier’s Kolkata, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a corporate leader for 48 years: 31 years in Unilever and 17 years in Tata. He served in Jeddah as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, and as Executive Director of Tata Sons. Apart from serving as a Director on the TATA parent board, Tata Sons, and he also served several Tata group companies. Currently he serves as an independent director of listed companies, Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka.

His Professional Involvements include:

  • As a member of the TATA Group Corporate Centre he was deeply engaged in the restructuring and renewal of the prestigious Tata Group.
  • Deeply involved since the mid 1990’s with the shaping of HLL, India’s largest FMCG Company through mergers, acquisitions and re-organisations.
  • Worked on the re-organisation of Unilever’s interests in the Arabian Peninsula from 1991 to 1995 by merging three components into a strong local company. Led a multinational team of managers [15 nationalities].
  • Led export development in overseas markets as Vice President in HLL. Travelled and experienced in OECD countries, the Arab World and the erstwhile Soviet Union.

He has served as a member of many important committees set up by the Government of India
He is an international speaker and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has been a newspaper columnist and continues to write every month for financial papers. He has also authored five books since 2007, the latest of which is “Six Lenses: vignettes of success, career and relationships”


× Dr. David Constable


David Constable, Ph.D., has been the Director of the ACS-Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) in Washington, D.C., since January 2013. The mission of ACS GCI is to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemistry enterprise.

From September 2011 to January 2013, Constable was owner and principal at Sustainability Foresights, LLC, a consulting firm that assisted companies with sustainability; sustainable and green chemistry; energy; and environment, safety, and health (ESH) programs. Prior to that, he was with Lockheed Martin as the corporate vice president of energy, environment, safety, and health.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Constable was the director of operational sustainability in the Corporate ESH Department at GlaxoSmithKline. In that global role, he led GlaxoSmithKline’s development of sustainability-based programs, systems, tools and methodologies.  Prior to joining SmithKline Beecham, Constable served as Group Leader of the SHEA Analytical Services group at ICI Americas.

Constable has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and B.S. in Environmental Sciences, Air and Water Pollution.

Convention Speakers


  • Prof. C J LI

     department of Chemistry
     McGill university
     Canada
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× Prof. C J Lee

Director of NSERC CREATE in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals Co-Director, FQRNT Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

Research Description:

  1. Green Chemistry: Explore new catalytic reactions that have high atom-efficiency in water and other cleaner media (CO2 and Ionic Liquids), and to transform these reactions into general synthetic tools for synthesizing biologically important compounds and organic materials in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
  2. Synthesis of biologically active compounds: Developing new methods for synthesizing natural products and other biologically important compounds. One special interest is to develop synthesis and study of "Chemical Sensitizers" for targeted cancer therapy.

Education :

B. Sc. (Zhengzhou University, 1983)
M.S. (Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1988)
Ph. D. (McGill University, 1992)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Stanford University, 1992-94)
(US) Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic), 2001
Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (individual), 2010

  • Prof. C. Oliver Kappe

     University of Graz, Institute of Chemistry
     C. Oliver Kappe is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz
     Austria
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× Prof. C J Lee


C. Oliver Kappe is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Graz (Austria) and Key Researcher at the Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH (RCPE). He received his diploma (1989) and his doctoral (1992) degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Graz where he worked with Gert Kollenz on cycloaddition and rearrangement reactions of acylketenes. After periods of postdoctoral research work on reactive intermediates and matrix isolation spectroscopy with Curt Wentrup at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (1993-1994) and on synthetic methodology/alkaloid synthesis with Albert Padwa at Emory University in Atlanta, USA (1994-1996), he moved back to the University of Graz in 1996 to start his independent academic career.

He has spent time as visiting scientist/professor at e.g. the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA, K. Barry Sharpless, 2003), the Toyko Institute of Technology (Toyko, Japan, T. Takahashi, 2008), the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Orlando, USA, 2010) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013-2015).

Professor Kappe has an extensive general experience and a 25 year track record in synthetic and physical organic chemistry, process intensification using batch microwave technology and flow chemistry/microreaction technology, communicated in ~380 scientific publications  (Research ID, WoS h-Index 69). For the past decade the focus of his research has been directed towards flow chemistry/microreaction technology, encompassing a wide variety of synthetic transformations and experimental techniques.

C. Oliver Kappe is the Founding Editor and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Flow Chemistry and a board member of the Flow Chemistry Society..

  • Mr. Rafael Cayuela

    Mr. Rafael Cayuela

     Chief Economist,
     Corporate Strategy & Int. Gov. Affairs
     Switzerland
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× Dr. David Constable


Rafael Cayuela, is the Corporate Chief Economist at The Dow Chemical Company and in this position he is a member of the Dow global corporate strategy team. In this role he helps to translate the various macro-economic and industry trends into Dow corporate strategy, supporting Dow long term strategy, while working closely with key internal and external stakeholders; especially regulators, governments and international organizations.

In his capacity Rafael actively engages with global chemical associations, like the European Chemical Association (CEFIC) or the American Chemical Council (ACC), as well as with international organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the G20, OECD, European Commission, IEA and others. Cayuela is an economist by education and has more than fifteen years of experience within the chemical industry across different business and functions.

Cayuela started his career for Dow Chemical in Madrid, Spain, while moving early in his career into Dow global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Currently is based at Dow European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland since 2007. He holds a Master degree in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago USA. Cayuela is also the author of the book "The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050", published by Wiley in May 2013 and he is active international speaker about the Chemical Industry, Bioeconomy, Sustainability, and Climate Change as a major business opportunity and the long term outlook of the Industry.

  • Mr. Srini Srinivasan

    Mr. Srini Srinivasan

     Managing Director
     Pfizer Global Supply and R&D
     India
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× Dr. David Constable


Srini Srinivasan has over 30 years of experience in operational leadership and global leadership roles in innovative medicines, branded generics and vaccines businesses at Pfizer, Novartis, GSK and Astra. Srini held roles as Head Asia Pacific with full P&L responsibilities and as Country President for India, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. He led global cross functional teams in multiple therapy areas - Cardiovascular, Immunology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroscience and Respiratory through all stages of new product development and commercialization. Srini lived and worked in several countries across Europe, USA and Asia and is currently based at Chennai, India

In the current role as Managing Director, Srini leads a global organization of Pfizer in India that includes Pfizer global manufacturing plants and R&D centers.

Prior to joining Pfizer in 2015, Srini worked in Novartis and GSK in various leadership roles. As Global Head of Commercial Strategy & Operations for Novartis Pharma in Switzerland, he led global strategic planning, global commercial operations across all therapy areas and accelerated the build-up of global Novartis Business Services organization in India. He also worked on the worldwide integration of GSK Oncology business with Novartis Oncology in the USA.

  • Dr. Pascal Metivier

    Dr. Pascal Metivier

     Director - R&D Science & Technology
     Solvay Group
     Belgium
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× Dr. Pascal Metivier


Pascal Metivier is Solvay group Science & Technology director, based in Brussels (Belgium).< br> Pascal Metivier did all his career within R&D, where he held various positions. He entered Rhone-Poulenc in 1987 in Lyon (France) as research scientist working for the pharmaceutical division and then in 1989 working for the agro division. In 1992 he joined the Organic division as group leader where he first work on development of new fragrant molecules, before moving to the industrial side working on process improvement for major industrial units.

In 1996 he joined Rhodia and was appointed head of the catalysis and process department of Rhodia focusing mainly on development and improvement of major industrial processes of Rhodia such as the polyamide intermediates.

In 2001 he was appointed global R&D director of the new Phosphorus and Performance Derivative business unit and moved to London. He returned to France in 2004 where he was appointed global R&D director for Novecare Business unit.

IN 2007 he was appointed as R&I director for Asia-Pacific zone. During the 9 years he spend in Asia he lead the development of R&D in the zone including construction of new research centers in China (Shanghai), Korea (Seoul) & India (Vadodara).

Pascal Metivier studied at “Ecole Europeenne des Industries Chimiques” in Strasbourg (FRANCE), and got his PhD from University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He also spend 18 month as visiting scientist in Purdue University (Indiana , USA)

Pascal Metivier has been named professor “honoris causa” of Zhengzhou university (Henan, China) in 2009, and is also guest professor since 2013 at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

  •  Dr. Ingrid Mergelsberg

    Dr. Ingrid Mergelsberg

     Director
     Process Chemistry (MSD)
     USA
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× Dr. Ingrid Mergelsberg


Dr. Ingrid Mergelsberg received her PhD degree in organic chemistry from the University in Freiburg, Germany. After two postdoctoral trainings at the University of Rochester, NY and Hoffman LaRoche, Basel, Switzerland she started her industrial career at Parke Davis in Freiburg, Germany and then worked for Schering-Plough first in Switzerland and then in New Jersey, USA and later for Merck, New Jersey after the merger.
During her more than 30 years in Chemical Development she has held a progression of roles of increasing responsibilities serving for the last seven years as Director in Process Chemistry. She is leading the cross functional /cross divisional Green and Sustainable Science team at Merck. A former co-Chair of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable, Dr. Mergelsberg has been very active in green chemistry initiatives both Merck internally as well as externally. Dr. Mergelsberg also leads the Green Chemistry Working Group of the International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development (IQ).

  • Mr. Rafael Cayuela

    Mr. Jeffrey Whitford

     Head of Corproate Responsibility & Branding
     Merck KGaA
     Germany
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× Dr. David Constable


Jeffrey Whitford joined Sigma-Aldrich in 2005 and since that time has served in a variety of positions including the company’s first-ever head of Global Citizenship. After the acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 2015 he was named Head of Corporate Responsibility for the Life Science business and recently the head of Branding. In his latest role, Whitford is responsible for developing and implementing strategic programs designed to enhance Merck’s position as a global leader in green chemistry, product recycling, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

He works to integrate sustainable development concepts into the strategic plans for the business. He also directs the company’s largest Corporate Responsibility initiative, SPARK, where employees in more than 36 countries participate in charitable events designed to benefit their local communities.

Whitford guided Sigma-Aldrich to recognition for leadership in their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts from the Carbon Disclosure Project, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, #20 from the Corporate Knights Global 100 at the World Economic Forum at Davos, #5 in the United States on Newsweek’s Green Rankings, #1 in the Materials Sector on The Civic 50 and #5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens.

Whitford earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a master’s degree in business administration at Washington University in St. Louis. Whitford has served as board member of the International Institute in St. Louis and the St. Louis chapter of JDRF.

  • Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal

    Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal

     CSO
     Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd
     India
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× Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal


Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal is working with Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd. since eighteen years as Chief Scientific Officer. Participated as Advisory Board Member for CII’s IP Education Initiative. Has 36 years of experience in varied capacities. Got 27 research papers & 75 patents to his credit. He is a member of ACS, ORCS, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Catalysis Society of India and Fellow Indian Chemical Society. Education from University of Allahabad (India) and was awarded gold medal in his post graduation. He was instrumental in bringing recognition to Jubilant in the form of six National awards (Sir Aacharya P. C. Ray award for in house R&D during 2004 and 2008, DSIR award for in-house R&D effort for year 2004, Golden Peacock Innovation Award-2010, FICCI Chemicals & Petrochemicals award for year 2014 and Sustainability Award for Best Green Process in Chemical Sector for 2016).

  • Mr. Mark Dorfman

    Mr. Mark Dorfman

     Biomimicry Chemist
     Biomimicry 3.8
     USA
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× Dr. Mark Dorfman


Mark Dorfman is a biomimicry chemist with Biomimicry 3.8, an organization founded on the premise that living organisms, by necessity, have developed sophisticated, highly effective, life-friendly chemistries that could inspire provocative, sustainable technologies for modern society.
In partnership with forward-thinking chemistry labs, Mark seeks out and applies the design principles of nature's time-tested chemical strategies to the development of innovative solutions to the toxic chemical and material challenges facing the 21st century.

  • Dr. Sandeep Mohanty

    Dr. Sandeep Mohanty

     Director
     Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited
     India
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× Dr. Sandeep Mohanty


Dr. Sandeep Mohanty is currently a Director in Process Innovation at Chemical TechOps, Manufacturing Science & Technology,  Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd in Hyderabad. He brings in more than 23 years of experience in API Research & Development with a focus on product cost management, process reengineering, process Management, data analysis and six sigma operations in manufacturing.
Sandeep has been working with Dr. Reddy’s for past 17 years and has significantly contributed to the growth of Process R&D in Chemical TechOps enabling launch and commercialization of several API’s. Prior to Dr.
Reddy’s, Sandeep worked with Standard Organics Ltd, Max Pharma and Zenith Lab. Sandeep earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry in JNTU, Hyderabad.    

  • Dr. Anuj Mittal

    Dr. Anuj Mittal

     VP R&D
     PI Industries Ltd
     India
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× Dr. Anuj Mittal


Educational Qualifications: M.Sc. , Ph. D. ( University Of Lucknow, Lucknow, UP)
Experience: ~ 20 Years in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Presently working as VP-R&D, PI Industries Limited.

  • 8 Years with Dabur Research Foundation
  • 3 Years Aurobindo Pharma Limited.
  • 8.5 Years with PI Industries Limited

× Dr. R. Rajagopal


Raj is a growth strategy advisor, sustainability mentor and author with over thirty years of experience. An alumnus from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, India, he is the founder and President of KnowGenix (www.knowgenix.com), a niche research and growth strategy advisory firm.

He is also the Founder of a research think-tank WISE (Weaving Insights Strategies & Experiences) which focuses on food and water security; skills development/capacity building; healthcare technologies and delivery systems; sustainability management and literacy; science, technology, sustainability and society frameworks; and inclusive education, arts and communities.

He has authored two books, one memoir, syndicated reports and contributed chapters to encyclopaedias, 140 trend features; and publisher of two books on music. His book, “Sustainable Value Creation in the Fine and Speciality Chemicals Industry”, published by Wiley, U.K., in April 2014 traces the global evolution of fine, pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals industry and outlines the strategic pathways to create sustainable value. His chapter on “Sustainability in the Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals Industry” in Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, 2017, Elsevier, outlines the future landscape of pharmaceutical technologies and drug development.

  • Mr. Ravi Raghavan

    Mr. Ravi Raghavan

     Editor
     Chemical Weekly
     India
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× Mr. Ravi Raghavan


Ravi obtained his M.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Drexel University (USA), after his B.Sc. (Tech) (Plastics) from UDCT. In 1986, he joined Chemical Weekly, where he is presently Editor/Publisher.
Ravi is also responsible for strategic planning for the group, which is also into exhibitions/conferences and in strategic market research and consultancy.
He has written extensively on the chemical industry and presented papers at numerous business conferences in India and abroad.

  • Distinguished Alumnus, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), formerly known as UDCT.
  • President, UDCT Alumni Association.
  • Honorary Fellow, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Mr. Nitesh Mehta

    Mr. Nitesh Mehta

     Co-founder & Director
     Green ChemisTree Foundation
     India
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× Mr. Nitesh Mehta


Nitesh Mehta holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, IIT-Bombay. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from University of Pune. His expertise is in process development, scale-up and technology implementation at commercial scales. He also has expertise in setting up recycle loops in plant i.e. recycle of effluent streams back in the process for unit processes like Reduction, Nitration, Diazotization-Hydrolysis, etc.

His professional experience includes implementing more than 500 commercial batches with Newreka Reduction Technology, in more than 25 different products. He has guided more than 2000 laboratory experiments for bench scale development of Green Chemistry based process technologies for more than 75 different molecules. Currently, his key accountability involves marketing Newreka's knowledge-based Green Chemistry technologies in Indian & International markets.

Newreka was felicitated by the “Green Chemistry Network Center Award” for commercialization of Green Chemistry based technology, where the mother liquor obtained from the process was recycled 75 times back in the process. Nitesh Mehta is the Co-founder of Green ChemisTree Foundation and Convener of IGCW, a not-for-profit initiative launched in 2009, with the commitment to promote and advance the implementation of Green Chemistry in India.

  • Dr. Jeff Eaves

    Dr. Jeff Eaves

     General Manager
     Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd., University of York
     UK
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× Dr. Jeff Eaves


Dr. Jeff Eaves is the General Manager for Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd.  Jeff has a PhD in chemistry and worked for an international chemical company for eleven years in both technical and commercial roles before completing an MBA and becoming a specialist in commercial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions working for both KPMG and Deloitte.  Jeff has worked in early stage venture capital with IP Group in the UK and was CEO of Chamelic Ltd, a polymer based start up from the University of Leeds.  Prior to joining Circa, Jeff worked with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York.

  • Dr. Karim Cassimjee

    Dr. Karim Cassimjee

     Co-founder and CEO
     EnginZyme AB
     Sweden
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× Dr. Karim Cassimjee


Karim Engelmark Cassimjee, Co-founder and CEO of EnginZyme AB, Sweden
2012- 2014: Postdoctoral research at the Arrhenius laboratory, Stockholm Univ., in biocatalysis (Prof.Jan-Erling Bäckvall) and quantum chemical modelling of enzyme reaction mechanisms (Prof. Fahmi Himo).
2007- 2012: PhD in biotechnology at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Prof. Per Berglund).

  • Dr. Ashok Menon

    Dr. Ashok Menon

     Global Technology Leader. Life Cycle Assessment
     SABIC Research & Technology Pvt. Ltd.
     India
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× Dr. Ashok Menon


Dr. Ashok Menon has 18 years of experience in provide technical expertise and lead global research & technology teams in General Electric Co. and SABIC. He has been primarily responsible for leading large teams and developing technologies in area of catalysis, polymer processing, and material characterization. He also has experience in developing and implementing organizational strategizes related to corporate governance, sustainability, product stewardship and regulatory affairs.

He is currently heading the Global Life Cycle Assessment efforts for SABIC and is responsible for sustainability impact assessment of SABIC’s products, processes and services across the value chain. Dr. Menon completed his postdoctoral fellowship from University of Minnesota, USA and PhD from University of Mumbai.

  • Anil Kumar

    Prof. Anil Kumar

     Department of Chemistry, Center for excellence in Nanoelectronics
     Professor at IIT Bombay
     India
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× Dr. Ashok Menon


Anil Kumar is currently a Professor at IIT Bombay, in the Department of Chemistry, Center for excellence in Nanoelectronics, National Center for Photovoltaic Research and Education and National Center for Excellence in Technologies for Internal Security. His group's research interest are in the area of continuous flow processes and printable optoelectronic devices based on conjugated polymers. In this direction, the main focus is on the development of handheld explosive sensors, electrochromic devices, thin film optoelectronic devices and transparent conductor etc. They have developed a state of the art continuous flow process lab and also conduct regular training programs and workshops in Continuous Flow Process to train the next generation of human resources in this important emerging technology. Based on the processes, he started a company “Sycon Polymers India Pvt Ltd” (http://sycon.in/Home) and another start-up is in pipeline. His group also has developed many technologies including transfer of technology in the domain of handheld explosive sensors and continuous flow processes. For his contribution in this field, he has been awarded with the 2017 NASI-RIL Platinum Jubilee National Award for application-oriented innovations.

Apart from research, his other hobbies are teaching, sports, technical financial analysis, magic and music. He has developed an outreach program based on "Science & Magic" to promote teaching and practice of science among students and research scholars of different grades and has been conducting such workshops around the country.

  • Vijay  Kirpalani

    Mr. Vijay Kirpalani

     President Flow Chemistry Society-India
      Pi-Process Intensification Exp. LLP
     India
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× Vijay Kirpalani


President : Flow Chemistry Society-India & CEO : Pi-Process Intensification Exp. LLP
Chemical Engineer with 38 years in Atomic Energy, Nuclear Fuel processing, Petroleum Refineries, Agrochemicals, Bulk & Fine Chemicals, Dyestuffs & Pigments, APIs & Pharmaceutical Plants. Extensive repertoire of process technologies, developed and commercialized across over 120 grass-roots plants with >200 processes in 14 countries with companies including GSK, Harbin Pharma (China), Egis Pharma (Hungary), Fermion OY (Finland).

Expertise & Current focus : Continuous Manufacturing using Process Intensification, Flow Chemistry, Bio-catalysis. Process Design & Execution (of cGMP HAPI / API / Pharma Formulation, Chemical, Fine-Chemical, Biotech & Nanotech Facilities), QbD, PAT, Reg Affairs.
18 continuous plants commissioned using PI techniques in recent years.

  • BIMAL GOCULDAS

    Mr. BIMAL GOCULDAS

     Chief Executive Officer
     Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Company Ltd (DMCC)
     India
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× BIMAL GOCULDAS


Bimal Goculdas is Chief Executive Officer of The Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Company Ltd (DMCC). He has prior experience with Borax Morarji Ltd and The Western Sugar Company (USA). He is a Chemical Engineer from the University Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (now known as ICT) and has done an MS in Chemical Engineering from the USA.

He is a leading professional with wide technical and commercial experience in both in India and abroad.  He has led the transformation of DMCC from a fertilizer producer to a specialty chemical company with strong focus on R&D. He is passionate about the environment in his personal and professional life, and has implemented projects in solar energy, wind energy, rainwater harvesting, and several waste reduction/water usage reduction initiatives at DMCC. He is an active member of the Indian Chemical Council Executive Committee and Chairman of the Sustainability Committee.

  • Sandip Darji

    Mr. Sandip Darji

     chemical engineer
     Pharmaceutical Industry
     India
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× Sandip Darji


Sandip Darji is a chemical engineer and working in Pharmaceutical Industry since 2001. Sandip has expertise in development, scale-up, technology transfer, continuous processes and technology advancements in API industry. He was also involved in performance management of suppliers and quality audits. Sandip is a Black Belt holder in six sigma.

Sandip has past experience in GSK, Cipla, DRL, and Ranbaxy. Sandip is presently working in Global Process & Technology department in API Division of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (SPIL). He is based at Sun R&D centre at Vadodara, Gujarat and covers all API plants for process engineering support. He has been instrumental in execution of continuous processes at Sun Pharma (SPIL) API sites. He has hands on experience of operating laboratory scale continuous process equipments and transfer technology to commercial scale as an integrated approach.

  • Sandip Darji

    Dr. Bettina Rechenberg

     Sustainable Production and Products, Waste management
     German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)
     India
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× Bettina Rechenberg


Dr. Bettina Rechenberg works as head of division “Sustainable Production and Products, Waste management” at the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt). She studied biology and has worked at the Umweltbundesamt since 1992 gaining experiences in chemical safety and water protection. From 2011 to 2015 she headed the department “Sustainable production, resource conservation, material cycles”. She is dealing with the analysis of environmental effects linked to raw material extraction, industrial production, consumption and waste management und is searching for sustainable and practicable solutions.

  • Manjinder Singh Phull

    Mr. Manjinder Singh Phull

     Unit-Head, API-R&D, CIPLA-Ltd.
     Chairman : Flow Chemistry Society
     India
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× Manjinder Singh Phull


  • Julien Hitce

    Dr. Julien Hitce

     PhD, Research Scientist at L'Oreal
     
     India
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× Julien Hitce


Julien Hitce, graduated in France from “Chimie Paris” in 2004, with a Master's degree in Chemical Science, focused on Organic Synthesis and Homogenous Catalysis after working in J.-P. Genet’s lab. He joined the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (France) for his PhD (2004-2007) under the supervision of Prof. O. Baudoin on the development of new methodologies and synthetic applications featuring Palladium catalyzed C–H activation.
After a postdoctoral stay at Stanford (USA), in the B.M. Trost research group, focused on the development of novel asymmetric addition reactions catalyzed by a bio-inspired Zn-complex, he joined L’OREAL in 2009 where he is currently heading a team dedicated to innovative transformation processes.

Research interests: design and synthesis of novel cosmetic ingredients for skin- and hair-care, through Green Chemistry with a focus on transformations and processes that straightforwardly generate structural complexity/diversity and added-value from renewable building-blocks. Process development toward industrialization with a focus on limiting the environmental impact of the process.

  • Kumaresan Rajendram

    Mr. Kumaresan Rajendram

     South Asia Business Unit Head at Clariant
     
     India
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× Kumaresan Rajendram


R. Kumaresan is currently the Head of Industrial and Consumer Specialties business for Region South Asia since May 2014. He steered the recent acquisition of Vivimed Labs Ltd’s personal care portfolio by Clariant and led the integration of the business, research laboratories and manufacturing assets. He also manages the global sales of the acquired business.

He joined Clariant in February 2005 and has held various leadership positions within the company. In 2011 he took charge as Head of the Leather business for India, before its divestment by Clariant.

He has a rich experience of 25 years, in domestic and international business in the Specialty Chemicals industry. Prior to Clariant, he was with Atul, BASF and MRF.

R. Kumaresan holds a B. Tech degree in Chemical Technology and an MBA in Marketing.

  • Julia Rowe

    Dr. Julia Rowe

     Group Sustainability Manager
     Johnson Matthey plc
     UK
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× Julia Rowe


Education: M. Sc. (IIT,Powai); Ph.D.(ICT, Mumbai)
Experience of over 34 years in process development studies of Crop Protection Chemicals, Fertilisers, Veterinary and Pharma intermediates.

Professional :
1. Rallis India Ltd. Assitant Manager process development (1984-88)
2. Indofil Chemical company- Chief R&D Manager( 1989-2002)
3. Hikal Industries- Sr. General Manager ( 2003-2007)
4. Sapec Agro SA-Director- Sapec Agro India

Process Chemistry:
The most satisfying and rewarding aspect of the process development studies has been the scale up of 27 products from g scale to commercial manufacturing as given below:

1. EBDC Fungicides: Mancozeb
2. Organophosphorus compounds-
3. Intermediates: TMP, DETC, DMTC, DEP, 3,5-Dichloroaniline
4. Active Ingredients: Acephate, Monocrotophos, Chorpyriphos Ethyl, Temephos, Chlorpyriphos Me, Fosetyl Al;
5. Synthetic Pyrethroids- Fenvalerate, Deltamethrin, Cypermethrin, Permethrin.
6. Organochlorine compounds:PP- Dicofol
7. Triazoles: Mycobutanil, Tebuconazole, Penconazole.
8. Systemic Fungicides: Iprodione, Cymoxanil, Tricyclazole, Karathane , Bifenazate, Thiabendazole
9. Herbicides: Diclofop Me, Sulcotrione, S-Metolachlor, Glyphosate, Oxyfluorfen, Terbacil, Diuron,
10. Plant Nutients: EDDHA
11. Formulations:
a. WDG formulations of Mancozeb, Mancozeb+ Mixtures, Chorpyriphos
b. Micoroencapsulation : Chorpyriphos & Lambda Cyhalothrin
Having studied at Cambridge consultants for 3 rd Generation R&D Management, I can convert customer requirements into QFD and vice versa.

Areas of Specialization:
Process Development in Organic Chemistry (Heterocyclic and Green Chemistry, Emulsion Polymerisation and botanical Extracts).

Achievements:
Development of Green Chemistry related Projects: Development of Various Processes by substituting hazardous solvents like DMSO, DMF and Hazardous Reagents like sodamide, NaH using Phase Transfer Catalysis. Process Development Studies of more than 100 active ingredients and intermediates some of them involving multi step syntheses. 27 of above products were successfully scaled up to commercial scale. Removal of Toxic Impurities from waste water: Soil borne bacteria to remove toxic impurities like ethylene thiourea. Ammoxidation- conversion of Methyl group in a heterocycle directly to Nitrile function in one step.
Process Engineering:
1. Development of Continuous Process for Trimethylphosphite
2. Development of co-feed process for Mancozeb to take care of reaction kinetics.

Formulations:
1. Preparation of Dust free formulations in place of wettable powders
2. Microencapsulation: Development of microencapsulation of crop protection chemical formulations.

Awarded Six patents on process development studies of crop protection chemicals. GLP GUIDELINES:
Involved in documentation of analytical method developments using GLP guidelines Associated with MNCs like BASF, BAYER, CHEMTURA, DUPONT, DOW and Syngenta in developing processes from g scale to commercial scale. Development and Successful Defence of Dossier for EU. Conversion of Customer requirements into QFD.

  • Michael Puls

    Dr. Michael Puls

     VP Business Development
     Evoxx technologies GmbH
     Germany
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× Dr. Michael Puls


Management in Biotech and Fine Chemicals Industry Biocatalysis, Enzyme Development, Enzyme Production Scientific Background (PhD in Enzyme Technology)
Dr. Michael Puls is Vice President Business Development at evoxx technologies GmbH, a German Biotech Company specialized in the development of enzymes and biocatalytic processes for fine chemicals, API-intermediates and carbohydrates. Dr. Puls obtained his PhD in enzyme technology in 2007 from University of Duesseldorf / Juelich Research Center after studying Applied Science in Freiberg (Germany) and Chicago (USA). Dr. Puls has more than 10 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and a proven track record in the development the commercialization of enzymatic processes.

  • Surendra Bhatia

    Dr. Surendra Bhatia

      Director,
     Sapec Agro India
     Co.: Sapec Agro SA.
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× Dr. Surendra Bhatia

Education:M. Sc. (IIT,Powai); Ph.D.(ICT, Mumbai)
Experience of over 34 years in process development studies of Crop Protection Chemicals, Fertilisers, Veterinary and Pharma intermediates.

Professional :

  1. Rallis India Ltd. Assitant Manager process development (1984-88)
  2. Indofil Chemical company- Chief R&D Manager( 1989-2002)
  3. Hikal Industries- Sr. General Manager ( 2003-2007)
  4. Sapec Agro SA-Director- Sapec Agro India

Process Chemistry
The most satisfying and rewarding aspect of the process development studies has been the scale up of 27 products from g scale to commercial manufacturing as given below:

  1. EBDC Fungicides: Mancozeb
  2. Organophosphorus compounds-
  3. Intermediates: TMP, DETC, DMTC, DEP, 3,5-Dichloroaniline
  4. Active Ingredients: Acephate, Monocrotophos, Chorpyriphos Ethyl, Temephos, Chlorpyriphos Me, Fosetyl Al;
  5. Synthetic Pyrethroids- Fenvalerate, Deltamethrin, Cypermethrin, Permethrin.
  6. Organochlorine compounds:PP- Dicofol
  7. Triazoles: Mycobutanil, Tebuconazole, Penconazole.
  8. Systemic Fungicides: Iprodione, Cymoxanil, Tricyclazole, Karathane , Bifenazate, Thiabendazole
  9. Herbicides: Diclofop Me, Sulcotrione, S-Metolachlor, Glyphosate, Oxyfluorfen, Terbacil, Diuron,
  10. Plant Nutients: EDDHA
  11. Formulations:
    • WDG formulations of Mancozeb, Mancozeb+ Mixtures, Chorpyriphos
    • Micoroencapsulation : Chorpyriphos & Lambda Cyhalothrin

Having studied at Cambridge consultants for 3 rd Generation R&D Management, I can convert customer requirements into QFD and vice versa.

Areas of Specialization:
Process Development in Organic Chemistry (Heterocyclic and Green Chemistry, Emulsion Polymerisation and botanical Extracts).

Achievements:
Development of Green Chemistry related Projects:
Development of Various Processes by substituting hazardous solvents like DMSO, DMF and Hazardous Reagents like sodamide, NaH using Phase Transfer Catalysis.
Process Development Studies of more than 100 active ingredients and intermediates some of them involving multi step syntheses. 27 of above products were successfully scaled up to commercial scale.
Removal of Toxic Impurities from waste water: Soil borne bacteria to remove toxic impurities like ethylene thiourea.
Ammoxidation- conversion of Methyl group in a heterocycle directly to Nitrile function in one step.

Process Engineering:

  1. Development of Continuous Process for Trimethylphosphite
  2. Development of co-feed process for Mancozeb to take care of reaction kinetics.

Formulations:

  1. Preparation of Dust free formulations in place of wettable powders
  2. Microencapsulation: Development of microencapsulation of crop protection chemical formulations.

Awarded Six patents on process development studies of crop protection chemicals.

GLP GUIDELINES:
Involved in documentation of analytical method developments using GLP guidelines Associated with MNCs like BASF, BAYER, CHEMTURA, DUPONT, DOW and Syngenta in developing processes from g scale to commercial scale. Development and Successful Defence of Dossier for EU. Conversion of Customer requirements into QFD.

  • Rajappa Vaidyanathan

    Dr. Rajappa Vaidyanathan

     Group Director – Chemical, Synthetic & Analytical Development,
     Bristol-Myers Squibb India Pvt. Ltd.
     India
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× Rajappa Vaidyanathan


Dr. Rajappa Vaidyanathan obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola College, Madras, and his Master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He completed his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of California, Irvine working in the laboratories of Prof. Scott Rychnovsky. After a post-doctoral appointment at Eli Lilly and Company, he joined the Chemical Process R&D group of Pharmacia Corporation, Kalamazoo, MI, and subsequently Pfizer in Groton, CT. During this period, he led several inter-disciplinary teams in the discovery and development of practical, environmentally responsible processes for New Chemical Entities, three of which were commercialized as approved drugs. He is currently Group Director and Head of Chemical, Synthetic and Analytical Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Bangalore, India.

He has won numerous awards, most notably the ACS “Heroes of Chemistry” Award (2015). Since 2012, he has been co-chairing the biennial symposium series Process Chemistry: The Role of Organic Synthesis in Early Clinical Drug Development at the ACS National Meetings.

  • M. G. Palekar

    Dr. M. G. Palekar

     Regional Business Director
     Asia Pacific & Middle East
     India
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× M. G. Palekar

Dr Palekar is chemical engineer with Ph. D. (Tech.) from Institute of Chemical Technology- ICT, (formerly known as UDCT), Mumbai. He worked for over 2 years in Petrochemical Lab, University of Gent, Belgium as Post-doctoral Fellow. On return to India, he worked at UDCT for a year. He then joined Hindustan Lever Ltd. (Unilever India) research center in Mumbai. He has worked for 25+ years in Corporate world with Indian companies (Privi Organics; Polychem and Atul); and MNCs (Hindustan Lever Ltd. & Rhodia India).

He was Regional Business Director- Asia Pacific & Middle East and Director in Rhodia India (1996 to 2007); and President- Pharma Intermediates; Atul Ltd. and Managing Director, Atul Bioscience Ltd. (May 2007 to May 2014).

Dr Palekar has managed Flavour & Fragrance ingredients, and Pharma intermediates businesses; and has experience in marketing intermediates for Agro, Dyes, Petrochemical, Polymer Emulsion & Adhesive industries. His operational experience includes Process Development & Scale-ups; Production & Factory Management including F&F plants in China; Techno-commercial marketing; P&L responsibility; CRAM of patented specialty chemicals with Japanese & European companies; Due diligence of companies for cquisitions within & outside India. In last decade he is working on Process Intensification to improve productivity & reduce waste; and on new technologies viz. cavitation, chromatographic separation & novel reactor design.

Since June 2014, he is working with STEP Pvt. Ltd. as Head- Strategy & Technology. STEP works in areas of Sustainable Development, Water/ Waste management & treatment, Sewage treatment, and infrastructure projects. STEP is also associated with 4 Japanese companies, including Summit Agro International (part of Sumitomo Corp), for contract manufacturing of specialty chemicals/ intermediates for pharma, agro, polymer, specialty papers & cosmetics applications. STEP is working on possibility to commercialise a novel reactor for use in effluent treatment, chemical reactions and gas absorption.

Dr Palekar is also Business Advisor to two Indian chemical companies for development of specialty chemicals & global marketing; and is associated with the Equity Research team of IIFL, Mumbai to advise their clients (MFs, Pes and Investment Banking companies). He has advised 3 Private Equity companies and identified chemical companies in India (publicly listed and privately held) for possible investment.
Ammoxidation- conversion of Methyl group in a heterocycle directly to Nitrile function in one step.

He is member of the committee at Centre of Excellence- Process Intensification, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai as an industry expert.

  • Kamlesh Padiya

    Dr. Kamlesh Padiya

     Associate Director,
     Process Research and Development (NDDD)
     India
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× Kamlesh Padiya


Dr. Kamlesh Padiya, Associate Director, Head, Process Research and Development (NDDD) Leading Informatics Division (NDDD) at Lupin Ltd.
He has received his Post Doctoral from Purdue University and has the opportunity to work with the Nobel Laureate Prod. H. C. Brown. Kamlesh has over 17 years of professional experience of being associated with some of the leading Pharma companies including Nycomed Pharma Pvt. Ltd. and Nicholas Piramal India Ltd.

Areas of Expertise:
GMP : Successfully leaded GMP campaign of Clinical candidates in cost effective manner.
Drug Discovery : Having expertise in Target scouting, Portfolio Management. Leaded several Drug Discovery projects of multiple therapeutic area. Expert in HTS workup, Hit finding, Lead Identification, Lead Optimization and Candidate identification.

Informatics : Successfully configured and implemented several Informatics solutions:

  1. ELN (Chem Office) implemented at NPIL
  2. LIMS (LabVantage) at NPIL.
  3. ECMS (Enterprise Content Management System, CyberLab) at NPIL.
  4. CIMS (Chemical Inventory Management System) at Nycomed Pharma
  5. Krisch (Compound Registration System) at Nycomed Pharma
  6. CBOE (Chem Bio Office Enterprise) at Lupin Limited. System includes multiple modules, like ELN, Compound Registration system and Chemical inventory.
  7. LInfoViz (Lupin Information Visualization) : Developed and Implemented data visualization tool.
  8. LuCIN (Lupin Chemical Inventory System) : Developed and implemented database system for Chemical inventory.
  9. LuCAS (Lupin Compound Archiving System) : Configured and implemented compound Archiving (Library) system.
  10. Spotfire : Analytical tool, configured and Implemented at Lupin.

Publications and Patents : 25 ( In international peer reviewed journals)

  • Rajesh Singh

    Dr. Rajesh Singh

     Managing Director
     thinkstep Sustainability Solutions Pvt Ltd,
     India
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× Rajesh Singh

Dr. Singh is the Managing Director at thinkstep Sustainability Solutions Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of thinkstep AG, Germany. He comes with more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Environment Management, Life Cycle Assessment, Corporate Sustainability Management & Reporting, Policy, Strategy and Roadmap Formulation, Carbon Foot-printing and leadership training on sustainability

Before staring the Indian subsidiary of thinkstep, Dr. Singh was part of SAIL, the largest steel company in India for 18 years.

In the product sustainability area, he has contributed to more than 150 Life Cycle Assessment studies including Steel, Aluminum, Glass, Energy, Textile, Agriculture, Packaging, Automobile, Chemicals, Buildings, FMCG sectors. He has also published more than 10 articles in international journals

Dr. Singh is a Civil Engineer, a post graduate Environmental Engineer from IIT Kharagpur and a doctorate in Sustainability Management from IIT Mumbai.

  • K. K. Bhagchandani

    Mr. K. K. Bhagchandani

     Senior Director – Asia & Pacific Business
     ACD/Labs Inc., Toronto
     Canada
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× K. K. Bhagchandani


Following a Masters in Physics with an MBA, K.K. Bhagchandani has worked in the life sciences industry for 24 years. Having started his career in India working for pharmaceutical industry leaders Ranbaxy and Pfizer, he made a change in his career path with a move to software and IT. Since 2001 he has been involved in the Asian business world working for global IT-Software companies that provide enabling technologies for pharmaceutical and chemical R&D.

In 2003 he joined ACD/Labs (a leader in software for Structure Characterization, predictive ADME-Tox, PhysChem, and nomenclature software; a company providing solutions for impurity profiling, natural products characterization and chemical + analytical knowledge management). At ACD/Labs he is spearheading the Asian Business Unit, since he started the Asian operations for them. He is recognized for his involvement in the API-Research industry and Natural Products initiatives across Asia.

Recipient of ‘Glory of India’ award, ‘International Achiever’ award and ‘Bharat Udyog Ratan’ award; he has been a regular presenter at international scientific conferences and meetings, introducing science that will help increase efficiency and productivity in R&D.

  • P.A.E.S.SRINIVAS

    Mr. P.A.E.S.SRINIVAS

     Chief Manager- Technical & Project Management
     Sud-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd.
     India
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× P.A.E.S.SRINIVAS

  • B.Tech in Chemical Engineering
  • Life Member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE)
  • Lean Six sigma Black Belt certification from TUV Rhineland
  • 18 years of diverse experience in various industry sectors Agrochemicals, Refrigerants, Specialty chemicals and Catalysts in the areas of manufacturing, projects, technology transfer, operational excellence and business development
  • Working as Chief Manager at Sud Chemie since 2010 in various functions with special focus on catalysts for industrial exhaust gas treatment including business development
  • PL srinivas

    Dr. P.L. Srinivas

     Senior Director API R&D
     Cipla
     India
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× PL srinivas


I am an M Pharm by education from Bangalore University . Started my career at Cipla way back in 1989 with a short stint in Quality Control . Later moved to Process R&D & grew to become Regional API R&D Head with a team strength of about 50 scientists . Currently I am a Senior Director API R&D . I have Successfully developed & implemented more than 70 APIs across the API locations of Cipla. I am Specialized in Onco APIs & have about 25 granted US patents .