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Executive Committee

Manni Kantipudi

Manni Kantipudi, Chief Executive Officer

Manni brings a unique blend of international management and product development experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science. Prior to GVK BIO, he spent 15 years with Intel Corporation in various leadership positions in the US and Asia. He was responsible for setting up Intel’s engineering wing in India. He was the CIO of Intel for Asia, where he managed a large team of professionals, servicing the IT needs of the Greater Asia region. He was the Director of Software, for Intel’s Centrino product line (one of the most successful product lines for Intel). He brought many successful products to market, in high volumes. Manni joined us in 2007 as President, GVK BIO. Under his leadership, GVK BIO has moved from strength to strength. His current responsibilities cover the operations and sales for GVK BIO and Inogent Labs.

J.B.Gupta

J.B. Gupta, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer

With a Ph.D., in Pharmacology, Gupta has more than 19 years of industry experience. He was instrumental in the discovery, clinical development and out-licensing of Ranbaxy’s BPH molecule to Schwarz Pharma. Prior to GVK BIO, he was a member of Bayer’s International Research Committee and was the Vice President, Urology and Head of Coronary Heart Diseases at Bayer Research Centers in Japan and Germany. He has 20 PCT/US patent applications and four clinical candidates to his credit.

Partha Paul

Partha Paul, Ph.D., Head, Corporate Development

Partha Paul has more than 22 years of experience in USA and India driving strategy, partnerships and Business development. He holds Ph.D., from The Johns Hopkins University and MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. He was previously associated with companies like GE Healthcare AtheroGenics Inc and South West Research Institute, USA.

Sudhir Kumar Singh

Sudhir Kumar Singh, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Discovery Services

Sudhir is an accomplished scientific management professional with over 20 years of comprehensive drug discovery and scientific operations experience. He co-founded Jubilant Chemsys. He has a strong background in medicinal chemistry, drug discovery & development and quality assurance. Prior to joining GVK BIO, he was associated with Jubilant Chemsys Ltd, Noida as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, leading a large team of scientists for the discovery and development services. He established new capabilities and technologies to meet the growing demand of the drug discovery industry. Prior to Jubilant, he also worked with companies like Aurigene Discovery Technologies and Ranbaxy Research Laboratories. Sudhir completed his Ph.D., in Medicinal Chemistry from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow and Post-Doctoral Research work from various universities like SUNY College – (Buffalo) New York, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Sudhir was also part of the research and teaching teams at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Pharmacy. He has several patents and scientific publications to his credit

Shiva Subramaniam

Shiva Subramaniam, Senior Vice President, Informatics & Analytics

Shiva comes to GVK Biosciences with over 20 years of experience, his core competencies include Operations, Program Management, Business Development and Strategy & Solutioning, mostly in Healthcare and Life Sciences IT. Prior to joining us, he was associated with HCL Technologies Ltd as Vice President and Head, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences. He earlier worked with company’s viz UST Global Ltd, Mahindra Satyam Ltd, Tata IBM Limited & ITW Signode Ltd, etc. Shiva completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and holds Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Ceramic Engineering from Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

Chetan Tamhankar

Chetan Tamhankar, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Clinical Development

Chetan Tamhankar, Senior Vice President, Clinical Development has more than 20 years of experience in various capacities such as CEO, entrepreneur, and Clinical Research scientist. Having a broader understanding of operations, business development, finance and people management – Chetan Tamhankar’s areas of expertise include building organizations, driving sales and business development, setting up joint venture/alliances, financing and mergers & acquisitions. He has worked with SIRO Clinpharm Pvt Ltd. as Chief Executive Officer, where he built the company from a single employee to the strength of 500 people and also led the company’s globalization processes across Europe, USA and Asia Pacific. The new initiatives that he drove enabled SIRO to receive the Frost & Sullivan India Healthcare Award in 2011. He was the Founder and Director of a health and wellness enterprise called Zhi Holistic Pvt. Ltd., an integrated holistic healthcare company. In his recent stint as Director and Strategic Advisor to the CEO, at Karmic Lifesciences, Chetan Tamhankar successfully developed over $2M of opportunity pipeline across various service verticals in less than six months of joining. Chetan is a Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctorate from the University of Mumbai and has also completed Tier 3 Senior Management Program from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is a Certified Psychometric Assessor (Oscar Murphy Associate).

Kiran Kumar

R Kiran Kumar, President, Inogent Labs

Inogent Labs is an associate company of GVK BIO. Kiran holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and has over 25 years of experience in Pharmaceutical and API research. He has held leadership positions in Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Jubilant Organosys, Siris Limited and Matrix Labs. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Kiran was the Chief Operating Officer of Astrix Labs, Hyderabad.

Rajesh Naik

Rajesh Naik, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, CCS & PRD

Rajesh comes with over 23 years of Techno-Commercial experience including CRAMS, Global R&D and Scale up – commercialization of APIs, Project Management, Strategic Business Development, Customer Relationship Management, Strategic planning and execution as well as capital projects. He holds a Ph.D., in Organic Chemistry from University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai and Diploma in Business Management, Marketing Management and Industrial Management from Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai. He has 24 patent applications to his credit. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Rajesh was associated with Ind-Swift Laboratories Limited as Head – CRAMS & R&D. In his previous assignments, Rajesh has also worked with IPCA Laboratories Ltd, Unichem Laboratories Ltd, Piramal Healthcare Limited and Farmhispania S.A.

Seetaraju Gembali

Seetaraju Gembali, Senior Vice President, Formulations

Seetaraju is an accomplished scientific management professional with over 24 years of professional experience in pharmaceutical development, marketing management and pharmaceutical production management. He has expertise in formulation development, process development, analytical development, technology transfer, regulatory affairs, new product selection and strategic planning. Prior to joining us he was associated with Parabolic Drugs Ltd., taking care of the entire formulation activities. Earlier in his career he worked with companies Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC-Jordan, Mid Pharma and Promed Research-Jordan, Zydus Cadila-Ahmedabad, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd and Ranbaxy Research Laboratories. Seetaraju completed his M Pharm in Pharmaceutics from Mangalore University (College of Pharmaceutical Science) and holds a diploma in Marketing Management from Bombay University.

Suresh Anubolu

Suresh Anubolu, Head, Human Resources

Suresh heads the Human Resources function at GVK Biosciences. Armed with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from Symbiosis, Suresh comes to GVK BIO with over 17 years of experience having worked in IT R&D and Service organizations. Suresh was earlier associated with CA India Technologies and played a crucial role in transforming and taking the HR function to the next level. He introduced new consultative and coaching approaches in building stronger business partnerships, created a merger & acquisition framework, automated HR analytical and reporting tools and introduced the metrics approach to recruitment and HR operations. Prior to CA India Technologies, Suresh worked at Symantec (India) Software Limited and ZCS Consulting Limited.

Venkatesh

Venkatesh R, Chief Financial Officer

Venkatesh heads the Finance function of GVK BIO and Inogent and he is responsible for the entire gamut of activities related to the Finance function. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant and Company Secretary. He has around 15 years of experience in Information Technology, Retail, Telecom and Infrastructure industries. He has hands-on experience in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Equity and Debt Funding in India and abroad, Initial Public Offering (IPO), Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Risk Management and Compliance. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Venkatesh was Chief Financial Officer with SemanticSpace Technologies Ltd. He has helped Semantic in acquiring multiple companies in North America region. He has also spearheaded the IPO preparation activities including SEBI approval. He has been a key member and part of the growth of Semantic in last 6 years wherein the company grew five fold in revenues. Prior to Semantic, Ventakesh held senior positions in Spencers Retail, Vodafone and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited.

Anand Kamat, Head, Supply Chain

Anand heads the Supply Chain function of GVK Biosciences & Inogent Labs. He holds Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and Masters degree in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. Anand comes with 25 years of experience of working in Supply Chain of diverse industries & has expertise in Strategic sourcing, Contract management, Operational efficiency improvement, Third Party management and Supplier diversity programs. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Anand was associated with Jubilant Life Sciences Limited as Vice President – Planning & Procurement. In his previous assignments Anand has also worked in leadership roles with Shell Lubricants and Cyanamid.

Ramesh Gambhir

Ramesh Gambhir, Associate Vice President, Corporate Services

Ramesh is a Civil Engineer with specialization in Structural & Environmental Engineering; and Facilities Planning & Management.Initially worked in Satyam Computer Services Limited after return from US; later moved to GVK Industries Limited and then transferred to GVK BIO. Ramesh Gambhir is instrumental in setting up all the facilities and operations for GVK BIO since inception including Inogent Laboratories which was taken over by GVK BIO in 2005.GVK BIO started with a small office way back in 2001 and now owns more than 50 acres of land across India and more one million sft of facilities (labs, offices, production blocks, etc).Ramesh was responsible for recently setup a state of the art facilities for Chemistry Services which are best in the country.

Amit Rustagi

Amit Rustagi, Head, IT

Amit Rustagi heads the IT function of GVK BIO and Inogent. Amit is a BE in Computer Science from Gulbarga University, Karnataka and has over 18 years of experience in information technology spreading across various platforms in consulting, solutioning and infrastructure management. He was previously associated with Jubilant Biosys and CMC Limited. Amit has rich experience in handling large global IT infrastructure and managing Life Sciences products, work flow based R&D applications and LIMS & ELN implementation. He also has vast experience in developing solutions for Biology, Screening, Computational Chemistry, Structure Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Bio & Chemo Informatics, Analytical Labs and Clinical products. He received Best Scientific Project award in 2009 for developing Compound Inventory Management System.

JARP Sarma

J A R P Sarma, Ph.D., Head, Analytical services

Sarma has a Ph.D., from the University of Hyderabad and has been associated with leading institutions like IICT, Hyderabad, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, Ben-Gurion University of the Negave, Beer-Sheva, Israel and Du Pont, USA. He has worked on a number of projects in the areas of Rational Drug Design and Agro-products design using Analogue and Structure Based methods, Single-crystal X-ray Crystallography, Polymorphism, Phase Transitions, Solid State Reactivity and Catalysis. He has 5 patents and has published 60 research papers in reputed international journals.