Senior Leadership

Somesh holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Kurukshetra University, an MBA in Marketing from ICFAI, Hyderabad and Diploma in regulatory affairs. He has over 20 years of experience in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemistry Solutions .

Prior to joining GVK BIO, he was associated with Jubilant Chemsys Limited, Nicholas Piramal Research Centre and Ranbaxy Research Laboratories. He has several patents and scientific publications to his credit.

Lakshman heads  Biology Solutions at GVK BIO. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

He has over 20 years of Post-Ph.D. experience in academia, big pharma, pharma start-ups and contract research organizations. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Lakshman was associated with Sai Life Sciences, ARTA Biosciences and Pfizer Inc. He has several peer-reviewed scientific publications to his credit.

Dr. M.S.M. Mujeebur Rahuman is the Senior Vice President of Chemical Development Solutions (CDS) and Fine Chemicals division at GVK BIO. He has rich experience of 20 years in handling NCE process development, CRAMS, Generic API Development, DMF filing, Technology development, innovation and cGMP manufacturing projects. His expertise lies in designing and commissioning Kilo-Lab, Process Development Lab, Glass Plant, Hazard Evaluation Lab and Pilot plant. Mujeebur holds a Ph.D. (Tech.) degree from University Institute of Chemical Technology (UICT), Mumbai and Post Doctorate from International Centre for Science and High Technology (Italy), University of Twente, The Netherlands and Imperial College, London, UK. In addition, he has undergone several executive education programs from IMD Business School, Switzerland, IIM Bangalore and London Business School as a part of L&D in his leadership journey.

Prior to joining GVK BIO, he has worked with companies such as Syngene International Ltd, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. and Shasun Research Centre. His last assignment was with SABIC Technology Centre.

Brian is responsible for the Sales function in North America, which supports client needs involving GVK BIO’s complete service offering (discovery chemistry & biology, formulation & chemical development, and small molecule manufacturing). Brian has worked in the CRO/CMO space for 15+ years in leadership positions with companies like Johnson Matthey, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Piramal Healthcare. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Villanova University, Pennsylvania. Brian is an active member of the DCAT organization (past Advisory Council member) and is on the board of the Century Global Scholarship Gold Outing.

Kiran heads the CMS business of GVK BIO. He has over 15 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Kiran did his Ph.D., in Organic Chemistry at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad. He has completed his postdoctoral studies from University of Montreal, Canada and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law from NALSAR University of Law and an Executive M.B.A from NIBM.

Prior to joining GVK BIO, he was associated with Gland Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Hetero Drugs Ltd, Biocon Ltd, Apotex Pharmachem (Canada) and Osta Biotechnologies (Canada).

Sreehari Babu Putchakayala is the Vice President – Formulations  &  Analytical Solutions. He has over 18 years of experience in pharmaceutical development, 12 years in leadership role covering early phase, drug discovery support, product development in drug discovery R&D, generics formulation development and clinical supplies management.

Sreehari has completed Masters in Pharmacy from J.S.S. College of Pharmacy affiliated to Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, India.

Prior to joining GVK BIO, he worked with Novartis Pharmaceuticals and was earlier associated with Ranbaxy Research Laboratories, Gurgaon and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad.

Dr. Rao leads the Analytical Development Solutions at GVK BIO. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He has over 25 years of experience in Analytical Research activities of both APIs and NCEs which includes Analytical method development, monitoring of reactions, co-ordination with synthetic chemists, addressing ANDA/DMF quarries, method validation, troubleshooting, talent management and customer relationship management.

Dr. Rao is a member of the Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists. He has also reviewed analytical research papers in international journals.

Prior to joining GVK BIO, he was associated with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Neuland Pharma and Hetero Drugs Limited.

Jasmeet is responsible for leading overall operations at GVK BIO. He holds BE in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Jasmeet has over 26 years of diverse experience in spearheading strategic level projects and has worked with Ranbaxy Labs and Sun Pharma previously.

Suveer is responsible for driving the quality, compliance and regulatory functions at GVK BIO. He holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry and MBA in Total Quality Management.

Suveer comes with more than 30 years of experience in designing, implementing and maintaining quality assurance systems as per CGMP. He has extensive experience in handling audits by regulatory agencies such as USFDA, MCA-UK, MHRA and WHO (Geneva).

Prior to joining GVK BIO, Suveer has worked with companies such as Mylan Labs, Piramal Healthcare, Zydus Cadila and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.

Ramesh has been with GVK BIO since its inception in 2001. He is a Civil Engineer with specialization in Structural and Environmental Engineering. He also specializes in Facilities Planning and Management from Bengaluru University.

Ramesh is responsible for the management and development of the infrastructure, facilities, administration, security and sustainability at GVK BIO. He has been instrumental in development of the state-of-the-art facilities at GVK BIO spread across 55 acres. Ramesh also heads the Corporate Affairs function where he is responsible for obtaining statutory authorizations with government bodies for operations and approvals from Drug control authorities. He also serves as the Head of  Corporate Social Responsibility and has seamlessly executed multiple programs.

Prior to GVK BIO, Ramesh was associated with GVK Industries and Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (Tech Mahindra).

Amit heads the Information Technology function at GVK BIO. He joined GVK BIO in 2014 and serves on its Executive Committee. Amit holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Gulbarga University, Karnataka. He brings over 21 years of experience in Information Technology across various platforms in consulting, solutions and infrastructure management.

In his previous assignments, Amit has handled large global IT infrastructure projects in drug discovery, manufacturing and development. He was influential in developing and managing life sciences products and work flow based R&D applications. He has led Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN) implementation. He has worked on developing IT enabled solutions for Medicinal ChemistryComputational Chemistry, Biology, Screening, Structure Biology, Bio and Chem Informatics, Analytical labs and Clinical products. Prior to GVK BIO, Amit headed the IT for all the drug discovery group companies of Jubilant Biosys and was also associated with CMC Limited.

Krishna holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. He has completed his Post-Doctoral Research from the Department of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taipei and Laboratoire de Chimie Molèculaire et Thio-organique, LCMT-ISMRA, University of Caen, France.

He has over 20 years of academic and industrial research experience. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Krishna was associated with CiVentiChem, USA. He has many scientific publications in journals of international repute to his credit.

Premkumar Arumugam holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology from Madurai Kamaraj University and Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Having established himself as a Molecular Neuro- Pharmacologist and Pain Receptor Biologist expert in academia, Premkumar joined GVK BIO 7 years ago and is currently heading the In- vitro Biology and Reagent Generation team. He has published several research papers in peer reviewed journals to his credit.

Pratima holds a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Biochemistry Division, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI). She holds a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the University of Texas, San Antonio and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York.

She has over 21 years of research experience in the field of Molecular Biology, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Metabolism, Pharmacogenomics and Malaria Biochemistry. Prior to joining GVK BIO, Pratima was associated with Lupin Ltd. and CDRI.

Chandan heads the supply chain function across GVK BIO. He holds a B.Tech. in Chemical Technology and is a post graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Chandan comes with 17+ years of diversified experience in the areas of Supply Chain Management encompassing procurement, logistics, warehouse management along with operations and people management across multiple industries. Prior to joining GVK BIO, he has worked with ITC Ltd, Tupperware India and Piramal Enterprises.