2nd Annual InnoGen India Summit 2017


Abhay Muthal

Vice President and Head Regulatory Affairs

Sun Pharma Industries Ltd

Dr Abhay Muthal is a pharmacist and obtained doctorate in pharmacology from University of Nagpur, India, in 1994. He holds the position of Vice President Regulatory Affairs for global submissions at Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Vadodara, India.

He has 23 years of industrial experience in the field of Regulatory sciences and CGMP.

Dr. Abhay Muthal has published 14 Research articles and his work on Neuropeptides FMRF amide has been cited in various international journals and Patents.

He has Global Regulatory experience of Emerging markets (Asia pacific, Latam & MENA countries) as well as established regulated markets of US, EU and Japan. Further he was instrumental in carving the Regulatory Affairs Sylabii for two universities in India and was also on the task force of framing “Stability guidelines for India”.

Dr Abhay Muthal has also held many Regulatory Agencies discussions and has successfully drawn joint programs between Asian ( China, Thailand) African (Tanzania, South Africa) CIS (Russia, Ukraine) and US regulatory agencies and Industry.

He is involved in developing strategies for registration and commercialisation of complex generic products in many markets across globe.

Dr. Ajay Khopade

Vice President R&D (Formulation Development) and Heading non-oral division

Sun Pharma Advanced Research Co. Ltd. (SPARCL)

Dr. Anil Pareek


Medical Affairs and Clinical Research, Ipca Laboratories Ltd.

Ashok Kumar

President – Centre for Research & Development

Ipca Laboratories Ltd

Dr. Ashok Kumar carried out his Ph.D. work at CDRI, Lucknow under the supervision of Padmashree Dr.Nitya Nand. This was followed by Post-Doctoral studies with Prof. Sir John Cornforth, a Chemistry Nobel Laureate, at the University of Sussex, England from 1981-1984.

He started his carrier with Alchemie Research Centre at ICI, Bombay in 1985 and served Lupin before taking up the job with Ipca Laboratories Mumbai, in the year 2000 and is presently heading the Centre for Research & Development of Ipca, engaged in Chemical and Biotechnological R&D, New Drug Development and Intellectual Property Management in the capacity of President.

He is a co-author in more than 35 Papers published in peer reviewed International Journals, co-inventor in more than 100 patent applications filed, has presented scientific papers in many International Conferences in addition to delivering invited talks at various Institutions / Conferences on R&D Management, Idea Management, Innovations, Philosophy of New Drug Discovery & many more such topics.

Dr Alpesh Pathak

Global IP head – Astron division

Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Dr. Alpesh has written a book Entitled “Protecting Patent Fundamentals” which is well appreciated in patent professionals and major universities wherein patent is one of the value added subject in the respective technical discipline.

He works on a variety of intellectual property matters at Intas at Global Level, including IP due diligence of Biosimilar, IP activities for 351(k) filing, FTF Para IV filing for ANDA, Handling litigation across the globe and related activities, drafting and prosecution of patent applications, drafting and negotiation of intellectual property agreements with third parties, and due diligence analyses in supporting in-licensing and out-licensing activities.

Prior to joining Intas, Dr. Alpesh has worked with some of the leading pharmaceutical companies like Alembic Ltd, Lupin Ltd., Zydus Cadila and Cadila Pharmaceuticals. Alpesh holds a PhD degree from The Sardar Patel University. Dr. Alpesh Pathak is a registered Patent agent. Besides having PG diploma in Patent Law degree from Nalsar Uni, Hyderabad, he has undergone various specialized courses on US litigations and European patent practices. He has completed Masters from the Sardar Patel University, and a B.Sc. from the Same University with specialization in organic chemistry. Dr. Alpesh is also active in certain knowledge development programs for creating IP awareness by conducting lectures in various universities and conferences in India and abroad. He also currently a visiting faculty at Sardar Patel University and Gujarat Technical University (GTU).

Eswaran Iyer

Senior Patent Counsel and Associate Vice President

Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries limited

Ganesh Jadhav

General Manager - Product Innovation

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Vadodara

Kapil Bhargava

Retired Deputy Drugs Controller (I)


Naveen Kumar Jain

General Manager – Regulatory Affairs

Wockhardt Ltd.

Nidhi P Sapkal

Project Research Co-ordinator

Zim Laboratories Ltd

Dr. Nidhi Sapkal is an academician and industrial consultant. She has done M.Pharm from Gujarat University and PhD from Nagpur University. She started her career 21 years ago as an academician. Presently she is working as Professor in Department of Pharmaceutical chemistry, Gurunank College of Pharmacy. She is also Principal Research Coordinator at Zim Laboratories limited, Nagpur. At Zim, she is actively contributing to research and development activities involving novel products and process technologies. She is leading various activities related to new product development into thin film technology platform like, project management, IP, Clinical and regulatory etc. Zim has received IPA-ACG-Scitech Award for Best Innovation in solid dosage form, Dec-2016 for this Thin Film technology.

She has about 25 research papers and 18 patent applications to her credit. She has delivered many invited lectures in various international conferences.

Prasad Vure

Vice President & Head - Intellectual Property and Business Development

Virchow Biotech Pvt Ltd - India

Vure Prasad has 15 years of diverse experience with Pharmaceutical industries mainly focused in Intellectual Property/Portfolio Management/ Product Development and Competitive Intelligence.

Currently, he is working as Vice President at Virchow Group (Virchow Biotech, Saraca Labs, Virchow Labs & Emmennar Pharma) taking care of Intellectual Property Portfolio Management/ Product Development/Vertical integration/BD. Prior to this he has worked with Lupin, Dr. Reddys, and Hikma. During this journey he has been instrumental in strategy development for Global oncology, 505b2’s, and Early development formulations targeting to F2F’s, Niche products development with a unique device/packaging strategies overcoming the IP hurdles and providing the Patient compliance. He has been instrumental in development of Complex Generics as well. He is basically Ph.D. from CDRI-JNU, New Delhi, MBA from JNTU, Hyderabad. LL.B from Osmania University with Patent and Trademark agent certifications. He has more than 40 patents/patent applications to his credit and has more than 35 publications in different peer reviewed Journals. He has delivered seminars at various forums.

Dr. Rakesh Bhasin

Senior Vice President F&D

Cadila Pharmaceuticals

Mr. Rakesh Kumar Bhasin is currently placed as Senior Vice President in Cadilla Pharmaceuticals, Ahmedabad. He has done his Masters in Pharmacy from UIPS, Panjab University. He obtained his MBA from IGNOU, New Delhi. He is highly energetic, task oriented analytical and creative pharmaceutical executive with over twenty one years experience in R&D, Regulatory, Quality, Compliance and Operations. He was associated with various reputed Pharmaceutical companies like Ipca, Dr. Reddy’s lab and Orchid Healthcare.

He has in-depth understanding of R&D functioning for generics including creation of system driven organization and improving productivity

His repertoire of work includes novel drug delivery system, complex generics development, NCE and ODT’s. His expertise includes accepting challenges in various fields of drug delivery system. He has an excellent track record of project management from initiation to timely launch of products by working closely with R&D, QA, Manufacturing and other related functions He has seven patents to his credit and has five publications in different international and national journals. He has delivered seminar at various national and international forums.

Rajaram Iyer

Vice President

Mankind Pharma Ltd

Rajaram has 20 plus years of diverse experience within pharmaceutical industry and management consulting focusing on Strategic Planning, Business Development, Portfolio and Project Management, Market Research / Competitive Intelligence.

Currently, he is working as Vice President at Mankind Pharma and is responsible for establishing the US business. Prior to this, he was associated with Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals Ltd where he was responsible for establishing the specialty portfolio. During his tenure at Aurobindo, he led the portfolio integration for one the largest acquisitions in Europe and also led one joint venture (JV) for successful foray into Oncology.

He has also worked with Dr. Reddy’s and Torrent pharmaceuticals ltd. At Dr. Reddy’s, he was based in the US and was responsible for corporate planning and business development activities for their NCE portfolio. At Torrent pharmaceuticals ltd, he has established the project management and competitive intelligence function for their discovery operations.

He has also worked with a management consulting firm and had established their life sciences practice in India, serving the clients globally Rajaram has significant experience in establishing businesses and leading cross functional and multicultural teams

Taranpreet Singh Lamba

Vice-President - Intellectual Property

Glenmark Generics Ltd

Taranpreet has experience of IP in Pharmaceutical Industry for more than 16 years. Presently Vice-President, Intellectual Property and Global Product Portfolio in Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited. Handling NCE, Formulation patent group in Glenmark Pharmaceutical Limited. Also responsible for making Product Portfolio for Glenmark Globally.

Is an Alumni of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

Seema Singh

Associate Director - Legal

Abbott India Limited

Dr Vishal Dakhole

Vice President

IDA Ireland – The Government of Ireland’s Investment Promotion Agency

Prof. P.R. Vavia

DEAN (Academic Programmes) & Professor of Pharmaceutics

Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai