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    Steven Lehrer, CEO - Cipla BioTec

    Steven Lehrer

    CEO - Cipla BioTec

    Steve is a proven business leader with 28+ years of experience in commercializing multiple life science technologies and building businesses in both small and large companies. He has extensive international experience in leading businesses, creating alliances / partnerships in several world areas.

    Steve has provided consultancy to multiple Life Science Companies focusing on commercialization of new technology including biosimilars, molecular diagnostics, pharmaceutical products and bioprocessing/clean technology. He has also served as CEO of bioinformatics and molecular diagnostics companies. Prior to the above, Steve has served as a Division President at Monsanto and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.

    Steve completed his bachelors in Chemical engineering from University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

     
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    Chandru Chawla, Head - Corporate Strategy and New Ventures

    Chandru Chawla

    Head - Corporate Strategy and New Ventures

    Chandru has over 25 years of experience in leading and managing businesses across diverse geographies and therapeutic segments. He is a proven leader with the ability to identify relevant business drivers and to design and implement strategies that deliver Revenues and EBIDTA growth.

    His varied experience straddles start-ups, acquired companies and multiple product segments. In his last role as SVP – International for Lupin, he headed business operations spread across emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa with directorial responsibility in 5 subsidiaries. Prior to this, Chandru has also worked with Wockhardt as General Manager for emerging markets.

    Chandru is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai with an MBA from IIFT New Delhi.

     
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    Divian Govender, Global Chief Business Officer and CEO - CBT South Africa

    Divian Govender

    Global Chief Business Officer and CEO - CBT South Africa

    Divian joined Cipla Biotec in 2016 as Global Chief Business Officer and CEO of its South African operations. Prior to joining Cipla Biotec he held the position of the Chief Business Development Officer for Cipla Medpro (South Africa). He is a proven business leader with 17 years  international experience in business development, deal making, corporate and legal strategy, most of which is in the pharmaceutical industry. He has concluded deals that span multiple geographies, which include M&A transactions, Strategic Alliances, Partnering, Licensing  and Joint Ventures.

    Previously he was an entrepreneur and business consultant. His corporate roles include; Group Senior Executive New Business Development and Legal at Aspen Pharmacare, Executive Strategy & Legal at  Aspen Pharma, Commercial Director at Brimpharm (subsidiary of Aspen)  and Group Legal Manager at Adcock Ingram.

    Divian has  a bachelors degrees in commerce majoring in  finance and law, and a  post graduate law degree from the University of KZN, Durban, South Africa. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa (non-practicing).

     
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    Dr. Tamal Raha, Head - Product Development and Regulatory Affairs

    Dr Tamal Raha

    Head - Product Development and Regulatory Affairs

    Tamal has rich experience in biopharmaceutical development and regulatory strategy having undertaken extensive work in Biologics and Biosimilar product development, process development (CMC), non-clinical strategy, comparability studies, technology transfer, global regulatory, CTD modules and analytical characterization.

    He has led product registration in EU, South Asia, South East Asia, MENA, Latin America, Brazil, and Mexico. He has also successfully negotiated product development strategies and product registration with global regulatory agencies like US FDA and EMA (both national level and with central agency).

    Prior to joining Cipla Biotec, Tamal was Director and Head of Biotech Regulatory Affairs and R&D for Chemo (Mabxience) based out of Madrid. He has also served as Director of Regulatory affairs at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in the past.He serves as an editor of the journal “mAbs” and also acts as an expert committee member with Govt. agencies in the capacity of an industry representative.

    Tamal completed his PhD from University of Calcutta and has post-doctoral experience at University of California (San Diego, USA), IISc Bangalore and University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. Tamal has 15+ research articles to his credit including Nature, Nature Genetics, pLOS Biology, J Biol. Chem., Genes & Dev., Virology etc. He is RAC certified from Regulatory Affairs Professionals society (USA).

     
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    Dr. Jayanth Sridhar, Head - Manufacturing

    Dr Jayanth Sridhar

    Head - Manufacturing

    Jayanth has sixteen years of experience in Biologics Technical Operations with experience spanning Manufacturing sciences, DS manufacturing, DP manufacturing, Plant engineering, Process engineering and Manufacturing strategy. He has worked on biological products ranging from Vaccines, Therapeutic proteins and Monoclonal antibodies.

    In his previous role as the General Manager, Biologics Drug Substance Manufacturing at Biocon, Jayanth led mammalian and microbial drug substance manufacturing at two bulk manufacturing sites. During his stint at Biocon, he was responsible for successful launch of Canmab (Biosimilar Trastuzumab to treat breast cancer) and Alzumab (Novel Anti-CD6 molecule to treat psoriasis. Prior to this, he has worked in different capacities at Biomarin and Merck– the highlight being his involvement in the global development and launch of GARDASIL, a quadravalent vaccine against cervical cancer.

    Jayanth has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering and Master’s in Biological Sciences from BITS Pilani, MS in Biotechnology from University of Texas and PhD in Biochemical Engineering from University of Georgia.

     
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    K Mahesh Rao, Head - Quality

    K Mahesh Rao

    Head - Quality

    Mahesh has 16+ years of experience in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Quality Systems having worked in domain of Sterile Operations.

    Mahesh has led multiple regulatory inspections successfully including audits conducted by USFDA, MHRA - UK, EMA – EU, TGA – Australia amongst others. Prior to taking this role, he working as Head Site Quality Assurance at Cipla, Goa.

    Mahesh has a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

     
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    Dr. Julio Baez, Head - Technology

    Dr. Julio Baez

    Head - Technology

    Julio has 35+ years of experience in managing upstream and downstream processes development and implementing innovative technologies at both small and large biotechnology companies.

    Before joining Cipla, Julio worked in the US Department of Energy, FibroGen, Monsanto, Ethyl Chemicals and Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. His core competencies include biotechnology product/process development from discovery to post-commercialization for materials used in the pharmaceutical, biofuel, chemical, agricultural and nutraceutical industries. Julio has experience of working with Plant-derived Transgenics, bioconversions, monoclonal antibodies and industrial proteins.

    Julio has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois.

     
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    Amardeep Udeshi, Head - Commercial Strategy

    Amardeep Udeshi

    Head – Commercial Strategy

    Amardeep has 20 years of experience covering Sales & Marketing, Commercial and Brand Strategy, Commercial Excellence and Market Research. Key Areas of Expertise lie in Commercial and Market Assessment, Business Development, Pricing Strategy and Market Access.

    In his last role as Associate Principal at IMS Consulting, Amar has assisted Pharmaceutical clients on decisions around Brand & Commercial Strategy, Pricing and Market Access. He has worked on projects with global and cross border focus, and is familiar with regulatory frameworks and market dynamics for not just India but also select developed and emerging markets. Amar has also worked with Parke Davis, Tata Global Beverages and others in the past.

    Amar has a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and has completed his business management from IIM Kolkata.