Putting Science to Work
  • Jonathan Hunt

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jonathan holds a BA (Business Studies & Economics) degree from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and has done his MBA from Durham University, United Kingdom. He is responsible for leading Syngene's business operations as well as steering its investments in developing and strengthening its capabilities and capacities. He has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the global biopharmaceuticals industry. Prior to joining Syngene in January 2015, he worked with Astrazeneca for over a decade where he has held various leadership positions including President & Director of Astrazeneca, Austria and President & COO, Astrazeneca India.

  • Manoj Nerurkar, Ph.D.

    Chief Operating Officer

    Manoj holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Kansas and a degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical development from Phase I to commercialization. He has been instrumental in terms of both strategic leadership and operational management in underpinning Syngene's growth and evolution over past several years. During his tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb, he worked on the development of various dosage forms of small and large molecules and led multidisciplinary teams responsible for CMC development. Prior to joining Syngene, Manoj worked for Novartis and was responsible for setting up their Drug Development R&D Center in India.

  • M. B. Chinappa

    President (Finance) & Chief Financial Officer

    Chinappa has done his Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India and graduation in Commerce from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. He has over 24 years of experience in the field of Corporate Finance, Planning, Treasury, Taxation, Risk Management and Assurance.At Syngene, he oversees the finance, supply chain, legal, secretarial and IT functions and, as member of the Executive Committee, he plays an important role in driving strategy, improving profitability, identifying new opportunities, improving cash generation and enabling organizational growth.Prior to joining Syngene in 2008, Chinappa worked with Biocon Ltd. for 9 years and with ITC Limited for 7 years.

  • Srinivasa Prahalada, Ph.D.

    Head - Safety Assessment

    Prahalada holds a Ph.D in Comparative Pathology and MS in Anatomy from the University of California and a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Prior to joining Syngene in 2016, he was working with Merck and Company (MSD) for over 28 years during which period he moved up the ranks to become the Head of Pathology in Safety Assessment. He was responsible for preclinical development of many compounds which resulted in successful registration globally. He was also the Head of Pathology at the Regional Primate Center, University of California, Davis for 3 years. Dr Prahalada has an impressive list of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of developmental pathology, anatomic pathology, toxicology and reproductive endocrinology.

  • Kalyanasundaram Subramanian, Ph.D.

    Head - Bioinformatics

    Kalyanasundaram, holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and M.S in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He has over a decade of experience in modelling biological systems and was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in December 2015. His interests lie in the field of ADMET modelling and molecule design using machine learning and systems biology techniques. Prior to joining Syngene, Kalyanasundaram headed the scientific and technical programs at Strand Life Sciences as its Chief Scientific Officer.

  • Dhananjay Patankar, Ph.D.

    Head - Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Development

    Dhananjay holds a Ph.D from the University of Utah, USA and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Rutgers University, USA and done Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He has over 20 years of professional experience and has been a leader in the Indian biopharmaceutical industry. He has been serving on Expert Committees with the US Pharmacopeia for the last 5 years. Prior to joining Syngene in 2010, Dhananjaya worked with Intas Biopharmaceuticals as Chief Operating Officer where he led the development and commercial manufacturing operations of several biologics for the global markets.

  • Chetan Tamhankar, Ph.D.

    Head - Clinical Development

    Chetan holds a Ph.D in Bio-pharmaceuticals and a Masters in Pharmacology from Mumbai University. He has more than 19 years of experience in life-sciences business spanning across CRO and healthcare sectors. He played active role in healthcare startups and has held senior management roles in other leading CROs. Prior to joining Syngene in 2016, Chetan has been associated with SIRO Clinpharm.

  • Jegadeesh Thampi, Ph.D.

    Head - Chemical Development

    Jegadeesh holds a Ph.D in Chemical Technology from Department of Chemical Technology, University Mumbai, post doctoral fellowship from Institute National Polytechnic Toulouse, France and a post graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. He has over 14 years of research and development experience with chemical and catalysis industries. Prior to joining Syngene in 2005, he worked with GE India Technology Centre as a Research Scientist.

  • Gregory Bisacchi, Ph.D.

    Head - Synthetic Chemistry

    Gregory holds Ph.D in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and did his postdoctoral work in organic synthesis at Stanford University. He has over 20 years of experience in the area of chemistry and has held key positions at various global organisations including Astra Zeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb. At BMS Greg led projects in the development of the anti-hepatitis B virus nucleoside analog entacavir, launched in 2004 under the trade name Baraclude. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed chemistry and medicinal chemistry journal articles and book chapters, and is inventor on 37 patents. Prior to joining Syngene in 2015, Greg worked with Astrazeneca as Associate Director.

  • Jayashree Aiyar, Ph.D.

    Head - Biology

    Jayashree holds a Ph.D in Immunology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and has pursued her post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Irvine. She has over 20 years of global experience as a molecular pharmacologist and has been associated with leading global organizations like AstraZeneca, Merck, Ambrx Inc. and Theravance. She has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to her credit. Prior to joining Syngene in 2016, Jayashree worked with Jubilant Biosys as Vice President and Head of Biology.

  • Purushottam Singnurkar, Ph.D.

    Research Director

    Purushottam holds a Ph.D from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani and done Masters degree in Pharmacy from the University of Pune . He is a pharmaceutical development leader with 20 years of experience in product development including new drug delivery systems, analytical, pharmacokinetic studies and CMC development. He has developed over 90 novel and generic formulations which have been commercialized and has several patents to his credit. Prior to joining Syngene in 2012, he worked with Sandoz Development Centre as a Group Head – Formulation.

  • Madhur Vaidya

    Head – Alliance Management

    Madhur holds a post graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from College of Pharmacy, University of New Mexico and an MBA in general management from Cornell University's S. C. Johnson Graduate school of Management. He brings extensive pharmaceutical industry experience having worked at Pfizer for 12 years and at Amgen for 10 years. Madhur's career at Pfizer has spanned a diverse experience base from hands on drug metabolism and outsourcing support in its R&D organization to post marketing Medical Operations support. Prior to joining Syngene in 2016, Madhur led the PKDM's global Outsourcing and Operations organization at Amgen.

  • Ajit Simh

    Head - Corporate Quality / Regulatory Compliance

    Ajit has over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry in the R&D, production, operations and regulatory compliance domains. Over the years, he has gained an excellent understanding on the global regulatory compliance requirements by the US FDA and ICH bodies for the manufacture and control of small and large molecule API’s and oral and parenteral dosage forms. He has worked with several global companies including Mallinckrodt, Inc., Abbott Biotech and Baxter Healthcare. He is an adjunct professor with a dual appointment at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University teaching classes in the M.S program in regulatory compliance and advanced quality. Ajit is associated with Syngene since 2014.

  • Ajit Manocha

    Head - IT

    Ajit holds a Masters in Computer Application degree from Thappar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Thappar University and has done his Bachelor in Science from Punjab University. He has over 23 years’ experience in the areas of defining and implementing IT Roadmap, Governance & Transformation, Program & Project Management, Change Control Management, SAP Project Implementation & Rollout, Infrastructure & Information Security Management and SMAC technologies. Prior to joining Syngene in 2008, Ajit was working with Ranbaxy Laboratories for nearly 15 years during which he moved up the ranks to become the General Manager (IT). He has won many awards including the India Best 50 CIO Awards, SAP ACE Award and India's Most Respected CIO Award.

  • Mayank Verma

    Company Secretary and Compliance Officer

    Mayank holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal and is a member of the ICSI. He has over 9 years of experience in the field of corporate compliance. Prior to joining Syngene in 2012, he worked with ING Vysya Bank Limited as Assistant Company Secretary.

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