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.

  • 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.

  • Sebi Chacko

    Chief People Officer

    Sebi holds a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI and has done his Executive Education from Ross Business School, Michigan and INSEAD, Singapore. He has 23 years of experience in the areas of HRM, Organization Integration, Diversity and Inclusion in leading organizations like Coats Viyella, Citibank, Ness Global Services Limited and Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Syngene in 2017, Sebi has worked with Strides Shasun as a Chief Human Resources Officer where he has worked on integrating inorganic transactions to drive growth.

  • Ashu Tandon

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Ashu holds a BA (Economics) degree from the University of Delhi, India as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in International Marketing from the Delhi School of Economics. He completed his MBA from IMT Ghaziabad, India and has over 20 years experience in the global biopharmaceuticals industry which includes Sales and Account Management leadership across consulting & outsourcing services in Research & Development. Ashu is based out of New Jersey and has global responsibility for Syngene’s commercial activities, including leading the business development team as well as developing new capabilities in marketing, brand building, digital & account management. As a member of the Executive Committee, he plays an important role in driving strategy as it relates to Commercial activities. Prior to joining Syngene, Ashu was at IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS), Infosys, Accenture & Ranbaxy.

  • Alok Mehrotra

    Chief Quality Officer

    Alok holds an M. Tech in Chemical Technology (Food Technology) from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. He comes with more than 25 years of experience spread across Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance, Sustainability/EHS, Production and Supplier Technical Assurance across varied industries. Over the years, Alok has worked with leading corporates including Godrej Foods and Beverages Ltd., PepsiCo Foods India and Reckitt Benckiser. In his most recent assignment as Head of Operations Excellence, EHS and Sustainability at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, he put in place an integrated Quality Management System to monitor the quality of external suppliers and vendors. As Syngene's CQO, Alok will lead the Quality and Compliance function and will be in-charge of initiatives to further strengthen our track record in quality and compliance

  • 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.

  • Gregory Bisacchi Ph.D

    Global Head - Integrated Drug Discovery

    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 organizations including AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb. At BMS, Greg led projects in the development of the anti- hepatitis B virus nucleoside analog entecavir, launched in 2004 under the trade name Baraclude. He has authored or co- authored more than 40 peer reviewed chemistry and medicinal chemistry journals, articles and book chapters, and is inventor on 37 patents. Prior to joining Syngene in 2015, Greg worked with AstraZeneca as Associate Director.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chetan Tamhankar, Ph.D.

    Head - Clinical Development and Stability Studies

    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.

  • Anjan Chakrabarti

    Head – Discovery Chemistry

    Anjan holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and has done his masters in Organic Chemistry from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He has over 20 year of global experience in drug discovery and been associated with organizations like Affymax, Ranbaxy Research Laboratories and Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI). Prior to joining Syngene, Anjan was a Senior Director and Head of Operations (Singapore) at AMRI. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and an Affiliate member of the American Association of Cancer Research and has authored or coauthored over thirty publications.

  • Jayashree Aiyar, Ph.D.

    Head - Discovery 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.

    Head- Formulations Development

    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.

  • Ajit Manocha

    Head - IT

    Ajit holds a Masters in Computer Application degree from Thappar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Thappar University and has done an Executive Education Programme in Advance Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). 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./p>

  • 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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