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.

  • Mahesh Bhalgat, Ph.D

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mahesh holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Utah, the USA, and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai. He has over 25 years of experience in both biotechnology and biologics. Mahesh has worked in different facets of R&D which include analytical development, technology transfer, regulatory sciences and quality. During his career, he has been associated with companies such as Celera Genomics, Molecular Probes, Monsanto and Amgen.  Prior to joining Syngene, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Shantha Biotechnics, a Sanofi company, where his responsibilities included operations and long-term strategic planning and development. As Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at Syngene, Mahesh is responsible for operational efficiency, safety, quality and compliance.

  • Sibaji Biswas

    Chief Financial Officer

    Sibaji is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from ICFAI and holds a B.Tech from IIT- Kharagpur. With an MBA from University of Calcutta he has also completed Management Development Programs at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and London Business School. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in finance and related functions. His prior experience includes working with Vodafone (Romania), Vodafone (India), Hutchison Essar Limited, Fascel Limited, and the ABP Group. Prior to joining Syngene, he was the CFO and a member of the Board at Vodafone (Romania). At Syngene, he oversees the finance, supply chain, legal, secretarial and IT functions and as a 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.

  • 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 and Accenture.

  • 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 leads the Quality and Compliance function and will be in-charge of initiatives to further strengthen our track record in quality and compliance

  • Kenneth Barr, Ph.D

    Sr. Vice President – Discovery Services

    Kenneth holds a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic/Organometallic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has pursued his Postdoctoral study in Natural product synthesis from the University of Texas. He has over two decades of experience in the areas of drug discovery for both small and large molecules and has been associated with organisations like Merck, Amplyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sunesis. Prior to joining Syngene, Kenneth was the Head of R&D Strategic Global Operations at FORMA Therapeutics, where he was responsible for driving research effectiveness through optimisation of internal and external R&D research efforts, providing alliance management for key CRO relationships.

  • Jan-Olav Henck, Ph.D.

    Sr. Vice President – Development Services

    Jan-Olav holds a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Natural Science, Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck and postdoc from the Department of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He has over two decades of experience across both small and large molecule pharmaceutical development, including API and drug product work from late lead optimization to commercialization. He is also experienced in drug formulation production under cGMP conditions. His prior experience includes working with SSIC Inc and Aptuit LLC. Prior to joining Syngene, he was the Vice President and Head of Formulations Development at Bayer AG. He has over twelve research publications and several patents to his credit. As a member of the Executive Committee, he oversees the development value chain connecting upstream discovery service programs that transition into downstream development programs and support smooth transition into commercial manufacturing.

  • Gregory Bisacchi, Ph.D

    Global Head - Integrated Drug Discovery

    Gregory holds a 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.

  • Anjan Chakrabarti, Ph.D

    Head – Discovery Chemistry

    Anjan holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and has completed post-doctoral work at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Collegeville, PA, USA which was funded by NIH. Anjan has completed his Executive Program in Management from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He has over 20 year of global experience in drug discovery and been associated with organisations like Affymax and Albany Molecular Research Inc., (AMRI). Anjan has experience in several therapeutic areas – hematology, oncology, antibacterial, anti-HIV, CNS & anti-inflammatory. He has more than 25 patents & publications to his credit. Prior to joining Syngene, Anjan is a Senior Director and Head of AMRI’s Singapore Research operation and lead AMRI’s drug discovery research efforts in Asia with cross-functional teams in India and Singapore. At Syngene he is responsible for leading the Discovery Chemistry Group of over 800 scientists engaged in drug discovery. The team consists of medicinal chemists, analytical and CADD scientists engaged in drug discovery projects in multiple therapeutic areas. He is also involved in defining the business development and marketing strategy for discovery chemistry and integrated drug discovery.

  • 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.

  • Mohan Krishnappa Ph.D

    Head - Safety Assessment

    Mohan holds a Ph.D in veterinary medicine, with a masters and doctorate in the field of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology from Veterinary College, Bangalore, India. He has over 15 years of industry experience, eight of which have been in GLP - safety evaluation of chemicals and drugs to support drug discovery and development. His last assignment before joining Syngene in 2013, was a study director with a Preclinical CRO in Bangalore. He has also been a scientific coordinator/monitoring scientist for IND enabling toxicology and safety pharmacology programs specifically for EU clients. Mohan has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and 35 safety evaluation study reports of various new compounds to his credit. At Syngene he is responsible for leading the Safety Assessment team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Srinivasa Prahalada, Ph.D.

    Global Consultant - 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.

  • 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>

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