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Scientific Committee Members

     Prof. Arvind Bansal
Professor and Head, department of Pharmaceutics at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) - SAS Nagar, Punjab, India
Dr Arvind Kumar Bansal is currently Professor and Head, department of Pharmaceutics at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) - SAS Nagar, Punjab, India. He earned his M Pharm (Pharmaceutics) (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) from University of Delhi, India. Prof Bansal worked as Senior Scientist and Group Leader in JK Pharmaceuticals and Ranbaxy Research Laboratories, for 8 years. Therein he conceptualised, evolved formulation strategies, developed and transferred the technology to production shop floor, for NCEs and generic drug products. Prof Bansal joined NIPER in 2000 and has developed expertise in areas of pre-formulation and formulation development encompassing characterization and stabilization of the amorphous form, polymorphism, pseudo-polymorphism, particle engineering, screening salt forms, improvement of oral bioavailability and lyophilization. His research group works with the mission statement - ‘developing science based industrially viable pharmaceutical technologies’ and works closely with pharmaceutical industry to create opportunities for commercial exploitation of the products. Dr Bansal was conferred prestigious Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2016. He is the only Indian working India being awarded this Fellow status. He has won prestigious awards like AAiPS Distinguished Educator and Researcher Award, Innocentive Award and OPPI Award. Prof Bansal’s research group has completed more than 550 industry sponsored projects, granted 08 patents, filed 27 patents, and published 180 research articles and 26 review articles. He is an editorial board member of Journal of Excipients and Food Chemicals and Pharmaceutics. He is also an Advisor to the editorial board of Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and on Editorial Board of Molecular Pharmaceutics. Recently his lab has out-licensed a platform technology on “Nano crystalline solid dispersions – NanoCrySP.

     Mr. Vijay Kshirsagar
Vijay is an accomplished Quality, Regulatory & Analytical professional with about 40 years of rich experience of working for highly reputed Indian & Multinational Pharma firms like Unichem, Ranbaxy, Sun Pharma, Lupin, IPCA, German Remedies in Sr positions like EVP, Director & GM- Quality & Regulatory. He has led from front for several successful regulatory inspections including US FDA, MHRA, WHO, EDQM, ANVISA, TGA both for Drug Products & API’s.
Since 2013, he is running his own Pharma Consultancy called TRAC offering specialized services globally, for cGMP Training, Regulatory Filings, Auditing & Compliance. His current clients include reputed pharma companies based in India, China, Bangladesh, Turkey, US, Europe, Malaysia etc.. He is a frequent international trainer on several cGMP related topics.
He is the founder President of ‘Society for Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science’. He is currently working on the board of Directors of ISPE-India. IDMA has conferred upon him an ‘Outstanding Analyst Award 2011’ for his contribution towards pharmaceutical analysis. He has also published articles on cGMP related topics like CAPA, OOS, QbD & cGMP in reputed journals/books. He is M.Sc. by Research in Organoanalytical Chemistry from Mumbai University. He has a good Microbiological background too.

     Professor Padma V. Devarajan
    Head and Professor in Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Institute of Chemical     Technology, Mumbai, India
Dr (Ms) Padma V. Devarajan has over twenty five years of experience in teaching and research ande has supervised over 75 students for the Masters and PhD degree. Her research interests include Nanocarriers for targeted delivery in cancer and infectious diseases, Bioenhancement strategies, and Mucosal DDS as alternative to parenteral administration. She has various presentations and publications in national/international conferences/cited journals and five book chapters in the area of drug delivery. She has filed over twenty patents international/ national and has eight patents granted and four patents licensed.
She was Board Member and Chair of the Young Scientist Mentor Protégé Committee of the Controlled Release Society Inc.,USA and is currently a Member on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the Controlled Release Society Inc., USA. She ex Secretary and Patron Member of the Controlled Release Society Indian Chapter and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Drug Information Association, India.

      Dr. Mrs. M. Nagarsenkar
    Professor & HOD, Dept. of Pharmaceutics, Bombay College of Pharmacy. , Mumbai.
Dr. (Mrs.) Mangal Nagarsenker is Professor and Head, Department of Pharmaceutics, Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai, India. Prof. Nagarsenker has more than 25 years of research experience in the field of novel drug delivery systems. She has successfully guided 35 M.Pharm and 20 Ph.D students. She has several publications in the field of novel drug delivery and nanotechnology . Her research work is supported by various funding agencies of Government of India and also by pharmaceutical Industry. 

Prof. Nagarsenker’s research interests are 1) polymeric and lipid nanocarriers for improved drug delivery, 2) Drug nanocrystals for improved oral and topical delivery, 3) pulmonary drug delivery and 4) synthesis of novel ligands for targeted drug delivery.

     Dr. (Mrs.) Abha Doshi
   Principal, MET Institute of Pharmacy. Bandra(w), Mumbai

Dr. Abha Doshi
has completed her B. Pharm. and M.Pharm. from Dr. H.S. Gour University, Sagar (M.P.) and Ph.D. from C.U Shah college of Pharmacy, S.N.D.T. Women's University.

She has presented research papers in various international and national conferences. She also has many publications in international and national journals. Dr.Abha is presently guiding many M.Pharm. studends in their research work.

     Dr. (Mrs.) Mala Menon
   Professor-Dept of Pharmaceutics, Bombay College of Pharmacy. , Mumbai.

Dr (Mrs) Mala D.Menon is the Professor of Pharmaceutics, Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai She joined BCP way back in 1987 after working with pharma Industry for 2 years.

Her research areas are delivery systems, Nasal & Pulmonary Drug Delivery systems, Probiotics, Novel vaccine delivery approaches, Enzyme delivery systems, Dissolution rate test evaluations.

She had handled many research projects from Govt.- from AICTE, UGC, BRNS, Mumbai University ; and Industry sponsored from Yash Pharma, US Vitamins, Mother Dairy, Hansen Probiotics, Glenmark, Famy Health Care, Abbott India, Getz Pharma .

     Dr. Krishnapriya Mohanraj
    Professor and Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis at Bombay College of Pharmacy
Prof. Krishnapriya Mohanraj is Professor and Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, at Bombay College of Pharmacy
She completed her M Pharm and PhD (Tech) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Mumbai.
She was selected for the UKIERI Indo UK Staff Exchange Program at Kingston University by the British Council (2011-12 award).
Her expertise includes Computer aided drug design, synthesis and pharmacological evaluation, Enzymatic resolution, Bioassay guided fractionation of herbal extracts, Chiral chromatography, Bioanalysis, In vitro analysis, LC-MS/MS studies, Structural Elucidation, Impurity profiling and development of stability indicating methods.
She has undertaken many research projects and industrial collaborations.

     Dr Vinay G Nayak
    Executive Director - Marksans Pharma Ltd, Mumbai
Dr Vinay G Nayak has more than 30 years of experience having worked with four reputed pharmaceutical organizations. He has been responsible for building and leading professional teams of various technical functions to facilitate organizations to grow in strength in the domestic and international markets. He has been setting industry standards in Quality control, Quality Assurance and R&D / RA systems. He has published 100 research papers on pharmaceutical analytical chemistry and has four patents on product development.
Dr V. G Nayak has many laurels and awards to his credit. He is a member of Advisory Board of USP and was Chairman, Technical and Regulatory Committee of IDMA (Indian Drugs Manufacturer’s Association). He is founder member of APA – Association of Pharmaceutical Analysts. He is a senior scientific member of the Indian Pharmacopoeia. He is Government of India nominee for preparation of various guidelines, including guidelines on Bioequivalence, GMP Schedule M, Drug Master File and Product Registration and Laboratory Accreditation. He has been conferred a citation as international member AOAC 2000. He was the winner of Excellence award IDMA “Eminent Pharmaceutical Analyst” Award Sept 2002. He is associated with the International Pharmacopoeia (WHO) for Anti Retroviral drugs monograph development and is the Chairman of “IFFPRESS”, a charitable organization making and providing Indian Pharmacopoeia reference standards. He is a life member of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association and has been associated with various programs and seminars as a key organizer and speaker.

     Dr. L Kalyanaraman
Kalyan is a doctorate in Chemistry from University of Madras with 25+ years of experience in Analytical Research. He is currently working with Dr. Reddy’s as Senior Director– AR&D heading the AR&D of Oral Solid Dosages and Integrated APIs. Kalyan is an expert in Method design, structure elucidation by NMR & Mass spectroscopy and Solid state characterization. He has extensive experience in handling Complex Generic APIs and dosage forms for establishing sameness using advance analytical techniques. He has got publications in national and international journals on separation and characterization of impurities in drugs and has delivered talks in a variety of topics on Analytical Development in various conferences.

     Dr. BM Rao
Dr. BM Rao possess a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry and has about 27 years of work experience in pharmaceutical Analytical R&D and Quality Control functions in reputed organizations includes Janssen (pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Zydus Cadila, Nicholas Piramal, and Dr. Reddy’s. He has a sound practical knowledge and thorough understanding of “Data Integrity”, its importance in cGMP Analytical laboratories. He has exposure to various regulatory audits includes USFDA, EMEA, TGA, Health Canada etc. and also worked with reputed International consultants in QC remediation. He has about 75 scientific publications in reputed national and international journals and successfully guided seven part-time Ph.D. candidates.
During his professional career he has been recognized for his contributions at work and won awards including Chairman’s Excellence Award from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (Feb, 2018), “Standards of Leadership” from J&J at Janssen, Mumbai site (year 2010) and Best New Leader Award at SAI Life Sciences Limited (year 2013). He has extensively travelled to USA, Mexico, Europe, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, Brazil, and Malaysia and interacted with several big and emerging biotech pharmaceutical analytical & quality experts.
At present, Dr. BM Rao is working as Vice President and Head of Analytical Science & Technology (ASAT) & Corporate Quality control at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories providing technical leadership to the Analytical method validations/transfers and Quality Control labs of APIs and Formulations.

     Dr. Santhanakrishnan
Dr. Santhanakrishnan Srinivasan is an accomplished research professional in the field of Pharmaceutics and drug development. He brings with himself wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of sterile drug product development and also in the process development and in-vitro dissolution method development of modified release, delayed release oral formulations and long acting parenteral and ophthalmic formulations.

Dr. Srinivasan holds a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from University of Missouri - Rolla. In his decade long industrial career, he has held R&D leadership position at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

Email: santhanas@amneal.com



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