Pharma Leaders Discuss Strategies To Thrive In An Era Of Disruption
Express Pharma|April 1-15, 2019
Pharma Leaders Discuss Strategies To Thrive In An Era Of Disruption

Industry captains come together at a select meet organised by Express Pharma and Optel Group in Mumbai to chart the progress of the sector in a disruptive world

In the run up to ExpressPharma’s Silver Jubilee year starting this December, Express Pharma recently organised a round table discussion with pharma leaders, in partnership with the Optel Group in Mumbai. The round table comprised a gathering of the top notch pharma leaders who discussed and deliberated on leadership strategies needed to thrive in an era of disruption. The learnings from this initiative spanning the year will be published as a collection of thought leadership articles, designed to help pharma professionals navigate the challenging era ahead.

The discussion was moderated by Viveka Roychowdhury, Editor, Express Pharma and presided over by special guests Louis Roy, Founder and President, Optel Group Shaunak Dave, CEO and MD, Optel Group, India, Annie Dubé, Consule générale du Canada, Dominic Marcotte, Consulate General of Canada, Quebec Government.

Thought leadership from India’s pharma sector ranged from regulators like PBN Prasad, CDSCO DDC(I) CDSCO West Zone Mumbai, pharma association representatives like Daara Patel, Secretary – General, IDMA, and corporate chieftains like Aditi Kare Panandikar, Managing Director, Indoco Remedies, Dr Ajit Dangi, President and CEO, Danssen Consulting, Dr Ashok Bhattacharya, Executive Director, Takeda Pharmaceuticals India, Vinay Pinto, Executive Director, Wallace Pharmaceuticals, BG Barve, Joint Managing Director, Blue Cross Laboratories, Kedar Upadhye, Joint President & Global CFO, Cipla, Kanish Malik, President & Global Head, Glenmark Pharma and Gagan Sharma, Vice President, Bliss GVS. Vadlamudi Rao, President, Commonwealth Pharmacists Association represented aca demia as well as the voice of pharmacists.

Roychowdhury welcomed the dignitaries and thanked industry for the support in reaching this memorable milestone as a successful media platform. She explained the rationale for the round table discussion and asked the leaders to share their views on the disruptive challenges shaping the pharma sector, globally and in India. The experts were also asked how can these be turned around into a competitive edge for pharma companies.

This was followed by Roy talking about Optel Group’s global business strategies and highlighting the company’s vision to offer a complete range of supply chain products in order to comply with the regulatory frameworks of various countries ranging from India’s DGFT, US FDA, EU FMD, WHO GMP, etc. Roy further threw light on the future of the pharma industry and the way technology will empower the sector. He also mentioned that the company is leveraging artificial intelligence to further build its supply chain data which can be beneficial for pharma companies. He spoke about the demographic impact of research on drug development, and how pharma companies need to adopt patient centricity in order to disrupt the market.

Dubé from Consule générale du Canada urged pharma companies to focus on prevention of diseases. She highlighted that her country is eager to partner with India in order to strengthen healthcare systems across the globe. She also mentioned that Canada and India are looking forward for opportunities to work and collaborate together.


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April 1-15, 2019