Mr KV Venugopalan, president, Indian Analytical Instruments Association
Indian Analytical Instruments Association (IAIA), an exclusive professional body with a vision to promote, encourage and develop the growth of the analytical instruments industry in India has announced its newly elected executive committee with Mr KV Venugopalan, president of Waters India as president of the association for a period of three years. An electronics engineer with an MBA degree in marketing, Mr Venugopalan has been associated with Waters India from 1983 and has presided over the company since 1997. Under his leadership, in the past 25 years, Waters business in India grew significantly and is now one of the largest analytical organization in Indian analytical market. BioSpectrum spoke to Mr Venugopalan about his action plans to strengthen the Indian analytical sector, current activities and challenges for IAIA.
Can you elaborate on the current status and activities of IAIA?
IAIA, an exclusive professional body formed in 1996 with a vision to promote, encourage and develop the growth of the analytical Instruments Industry. The primary objective is to create and share knowledge leading to better relationships between all players. IAIA aims to be the premier body working towards policy making and planning thus promoting welfare by integrating the entire analytical fraternity. We currently have 78 members (59 corporate life members and 19 individual life members) including Cryogen, Dionex, Ind tech, Lab India, Perkin Elmer, Ranbaxy Fine Chemicals, Spinco, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Waters, to name a few analytical fraternity. We organize and conduct many activities for the benefit of our members and Anacon is the main event. Employee training and seminars are some other activities that are being conducted by IAIA.
What are some of your plans as the new president of IAIA?
The new executive committee had our first meeting recently and we have chartered a detailed action plan about going forward to achieve the objectives as defined in our charter. Ensuring active participation of all existing members and increasing the number of membership is one of our main game plan. We aim to have the first group meeting with all the CEOs of analytical companies very soon and further refine our future course of actions.