Dr Pachauri gets Padma Vibhushan
Dr Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and chairman, IPCC, was presented the Padma Vibhushan by the President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil in New Delhi recently, for his service in the field of science and engineering. He was among the 13 Padma Vibhushan awardees this year who included renowned singer Asha Bhosle and external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr Pachauri has also been a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 2001. In December 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize along with the former US vice president Al Gore for "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
Jagdish Sastry joins TCG Lifesciences
TCG Lifesciences, a life sciences contract research services and informatics company, has appointed Jagdish Sastry as president, custom synthesis and large scale business.
Jagdish Sastry has over 35 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and held senior positions in various domestic and foreign companies.
Swapan Bhattacharya, MD, TCG Lifesciences, said, "We are pleased to have Jagdish Sastry as a member of our scientific leadership team. Sastry's vast experience in the field of APIs and establishing alliances and joint ventures will not only help TCG Lifesciences in leveraging his excellent skills and experience but will also help in strengthening our service base and developing new business opportunities".
Jagdish Sastry said, "I am very happy to have joined TCG Lifesciences as it has one of the best client relationships and state-of-the-art infrastructure in the discovery research services space".
Dr BR Jagashetty appointed Karnataka Drugs Controller
The Karnataka government has appointed Dr Bharatesh R Jagashetty as the Drugs Controller for the Government of Karnataka with effect from May 1, 2008. He was serving in the State Drugs Control Department as the additional drugs controller, Bangalore headquarters. Dr Jagashetty was promoted after Dr B Sripathy Rao, former Karnataka Drugs Controller retired on April 30, 2008.
Dr Ajit Nair to head SIRO India
SIRO Clinpharm has appointed Dr Ajit Nair as president of its India business. He will hold overall responsibility of business in India, and will be responsible for the massive expansion in operational scale and technology that are currently underway in SIRO.
Before SIRO, Dr Nair was in a senior leadership role at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Dr Nair's responsibilities included clinical development of New Chemical Entities (NCE), global CRO management encompassing clinical operations, clinical data management and biometrics and drug safety for clinical studies outsourced.
This is Dr Nair's second stint with SIRO. His return is the third in a series of high profile returns to SIRO from pharmaceutical companies. Before Glenmark, Dr Nair served in challenging positions in clinical research operations/medical services with Novartis and Wockhardt. Dr Nair has a PhD in pharmacology from Mumbai University.
Rajiv Varma joins Inogent Labs
Inogent Laboratories (Inogent Labs), a Hyderabad-based custom synthesis and API manufacturing company, has appointed Rajiv Varma as the new president of the company.
Rajiv Varma has more than 32 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked with the leading pharmaceutical companies before joining Inogent Labs.
DS Brar, chairman, GVK Biosciences, said, "We welcome Rajiv Varma as president of Inogent Labs. His varied experience will bring immense value to the organization and help Inogent achieve leadership status in its business segment".