Piramal Mumbai R&D unit shut: What next?

Piramal told BioSpectrum that it is only ‘reorganizing’ and ‘reallocating’ its R&D personnel to focus more on later-stage drug development


Dr Swati A Piramal, vice chairperson, Piramal Enterprises (Photo Courtesy: MSN)

Recently the lifesciences industry heard Piramal's public vocalization announcing the shutdown of its Mumbai R&D unit. Though the company now intends to abandon its R&D in new drug discoveries, in an exclusive interview with BioSpectrum, Dr Swati A Piramal, vice chairperson, Piramal Enterprises, said that the company is actually not shutting its Mumbai R&D unit, but rather reorganizing and reallocating its research in discovery research.

"We are just reorganizing people to work in later stages of the drug development rather than new discoveries. We already have an adequate number of discoveries in our pipeline and need to focus our capital on molecules nearer the end-of-development or companion-products, to products which have received approval," added Dr Swati.

The company will now concentrate on its existing portfolio of eight molecules. Piramal's lead molecule Neuraceq (florbetaben) recently received approval from the USFDA and European Medicines Agency.

Dr Swati revealed that the company has an imaging pipeline in areas of cancer, cardiology, and neuroscience.

"Other new products are being developed in anaesthesia. We have signed a joint venture in the development and manufacturing of fluoro-chemicals with Navin Fluorine, an Arvind Mafatlal Group," she commented.

Currently, the company has 800 research personnel globally. In India they are located in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pithampur, and Chennai. Internationally, they are in the USA, the UK, Scotland, and Germany.


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SHOEIB 11 September 2014 at 01:33 AM

Dear Swati, you also have research regarding the antibiotic resistance genes in Enterobacteriaceae ? in India , one antibiotic resistance gene that is NDM-1 was detected at the first time in the world so in India and other Asian countries this is a major challenge and we have to develop our research to find new drug , you think which target of bacterials genomics or cell would be well for antibiotic -action ? Regards, S.


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