Founder & Managing Director
Mr. Mehul Shah is a graduate in Pharmacy and a Mumbai bred entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. His passion & expertise in Topical Semisolid Formulations has defined growth and strategy for Encube. His keen understanding of the manufacturing systems has made Encube into one of the most operationally flexible facility, capable of handling great variability & diversity. He was awarded Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at Indian Pharma Awards 2015.
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Lalatendu Panigrahi holds PhD in Pharmacy with more than 20 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical R&D especially in the development of Topical, Injectable and Transdermal Dosage forms. Dr. Panigrahi is involved in filing of several ANDA and 505 (b2) and has published over 50 research patents, publications and presentations in various peer review journals/conferences.
AVP – Head of Finance & Legal
Mr. Kirit Vora is a commerce graduate with a vast experience of 37 years in Accounting & Finance. Mr. Vora is an astute and dynamic leader having been associated with the company for more than 20 years and has an in-depth understanding of the industry along with a strong domain expertise. Mr. Vora provides leadership and strategic oversight to the company and has spearheaded several high-impact organisation-wide projects enabling strategic business partnering, cost improvements, drive efficiencies, automation, and best practice in governance. /conferences.
AVP – Head of Strategy & Commercials
Mr. Pratik Kamani is a Pharmacist with an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, spending the past 9 years at Encube. He joined the organization during its growth spurt as Executive Assistant to the MD. He has played several different roles in the organization, and most recently serves as the head of strategic and commercial functions. Mr. Kamani has led strategic transformation of the company over the past 5 years, from a CDMO to a full scale generic commercialization organization, including building team and offices in the US and acquiring Tioga Research Inc.
President – Encube USA
Mr. Kamesh Venugopal graduated cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania with BS Chemical Engineering and BS Economics from The Wharton School, and MBA from The University of Chicago. Mr. Kamesh has 18 years of executive leadership experience in the US generic pharmaceutical market with companies such as Encube, Modavar Pharma, Accord Healthcare, Torrent Pharmaceuticals, and Perrigo, and 10 years of experience in strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group (where Mr. Venugopal was a partner) in USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and India. Mr. Venugopal has expertise in strategy development and implementation, operational improvement, and organizational design.
VP- Human Resources
Mr. Abhimanyu Singh is a HR leader with 20 years of experience and has done his Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (PGDPM) from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi and a Bachelors in Chemistry (Honours) from St. Columbus, Hazaribagh. He has vast experience of working in a global environment at a senior level with the key responsibility of supporting the Country/Business Heads across Steel, Power Utility, Consumer durable, Food/Agro and Commodities sector. Mr. Singh is certified for Hogan and Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ 32R) and practitioner of Tavistock’s Socio-technical approach to manage Organizationa Change. Mr. Singh has studied global HR practices of Japan and Europe as part of CII HR Mission and is also a certified auditor of CII- EXIM Business Excellence Model. Mr. Singh has led the team to win CII Business and HR Excellence Award for CG and Tata Ryerson respectively.
AVP – Head of Quality Control
Dr. Amar Kasturi is a Doctorate in Chemistry having more than 20 years of rich Analytical Chemistry and Quality experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry in various dosage forms. Dr. Kasturi worked in various top branded Indian as well as Multinational companies such as Dr.Reddys, Sandoz, Apotex, Par Pharma, Mylan etc.. Dr. Kasturi led the Quality function successfully in his last 10 years of career. Dr. Kasturi’s passionate and problem solving nature drives him to reach the desired goals. Dr. Kasturi has been awarded in different organizations for Laboratory automation in Global wide such as LIMS implementation and Harmonization of Quality systems and has a successful track record of regulatory inspection handling
Head – Quality Assurance
Dr. Madhu Raju Saghee Dr. Saghee has a Master’s Degree in Microbiology and a PhD in the areas of Meta-genomic Analysis and has more than 12 years of strategic experience in Pharmaceutical Quality System (PQS) and Regulatory Compliance. Dr. Saghee has written many articles pertaining to regulatory compliance, quality assurance, quality risk management and microbiology. Dr. Saghee is the editor of the several books including Achieving Quality and Compliance Excellence in Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Saghee was bestowed with the “Young Pharmaceutical Analyst Award” by the Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association in 2013. Dr. Saghee has established robust governance processes for quality and compliance in his previous roles, including the development and improvement of QMS, inspection management, providing subject matter expertise in validations, leading regulatory inspections and ensuring compliance proactively in accordance with ever-changing regulatory requirements.
CEO, Tioga Research Inc.
Dr. John M Newsam holds BA Hons, MA and DPhil in Chemistry from Oxford University. Following senior research and executive positions at ExxonMobil, Biosym (Corning), and MSI (now Biovia) Dr. Newsam has been dedicated for the past 18 years to the research and early development of topical formulations, as founder and CEO of fqubed, as an executive at Nuvo Research, and as a founder and CEO of Tioga Research. Dr. Newsam is a recipient of the Corday-Morgan model and the Sidhu Award, and was elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2020.
Chief Technical Advisor
Mr. Mudda is a successful pharmacy professional with over 40 years’ experience in leading pharmaceutical companies present in global markets and has held senior management positions as Director in technical and business functions.He serves as President, NSF Health Sciences (India), UK for India and Asia Pacific Region. In his role at Encube , his focus has been in achieving operational & quality excellence by educating senior leadership in skills such as proactive risk management, problem solving techniques etc; thereby influencing change in behaviors of employees at all levels for developing a quality mindset. In past years he has helped the Encube team in successfully developing best-in-class Pharmaceutical Quality system for consistent and sustainable implementation of GMPs and in developing a continual improvement plan with a focus on patient safety.
Dr. Dominic has over a 20-year career in the industry, through executive and senior management roles at Accelrys, Integrated Discovery Sciences, fqubed, Nuvo Research, Crescita and Permeatus. He has a substantial track record of achievements in pharmaceutical development and commercialization, drug delivery, high throughput experimentation, and computational chemistry. He is an inventor on multiple FDA Orange Book listed patents and brings a deep understanding of intellectual property strategy. He also has substantial international experience, in both Europe and Asia, in addition to many accomplishments in the US.
Mr. Hriram Krishnan is based in Mumbai and has over 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with an illustrious career moving from MR to MD. From 2001 to March 2012, Hariram Krishnan was the Managing Director of Galderma India, a subsidiary of the Global MNC and a globally leading company in Dermatology Hariram Krishnan has attended a course on General management from Henley Management college and INSEAD Business school, France, London Hariram Krishnan is currently a practicing Executive Coach and Mentor. Post his superannuation in March 2012, he has been a Mentor to CEOs and Directors of quite a few start-ups, manufacturing companies and mid-sized Dermatology focused pharma companies. He is a certified EXECUTIVE COACH from International Coach Federation, USA and in this capacity, he is currently an Executive coach to quite a few senior health care professionals and senior level professional across various industry sectors.
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