pvn raju, founder of gland pharma
PVN Raju

PVN Raju is a Graduate in Chemistry from the Presidency College of Madras and a Post Graduate from the Indian Institute of Chemists. He received training at Evans Medical in the UK and Pharmacia in Sweden, before starting Gland Chemicals in 1974 and Gland Pharma in 1978.

The visionary technocrat pioneered Heparin technology in India in 1960, and set up the country’s first state-of-the-art Pre-Filled Syringe (PFS) facility for LMWHs in 1998. It was under his guidance that the facility received USFDA acceptance in 2003, another first in India.

His associations include Life Membership of the Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA); Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), USA; and International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

His honorary recognitions include:

  • Prof Y Nayudamma Memorial Gold Medal (2005)
  • Special Recognition Award by the South Asian Society on Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis (SASAT) (2006)
Dr. Ravi Penmetsa, Director at gland pharma
Dr. Ravi Penmetsa

After obtaining his MBBS degree from Osmania University (India), Dr Ravi specialized in Science of Medicine from East Carolina University School of Medicine (USA). After seven years’ hospital-based practice there, he joined Gland Pharma as its Executive Director in 1992.

Assuming the mantle of the company’s Managing Director in 1999, Dr Ravi spearheaded its rapid, multi-dimensional growth over the next two decades.

Displaying great foresight and vision, he was instrumental in setting up a comprehensive infrastructure for Research & Development (Analytical and Formulations), as well as Contract Manufacture of a wide range of injectable dosage forms in compliance with the stringent regulatory requirements of the company’s business partners from across the world.

In recognition of his deep and extensive knowledge and experience in the pharmaceutical sector, Dr Ravi has been honoured with several institutional memberships and awards.

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