UBM Asia Monthly News

22 November 2016


Top-notch industry leaders engage in a turnkey meeting with the aim of transforming India into a Pharma Super Power
Industry leaders  ( L-R ) SM Mudda, Director, Microlabs; & President, IDMA, Yogesh Mudras, MD, UBM India; Kewal Handa, promoter-director, Salus Lifecare; Dr Dinesh Dua, Vice Chairman, Pharmexcil and MD, Nectar Lifesciences; DG Shah, Secretary General, IPA; Ranga Iyer ex MD, Wyeth confer about the key points of discussions undertaken at the UBM India organized CEO Round Table to chart out the progress of the Indian pharma industry at a press briefing. The activity was part of the India Pharma Week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CPhI and P-MEC
The launch edition of the India Pharma Week, a UBM India initiative to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its flagship pharma event, CPhI and P-MEC, witnessed one of its most significant events, the CEO Round Table, in association with West Pharma.

The exclusive, closed door Round Table was a congregation of India’s most influential CEOs, Presidents & Founders from leading pharmaceutical companies, and Policy Makers & Senior Representatives from Pharmaceutical Associations who engaged with one another on the vital issue of what it would take to Drive Radical Growth to make India a Pharma Super Power.

The strategic gathering among the acknowledged leaders of the industry also helped deep dive into thought-provoking discussions on achievements and supplementary challenges around policy making, industry growth and sustainability in an endeavour to achieve the target of USD 300 billion in value for the Indian pharma industry by 2030.

Significantly, a detailed White Paper Report was prepared on the recommendations provided by thought leaders and will be presented to policy makers and other key stakeholders.

The best-in-class industry professionals who were a part of the exclusive meeting included Sanjiv Navangul, Managing Director, Janssen India, Pharmaceutical company of Johnson and Johnson; Sudarshan Jain, MD, Abbott Healthcare; Dr Dinesh Dua, Vice Chairman, Pharmexcil and MD, Nectar Lifesciences;  DG Shah, Secretary General, IPA; Kanchana TK, President, OPPI;  Prashant Nagre, CEO, Fermenta Biotech, Jayanth Tagore, MD, Synthokem Labs; SM Mudda, Director, Microlabs; & President, IDMA; Dr. Koduru V Surendranath, Senior Vice President, Global Sites, USP; Troy Player, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, West Pharmaceutical; Dr AKS Bhujanga Rao - Board Member – Natco Pharma; Ajit Dangi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Danssen Consulting and  Sandeep Sood, Managing Director, Fette Compacting, Asia Pacific.

A representative body of the group comprising D G Shah, Secretary General, IPA; Dinesh Dua, Vice Chairman; Pharmexcil and MD, Nectar Lifesciences; Kewal Handa, promoter-director, Salus Lifecare, SM Mudda, Director, Microlabs; Ranga Iyer ex MD, Wyeth and Yogesh Mudras, MD, UBM India later briefed the media about the crux of the deliberations. These included, but were not limited to:
  • Strategising to begin research on précision medicine in India to capture growing investment;
  • Capturing the growing biotechnology segment to cash in on the increasing bio-similar demand and patent cliff;
  • Increasing self-reliance for API sourcing by reducing dependency on China;
  • Discussing strategies to ensure pricing control, fostering innovation and promoting patient benefit;
  • Addressing quality compliance challenges and inculcating quality culture organizations;
  • Increasing collaborations with academia in the form of Indian research institutes and universities;
  • Disrupting the pharma space with innovations, rather than vanilla growth, and pumping in greater investments in the pharma industry in the national spends;
  • Bringing in rural India within the pharma ambit, by use of e-commerce and strengthening its infrastructure by leveraging technology;
  • Making health insurance compulsory in order to increase patient volume.

Speaking on the occasion of the CEO Round Table, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “As we congregated for this elite knowledge sharing session, we confronted the Indian pharma industry at a very crucial juncture in its growth trajectory. While India is fast growing into a global pharmacy hub and ranks amongst the top three pharmaceutical markets in terms of volume of produced drugs, it ranks only 14th with a size of $13 billion ( in 2015) from the angle of commercial value. The reasons and solutions for this gap were discussed by the noted master strategists who drive business in the pharma sector. The CEO Round Table is an extremely proactive initiative with the White Paper Report that will be presented to relevant policy makers and continuously monitored.”

He added, “It’s measures such as these that will produce further transformations in the pharma sector. The CEO Round Table was just one of the many ways we celebrated the achievements of the Indian pharma industry that has aided our flagship event, CPhI and P-MEC proliferate and become South Asia’s leading pharma networking event.”

To mark a decade’s existence of CPhI and P-MEC, UBM India previously launched the India Pharma Week (IPW), an attractive platter of ten-trend setting events that got off to a flying start on November 17, prior to the CPhI & P-MEC expo. Focusing on the pillars of business, knowledge, leadership, innovation, recognition and networking in the pharma domain, the IPW included a Pre-Connect Congress; Women in Pharma – Power Breakfast; the India Pharma Awards; Networking Evening; Pharma Leaders’ Golf; and concluded with the closed door CEO Round Table. The IPW transformed the CPhI & P-MEC exhibition from a wall-bound show to one with considerable intellectual value addition.”

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Notes to Editors

1. About UBM India (http://www.ubmindia.in/)
India is India's leading exhibition organizer that provides the industry with platforms that bring together buyers and sellers from around the world, through a portfolio of exhibitions, content led conferences & seminars. UBM India hosts over 25 large scale exhibitions and 40 conferences across the country every year; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. A UBM Asia Company, UBM India has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. UBM Asia is owned by UBM plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. UBM Asia is the leading exhibition organizer in Asia and the biggest commercial organizer in mainland China, India, Thailand and Malaysia.

2. About UBM Asia (http://www.ubmasia.com/)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India, Malaysia and Thailand. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 32 offices and 1,300 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 230 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 12 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 events. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with 70 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise over 20 events every year across the country.
UBM Asia was awarded ‘Asia’s Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award’ in Hong Kong’s Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.
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