Board of Directors

Mr. Manish Gupta

Mr. Manish Gupta

Managing Director

Mr. Manish Gupta who joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer and joined the Board as Managing Director on November 12, 2014. Manish has over 22 years of experience in leading and managing business and performance enhancement across the USA, Europe and India. Prior to joining Sequent Scientific, Manish was the CEO – Pharma of Strides Arcolab Limited, where he spearheaded the Pharma Operations. He also played a vital role in the sale of Australasian generics (Ascent) business and injectable (Agila) business.

Mr. KEC Raja Kumar

Non-Executive Director

Mr. K E C Raja Kumar is the Founder and CEO of Ascent Capital Advisors, an India focused Private Equity firm. Raja has more than 15 years of investing experience in India spanning Venture Capital and Private/Public Equity. Raja is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and is associated with several successful private equity backed companies in India.

Previously, he has served as a senior officer of the Indian Civil Services, as Commissioner of Income Tax and as Regional Director of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India’s capital markets regulator, and as Executive Director of UTI Mutual Fund. During his association with SEBI, he oversaw the launch of several IPOs, regulated market intermediaries and was also a member of the Advisory Committees. He has also served as a director of five Indian stock exchanges.

Raja holds M.Sc. and M.Phil, and an AMP from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. KEC Raja Kumar
Mr. Sharat Narasapur

Mr. Sharat Narasapur

Joint Managing Director

Mr. Sharat Narasapur holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology – Mumbai, with experience spanning over 28 years in Chemical, Agrochemical and Pharmaceutical industry in various roles starting from design and development to managing business operations. He has depth of experience in Techno-commercial operations involving management of large multi-location chemical/ API manufacturing operations, Supply chain management, procurement, planning, manufacturing, QMS/RA, New Product development, Projects & Engineering, Global project /program management and tech transfers. His exposure to product development, process engineering and innovation has resulted in creation of valuable IP. His career spanning over two and a half decades comes with global exposure to customers across big pharma, biotech start-ups and multicultural trans-national work force.

Mr. Narasapur has worked with Company’s like Dr Reddy’s, Gharda Chemicals and his latest assignment was with Aurobindo Pharma as Sr. VP – Operations. He provides leadership to Tech-ops, SCM, QM&RA and R&D for the group.

Dr. Gopakumar G Nair

Chairman & Independent Director

Dr. Gopakumar Nair is an Chairman & Independent Director on the Board. With his 40 years experience and knowledge in pharmaceutical and chemical industry at different levels and positions like Director, Chairman & Managing Director, as well as Past-President of Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association, Dr. Gopakumar Nair had the opportunity to familiarize himself with GATT, WTO, TRIPs and other IP laws over the years. It is with this wealth of experience that Dr. Nair became an IP/ Patent practitioner under the name Gopakumar Nair Associates.

Dr. Gopakumar G Nair
Dr. Kausalya Santhanam

Dr. Kausalya Santhanam

Independent Director

Dr. Kausalya Santhanam is a registered patent agent in the USPTO and India. After eight years of research experience in India and the US, she joined the Intellectual Property Department with CuraGen Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company in USA. She has considerable experience in designing patent strategies. She is currently an IP consultant to Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Corporates' both in India and the US.

Dr. Kausalya Santhanam's knowledge and experience in the IP space will be of immense benefit to the Company in the backdrop of increased R&D initiatives.

Mr. Narendra Mairpady

Independent Director

Mr. Narendra Mairpady is a commerce graduate with a Bachelor of Law Degree. He is a certified Member of the Indian Institute of Bankers. Mr. Mairpady started his banking career when he joined Corporation Bank as a trainee officer in January 1975. In Corporation Bank, he was recognized as member of Chairman’s club for 18 Years, including 8 years in a row. He joined Bank of India as Executive Director in November 2008. He joined Indian Overseas Bank (“IOB”) as the Chairman & Managing Director on November 1, 2010 and retired on July 31, 2014. During his tenure in IOB, the Bank won many awards including National Award for Excellence in MSE lending for the years 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Mr. Narendra Mairpady
Dr. S Devendra

Dr. S Devendra

Non Executive Director

Dr. S. Devendra Kumar is a graduate in medicine and is one of the key architects in developing Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limited (“Shasun”) and was instrumental in transforming Shasun from a domestic seller to export-oriented Company. He has gained a worldwide reputation for his knowledge in Marketing, Customer Satisfaction, Global Competition and Strategic Thinking. He has been mentoring and developing the marketing skills of Shasun.