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Speakers 2024

Avinash Kumar Talwar

Vice President - MRO & Pkg. Material
Sourcing (Strategic & Plant) Global
Supply Chain Management
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Ajay Bapat

Pharma Consultant

Chakravarthi AVPS

Global Ambassador World Packaging Organisation

Bhupesh Mittal

Global Packaging & Design Manager Bayer Consumer Healthcare

Prabir Das

Former Head of Packaging Technical
Services, OSD (India)
Mylan Laboratories

Prafull Deshpande

Team Lead- R&D Pkg. Development Lupin India

Ravipati Chandi Prasad

Head Packaging Development Aurobindo Pharma Ltd

Sandeep Amritkar

Assistant Director Lupin

Sandeep Raktate

Executive Vice President Cipla

Shivaji Chakraborty

Assistant General Manager
Packaging Development
Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd

Hiren Shah

Deputy General Manager -
Packaging Development
Cadila Pharma

Rajesh Mishra

Associate Director - Packaging
Abbott Healthcare Pvt Ltd

Tripti Nakhare

Associate Vice President Regulatory
Affairs and Packaging Development
FDC Limited

Kumar Suman

Head Packaging Development
Macleods Pharmaceuticals

Loganathan Shanmugam

Device & Packaging Development Biosimilar, CDMOV and Generics

Soumyanath Mishra

Associate Vice President and
Head Packaging Development
Mankind Pharma Ltd

Dr. Harshad Kothawade

Director, Head of Regulatory
Management & Trade Compliance,
India, South East Asia,
Australia & New Zealand
Merck Group

Mr. Satya Shodhan Patil

DGM (R&D) – Device Development Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

Mr. Manjunath Nadella

Assistant Vice President & Head Packaging Development

Avinash Kumar Talwar

Rich experience of over 3 decades in successfully planning, sourcing, managing, and executing supply chain operations with deep understanding of standard processes & technology. Proven leadership in establishing key supply chain processes in the most challenging environment that consistently achieves superior results both operationally and financially. Having comprehensive wisdom achieved through closely working with Top Management and Prestigious Consulting Firms. Robust believer of system driven processes and result driven individual. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent attention to details, and brilliant analytical skills. Post Graduate gold medallist from IIP & Executive Alumni of ISB.

To sum it up, Avinash has a diverse experience in a slew of areas which includes procurement, vendor management & development, vendor audits, inventory control, packaging development, process re-engineering, cost excellence, Innovation & Digitalisation.

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Bhupesh Mittal

Bhupesh is an accomplished packaging expert with over 11 years of expertise in packaging engineering, innovation, sustainability, value engineering, and procurement. His competencies encompass vendor management, customer engagement, and EPR & ESG strategies. Working with organisations such Sun Pharma, GSK, and 3M, Bhupesh has effectively created packaging for numerous well-known brands in the FMCG, Food & Nutrition, Healthcare, and Personal Care sectors.

As the Packaging Engineering and Design lead for India, Bhupesh is currently employed with Bayer Consumer Healthcare. Since packaging is the initial point of contact between a client and a business, Bhupesh is a major proponent of improving the customer experience through innovative, cost effective and sustainable packaging solutions.

Prabir K Das

Prabir K Das is an alumnus of the first batch PG students from Indian Institute of Packaging (1985 – 1987), Mumbai. He served the industry for over 36 years, majorly in Pharmaceutical Industry, including Ranbaxy Laboratories and Mylan Laboratories. He had exposure in packaging design & development, technology transfer, artwork development & processing, change management, automation, standardization & harmonization, COGS (cost & quality) improvement exercises, track & trace (serialization) project, documentation and other activities related to Packaging & Labelling needs as per global standards. He is always an active participant and attended many national and a few international seminars and conferences either as an independent presenter or as one of the panel members. He has also contributed with many insightful articles related to packaging and labelling is few leading magazines / journals.

Prafull Deshpande, Team Lead- R&D Pkg. Development, Lupin India

Packaging professional having 18 years of versatile experience in pharmaceutical packaging field. Earlier I worked with Lupin Pharma, Ajanta Pharma and Glenmark Pharma in various depts like QC, QA, PDL, R&D etc. Now at Lupin R&D, Pune I am responsible for packaging development part for dosage forms like OSDs, Derm, Ophthalmic, MDI & DPI, APIs for US, EU, RoW and Domestic markets. I have completed my M.Sc in Chemistry, MBA in Operation Management and Diploma in Packaging Technology.

R. Chandi Prasad

R. Chandi Prasad, Head - Packaging Development, Commercial Team at Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Hyderabad, India. Among the top 2 companies in India, APL is generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing organization with exports to over 150 countries across the globe.

Chandi is having result driven, growth oriented career of multi-faceted experience about 4 decades in packaging development, quality control and quality assurance in reputed pharmaceutical organizations.

As a Packaging Technologist with vision, focus on short-term and long-term goals of organization, accepting pivotal assignments, sets high expectations and produced results.

Had worked with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Actavis Pharmaceutical Mfg. Limited and Natco Pharma Limited.

Established modern systems for 100% compliance in packaging development and artwork management system in driving the team and achieving intended results in the organizations he is associated with. He believes in sharing knowledge is gaining knowledge and spoken in reputed seminars and conclaves on packaging technology.

Regular speaker in many national and international pharma packaging seminars. Visiting faculty to Indian Institute of Packaging, a member of WPO.

Shivaji Chakraborty

Packaging professional with more than 25 years of experience in packaging designing, development and commercialization, vendor development, project management and execution.

Skilled in process improvement with a focus on cost impactand sustainability.

Presently associated with Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd for more than a decade. Heading Packaging development functions, e.g., packaging development and commercialisation of pharmaceutical formulations, project management, productivity initiatives, vendor development, process improvement, leadership, and mentoring.

I am also the project leader for Serialization (Track and Trace) for the site with a global exposure.

Prior to joining Fresenius, I was associated with pharmaceutical majors, viz., JK Drugs and Pharmaceutical Ltd. (presently Teva Pharmaceuticals), Win Medicare Ltd., Nicholas Piramal India Ltd. (presently Abbott), Alembic Ltd.

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Chakravarthi AVPS

A die hard lover and an evangelist of pharma and packaging, recognised and awarded as most influential leader in the segments.

With a strong penchant and deep knowledge in Pharmaceutical manufacturing & Packaging, he is awarded PHARMA RATNA for his outstanding contribution to Brand India Pharma promotion globally. He is appointed as Senior Vice President (National) , Federation of Pharma Entrepreneurs FOPE in addition to being the chairman of FOPE Telangana & Andhrapradesh.

He is also member on board and Advisor of Confederation of Indian industry Telangana pharma & life sciences. Further he is honorary advisor for the apex body Pharmaceutical Exports Promotion Council, Government of India.

He is Chairman of INBA H, an Indo Netherlands business association for Telangana & Andhra Pradesh . He is also Chairman of International trade and business relations at Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Telangana province. He has been member on governing council and was chairman golden jubilee committee of Indian Institute of Packaging.

Instrumental in setting up and developing IIP Hyderabad centre and bringing post graduation in packaging course. Mr. Chakravarthi AVPS is also Global Ambassador of World Packaging Organisation.

Currently contributing as Jury/chief jury for various international competitions and award programmes.

Delivered keynote addresses, chaired and mentored various conclaves and programmes in packaging, food & pharma landscapes in more than 25 countries.

Chakravarthi is fond of connecting dots across the globe.

Few awards & accolades .

  • UBM recognition award for contribution to Indian Pharma industry.
  • legendary award at HyBiz Business excellence awards supported by Govt of Telangana for his contribution to Brand India Pharma promotion globally.
  • PHARMEXCIL Honour &recognition .
  • Padma Mohana award for Industry leaders.
  • Packaging Leadership Award from World Quality Congress.
  • TV 5 business leaders finalist.
  • Chief jury/ jury for various National & International awards.
  • Mentor for CPhI Innopack Pharma Worldwide.
  • Chairman CII TS Packon international conference.
  • Member on board in host of National & International industrial and business associations .

Ajay Bapat

Business Leader with over 3 decades of Experience across diverse industry segments with various companies.

Independent Packaging Consultant and Director –Packaging Concepts.

Mr. Ajay Bapat, a veteran Pharma Packaging Professional and now an independent consultant in pharma packaging, has been involved in development of packaging materials for more than 3 decades.

He has been associated with many of the larger Indian Pharma industries like Lupin, SOL, Wockhardt and Emcure, as head of Packaging Development and now associated with few of the pharma companies and material and machine manufacturers, as a consultant.

A regular speaker and panel member for various conferences and seminars related to pharmaceutical packaging materials and machines.

A regular jury member for Printweek and at SIES for judging the best of print quality and packaging development.

Sandeep Amritkar, Assistant Director, Lupin

Education :- B. Pharmacy, MBA.

Industrial experience: 25 Years.

Worked with.

Nicholas Piramal (Piramal Healthcare) – Sterile product Manufacturing, Production Manager Emcure Pharmaceuticals – Sterile product manufacturing, Production Manager.

Becton Dickinson – Customer quality assurance and commercial development of self-administration devices.

Lupin Limited – Device development and packaging development for Injectable dosage forms (Pharma & Biotech)

Hiren Shah, Head Packaging Development, Cadila Pharma

Hiren Shah, Packaging Development from Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

24+ years of experience for pharma packaging started from the bottom of the industry. Experience with companies like. Torrent pharmaceuticals Ltd. Ipca Laboratories Ltd., Zydus lifesciesce, Thermofisher scientific etc.

Rich experience in Commercialization of the products, Clinical trial packaging development container closure integrity, Serialization of the various countries along with their norms.

Tripti Nakhare

Years of experience in pharma packaging: 36
Areas of expertise: Packaging development, Packaging Quality control, IPQA, Regulatory Affairs all markets.

Leading projects/products- Implemented DGFT, FMD, DSCSA across sites of FDC, QR coding project for Electral implemented in time at 3 locations, QR coding for Zifi 200 implemented , implemented various cost reduction measures, implemented integrated warehouse management system at one site and work in progress for other sites.

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Started my career with Lupin Laboratories Ltd at the manufacturing site in Aurangabad in the Quality Control Department in IPQA and Packaging QC and packaging development department.

After 12 years moved to Mumbai and joined Raptakoss & Brett Ltd.

Subsequently joined Indoco Remedies Ltd and apart from packaging development handled various projects for the Regulated markets . Got exposure to plant machineries and packaging lines and Regulated market packaging and Regulatory requirements.

Then joined Glenmark Pharmaceuticals in the packaging development department .

Currently working with FDC Ltd as Associate Vice President Regulatory Affairs and packaging Development handling Regulatory Affairs of all geographies ( 56 countries ) and packaging requirements of all the 7 sites of FDC Ltd of all types of dosage forms like Ophthalmics, OSD, Liquid orals, Injectables , Oral Powders and External powders.

Part of the lead team in all the Regulated market audits like USFDA, MHRA, PICs to name a few.

Featured in Print and Pack magazine . Have been a speaker in various seminars and forums of Packaging and Regulatory Affairs.

Kumar Suman

M.pharm (Pharma Chemistry)
Pgdp Ipackaging Technology
Iip Mumbai
Mobile -: 9689917173
Flat No 1A, CTC Flats, Bhalubasa Chowk J. Jamshedpur, -831009, Jharkhand, INDIA.

18 plus yrs of rich experience in Pharmaceutical Packaging Development covering Injectables & Drug device combination Products and Ophthalmics as well shop floor experience of packaging solid Oral dosage forms liquids & ointments.

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Loganathan Shanmugam - VP (Device & Packaging development)

Heads Medical device & Packaging development at Stelis for its

Biosimilar, CDMOV and Generics portfolio.

Has 22+ years of experience in the design & development of Drug delivery systems

from Class I to III devices

With an all-round domain expertise right from Design to development including

Risk Assessment, Design Verification, Process Validation, Manufacturing & Quality systems for Medical device or pharmaceutical drug delivery Packaging.

Educated with an MBA in Operations research , Plastic Engineering has been leading Wockhardt R&D development projects for all regulated markets from oral solids, powders, injectable , single or multi dose injectors & inhalers.

Soumyanath Mishra

Associate Vice President & Head-Packaging Development, Mankind Research Centre

Packaging expert currently working as Head–Packaging Development, Mankind Research Centre based out of Gurgaon, India . Have more than 23 years of industrial experience at leadership level with extensive experience in Research, Development and Commercialization of Food & Pharmaceutical products with formulate robust Packaging Strategies with strong focus on Execution Excellence, Safety and Patient compliance and worked in Flexible packaging converter for Food and pharma and various Pharmaceutical companies across India Like Paharpur Industries Ltd, Aurobindo pharmaceutical , Jubilant Generic , Zydus Cadila , Dr Reddys Lab. I done Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry and Post-Graduation in Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai. My area of expertise are ‘Pharma Packaging Innovations, Pharmaceutical Packaging Development,(Various doses form) Packaging Optimization’ and ‘Packaging Material Studies & Controls’. Currently i am responsible for Packaging Material/Design Innovations & Packaging Development of new products for Mankind Research Centre( A unit of Mankind Pharmaceutical Ltd).

Received PPL Leadership award in Pharma packaging, Organized by Indian Express Group. A well know Speaker for various national & international conferences.

Satya Shodhan Patil, BE (Mechanical), PGDIBO

Satyashodhan Patil is leading drug delivery device development for Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. He is responsible for end to end medical device development from conceptualization to commercialization through development, design verification, design validation studies like stability, clinical, bio-compatibility and human factors and also supporting PLM activities including complaint handling and CAPA. He is working for the development of several types of medical devices for several therapeutic uses with drug-device combination products (DDCP) like pen injectors, auto injectors, applicators, Prefilled Syringes (PFS), implants, ophthalmic devices and Inhalers. He is instrumental in implementing the regulatory guidance (USFDA 21 CFR, EU MDR, MHRA, TGA, HC) and ISO standards for medical devices developed for global market by authoring Global Quality Standards and Global Policy for Medical Devices and also bringing best practices of Mechanical Design Engineering to Medical field.He is pioneer in bringing and implementing Design History File (DHF) concept to Drug-Device Combination Products in Indian Pharma Industry.

He comes with 21+ years of experience in product development including 16+ years of experience in medical device development. He previously worked with Johnson and Johnson Medical as a part of R&D’s Front-End Innovation As-Pac Team for the design and development of orthopedic, heart and general surgery implants and instrumentations.

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Manjunath Nadella

Assistant Vice President & Head

Packaging Development

Strides Pharma Science Limited Bangalore.

Manjunath brings over 22 years of experience in the Pharma Industry & is currently Heading Packaging Development Departmentof Strides group, including subsidiaries.

A packaging professional with functional experience from design to innovation and Development to distribution and raw materials to final disposal. Up-to date on materials, processing, design, demand, Innovation, technology, Regulations, Guidelines, quality, and environmental trends.

He has extensive Packaging knowledge in development of NDA & ANDA products & versatile dosage forms for Regulated & Non-Regulated markets. He has many awards in his kitty & named as one of renowned Packaging Technologist. He was instrumental in design and implementation of various Six sigma projects, CIP, PIP & QIP Projects.

Manjunath has worked in leading pharmaceutical companies including Dr. Reddy’s, Novartis, Aurobindo Pharma and MSN Labs.

He has several publications,Honored & featured among India's most reputed Packaging Scientist in Packaging Development & Drug delivery conclave by the Express Pharma & Indian Express business magazine.

Manjunath has completed MBA in Operations, Master’s degree in Packaging Technology& Lean six sigma green belt trained.