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Management Team

Srikant Viswanadha, Ph. D : Vice President- Drug Discovery

Srikant Viswanadha joined Incozen in 2008. In his current role, Srikant is responsible for overseeing the progression of molecules from basic screening to lead identification and subsequent development across programs. Srikant has over 13 years of research experience where he worked in the areas of oncology, metabolic disorders, pain, and inflammation.

Srikant holds a bachelors degree in Veterinary Medicine from Acharya, N. G. Ranga Agricultural University –Hyderabad, a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry with a Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology option from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech.). Lipid Metabolism with respect to the anti-obesity properties of conjugated linoleic isomers formed the crux of his Master’s and Doctoral research. As a post-doctoral fellow at the NIDDK, Srikant studied the association between adipocyte associated proteins such as perilipin, HSL, and ATGL and to metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity using genetically modified mice. In addition, Srikant was also involved in studies elucidating the role of LMNA in Dunnigan-type familial partial lipodystrophy (FPLD2). Srikant has published in various peer-reviewed international journals and has several patents to his credit.

Babu G, Ph. D : Medicinal Chemistry

Babu heads the Medicinal Chemistry division at Incozen and brings along with him 18 years of research experience. He has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Madras. Post Ph.D, he joined Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan, as a post-doctoral fellow and worked extensively in the area of Retinoid chemistry. Following a brief stint at National Taiwan University, he moved to Kyoto University, Japan as a JSPS fellow and worked in the area of organo-metallic chemistry. Prior to joining Incozen, he was associated with Alchymars ICM SM private Ltd, Chennai focusing on the development of new process for generic drugs and Amrutanjan Ltd, Chennai where he was involved in the development of new process for API’s and custom manufacturing of NCE’s. Babu has published in various peer-reviewed international journals and has several patents to his credit.

Sridhar Veeraraghavan, Ph.D : Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics

Sridhar leads Incozen’s drug metabolism and pharmacokentics group. Prior to joining Incozen, he was working with Syngene International (Biocon Group), Bangalore, India. as an Associate Scientific Manager, Biology. He has played crucial role in the drug discovery programs in guidance and decision making with respect to the optimisation of drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic properties of the lead compounds and selection of drug candidates for further development. In his previous assignments across several organizations spanning 14 years, Sridhar was instrumental in transferring several bioanalytical methods successfully.

Kasi Viswanth Routhu, Ph. D : Pharmacology

Kasi Viswanath Routhu studied Bachelor’s and Master’s of Pharmacy at Andhra University. He did his Ph.D in the division of cardiovascular research at Andhra University in the area of secondary prevention of ischemic heart disease where he studied pharmacological evaluation of natural herbal formulations against myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury.

Routhu did his postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin wherein he identified the role of protease activated receptor and Parstatin in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury. Kasi has several national and international publications in the area of inflammation, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and has attended national and international conferences. In 2009, Kasi joined Incozen and is involved with the development of animal models and screening of new chemical entities in various pharmacological models of inflammation, allergic inflammation, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Satheesh Manikandan TRS, Ph.D., MBA : Quality Assurance

Satheesh, holds a Ph.D degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from JNT University, Hyderabad and also holds MBA Degree in General and System Management from Alagappa University, Karaikudi. He has more than 15 years of experience encompassing a wide range of areas in the pharmaceutical industry. Satheesh has undergone extensive training in Good Clinical and Laboratory Practices and has thorough knowledge of various regulatory requirements and currently leads the Quality Assurance Team at Incozen. Satheesh has the experience of facing National as well International regulatory inspection. As QA lead, he has faced several regulatory audit successfully from different regulatory agencies. Satheesh has knowledge over validation, quality management, compliance & audit methodology, regulatory affairs, laboratory management (LIMS, 21CFR compliance) and pharmacokinetic modeling. In addition, he has several international peer reviewed publication to his credit.