Solara Active Pharma Sciences is a young, dynamic, entrepreneurial and customer-oriented API manufacturer. We have a legacy of over three decades and trace our origins to the API expertise of Strides Shasun Ltd. and the technical knowhow of human API business from Sequent Scientific Ltd. We are poised to bridge the industry gap by delivering value-based products while maintaining focus on customer needs. We have 140+ scientists working at our two R&D Centers and 4 API manufacturing facilities armed with global approvals and 2 dedicated R&D facilities.

 

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Leadership Team

Solara Active Pharma Sciences / Leadership Team
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Bharath.R.Sesha

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

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Subhash Anand

Executive Director Finance & Chief Finance Officer

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Rajesh Salwan

Rajesh Salwan

Chief Operating Officer

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Dr Sudhir Nambiar

Chief Scientific Officer (Head R&D)

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Sundara Moorthy V

Sundara Moorthy V

Chief Quality Officer

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Sreenivasa Reddy B

Sreenivasa Reddy B

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Sreeni did his Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Management from KMC, Manipal of Mangalore University and had over 24 years of experience in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Technology Transfer, Project Management in setting up facilities, Quality Assurance, Plant operations and Sales & Marketing. He worked with Dr. Reddys, Strides Pharmaceuticals, Murty Pharma Inc, Medreich and Shasun Pharmaceuticals at various disciplines before Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limited merged with Strides Shasun Limited.

Mr. Sreeni did his specialization in Energy Conservation and optimization of operating cost in Pharma industries under the guidance of Tata Energy and Research Institute. With his vast experience and he is currently handling the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Company.

Venkateshan Rangachari

Venkateshan Rangachari

Chief Business Officer

Mr. Venkateshan Rangachari (Venky) has over 29 years experience in Executive Management and Leadership roles in Pharmaceutical and Healthcare space including Private Equity.
Venky is a Chemical Engineer with MDP from IIM Ahmedabad. He is also a IRCA certified Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor.
Prior to Solara, Venky has worked with Claris Life Sciences, Aurobindo, Shasun, Sun Pharma. He is currently based at London.

Sundara Moorthy V

Sundara Moorthy V

CQO – Chief Quality Officer

 

Mr. Sundara Moorthy has done his Post Graduation in Organic Chemistry. He has rich and diversified experience of 24 years in the Quality Management, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance functions. He has worked with major pharmaceutical organisations such as Shasun Pharmaceuticals Limited, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, Actavis, Neuland Laboratories Limited, Strides Shasun Limited and followed by Solara Active Pharma Sciences Limited. Sundara Moorthy is currently working as Chief Quality Officer and heading the overall Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs functions of the Company. All the Site Quality functions, Development QA, Corporate QA and Regulatory Affairs functions are reporting to him.

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Bharath.R.Sesha

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Bharath has over two decades of experience across diverse industries. His expertise spans in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and material sciences industries. He has lived and worked in the USA, Hong Kong, China, Middle East, Africa and Europe. He has held CXO level positions in companies like DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, and Royals DSM NV. During the course of his career Bharath has led organizations through transformative growth. He has had success in putting together well thought out strategies and setting up winning teams that have delivered excellent results.

At Solara, Bharath will focus on leveraging its unique strengths and abundant human talent in building a successful and growing company.

Bharath is an Engineering graduate with a management degree from Institute for Technology and management, Chennai. He also has a master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, United States.

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Dr Sudhir Nambiar

Chief Scientific Officer (Head R&D)

 

Dr Sudhir Nambiar comes with 25 years of experience in API Research & Development, spanning global majors and Indian pharma, both in the innovator and generic space. He has set up and led world class Process Research & Development (API) units in India for Novartis/Sandoz and AstraZeneca. He has been part of cross functional, multi-cultural teams that secured investments for these ventures and has a good understanding of both Indian and global pharmaceutical industry.

He was appointed as the Managing Director of AstraZeneca India Pvt Ltd in 2011 and under his leadership, the group contributed significantly to the process development of Tagrisso, a blockbuster NSCLC drug. Subsequently, he joined Dr Reddy’s Labs as Sr VP and Global Head, API, and developed generic drugs including complex generics. He further moved on as President, Research &Technology, Hikal Ltd, where in addition to generic APIs he developed Custom Pharmaceuticals, as well as Animal Health, Crop Protection and Chemical Specialty Agents. He also commercialized a few continuous and biocatalytic processes.

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Rajesh Salwan

Chief Operating Officer

 

Rajesh brings a wealth of Leadership experience working in Global organizations spread across Pharmaceuticals and Agrochemicals, spanning nearly 3 decades. He has operated in countries like China, Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Egypt & Singapore. He has held CXO level position in companies like DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals & Centrient Pharmaceuticals. He has led teams in Operations, Projects, Technology and Operations Centre of Excellence. He comes with sound experience on Chemical, Biochemical & Fermentation synthesis, across Intermediate, API & Drug product manufacturing.

At Solara, Rajesh will focus on Operations transformation journey from Good to Great while leveraging its strength of People management and introducing novel technologies with high attention to Sustainability. Rajesh is a Chemical Engineer from Osmania University, Hyderabad and Operations Management specialization from Institute of Management & Technology, Ghaziabad. He completed Program for Executive Development at International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland and Sustainability Management program at Global Institute for Tomorrow, Hong Kong

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Subhash Anand

Executive Director Finance & Chief Finance Officer

 

With experience over three decades in Multinational and Indian companies, Subhash has extensive experience in Operational & strategic finance.  In his earlier roles, he was involved in M&A projects, Equity raise, margin expansion, prioritizing investment and generating free cashflow. He has partnered across the business that led various projects like SAP implementations, GST transitions, Digital finance, Shared Services for global finance operations. Subhash brings a wealth of experience across Margin expansion, the full array of the finance function including Treasury, Investor relations, Strategy development and deployment, financial planning & analysis, shared services, controllership, secretarial and taxation.

Subhash is a qualified AICWA (India) & Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from the Institute of Management Accountants (USA) with 30+ years of managerial and professional experience. His last held position was as President & CFO at PI Industries Ltd (PIIL).  Prior to PIIL, he worked in Whirlpool, Sterlite Industries, Hindustan Copper Ltd and Calcom in senior finance roles.