Dr Kallam Anji Reddy, when in his mid-twenties,
finished his Ph.D. from the National Chemical
Laboratory, Pune.Soon after this he was taken in by
the Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited (IDPL),
Hyderabad. As he was gaining valuable first-hand experience
of manufacturing bulk drugs and using new technologies,
the Patent Act 1970 came into being. The Act enabled
the pharmaceutical industry to go in for newer and better
medicines without excess investment in their research
and development. Taking advantage of this, Dr Anji Reddy
came out of IDPL and started his own unit, Uniloid,
in 1973. He pioneered the development and production
of Metronidazole in 1976 and of Sulphamethoxazole
Dr Anji Reddy set up Dr Reddy's Laboratories Limited
and Cheminor Drugs Limited in 1984. Together
all these units formed the Dr. Reddy Group of Companies.
The group's turnover was a modest sum of Rs. 1.5 crores.
In the year 1999-2000, the turn over shot to about Rs
700 crores. In 1993, Dr Anji Reddy established Dr Reddy's
Research Foundation (DRF), the first in India to take
up basic research in pharmaceuticals. With 35 patents
filed in the USA, of which 23 are related to discoveries
in the field of cancer, diabetes, ulcer and bacterial
infections, the foundation's results are indeed laudable.
More laudable is the fact that two of the aniti- diabetes
discoveries of DRF has been given the license two for
co-developmental work with Novo Nordisk of Denmark.
Dr Kallam Anji Reddy has held several prestigious positions
such as Member of Drug Technical Advisory Board, Member,
Pharmaceutical Council of India, Chairman, AP
Industrial Development Corporation, Member, Board
of Trade and Chairman, Academy of HRD. Today he is
a Member of the Task force on Pharmaceuticals and Knowledge-based
industries. several prestigious organisations and institutions
have also given him awards and recognised his good work.
Dr Reddy is take pride in the fact that at least one-third
of the most useful drugs in the world are made by him.
An unassuming man, Just when it was thought that Dr Reddy
had settled with his group of companies, he established
Dr Reddy's Foundation for Human and Social Development
which helps promote entrepreneurship, especially among
rural woman and street children.