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  Dr K ANJI REDDY     
Dr Kallam Anji Reddy
Pharmaceutical Sciences

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 in 1981.

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.

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