Global Head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Profiling
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Sudhakar Garad received his Ph.D. from the Bombay College of Pharmacy, University of Mumbai, India in 1998 in Pharmaceutical Drug Delivery Technology with Dr, M.S Nagarsenker. Soon after completion of his Ph.D., he worked with Pfizer, India for less than a year in clinical research. Taking into consideration his excellent credentials during his Ph.D, he was selected as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut to understand micro-environmental properties above dissolving surface of the polymers. After his post-doctoral fellowship, he worked with Vertex pharmaceutical for a period of three years as Senior Investigator in formulation development group. After Vertex, he joined Novartis as a Group Head. He worked with Novartis for 9 years and joined as a Director of formulation development at Cubist Pharmaceuticals/Merck for 2.5 years. Currently Sudhakar is working as a Global head of Chemical and Pharmaceutical profiling (Discovery Pharmaceutics) and Disease Area Head (New Indications) at Novartis. His primary role is collaborate with research colleagues and build the right biopharmaceutical properties into new chemical entities, if not enable them via solubility/dissolution enhancement technologies to expedite molecules into tox and clinical studies. He is also responsible for enabling research, clinical and commercial molecules via novel delivery technologies (Brain targeting, permeability enhancement, TI improvement etc). He has many publications, book chapters and patents. In last 20 years of his career he has taken more than 200 new chemical entities in clinical studies across dozen disease areas ( CVM, Oncology, ATI, MS, Respiratory, NS, GI, Antibacterial, Tropical diseases, HCV etc), via oral, parenteral, inhalation and transdermal route of administration. He serves as a technical R and D expert to research Disease Area for hematology, hepatology and kidney disease area.
Scientist, Drug Product Development Discovery, Product Development and Supply
Bharathi Vellalore is a Pharmaceutical Scientist with >12 years of cross-functional research experience in discovery and development of cyclic peptides, small-proteins, antibody-based molecules and cell therapy products for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Before joining Janssen Drug Product Development, he conducted postdoctoral research in the Saskatoon Translational Cancer Research Cluster and Janssen Biotherapeutics. Bharathi earned his MSc and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2017) and BTech in Biotechnology from Anna University, India (2008).
Naila El Kechai
Formulation and Drug Product Team Leader
Naila El Kachai is a pharmacist and holds a PhD in Formulation and Physical Chemistry from the Université Paris-Sud. In her previous position, she worked at Stallergenes (Paris, France) in the development of protein formulations for subcutaneous delivery. In 2016, she joined Sanofi (Paris, France), where she currently work as a Lab Head in the Biologics Drug Product Development Department. Naila has a great experience in formulation of multi-specific antibodies; she is leading formulation and drug product development of several projects in this field.
Director Pipeline & Product Lifecycle Strategy (PPLS)