Syngene is a contract research, development and manufacturing organization (CRDMO) that provides integrated discovery, development, and manufacturing services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, animal healthcare, consumer goods and agrochemical companies.
Syngene’s clients are world leaders in their fields, ranging from leading global multinationals to small and medium-sized start-ups, non-profit institutions, academic institutes and government organizations.
Incorporated in 1993, Syngene is listed separately on the Indian stock exchanges – NSE and BSE. With a unique business model, a talent pool of 6000+ scientists, scientific expertise across new therapeutic modalities, an experienced management team, and an independent Board committee, Syngene works for clients around the globe, delivering innovation that benefits human and animal health. As a strategic partner to its clients, often working as an extension of their internal scientific teams, Syngene offers innovative, flexible, and efficient approaches to scale up rapidly. This, in turn, enables faster go-to-market and access to patients.
Syngene’s focus on innovation is evident in its approach to integrated, end-to-end services that is spread across drug research, development and manufacturing capabilities covering the entire value chain. Its proprietary platform for integrated services (SynVent) provides an effective and efficient means to advance programs through target validation, translational interrogation, therapeutic discovery, and pre-clinical development for small molecules and biologics. Clients benefit from a faster, seamless R&D process, while the company can utilize its full breadth of resources.
Adding to Syngene’s appeal as a partner of choice, is its strong corporate governance framework focused on client satisfaction, quality, safety, ethics, and data integrity. The entire business is underpinned by a robust global supply chain comprising 2900+ suppliers across 30 countries, including strong regional/local supplier networks to ensure uninterrupted supplies.
Syngene firmly believes in balancing business growth with responsibility towards the planet. Its environment social and governance (ESG) strategy is based on the key themes of managing its environmental footprint; being a responsible employer; ensuring strong governance; and investing in local communities. In keeping with this strategy, Syngene procured 86% of its energy from renewable sources, achieved 1.99 Mn KWh in energy savings through operational efficiency, recycled 92% of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, and recycled 20% of its water (view ESG report).
To be a world-class partner delivering innovative scientific solutions
At Syngene, we aim to contribute to the evolution of scientific research using our skills, technology and experience to find solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.
At Syngene, we aim to contribute to the evolution of scientific research using our skills, technology and experience to find solutions to the world’s most complex challenges. Here is a quick snapshot of our journey so far
Jonathan holds a BA (Business Studies & Economics) degree from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom and has done his MBA from Durham University, United Kingdom. He is responsible for leading Syngene’s business operations as well as steering its investments in developing and strengthening its capabilities and capacities. He has more than 25 years of extensive experience in the global biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Syngene, he held leadership positions at AstraZeneca for over a decade, including President and Director of AstraZeneca, Austria, and President and Chief Operating Officer, AstraZeneca, India. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Syngene since 2016 and is a member of the Stakeholders Relationship and ESG Committee, the Risk Management Committee and the Science and Technology Committee.
Mahesh holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Utah, the USA, and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Mumbai. He has 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical, vaccine and pharma industries. Mahesh has worked and led different facets of R&D, analytical development, manufacturing and operations, technology transfer, regulatory sciences, quality and capital projects. During a 20-year US stint, he worked with Amgen, Monsanto, Celera Genomics and Molecular Probes (now Thermo Fisher). After moving to India, Mahesh was part of the team that brought WHO prequalification approvals for four vaccines in Biological E. Just before joining Syngene, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Shantha Biotechnics, a Sanofi company, where his responsibilities included operations, quality, supply chain, long-term strategic planning, manufacturing science and technology and human resources. Mahesh is a member of the CII National Committee on Technology, R&D and Innovation. At Syngene, Mahesh is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee.
Sibaji is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from ICFAI and holds a B.Tech from IIT- Kharagpur. With an MBA from University of Calcutta he has also completed Management Development Programs at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad and London Business School. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in finance and related functions. His prior experience includes working with Vodafone (Romania), Vodafone (India), Hutchison Essar Limited, Fascel Limited, and the ABP Group. Prior to joining Syngene, he was the CFO and a member of the Board at Vodafone (Romania). At Syngene, he oversees the finance, supply chain, legal, secretarial and IT functions and as a member of the Executive Committee, he plays an important role in driving strategy, improving profitability, identifying new opportunities, improving cash generation and enabling organizational growth.
Andrew holds a Business Studies degree from Blackburn College of Technology, UK, and a professional qualification from the Institute of Personnel Management awarded by Salford Technical College, UK. His broad experience in the Human Resources function includes management of mergers and acquisitions; driving culture change; building a leadership and talent pipeline; and delivering a diversity agenda.
Andrew joined Syngene in December 2022 from management consultancy, Teneo, Hong Kong. Prior to joining Teneo he was CHRO for global retail group, DFS and held HR leadership roles at global biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca PLC. He started his career as an HR professional in the UK retail groups House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer PLC. Andrew is a member of the Executive Committee.
Alok holds an M. Tech in Chemical Technology (Food Technology) from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute. He comes with more than 25 years of experience spread across Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance, Sustainability/EHS, Production, and Supplier Technical Assurance across varied industries. Over the years, Alok has worked with leading corporates, including Dr. Reddy’s, Reckitt Benckiser, Pepsi Foods Ltd, Godrej Foods, and Beverages Ltd. In his recent assignment as Head of Global Quality Management at Dr. Reddy’s, he harmonized and integrated Quality management systems Globally and was also responsible for quality from all external suppliers and vendors. As Syngene’s CQO, Alok leads the Quality and Compliance function and will be in charge of initiatives to further strengthen our track record in quality and compliance
Kenneth holds a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic/Organometallic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has pursued his Postdoctoral study in Natural product synthesis from the University of Texas. He has over two decades of experience in the areas of drug discovery for both small molecules and biologics and has been associated with organisations like Merck, Amplyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sunesis. Prior to joining Syngene, Kenneth was the Head of R&D Strategic Global Operations at FORMA Therapeutics, where he was responsible for driving research effectiveness through optimisation of internal and external R&D research efforts, providing alliance management for key CRO relationships.
Joydeep is an organic chemist with a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri (USA) and postdoctoral training in medicinal-organic chemistry from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy (USA). Joydeep has over 30 years of experience in global pharmaceutical companies like Zoetis, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson Matthey Pharmaceuticals, and Ranbaxy at various levels. He has a track record of scientific and leadership contributions to human and animal health drug development programs, including drug discovery and manufacturing in the USA and India. Coupled with his passion for science is his distinctive innovation track record, including patents, publications in peer-reviewed journals, monographs, and technical presentations at international symposia, conferences, and academic institutions.
Alex has three decades of experience in developing, commercializing and life-cycle management of products in various life science industries. Holding positions in both the US and Europe, his experience includes senior roles with global P&L responsibility. Alex was Vice President Operations and Health COO at Johnson Matthey in Greater London in his last assignment. In addition, he has been instrumental in M&A, strategy development and new product introduction.
As a member of the Executive Committee, Alex plays a techno-commercial role, providing technical expertise to the API plant at Mangalore while building a sustainable client base for the business in collaboration with the commercial and business development teams. In addition, Alex is also responsible for biologics operations. Alex is based in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA.
Caroline Hempstead has a degree in French studies from Manchester University, UK. She has more than 30 years of experience in Corporate Affairs roles in multinationals in sectors ranging from financial services and oil & gas to pharmaceuticals. She joined Syngene in 2019 as Head of Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining Syngene, she held similar roles at AstraZeneca plc and LafargeHolcim (now Holcim), preceded by leadership roles in corporate communications at Royal Dutch Shell, Inchcape plc and the London Stock Exchange. As a member of the Executive Committee and the ESG Council, her responsibilities encompass corporate communications and Environment, Social and Governance activity.
Ms. Shaw is a first-generation entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience in the field of biotechnology. She is a recipient of ‘Padma Shri’ and the ‘Padma Bhushan’ awards. She was also conferred with the highest French distinction – Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) in 2016. She is a recipient of ICMR’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare in 2019. She was Honoured with Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian award and was named EY World Entrepreneur of the year in 2020. She is also the Chairperson of Biocon Limited, Independent Director on the Board of United Breweries Ltd and Narayana Hrudayalaya.
Mr Hunt has over 30 years of experience in the global life sciences and biopharmaceuticals industry. At Syngene, he is responsible for strategy, strategy execution, leading the executive team and the Company’s business operations and steering its investment decisions.
Prior to joining Syngene, he held leadership positions at AstraZeneca for over a decade, including President and Director of AstraZeneca, Austria, and President and Chief Operating Officer, AstraZeneca, India. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Syngene since 2016 and is a member of the Stakeholders Relationship & ESG Committee, the Risk Management Committee and the Science & Technology Committee.
He completed his BA in Business Studies & Economics from the University of Sheffield and holds an MBA from Durham University, United Kingdom
Professor Rosenberg is the Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet, the Cisco Research Chair in 5G Systems and a professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. At Syngene, she is Chairperson of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and a member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee, the Stakeholders
Relationship & ESG Committee and the Science & Technology Committee.
Mr Blackburn has a BSc in Management Sciences from Warwick University, United Kingdom, and a professional accounting qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom. With more than 40 years’ experience in the field of finance, he worked as a senior finance executive at GlaxoSmithKline in the UK. Mr Blackburn also served on the Board of Mereo Biopharmaceuticals, UK, and chaired the Audit and Risk Committee for five years ending 1st October, 2020. At Syngene, Mr Blackburn is Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Stakeholders Relationship & ESG Committee.
Dr Kuchroo has a doctorate in Pathology from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also the Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School, Senior Scientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Institute Member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, all in the United States. Dr Kuchroo has won many awards for the discovery of TIM-3 ‘checkpoint’ molecules for cancer immunotherapy and Th17 cells in the induction of autoimmunity. Dr Kuchroo holds over 50 patents and has published over 400 research papers in immunology. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of leading pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi and GSK. He has founded eight biotech companies, including CoStim Pharmaceuticals and Tempero Pharmaceuticals. At Syngene, Dr Kuchroo is the Chairman of the Science & Technology Committee and a member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
Ms Bali is a global business leader with extensive experience in leading and transforming large companies both in India and overseas. She served as Chief Executive Officer & MD of Britannia Industries Ltd., from 2005 to 2014. Prior to that, she worked for The Coca-Cola Company and Cadbury Schweppes Plc in a variety of Marketing, General Management and Chief Executive roles in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, USA and Chile. At present, she is a Non-Executive Director on the global boards of SATS Ltd and Cognizant Technology Solutions, and in India, she serves on the board of CRISIL Ltd – an S&P Company. At Syngene, she is the Chairperson of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
Dr Decicco retired on January 11, 2022 as the Chief Scientific Officer at Foghorn Therapeutics in Cambridge MA after serving in the position for three years. Prior to joining Foghorn in 2018, he served as the Head of Discovery at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). He is a Partner at Flagship Pioneering and serves on the Board of Cellarity Pharmaceuticals. Dr Decicco completed postdoctoral studies with Professor EJ Corey at Harvard University, was a teaching fellow at the University of British Columbia and obtained his Ph.D. with Professor Gordon Lange in Organic Chemistry from the Guelph-Waterloo Center in Ontario, Canada. At Syngene, he is a member of the Risk Management Committee and the Science & Technology Committee.
Ms Sharmila Abhay Karve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She retired as audit partner from Price Waterhouse in June 2019. During her tenure in Price Waterhouse, she was an engagement partner with several large Indian and multinational clients. She was appointed as the Chief Ethics Officer. In 2009, she was appointed as the Assurance Leader of the firm and was elevated to the role of Assurance Risk & Quality Leader in April 2012. In her last role as Global Diversity Leader since December 2016, Ms. Karve focussed her efforts on bringing more diversity throughout the PwC network. At present, she is a Director on the boards of CSB Bank Limited, EPL Limited, Vanaz Engineers Limited, Aadhar Housing Finance Limited and Thomas Cook (India) Limited in India. Her overseas directorships include Fairfax India Holdings Corporation, EPL Packaging (Guangzhou) Ltd., EPL America LLC, and Lamitube Technology Ltd, Mauritius. At Syngene, she is the Chairperson of the Stakeholders Relationship & ESG Committee and a member of the Audit
Dr Parmar holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a Ph.D. in experimental pathology from Harvard University and a BA in molecular biology and medieval studies from Princeton University. Currently, he is a Managing Partner at 5AM Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm headquartered in San Francisco. Dr Parmar serves on the Advisory Boards of Harvard Medical School, Penn Medicine, Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology, and the Grace Science Foundation. At Princeton University, Dr Parmar worked on developmental genetics with Nobel Laureate Eric F. Wieschaus. Dr Parmar also serves on the Boards of Ensoma, Entrada Therapeutics, GlycoEra, Precede, Rallybio, and is a founding member of the COVID R&D alliance. At Syngene, Dr Parmar is a member of the Risk Management Committee and the Science & Technology Committee.
We deliver our services with the highest regard for safety and regulatory compliance. Syngene has certifications from global regulatory authorities for our state-of-the-art facilities and across process and quality management systems.
Syngene is committed to offering various scientific research and development services that meet or exceed client expectations. All our services are in compliance with national and international regulatory requirements.
Syngene considers environment, health, safety & sustainability (EHSS) excellence as a top priority in all of its processes and is fully committed to achieving it in the most responsible manner.
Syngene has world-class infrastructure with more than 1.87 million sq ft. of working space. Syngene strives to attract and retain the best talent in the industry and back them up with world class infrastructure and systems.
We strive towards developing and sustaining healthy and empowered communities by improving the quality of life. We pursue corporate social responsibility with the same passion and responsibility as scientific research.