If process is product, mustn’t quality be top of strategy in Indian pharma?

  In the tsunami of Bihar election news, a significant development got swept away last weekend. It was the announcement by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories that three of its manufacturing plants in India had received US FDA warning letters. Today, Mint reports that the American regulator has sought third party audit across the pharma company’s entire […]

What’s wrong in govt consulting industry for policies?

  Last week the famous whistle blower in Ranbaxy data fudging case wrote in Scroll that the Indian drug regulator is “inept” in regulating biosimilars, a new class of drugs that have come to dominate the market and will increasingly do so for the next decade.   Dinesh Thakur certainly has a point but it […]

Why Asian and African researchers don’t pursue entrepreneurial dreams

  Earlier this week, at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, Japanese Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka made a rather funny confession: For a while he suffered from a syndrome which he calls PAD. Post America Depression is a condition most good researchers experience when they leave the thriving and competitive world of American […]

Monsanto has plumped for services, big data to expand in India. Will farmers trust it?

When Monsanto, agri-tech company the world loves to hate, bought the weather data company Climate Corps for $930 million last year, few believed it would start peddling its data services in India any time soon. Less than a year from that acquisition, Monsanto India’s new chief executive Shilpa Divekar Nirula, who took charge in August, […]

Can Strand-HCG alliance change the economics of cancer care in India?

  What does this say about cancer care when one of the foremost cancer specialists and promoter of the largest cancer hospital in the country says there’s much “wastage” in cancer treatment in the country?   To put it crudely, according BS AjaiKumar, “Of all the cancer cases we see, 33 percent are under treated, […]

BJP, Ayurgenomics, and the dangerous mixing of science & politics

Indian elections are insipid when it comes to debates and discussions around big, futuristic ideas. Neither political parties discuss their vision in any meaningful detail nor does the public ask for it. But a few days ago some publications picked up an exotic-sounding term, “Ayurgenomics”, from the BJP manifesto. It said:   “We will start […]

BJP, Ayurgenomics, and the dangerous mixing of science & politics

Indian elections are insipid when it comes to debates and discussions around big, futuristic ideas. Neither political parties discuss their vision in any meaningful detail nor does the public ask for it. But a few days ago some publications picked up an exotic-sounding term, “Ayurgenomics”, from the BJP manifesto. It said:   “We will start […]

Is Philips as innovative as it wants you to believe it is?

  If there’s one word that describes what Philips India showcased on Thursday at its global media onsite in Bangalore, it’s “schizophrenic”. Not the medical condition that we all know of, but the business management tenet that Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter thinks companies should have in order to succeed in today’s fast-paced environment. […]