Pankaj Patel was appointed as an Additional Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Board with effect from July 05, 2016. He was appointed as an Independent Director with effect from September 12, 2016.
Mr. Patel has an experience of over 40 years in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry. He combines both research and techno-commercial expertise. He has published over 100 research papers in peer reviewed journals and is a co-inventor in more than 64 patents.
In recognition of his contributions to the healthcare industry in India, he was recently conferred with the Leadership in Drug Discovery and Development Award from the South Asian Chapter of American College of Clinical Pharmacology, the Acharya PC Ray Memorial Gold Medal Award and the Eminent Pharmacist Award. In January, 2014, Mr. Patel was felicitated with the India Innovator Award 2013 at the India Business Leaders Awards instituted by CNBC. The Zydus group was one amongst the top five companies worldwide at the FT Arcelor Mittal Boldness in Business Awards 2014 in the Developing Markets Category. For his entrepreneurial vision, Mr. Patel was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Life Sciences category. He is also a member as well as Chairman of leading academic and research institutes.