Global Life Science Capability Centre

Arcolab is designed as a center of excellence with the purpose of offering a wide range of life science services. Our expertise lies in delivering holistic business solutions that cater to all your requirements.

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Meet the Leadership Team

Shashidhar Lingaraj

Shashidhar Lingaraj

Executive Director & Head

22+ years of experience working with multiple industries like Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Telecom, Banking and Insurance.

He has played an instrumental role in setup of Arcolab and has been Head of business since inception. Prior to joining Arcolab, Shashidhar has held many Global leadership roles in life science industry. His previous roles include leading operations in organizations like Mylan, Aspen Pharmacare, Skanray Medical devices. Agnus Capital across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. He also has experience in working in Telecom & Financial services with Vodafone, ICICI Bank and TATA AIG.

MBA from University of Mysore and a degree in Advanced Management from IIM Bangalore.

Dr. Gopal Muralidharan

Dr. Gopal Muralidharan

Global Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Operations

35+ years of industrial and academic experience.

Worked in both pre-clinical and clinical research areas in the in the USA for about 15 years with American Cyanamid (Lederle Laboratories) and Wyeth Research before returning to India as President and CSO of Lotus Labs, Bangalore.

Holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy (B.Pharm.) and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics.

Debarati Tripathi

Debarati Tripathi

Intellectual Property Rights

22+ years experience in the Pharmaceutical industry with organizations like Mylan, GSK and IPCA.

Joined Arcolab in December 2018 and responsible for the IP and Patent strategies across small molecules and biologics.

Holds a Master's degree in Microbiology and Applied Genetics from University of Mumbai. Executive General Management Program from IIM- Bangalore and Bachelor of Law from Karnataka State Law University.

Vinodkumar Bhaskaran

Vinodkumar Bhaskaran

Legal

14+ years of experience across Pharmaceutical and Healthcare space.

Joined Strides in 2011 and leading the Legal team of Arcolab since Dec 2018. Experience in handling M&As, Crisis Management, Commercial Contracts in the pharmaceutical & healthcare space.

Graduate in Law from University of Bangalore.


Munish Kumar Sharma

Munish Kumar Sharma

Computer System Validation

25+ years of experience comprising of mainstream IT systems, Validations and IT QA in Pharmacy.

Worked with companies like Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy Laboratories. Ensures digital compliance in manufacturing equipment & analytical instruments like BMS, CDMS for Manufacturing, R&D and corporate set-ups.

Holds a degree in commerce and IT. Advanced Diploma in Systems. Management from National Institute of Information Technology

Ajay Balakrishna

Ajay Balakrishna

IT Operations and Service Delivery

23+ years of IT experience in the pharmaceutical and life science industries with Strides Group, Cellofarm, and Tenshi Life Sciences.

Worked on multiple areas like IT infrastructure (data center), information security, SAP implementation, plant IT compliance, end-to-end track and trace systems, and ITQA applications. He has managed IT operations in multiple geographies, like Brazil, the US, and Australia, for manufacturing and front-end operations.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications.

Yadhu Urs

Yadhu Urs

IT Digital and New Technologies

23+ years of experience in IT, retail, and pharmaceuticals with organizations like Metro Cash & Carry, Wipro Technologies, and eDeals Technologies & Solutions.

Associated with Strides Group for 5+ years, leading digital transformation initiatives, new technologies like RPA, AI, and IOT, product developments, advanced analytics, and CRM applications.

Bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) from Mysore University, a PGDCA from Mysore University, and a Master's in Computer Applications


Archana Kamath

Archana Kamath

Quality Assurance

19+ years of experience across Pharmaceutical R&D, IT, QA and CSV.

Worked for companies like Strides and Xellia Pharmaceuticals with expertise in implementing and managing the life cycle of enterprise applications in Pharmaceutical quality and Labs.

Bachelor of Pharmacy and MBA in Total Quality Management.

Aravinda R

Aravinda R

Finance and Accounts

15+ years of experience in Strides Pharma Science Ltd in various functions.

Started his career at Strides Pharma Science Ltd. in October 2009 in Shared Services at Strides (SSC). Has expertise in functions of finance controllership, consolidation, external financial reporting, business finance partner, FP&A, and cashflow management.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAI), 2009.

Saurabh Pandey

Saurabh Pandey

Process Excellence & Digitization

21+ years of experience in Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, FMCG and Social Marketing organizations.

Worked for companies like Unichem Pharma, Macleods Pharma, Abbott India Pvt. Ltd., & more. in Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Sales Force Effectiveness, Supply Chain and Business IT.

Science Graduate and an MBA. He has also completed certifications in Six Sigma (Black Belt) and Coaching.

Shankar R

Shankar R

Operational Excellence

18+ years of experience across diversified industry sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Retail Industry.

Worked for companies Like Confederation of Indian Industry, GMR Infra, B&B Constructions in Project Management, Operational Excellence, Mobile App development, Process Excellence, Indirect Procurement etc.

Commerce Graduate & MBA in Business Management.

Praveenkumar S

Praveenkumar S

Indirect Procurement

33+ years of experience working with the Strides Group of entities, UB Pharmaceuticals, Dominion Chemicals, and Gokaldas Exports.

He has worked with Strides Pharma Science Limited for over 20 years in various portfolios, like the consolidation of books, SAP implementation for the entire Strides Group (SAP 4.7), SAP ECC6, and SAP Hana for various groups of Strides. He has built standard processes for various business verticals, adhering to compliance and governance. He obtained ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 certificates for shared service centers and holds a green belt.

B.Com. from Bengaluru University and MBA from NIBM, Chennai.

Kalpesh Paras Vohra

Kalpesh Paras Vohra

HR Centre of Excellence

A seasoned HR professional with 19 years of experience, currently serving as the Director of HR and Practice Head of Performance Management, Rewards, People & Digital Services at Arcolab.

Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to driving excellence in the field of human resources. In his impressive career, Kalpesh has led and contributed to numerous HR assignments, spanning areas such as organization design, job evaluation, HR systems and processes enhancement, performance management, and total rewards.

Before joining Arcolab, Kalpesh held the position of Cluster Business Leader and Principal Consultant in HR Consulting vertical at Mercer. His ability to understand the unique needs of each client and tailor HR solutions accordingly has earned him respect in the industry.

Srinivasa Rao  Mekala

Srinivasa Rao Mekala

Talent Acquisition

17+ years of experience in Talent Acquisition, Workforce Planning, Campus Hiring and TA process excellence within Pharma sector.

Worked with organizations like Aurobindo, Biocon, Dr Reddy's and Mylan. Deep knowledge in Pharma talent landscape across Formulations, Injectables, API and Biologics.

Graduate in Master's in Human Resource Management from Andhra University.

Stuti Sharma

Stuti Sharma

Strategic Initiatives & Business Planning

15+ years of experience with almost 11 years as business consultant in Big 4s (EY, KPMG, Pwc), focused professional for strategy, process and transformation.

Experience in areas of Project Management, Operational Transformation, BPR, Business Process Design, IT strategy, etc.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing Communication from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.

Sunandha Govindan

Sunandha Govindan

HR Business Partner and L&OD

15+ years of corporate experience, working with organizations like Strides, Bosch, Quintiles (now IQVIA), and Hinduja Global Solutions across the pharmaceuticals, automobile, and ITES industries.

She specializes in building capabilities, fostering talent and culture, employee and leadership development, implementing digital learning strategies, and shaping talent management processes. Her expertise extends to recruitment, HR professional services, and operations, and she is a certified instructional designer and facilitator.

Graduate in Science and MBA in Business Administration from Manipal University. Certification in Executive Development in Talent Management from XLRI.

Senthil Kumar

Senthil Kumar

Facility Management

16+ years of experience across Engineering, construction sectors.

Associated with Strides group for 3+ years in handling global administration. Has worked with various organizations like Arabian Profile Limited (Dubai), Abacus Audio Visuals and Essar Steel India Private Limited (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Zimbabwe and UK).

Bachelor of Business Administration from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.

Dr. Sathyanarayan P

Dr. Sathyanarayan P

ER, SMT & CSR

30+ years of experience in human relations, employee relations and engagement activities.

He has served in International Airports Authority of India, Calcutta Airport and various units of HMT and BEML. He was in the Board of Directors in the Defence Public sector BEML as Director, HR. He is also the Managing Trustee of Strides Foundation which is the CSR arm of Strides. He is a life member of various professional bodies viz., NHRD, ISTD, KAPSW and was the Chairman of NIPM Karnataka chapter for the years 2008-'10

Holds a Doctorate in Philosophy.