About us

The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) was established 50 years ago and represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies in India. OPPI remains committed to supporting the nation’s healthcare objectives and collaborating with all stakeholders to find sustainable solutions. OPPI believes the need for innovation must be balanced with the necessity for more accessible medicines, within a robust IP environment. A holistic approach is needed to expand healthcare in India and OPPI believes the pharmaceutical industry can form part of the solution. OPPI's stringent Code of Pharmaceuticals Practices binds all our member companies.

To understand and download the Code of Conduct on Pharmaceutical practices click here.


OPPI was formed as a representative body of the manufacturers in the pharmaceutical sector. It began functioning in July 1965 and was registered under the Companies Act on December 27 of the same year. It represented a majority of companies operating in the country, along with the public sector.

Dr Jayanta Nath Banerjee takes us down memory lane. Read more.


OPPI is an organisation of research and innovation driven pharmaceutical companies committed to addressing India's healthcare needs by:

  • Facilitating greater access to quality healthcare solutions
  • Encouraging research and innovation
  • Disseminating knowledge and sharing best practices
  • Contributing meaningfully in policy dialogues

Office bearers

Dr Shailesh Ayyangar
Dr Shailesh Ayyangar
Managing Director, Sanofi India Limited & Vice President, South Asia for Sanofi Group

Shailesh started his career with Ranbaxy, moved on to SmithKline Beecham and has been the Vice President - Sales Operations for Pharmaceuticals. He then took over as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing in GlaxoSmithKline in India, and subsequently took over as Managing Director of Sanofi - Synthelabo in India. Shailesh is a topper in the Post Graduate Programme in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Kanchana Tk

Kanchana brings almost two decades of professional experience across a range of healthcare-related businesses. Most recently, she was with Bristol Myers Squibb, where she was Lead Public Affairs for Middle East, Africa and India.

Mr Sudarshan Jain
Sudarshan Jain
Managing Director - Healthcare Solutions, Abbott Healthcare Pvt Ltd

Sudarshan has worked with Abbott, Piramal, Johnson & Johnson and Lupin, and is a specialist in the areas of Marketing and Finance. He is an MBA graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and a graduate with Physics Honours from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Sharad Tyagi
Sharad Tyagi
Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim India Pvt Ltd

Sharad has almost three decades of experience that spans across pharmaceuticals, personal care, automotive, environmental engineering, textiles & chemical industries. He is a seasoned leader with extensive global business experience. He is an MBA graduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM A) and holds a degree in Engineering.

Annaswamy Vaidheesh
Annaswamy Vaidheesh
VP, South Asia & Managing Director, India, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Vaidheesh is a successful senior business leader with over 3 decades of diverse experience in healthcare and FMCG domain. He has a strong track record of leadership development and building leading brands/franchises across various categories and multi-cultural locations in Asia-pacific region. In December 2016, Vaidheesh was recognised as one of the “Most Influential Leaders of Asia” by Economic Times at the Asian Business Leaders Conclave held in Malaysia. He is a Bachelor of Physics, from Madras University and has done his Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from Bombay University. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India and is a certified Process Excellence Black Belt.

Mr Sanjiv Navangul
Sanjiv Navangul
Managing Director, Janssen India (Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson Ltd)

Sanjiv has almost three decades of experience which spans across various geographies and various business functions. He is credited with spearheading several industry firsts’ initiatives and innovative Patient Support Programs. Sanjiv holds a degree in Pharmacy and an MBA. He has been part of the Executive Management Program with Harvard.

Executive Committee


Dr Shailesh Ayyangar, Managing Director, Sanofi India Ltd & Vice President, South Asia for Sanofi Group.


Sudarshan Jain, Managing Director - Healthcare Solutions, Abbott Healthcare Pvt Ltd

Sharad Tyagi, Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim India Pvt Ltd

Annaswamy Vaidheesh, Vice President, South Asia & Managing Director, India, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Sanjiv Navangul, Managing Director, Janssen India-Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd


Ranganathan Sridhar, Managing Director, Allergan India Pvt Ltd

Yasuhiro Nakagiri, Managing Director, Astellas Pharma India Pvt Ltd

Sanjay Murdeshwar, Managing Director, AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd

Angel - Michael Evangelista, Country Division Head - India & Head - South Asia, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd

Jitendra Tyagi, Managing Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb India Pvt Ltd

Dr Sanjit Singh Lamba, Managing Director, Eisai Pharmaceuticals India Pvt Ltd

Edgard A. Olaizola, Managing Director, Eli Lilly and Company (India) India Pvt Ltd

G. Sathya Narayanan, Managing Director, Galderma India Pvt Ltd

Anand Nambiar, Managing Director, Merck Ltd

Vivek Kamath, Managing Director, MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd

Dr. Ramesh Panchagnula, Managing Director, Nektar Therapeutics (India) Pvt Ltd

Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Novartis India Ltd

Melvin D’Souza, Managing Director, Novo Nordisk India Pvt Ltd

S.Sridhar, Managing Director, Pfizer Ltd

Maturin Tchoumi, Managing Director, Roche Products (India) Pvt Ltd

Dr Yanick Girard, Chief Executive Officer, Serdia Pharmaceuticals (India) Pvt Ltd


Ajit Bendre
Ajit Bendre
Director – Finance, Admn. & Association Secretary

Ajit has been associated with OPPI for close to two decades. In charge of the Administration and Secretarial work, Ajit manages the financial affairs and statutory compliances of OPPI. He has devised and implemented the revised systems and procedures, including policy documents. He is responsible for the financial discipline and cost containment in OPPI. Prior to OPPI, Ajit had served in the Finance Division of Hoechst Marion Roussel Ltd for 18 years where he has had exposure to International Accounting Practices. He has also had stints with Datamatics Corporation and Air India. Ajit is a graduate in Commerce from the Mumbai University and has completed several certified courses in Law, Accounting and Finance.

Rajiv Shukla
Rajiv Shukla
Director – Alliance Development

An experienced pharmaceutical domain expert with over 23 years work experience, Rajiv has been with OPPI to close to a decade and a half. Currently, he is the lead for the OPPI Access & Affordability Work Group and Human Resource Management Committee. Rajiv is also responsible for major OPPI Events and Awards. As Alliance Development Director, he has been instrumental in building working relationships with several industry associations such as IPA, CII, FICCI, AMCHAM, ASSOCHAM and IDMA in particular. Prior to OPPI, Rajiv has worked with Glaxo for 10 years in several departments. Rajiv holds a Post-Graduate degree in Management from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from University of Allahabad.

Vivek Padgaonkar
Vivek Padgaonkar
Director – Project & Policy

Vivek has been with OPPI close to a decade. Currently he is the lead on the OPPI Compliance and Governance Work Group, Finance & Taxation and Technical & Supply Chain Committees. He is responsible for the OPPI Academia programmes. He also led the OPPI’s Project Jawhar, a pilot project focused on the reducing maternal mortality in Jawhar district, Maharashtra. Prior to joining OPPI in 2008, Vivek has served in senior positions in Wallace Pharmaceuticals, Elder Pharmaceuticals and GSK. Vivek holds a Masters in Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in MS from the Mumbai University. He has won several awards including a Gold Medal in Training & Development from ISTD and the Kulapati K.M. Munshi Award from the Mumbai University. Winner of the Watumull Foundation Award, Vivek is a visiting faculty at the various management schools.

Dr Ajay Sharma
Dr Ajay Sharma
Director - Research & Government Affairs

Ajay has 16 years of experience spanning clinical, pharmaceutical and life sciences industry across Middle East, South Asia and Africa. As Research Director, Ajay’s role largely focuses on providing analytical support to all advocacy campaigns being undertaken by the OPPI Work Groups and Committees. He is the lead for the OPPI Medical & Regulatory Work Group and Legal Committee. Ajay has also been supporting the OPPI Innovation and Access Work Group for their research papers and Finance & Taxation Committee on several issues related to Pricing. Prior to OPPI, Ajay worked with Frost & Sullivan for almost 6 years.  He has also been associated with 3M, Home Medical Care Company (Kuwait) and Wockhardt hospital. Ajay is a medical doctor by profession and holds a MBBS degree from Wardha Medical College and a Management degree from SP Jain, Mumbai.

Bhavna Singh
Bhavna Singh
Director - Communications

Bhavna has been a Communications professional for over 16 years. She leads the Communications function and is responsible for all communication of OPPI. Working on advocacy programmes, industry representations and media relations, Bhavna’s role focuses on designing and implementing communication strategies addressed to various stakeholders. Bhavna also leads the OPPI Communications Work Group. Prior to OPPI, Bhavna headed Corporate Communications at Greaves Cotton Limited, one of the oldest engineering companies in India. Her expertise spans across branding, internal and external communications, research and event management. She has experience in diverse industries (such as Entertainment, Manufacturing, Automotive and Engineering) working with senior management teams on strategy and implementation for communications and marketing programmes. Bhavna holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications and a Masters Diploma in Business Administration.

Work Groups and Committees

Work Groups

Work Group Chair Co-Chair
Access & Affordability Sudarshan Jain Melvin D’Souza
Compliance and Governance Sharad Tyagi Sanjay Murdeshwar
IPR & Legal Ranjit Shahani Angel Michael Evangelista
Jitendra Tyagi
Medical & Regulatory Sanjiv Navangul Dr Suresh Menon
Suneela Thatte
Public Affairs Annaswamy Vaidheesh Edgard Olaizola


Committees Chair Co-Chair
Finance & Taxation S. Sridhar Maturin Tchoumi
Human Resource Management G. Sathya Narayanan Dr. Yanick Girard
Technical & Supply Chain Dr Sanjit Singh Lamba Dr Ramesh Panchagnula


Past Presidents

Late Dr H.R. Nanji Pharmed 1966
Keith C. Roy Merck Sharp Dohme 1967 - 1969
Late Brig. B. S. Bhagat Rallis 1970 - 1973
S.V. Pillai Pfizer 1974 - 1975
Late Mr Sisir Mitra Cyanamid 1976 - 1978
Late Mr H.N. Dutt Gupta East India Pharmaceutical Works 1979
Late Dr S.K. Bhattacharya Sandoz 1980 - 1981
Late Mr George Daniel Hoechst 1982 - 1984
R.N. Langrana Abbott 1985
C.M. Hattangdi Parke - Davis 1986 - 1987
Dr S. Agarwala Rallis 1988 - 1990
D.K. Bose Burroughs Wellcome 1990 - 1992
H. Dhanrajgir Glaxo 1992 - 1994
Dr Anil S. Mehta Wyeth 1994 - 1996
D. Bhadury Hoechst Marion Roussel 1996 - 1998
H.R. Khusrokhan Glaxo 1998 - 2000
Late Mr P. Gupta Infar 2000 - 2001
Tapan Ray Abbott Sept. - Nov. 2001
Ranjit Shahani Novartis 2001 - 2007
Ranga Iyer Wyeth 2007 - 2009
Ranjit Shahani Novartis 2009 - 2013