About us

The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) was established in 1965 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.

Click here to download the OPPI Code of Pharmaceutical Practices 2019.


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.

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OPPI is a body 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


Dr Ajay Sharma
Dr Ajay Sharma
Senior Director – Government Affairs

Ajay has close to two decades of experience spanning clinical, pharmaceutical and life sciences industry across Middle East, South Asia and Africa. As Director- Government Affairs, Ajay’s role largely focuses on leading advocacy initiatives undertaken by OPPI. He also leads the Delhi office. 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 close to two decades. 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. Prior to OPPI, Bhavna headed Corporate Communications at Greaves Cotton Limited, one of the oldest engineering companies in India. She has worked in diverse industries and her expertise spans across branding, internal and external communications, research and event management. Bhavna is a recipient of several awards for her work in the field of Communications and Gender Diversity. Bhavna holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications and a Masters Diploma in Business Administration.

Nitika Garg
Nitika Garg
Director- Research

With a decade and half of experience, Nitika leads the Research function at OPPI. As a Research Director she is responsible for providing analytical support to advocacy campaigns of the OPPI. Her understanding of the regulatory and commercial ecosystem of the pharmaceutical industry assists in strengthening OPPI’s position as knowledge partner to member companies on pharma policy. Most recently, she was working with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) as Associate Director, Market Research. She worked with BMS for 6 years across multiple therapy areas and projects spanning Market Research to Product launch strategies, Business strategy, Access strategy as well as Commercial excellence. Prior to BMS, Nitika has worked with leading Indian pharmaceutical companies, Glenmark and Biocon, spearheading Business Development and Marketing Strategy for new product and commercialization for them respectively. Nitika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biotech with a MBA in International Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB).

Shreyas Kale

Shreyas has more than two and a half decades of experience in Finance and Accounting. Shreyas leads the finance and administration function in OPPI overseeing the budget management, accounting, financial planning and analysis, and is also responsible for the smooth functioning of the Secretariat. Prior to OPPI, Shreyas has spent 21 years at Pfizer Ltd and has handled areas such as Financial Planning & Analysis, Budgeting, Forecasting, Long Range Planning, P&L Management, Pricing, Accounts Receivable & Cost Audit. A Cost Accountant from the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI), Shreyas started his career with Cadbury India Limited and has worked with Boehringer Mannheim Limited and Ciba Geigy Limited.


Past Presidents

Dr. Shailesh Ayyangar Sanofi 2013 - 2017
Ranjit Shahani Novartis 2009 - 2013
Ranga Iyer Wyeth 2007 - 2009
Ranjit Shahani Novartis 2001 - 2007
Tapan Ray Abbott Sept. - Nov. 2001
Late Mr P. Gupta Infar 2000 - 2001
H.R. Khusrokhan Glaxo 1998 - 2000
D. Bhadury Hoechst Marion Roussel 1996 - 1998
Dr Anil S. Mehta Wyeth 1994 - 1996
H. Dhanrajgir Glaxo 1992 - 1994
D.K. Bose Burroughs Wellcome 1990 - 1992
Dr S. Agarwala Rallis 1988 - 1990
C.M. Hattangdi Parke - Davis 1986 - 1987
R.N. Langrana Abbott 1985
Late Mr George Daniel Hoechst 1982 - 1984
Late Dr S.K. Bhattacharya Sandoz 1980 - 1981
Late Mr H.N. Dutt Gupta East India Pharmaceutical Works 1979
Late Mr Sisir Mitra Cyanamid 1976 - 1978
S.V. Pillai Pfizer 1974 - 1975
Late Brig. B. S. Bhagat Rallis 1970 - 1973
Keith C. Roy Merck Sharp Dohme 1967 - 1969
Late Dr H.R. Nanji Pharmed 1966