FICCI Conference on Pharma Innovation and Public Health

For an upcoming pharma conference in Mumbai (on 18th March) organised by FICCI, the Indian Ministry of Pharmaceuticals and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), please see FICCI website. One of the sessions deals with Innovation and Public Health.

I’ve also extracted details of the conference from the FICCI website below.

Pharmaceuticals 2014: Will India Leap Forward
March 18, 2009, Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai

FICCI jointly with Dept. of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India and Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is organizing an International Conference on “Pharmaceuticals 2014: Will India Leap Forward” on March 18, 2009 at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai.

Over the next decade the Indian pharmaceutical industry is clearly poised for a period of major changes and the most successful players in 2014 will be those whose strategies not only reflect these trends but also adapt to and take advantage of them. The objective of the conference is to highlight some of the major issues that will shape the Indian pharmaceutical industry in the next 5 years. Major topics being covered are:

Market Prognosis 2014 – Perspectives & Challenges
Dimensions of Quality
Affordability & Access to Quality Medicines
Public Health, Innovation and IPR

Key presentations would be made by Mr. Graham Lewis, Sr. V P, IMS Health UK on “Global perspective” and McKinsey & Company Inc. on “Indian Perspective”, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, Dr. A K Banerjee, Chairman, National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA), Prof. Falguni Sen, Advisor (Healthcare), ORF and Professor of Management, Fordham University, USA and Drug Controller General of India, USFDA Officials along with senior industry CEOs and important NGOs.

Who should attend?
(Related to Pharma Industry)

Chief Executive Officers
Chief Information Officers
Marketing Professionals
Regulatory Affairs & Quality Managers
Directors-Corporate Strategy
Senior Management Officials
Policy Makers
Market Consultants
Eminent Scientist from Industries and Research Institute
Contract Research Organization
About the Organizers:

FICCI-The Change Agent

Set up in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organization of Indian business. Its history is very closely interwoven with the freedom movement. FICCI is the rallying point for free enterprises in India. It has empowered Indian businesses, in the changing times, to shore up their competitiveness and enhance their global reach.

With a nationwide membership of 500 chambers of commerce and business associations, FICCI espouses the shared vision of Indian businesses. It has an expanding direct membership of enterprises drawn from large, medium, small and tiny segments of manufacturing, distributive trade and services. FICCI maintains the lead as the proactive business solution- provider through research, interactions at the highest political level and global networking.

The executive committee of FICCI consists of industry leaders who hold a place of pride in the business landscape of the country. Among them are some of the key innovators, wealth creators and employment providers. Their contributions to the national economy are immense and varied.

Intellectual Capital Highly qualified multidisciplinary Secretariat consisting of economists, MBAs, IT professionals, fiscal and financial analysts, lawyers etc., who can provide business solutions and guidance on industry issues like quality, market access, taxation, economic policies etc.

Department of Pharmaceuticals
(Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers)

The Department of Pharmaceuticals is formed recently and is a part of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. The Department is entrusted with the responsibility of policy, planning, development and regulation of Pharmaceuticals Industries. The some of the important functions of the Dept. are as follows:

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals, excluding those specifically allotted to other departments.
Promotion and co-ordination of basic, applied and other research in areas related to the pharmaceutical sector.
Development of infrastructure, manpower and skills for the pharmaceuticals sector and management related information.
Education and training including high end research and grant of fellowships in India and abroad, exchange of information and technical guidance on all matters relating to pharmaceutical sector.

Promotion of public – private-partnership in pharmaceutical related areas.
International co-operation in pharmaceutical research, including work related to international conferences in related areas in India and abroad.
Inter-sectoral coordination including coordination between organizations and institutes under the Central and State Governments in areas related to the subjects entrusted to the Department.
Technical support for dealing with national hazards in pharmaceutical sector.
All matters relating to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority including related functions of price control/monitoring.
All matters relating to National Institutes for Pharmacy Education and Research.
Planning, development and control of, and assistance to, all industries dealt with by the Department.
Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and other Pharmaceuticals PSUs.
Observer Research Foundation
Building Partnerships for a Global India

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary public policy think tank based in New Delhi with chapters in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. ORF is engaged in developing and discussing policy alternatives on a wide range of issues of national and international significance.

Some of ORF’s key areas of research include international relations, security affairs, politics & governance, and economy & development. The objective of ORF is to influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India in a globalised world.

ORF pursues this goal by providing informed and productive inputs, in-depth research and stimulating discussions. Set up in the early Nineties during the troubled period of India’s transition from a protected economy to a new engagement with the international economic order, ORF examines critical problems facing the country and helps develop coherent policy responses in a rapidly changing global environment.

As an internationally well-known independent think tank, ORF develops and publishes informed and viable inputs for policymakers in the Government and for the political and business leadership of the country. It maintains a range of informal relationships with politicians, policymakers, policy influencers, civil servants and the media in India and abroad.

With the objective of Building Partnerships for a Global India, ORF has been associated with reputed international think tanks and research institutions like the Brookings Institution, USA; Pacific Council on International Policy, USA; Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany; Polity Foundation, Russia; Institute of World Economics and Policy, Kazakhstan; and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute. ORF also has a partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

ORF’s key research divisions are: ORF Centre for International Relations, ORF Institute of Security Studies, ORF Centre for Economy and Development, ORF Centre for Resources Management, ORF Centre for Politics and Governance, and ORF India China Centre. The institutes are led by, among others, Mr. M.K. Rasgotra, former Foreign Secretary; Gen. V.P. Malik, former Chief of Army Staff; Mr. Surendra Singh, former Cabinet Secretary; Mr. Vikram Sood, former chief of R&AW; and Dr. Falguni Sen, Professor of Management, Fordham University (USA).

In nearly two decades of its existence, ORF has emerged as India’s leading non-partisan public policy think tank. ORF events have drawn leaders from the entire political spectrum, like Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, Mr. L. K. Advani, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Mr. Natwar Singh, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, Mr. Jaswant Singh, Mr. A.B. Bardhan, Mr. Sitaram Yechury, Mr. Omar Abdullah and Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. Business leaders like Dr JJ Irani, Mr.Nandan Nilekani, Mr. Naveen Jindal, Mr. Kiran Karnik, Mr. Kanwal Rekhi, Mr. Hari Bhartia, Ms. Anu Aga and Mr. Brooks Entwistle have also participated in our events.

(For more information about ORF, please visit our website

For further details, please contact:

Mr. R K Bhatia, Head
Ranjita C Sood, Asst. Director
Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Division
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Federation House, 1 Tansen Marg,
New Delhi-110 001
Tel: +91-11-2373 8760-70 (EXT 395/474)
+91-11-2331 6540 (Dir)/2335 7350 (Dir)
Fax: +91-11-2332 0714/ 2372 1504
E- Mail: [email protected]/[email protected]

Shamnad Basheer

Prof. (Dr.) Shamnad Basheer founded SpicyIP in 2005. He's also the Founder of IDIA, a project to train underprivileged students for admissions to the leading law schools. He served for two years as an expert on the IP global advisory council (GAC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities in 2015 for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. The jury was headed by Nobel laureate, Prof. Amartya Sen. Professional History: After graduating from the NLS, Bangalore Prof. Basheer joined Anand and Anand, one of India’s leading IP firms. He went on to head their telecommunication and technology practice and was rated by the IFLR as a leading technology lawyer. He left for the University of Oxford to pursue post-graduate studies, completing the BCL, MPhil and DPhil as a Wellcome Trust scholar. His first academic appointment was at the George Washington University Law School, where he served as the Frank H Marks Visiting Associate Professor of IP Law. He then relocated to India in 2008 to take up the MHRD Chaired Professorship in IP Law at WB NUJS, a leading Indian law school. Later, he was the Honorary Research Chair of IP Law at Nirma University and also a visiting professor of law at the National Law School (NLS), Bangalore. Prof. Basheer has published widely and his articles have won awards, including those instituted by ATRIP, the Stanford Technology Law Review and CREATe. He was consulted widely by the government, industry, international organisations and civil society on a variety of IP issues. He also served on several government committees.

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