Achievements: Founder-chairman of Dr Reddy's Group of Companies; Awarded with Padma Shri in 2001.
Dr. K. Anji Reddy is a pioneer in the pharmaceutical research in India
and is founder-chairman of Dr Reddy's Group of Companies.
Dr Kallam Anji Reddy did his B.Sc in Pharmaceuticals and Fine chemicals
from Bombay University and subsequently completed his PhD in Chemical
Engineering from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, in 1969. Dr. K.
Anji Reddy served in PSU Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited from
1969 to 1975. Dr. Reddy was the founder-Managing Director of Uniloids
Ltd from 1976 to 1980 and Standard Organics Limited from 1980 to 1984.
In 1984, Dr. K. Anji Reddy founded Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and soon
the company established new benchmarks in the Indian Pharmaceutical
industry. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories transformed Indian bulk drug industry from
import-dependent in mid-80s to self-reliant in mid-90s and finally into
the export-oriented industry that it is presently. In 1993, Dr. Reddy's
became the first company to take up drug discovery research in India and
in April 2001 it became the first non-Japanese Asian pharmaceutical
company to list on NYSE. By the end of fiscal year 2005, Dr. Reddy's
Laboratories was India's second largest pharmaceutical company and the
youngest among its peer group.
Presently, Dr. Reddy is a serving member of the Prime Minister's
Council on Trade & Industry, Government of India, and has been
nominated to the Board of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education
and Research (NIPER).
Dr. K. Anji Reddy is also a philanthropist. He is the founder-Chairman
of Dr. Reddy's Foundation for Human & Social Development, a social
arm of Dr. Reddy's, which acts as a catalyst of change to achieve
Dr. K. Anji Reddy has received many awards and honors. These include
Sir PC Ray award (conferred twice, in 1984 and 1992); Federation of
Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA)'s FAPA-Ishidate Award for
Pharmaceutical Research in 1998; leading business magazine Business
India voted him Businessman of the Year in 2001; CHEMTECH Foundation
bestowed on him the Achiever of the Year award in the year 2000 and the
'Hall of Fame' award in 2005, for his Entrepreneurship, Leadership and
thrust on Innovation; and in 2001, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the
Government of India.