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Leadership

Executive Chairman

Dr. S P VASIREDDI

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Non-Executive Chairman

Dr. Vasireddi is the Non-Executive Chairman and founder of VIMTA LABS. He founded the company in 1984 and is considered the father of CRO industry in India. He served as the Managing Director for VIMTA during 1984-2015. He has extensive experience in food and pharma contract research and testing industry

He has served as a Member of Central Advisory Committee of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, (FSSAI), Govt. of India, New Delhi (2010-2016). He was a Member of the Research Council of the National Physical Laboratories, India. He was the area-Coordinator of National Conference of Standards Laboratories (NCSL), USA and Regional Representative (Asia-Pacific) of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO). He also served as a member of the Technical Committee of the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration (NABL) and is currently the Board Member of National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration (NABL). He established a training facility at VIMTA in Public Private Partnership with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) to provide trainings to developing nations, in the field of Food and Pharma analytical testing and quality systems. Under his leadership VIMTA has made many lasting customer relationships and won several prestigious projects from across the globe. He holds a Phd. , in Inorganic Chemistry from Nagpur University, India.


Managing Director

HARITA VASIREDDI

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Managing Director

Ms. Harita Vasireddi is the Managing Director of VIMTA since 2015. She has close to 20 years of contract research and testing industry experience. She joined VIMTA as the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director in 1995 and since then has held a range of roles of increasing responsibility, which has enabled her to develop extensive Operational, functional, and quality systems expertise. Her roles in VIMTA have included Joint Managing Director, Director-Quality, Director-Projects, Manager Operations (Inspection Services )and Executive Assistant to the Managing Director. Ms. Harita holds a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences degree from Mysore University, India and an MBA in Operations Management from Boston College, USA.


HARRIMAN VUNGAL

HARRIMAN VUNGAL

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-OPERATIONS

Mr. Harriman is the Executive Director - Operations and the co-promoter of VIMTA. He is associated with the Company right since its inception. He was inducted to the Board as one of the Promoter Directors in 1990 and was appointed as Technical Director of the Company in 1992. He has extensive lab operations experience and is highly knowledgeable on GXPs and applicable regulations. He has led the Company's effort in building state of the art IT infrastructure, systems and their compliance to applicable regulations. He is a D. Tech in Electronics from Toronto, Canada.


Executive Director Administration

Neerukonda Satya Sreenivas

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Additional Director

Mr. Sreenivas is appointed to VIMTA's Board of Directors in July 2019. Prior to this, he served as the Global Head of Business Development function at VIMTA from 2015 to 2019. He was responsible for the business development and marketing activities of VIMTA and played a leading role in the growth of organization. He has proven experience in planning, execution and leadership of new business strategies. He also has strong knowledge of VIMTA's core business sectors i.e., pharmaceutical, biotech and food. Mr. Sreenivas has 20 years of work experience in India and USA. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Marketing from University of Oklahoma, USA and B.Pharma from Nagpur University, India.


VP Preclinical Division

Dr. UPENDRA BHATNAGAR

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Vice - President – Preclinical

Dr. Bhatnagar is the Vice-President and Test Facility Management of VIMTA’s Preclinical division. He has over two decades of pharmaceutical industry experience in nonclinical drug discovery and development (small and large molecules) along with toxicological assessment of Botanicals, Food Additives, Medical Devices and Agrochemicals in both R&D and CRO settings. He had held scientific and leadership roles with leading global organizations like Vanthys Pharmaceutical Development (Eli Lilly – JBL), Nektar Therapeutics, Lupin and Orchid. Prior to joining VIMTA in 2016, Dr. Bhatnagar worked with Cadila Healthcare Ltd. where he supported the development of NCEs, biologicals and generic drugs as Senior General Manager - Toxicology. He has published and presented several papers in international journals and seminars. Dr. Bhatnagar holds a PhD in Life Sciences from Bhopal University and MBA (TQM) from National Institute of Management. He received postdoctoral training in investigative and regulatory toxicology and is a European Registered Toxicologist.


VP Biopharma Division

Dr. SHRIKRISHNA DADKE

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Vice President - Analytical Pharma

Dr. Dadke is the Vice-President of VIMTA’s Biopharma Division. He has extensive experience in both, academia and industry, (USA and India) for more than 20 years. Upon completion of PhD from Cancer Research Institute (ACTREC), Mumbai and India. Dr. Dadke worked at Abbott Laboratories, Chicago, USA in the Metabolic Disorders Program. He was involved in the identification and validation of novel targets in the area of Type II Diabetes. Post his tenure at Abbott Laboratories, Dr. Dadke joined Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, USA, where he continued his research in the field of Diabetes. His research resulted in a Nature Cell Biology publication which was cited as a “hot article” by the journal. Upon his return from the USA, Dr. Dadke worked at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Lupin, and Accutest Biologics Pvt. Ltd. He has valuable experience in bio-similar characterization (cell based and analytical) and small molecule mechanism of action studies. His work contributed to IND filings and involved evaluating both in and out-licensing deals in national and international regulatory markets.


VP Clinical Research Division & Clinical Reference Lab

Dr. MUKESH AGRAWAL

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Vice - President – Clinical Research and Clinical Reference Lab

Dr. Mukesh, is the Vice President of VIMTA’s Clinical Research and Clinical Reference Lab Divisions. He has close to two decades of experience in handling various leadership roles at the functional, operational and business consulting levels for large CROs and Central Labs. His specialties include: Laboratory Medicine, Medical Affairs, Process Excellence, Regulatory, Central Lab and Molecular Diagnostics. He has led and managed large team with techno-commercial expertise, handled life sciences business consulting, business development responsibilities with success in large size business deals and sustained customer engagements. He has extensive experience in implementing systems for Metrics, Compliance & Audits, and Cost-optimization / rationalization. Dr. Mukesh is a Post Graduate Physician with over 16 years of pathology practice and Pharma experience in Central Lab, Clinical Research & Development, and Regulatory & Medical Affairs. Professional Affiliations include - AACC, CAP, MPAI, IAPM, IMA, ISHBT. He is an NABL Technical Assessor for 15189:2012 & CAP- International Inspector.


VP Environment Division

JANARDHAN MERGOJU

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Vice - President - Environment Services

Mr. Janardhan Mergoju, is the Vice President of VIMTA’s Environment Division since 2004. He has close to 26 years of industry experience in the fields of environmental assessments, environment management, regulatory clearances and compliances for the major industry segments such as power, mining, ferrous and non-ferrous, cement, infrastructure such as airports, townships, pulp & paper and chemical. He is an approved Environment Coordinator and Functional Area Expert under QCI-NABET Scheme. He had joined VIMTA in August,1997 as an Environmental Engineer and during the last 19 years went on to grow in ranks as Group Leader, Associate Vice President, Vice President and subsequently now heads the Environment Division. He started his career as Research Fellow at NEERI, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and worked for two years. Subsequently, worked with Kirloskar Consultants Limited, Pune (Maharashtra) as consultant for five years in the fields of Environmental Engineering and Environment Management. Mr. Janardhan is a graduate in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India and Post Graduate in Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.


AVP Food Division

JAGADEESH KODALI

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Head – Food Division

Mr. Jagadeesh Kodali is Vice President of VIMTA’s Food Division since 2016. He has close to 18 years of experience in lab management, analytical research and testing industry. He started his career in VIMTA as Trainee Scientist in 1999 and spent over 6 years handling pesticide residues and toxins analysis in Food & Agri and Beverages. Further he worked for several MNCs in India & abroad in Analytical Research and Testing Field at Senior Manager levels. Before his second stint at VIMTA, Mr. Jagadeesh was Head-Lab Operations for INTERTEK India Food Services. During his career he mastered chromatographic techniques (HPLC & GC), mass spectrometry (LC-MS / MS, GC-MS / MS, Time of Flight and Magnetic Sector HR-MS) and spectroscopy (AAS & ICP-MS). Mr. Jagadeesh holds a Master of Science in Chemistry degree from JNTU, Hyderabad, India and pursuing Ph. D. in Chemistry from BITS-Pilani, India.



Head Business Development

Dr. Srinivas Puppala

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Vice President – Human Resources

Dr. Srinivas Puppala (PBS) in an accomplished People Leader with around two decades of rich experience spanning across all areas of HR. He brings a unique exposure across different industries like Human Capital Consulting, Product Development, BFSI, Engineering Services, CRO, KPO/Pharma Analytics and Academia.

His work and credibility across various areas in human resources like talent acquisition, talent development, compensation & benefits, employee engagement, career counselling, mergers & acquisition, organizational development initiatives, leadership engagement, stake holder management etc., are noteworthy and also won many laurels during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 from Shine.com, Star News and World Education Congress consistently for four years. He also received the prestigious Core Value Award “Leadership” from CEO at GVKBIO He leads the HR Strategy and brings in a consulting business partner role and executes the HR priorities while seamlessly aligning the overall organizational goals here at Vimta.

PBS holds a PhD in Psychology with a Dual Masters in Psychology & Education and a PG Dip in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management. Has a background of being a change agent and brings in Innovation as an edge. PBS is also a career coach & mentor, and a Chief Facilitator of leadership programs.

Before joining VIMTA he was associated with Excelra Knowledge Solutions (KPO), GVK Biosciences (CRO), InfoTech Enterprises (now called as CYIENT), CA technologies (Now Broadcom), Thinksoft Global Services (now SQS India BFSI Limited), Deloitte Consulting India and ICFAI University, Hyderabad.



Chief Financial Officer

AMIT PATHAK

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Chief Financial Officer

Mr Amit Pathak is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company from January 2019. He is responsible for developing and deploying the overall financial strategy to support the operational and business goals of the Company. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary and comes with 16 years of professional experience across various aspects of Finance including Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Company Secretarial function, Taxation, M & A transaction, Working Capital Management, Corporate Restructuring, IT Solution implementation, Due diligence etc.

He is an experienced finance professional with vast experience in various industries which include logistics, trading and manufacturing. Prior to joining Vimta, Amit has worked in key positions at Gati Limited, Birla Group and McNally Bharat Group.


Chief Financial Officer

Sujani Vasireddi

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Company Secretary

Sujani has 11 years of experience, and is a qualified Company Secretary from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). She also holds degrees in Law and in Commerce from Osmania University of Hyderabad. She was appointed as a Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer from September 2018 and heads secretarial and legal functions.


Non - Executive Board of Directors


management

Smt Y Prameela Rani's

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Director

An Experienced professional with a successful career in banking sector over 36 years with key areas of expertise include credit, foreign exchange, Business development and Management.

Prior to joining Vimta, she was associated with Andhra Bank as a probationary officer in 1977, worked in various assignments as Credit Manager, Branch Manager, Zonal Manager and General Manager of Large and Mid Corporate Credit, MSME Credit, Planning and Board Secretariat in corporate Office.

A graduate in Science and holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Andhra University and a certified member of CAIIB from the Indian Institute of Bankers.


management

Shri Popuri Adeyya Chowdary

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Additional Director

Joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1968 and handled different assignments in the Income Tax Department relating to assessments, collection, recovery, training, investigation and administration. Worked in various capacities as Commissioner of Income Tax, Director of Income Tax(lnvestigation), Director General of Income Tax (Investigation) and lastly functioned as cadre control Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Hyderabad for Andhra Pradesh region.


management

Shri Gutta Purnachandra Rao

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Additional Director

Shri Gutta Purnachandra Rao Qualification : B.Com., F.C.A.,CFE CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Audit Of Corporate/ Non – Corporate Entities: (Internal & Statutory Audits).
  • Audit of Government Undertakings, Banks, Public and Private Limited Companies and Non- corporate entities.
  • Experience:

  • More than three decades of experience in Statutory Audits of Public limited and Private Limited Companies of varied nature viz., manufacturing, trading, service industry (Hospitals, Hotels) software and technology companies. Also performs special Audits for Banks / Financial Institutions and management audits of various companies for the last few years.
  • Consultant in matters dealt with company incorporation, project financing, loan syndication, liaison with banks and financial institutions and other allied matters.
  • Consultant for Systems implementation, Internal controls, Management Information Systems for Companies in manufacturing and Service sectors.
  • Taxation: Tax planning; Tax counseling and representation of corporate tax matters, namely Compliance services, Tax Deduction at Source, Advance Tax, Assessment proceedings etc.
  • Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (F.C.A.), New Delhi. Holding Certificate of Practice from February, 1984.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) awarded by the Association of Certified Examiners, USA.

  • management

    Shri Sanjay Dave

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    Additional Director

  • Sanjay Dave has a total professional experience of about 43 years out of which about 33 years is in agri. trade and food safety.
  • He is the Chairperson of the Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia (CC-Asia).
  • He is also the Chairman of Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan (National Mission for Safe Food) launched by the Government of India in July 2015.
  • He is developing country SPS expert from Asia to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of the WTO.
  • He functions as the Senior International Consultant to FAO, WHO and International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva.
  • He is a member of the Scientific Committee of FSSAI.
  • In the past, he has also served as: - Chairperson of Codex Alimentarius Commission (a UN - FAO/WHO - body) from July 2011 to July 2014. - Advisor of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi. - Adviser (Agriculture) in the Mission of India to the European Union at Brussels. - Director of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, New Delhi. .


  • Message from Board of Directors

    VIMTA Labs wishes to pay a tribute to all its clients and thank them for their faith and trust in the company. We know who you are and we will always remain grateful for the excellent business relationship that we share. We believe we can continue to assist your business and grow together, in the new millennium.