A Vaidheesh Elected President of OPPI

The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), which represents research-based pharmaceutical companies in India, has unanimously elected Mr. A. Vaidheesh, Vice President, South Asia & Managing Director, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd as President for the year 2017-18. He takes over from Dr. Shailesh Ayyangar, Managing Director, India & Head - South Asia, Sanofi who held this position since 2013. The four elected Vice Presidents are Sharad Tyagi, Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim; Sanjiv Navangul, Managing Director, Janssen India (Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson Ltd); S. Sridhar, Managing Director, Pfizer Ltd and Anand Nambiar, Managing Director, Managing Director, Merck India Ltd.

Speaking on his appointment, A. Vaidheesh, President- OPPI said, “I am honoured to be taking over the responsibility as President OPPI. Today, we are at the intersection of technology and medicine and the future of healthcare seems to be progressing towards ‘personalised’ medicines and ‘personalised’ patient-care. The pharmaceutical industry has an important role to play in delivering responsible healthcare and we look forward to partnering with the Government and other stakeholders in realizing the collective dream of a Healthy India. This dream can become a reality only when science and research deliver new cures for the unmet medical needs; thereby fostering an environment of innovation. On the policy front, I am sure that the National Health Policy and the National IPR Policy will lead the way for better health outcomes. Along with an inclusive ecosystem, in the coming years, healthcare financing will also play its role in improving access to healthcare. I believe we at the OPPI have clear priorities and along with the OPPI Secretariat led by Kanchana TK, Director General, OPPI, we will together work towards serving more patients in India ”