Be­liev­ing in hard work to suc­ceed

DR PRATIMA SRI­VAS­TAVA Di­rec­tor, Bi­ol­ogy Ser­vices, GVK Bio, In­dia

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With more than 25 years of ex­ten­sive lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence in academia and in­dus­try Dr Pratima Sri­vas­tava, is the key mem­ber in the man­age­ment team at GVK Bio, a lead­ing Con­tract Re­search & De­vel­op­ment (R&D) Or­ga­ni­za­tion that ser­vices the global Bio­pharma in­dus­try.

Work­ing as a Di­rec­tor, Bi­o­log­i­cal Ser­vices at GVK Bio Dr Pratima says,

“While I started, I ex­pected that this job will pro­vide me a good plat­form to learn and en­able me to con­trib­ute to­wards the growth of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The things are not any dif­fer­ent af­ter four years. Today also I learn some­thing new each day.”

Prior to GVK Bio, Dr Pratima was as­so­ci­ated with Lupin Re­search Pharma and Cen­tral Drug Re­search In­sti­tute

(CDRI). In her ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence across academia and in­dus­try, Dr Pratima has es­tab­lished Drug Me­tab­o­lism and Phar­ma­coki­net­ics (DMPK) de­part­ment in Lupin Re­search Park, Pune and Phar­ma­coge­nomics in CDRI, Lucknow.

Dur­ing her il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, has won ten awards, Prof. B.K. Bac­cha­wat Me­mo­rial Young Sci­en­tist Award, Young Sci­en­tist Award by Coun­cil of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Prof. M.B. Mirza Award, Young Sci­en­tist Award in Health &

Med­i­cal Sciences- In­dian Na­tional Science Academy Medal, Young Sci­en­tist Award by In­ter­na­tional Union of Biochemistry and Molec­u­lar Bi­ol­ogy, Gold Medal in Biochemistry by In­dian Dr Pratima So­ci­ety for Par­a­sitol­ogy to name few of them.

She has commercialized three tech­nolo­gies, pub­lished nearly 65 pa­pers in in­ter­na­tional jour­nals and has 36 patents to her name. She has ex­ten­sive re­search ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of Molec­u­lar Bi­ol­ogy, Phar­ma­coki­net­ics, Drug Me­tab­o­lism, Phar­ma­coge­nomics and Malaria Biochemistry.

Be­sides be­ing the coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive of In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for De­vel­op­ment of Nat­u­ral Prod­ucts, she is as­so­ci­ated with many or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­sti­tutes like So­ci­ety of Bi­o­log­i­cal Chemists, In­dian Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, In­dian So­ci­ety for Par­a­sitol­ogy, In­ter­na­tional Union of Biochemistry and Molec­u­lar Bi­ol­ogy, In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for Free Rad­i­cal Bi­ol­ogy and Medicine.

On gen­der par­ity Dr Pratima says, “Gen­der par­ity is not there in any of the in­dus­tries. The same is ap­pli­ca­ble in Pharma in­dus­try as well. There is al­most 1: 10 ra­tio of fe­males to males, this in­creases as we climb up the lad­der. May be af­ter

5 to 10 years, there will be bet­ter gen­der par­ity in ev­ery in­dus­try. In my opin­ion, there is not much dif­fer­ence be­tween how males and fe­males plan out progress in their ca­reers. Nev­er­the­less, the ad­join­ing cir­cum­stances are re­spon­si­ble in it.”

She adds that she did not face much chal­lenges either per­son­ally or pro­fes­sion­ally while climb­ing up the lad­der. “I am the el­der sis­ter hav­ing four younger broth­ers. My par­ents loved and cared for me more. My PhD guide had no dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween girls and boys, rather he used to say that girls also will get the higher de­gree as boys, so noth­ing to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween them. Af­ter mar­riage, my hus­band has pro­vided me support in all spheres of life. I find my­self lucky enough to be a proud mother of two daugh­ters who are very un­der­stand­ing and never give me any trou­ble.”

Dr Pratima, who holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the Biochemistry Di­vi­sion, CDRI and Post-Doc­toral Re­search Fel­low­ship from the Univer­sity of Texas, San An­to­nio and Roswell Park Can­cer In­sti­tute, New York, be­lieves that there is no short cut to suc­cess.

DR PRATIMA SRI­VAS­TAVA Di­rec­tor,Bi­ol­ogy Ser­vices, GVK Bio, In­dia

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