Believing in hard work to succeed
DR PRATIMA SRIVASTAVA Director, Biology Services, GVK Bio, India
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