October 11, 2018, Chandigarh: The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) celebrated their 52nd Annual Day today. Themed #HealthMeetsHope, the Chief Guest of the Annual Day celebrations, Shri. Sidharth Nath Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Health, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh delivered the inaugural address. At the event, he also released OPPI’s annual publication- ‘In Science we trust’. Science continues to transform and inspire humankind and this publication has content curated from across the globe on developments, large and small across a broad spectrum of scientific research that have promoted purpose and wellbeing in the society.

Speaking on the occasion, A.Vaidheesh, President- OPPI and Vice President, South Asia & Managing Director, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd said, “Millions of patients, over the world are in good health today, because of scientific research that has brought new treatments to them. Discovery of new treatments calls for dedicated commitment from researchers fueled by hope from patients as they battle diseases, both known and unknown. Research in medicine does not end with one discovery it is a series of continuous efforts to better outcomes for patients. As we celebrate the 52nd OPPI Annual Day, we celebrate this very spirit of science as OPPI members are committed to bringing newer treatments for unmet medical needs.”
Kanchana TK, Director General, Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India, added, “Our annual publication ‘In Science We Trust’ acknowledges the fact that scientific advancements enable social change and need thoughtful public policies that promote innovation and discovery. Collaborative partnerships between Government, research institutions, the industry and Academia to drive the scientific temperament is required for the progress of mankind.”

The event also witnessed the release of the ‘inclUsion’ a compendium of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives of OPPI members. Commenting on the release, Kanchana TK continued, “Diversity and inclusion reinforce organizational performance. It needs to be on the dashboard of every business head and not just remain a HR responsibility. OPPI member companies have several initiatives for D&I that makes for an inclusive ecosystem that fosters a more productive and collaborative work environment, in which there are many you’s and one us.”

OPPI conferred the OPPI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 to Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang, Indian social activists, and researchers known in the medical fraternity for their ground-breaking research on community health in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

OPPI acknowledged the outstanding contribution of scientists towards finding innovative methods for developing a healthier today and tomorrow. Prof Padma Venkitachalam Devarajan (Professor in Pharmacy, Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology) was awarded the OPPI Scientist award. Dr Sripada S. V. Rama Sastry (Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali) was handed over the OPPI Young Scientist award. Dr Indu Pal Kaur (Professor of Pharmaceutics, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Punjab University) won the OPPI Women Scientist award.

About OPPI
The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) was established in 1965 and represents the research-based pharmaceutical companies in India.