Delivering the Added Dimension in Drug Discovery Services
Senior Vice President – Synthesis
Dr. Vikas Shirsath is a creative, result oriented medicinal chemist with broad experience in drug discovery operations including medicinal, synthetic chemistry, biology and IP management with major contribution in the area of CNS therapeutics.
During his 15 years of industrial experience with drug discovery services in India, he has led the science, operations, IP strategies and has mainly contributed to the growth of two start-up companies which grew to the critical mass of 250 team. At Zydus Research Center he worked on discovery of novel modulators for nuclear receptors. During his association with Suven Life Sciences, a start-up discovery group, he developed an integrated team for drug discovery and filed over 20 PCT applications in the area of CNS therapeutics in a short span of 4.5 years with a candidate in clinic for the mild to moderate cognition.
As Head of Medicinal Chemistry / CSO at Oxygen Healthcare Research, a Cambridge based start-up, he developed the effective and knowledge driven, customer centric teams. With a team of over 200 and annual growth rate of over 20% in 5 years, Oxygen Bio was acquired by Piramal Healthcare in 2011.
A Pharmacist by training from Pune University, he completed his Masters and Ph.D. with Medicinal Chemistry specialization from L. M. College of Pharmacy, Gujarat University.