Our Team

Our Team

Dr. Shriram Kotkar

Dr. Kotkar received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. A. Sudalai, from National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) Pune, India. He is an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, where he worked about three years as a postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Dr. Maja Koehn at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany.
He is a co-founder and director of Florentis Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. and has over a decade of experience in the field of Synthetic Organic Chemistry and has 7 publications to his credit.

Dr. Laxman Malge

Dr. Malge received his Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry in 2010 from the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. F. P. Schmidtchen. His doctoral research mainly involved design and synthesis of both water soluble artificial receptors based on bicyclic guanidinium anchor group as well as phosphinate guests. He was a Research Associate at Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Pune and was actively involved in the synthesis of chiral drugs and supervised its successful execution at Kilo-laboratory and pilot plant. He has served as a Chemist at Asian Paints India Ltd., Mumbai, he was involved in design and formulated several novel coatings.
He is a co-founder and director of Florentis Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. and overall he has a decade of research experience in Industry and Academia.

Dr. Vijaykumar Pawar

Dr. Pawar received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2006 from KU Leuven, Belgium. His doctoral studies include synthesis of peptides and peptidomimetics. As a postdoctoral researcher at Chemical Genomics Center of the Max Planck Society, Dortmund, Germany. He was involved in several multidisciplinary projects on small molecule kinase inhibitors and their use in basic cancer research. At Purdue University, USA he worked on ‘Design and synthesis of inhibitors and mechanism probes for riboflavin synthase and lumazine synthase.’
Dr. Pawar is also serving as promoter and director at Florentis Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and subjects at the interface of chemistry and biology. He has published more than 15 international research papers.

Dr. B. M. Bhawal
(Scientific Advisor)

Dr. Bhawal has 30 years of research experience in the field of Organic synthesis (asymmetric synthesis, heterocyclic chemistry, agrochemicals, drugs and drug intermediates, solid catalysts, API’s etc.). He has Research experience of 12 years as a Project leader in the area of asymmetric synthesis at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. Also has experience of API process development for Regulated and Domestic market at Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He has more than 150 patents and publications on his name. He is a life Member of Indian Science Congress Association of Calcutta, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences and Chemical Research Society of India.

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