The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) recently awarded Prof. O. P. Katare, Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, with the Best Scientist Award 2011 at a glittering ceremony held at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. This award has been bestowed upon him in recognition to his research work, leading to a series of successes wherein the laboratory level research could be translated into the industrial level products. Mr. Andrew Witty, CEO of US-based pharma-company, GlaxoSmithKline, gave away the award along with a cash prize of Rs. one lac, citation and a memento. Besides, the high profile presentation ceremony was also attended by the chiefs and CEOs of other multinational pharma-companies.
Prof. O. P. Katare has been instrumental in driving intense academia-industry collaborations, characterized by some unique role-modeling initiatives. The latter led to multiple tech-transfers and subsequent commercialization of novel liposomal products for the sufferers of psoriasis and other skin diseases. The research work involves the intelligent exploitation of principles of nanotechnology in transforming some of the age-old drugs like dithranol and coal-tar into newer forms with improved therapeutic performance.