10 Best CIOs to Watch 2019

A sustainable pharmaceutical giant: Strides Pharma Science Ltd.


“In the challenging and competitive pharmaceutical environment, our business is driven by a strong commitment to quality and to operating with the highest standards of ethics and integrity.”

Incorporated in 1990, Strides Pharma Science Limited is a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Bangalore, India. The Company has two business verticals, viz., Regulated Markets and Emerging Markets.

Strides has a global manufacturing footprint with seven manufacturing facilities spread across three continents, including four US FDA approved facilities and two facilities for the emerging markets. The Company has a dedicated R&D facility in India with global filing capabilities and a strong footprint across 100 countries.

Their core competence is in the development and manufacture of wide range of niche and technically complex pharmaceutical products. They are also among the world's largest soft gelatin capsule manufacturers. Their quality interventions supported by an IT-driven platform have enabled the implementation of advanced quality standards across manufacturing locations.

Their domain strategy of developing a comprehensive product portfolio in complex therapeutic segments has attracted marquee partnerships in regulated markets such as US, Europe, Australia, Canada and S. Africa.


The Board of Directors are distinguished professionals drawn from diverse industries and from across geographies. They have built on their rich, cumulative experience to lead Strides into a position of strength in the global pharmaceutical arena.


Environmental Health & Safety is an embedded value at Strides and they are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all their employees, visitors, contractors and the surrounding community as an integral part of their business activities. A safe and healthy environment is actively promoted through management systems designed to create and sustain a 'safety culture' so that safety becomes an integral part of all activities at Strides.


The programmes of Strides Foundation are directed at two key constituents - underprivileged communities around its facilities and a section of their employees. Their focus areas are Education & Health Care.

  1. EDUCATION- They have partnered with PeoplePro Trainers & Consultants, Bangalore to run a leadership programme at Government Higher Primary School, Gottigere and Haragadde near their offices and manufacturing units at Bangalore that caters to 550 underprivileged children.
  2. HEALTH CARE- Health awareness, Eye and Dental check-up camps are periodically organised by the Foundation for communities around Strides' manufacturing facilities. Medical grants are made available to certain sections of employees for medical emergencies that are not covered by their ESI eligibility or are beyond their group health insurance coverage.


Strides is led and driven by its expertise in Research and Development, visible through its success in creating niche and differentiated products portfolio. Their Global Formulation R&D center at Bangalore drives high value product delivery via latest technology platforms.

Strides R&D is imbibed with continuous learning and innovation and is actively engaged in the development of a wide range of dosage forms with special emphasis on novel drug delivery systems for solid orals (modified release tablets and capsules) and soft gelatin capsules for both Regulated and Emerging markets. Their product selection for development is mainly focused on niche products characterized by complex formulations across diverse therapeutic segments. With over 200 plus scientists, the R&D team offers solutions across the entire product development value chain including strategic sourcing.

Meet the visionary CIO, Anjani Kumar

Anjani has over 20 years of experience with exposure to numerous industries including, Pharmaceutical, Services, Telecom, Automobile, and Logistics. He has been associated with several Fortune 500 organizations like IBM, Nissan, Cognizant, and has worked as a consultant with Pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Sun Pharma(Erstwhile Ranbaxy). His expertise includes IT strategy, Corporate IT, Consulting, and Digital Transformation. Anjani is a Post Graduate in Marketing & Management from Kelly Business School, Indiana University (USA) and B.E., in Mechanical Engineering, REC/NIT (National Institute of Technology) Rourkela.

“We want to ensure that patients have access to affordable medicines and to create dependable value in a constantly evolving global pharmaceuticals landscape.”