Inagural Pharma CIO Conclave & Awards Honors India’s Top Pharma CIOs & CEOs

The cream of the Indian Pharma IT professionals attended the inaugural Pharma CIO Conclave & Awards that concluded successfully on 9 August 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Mumbai.

Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers and IT heads discuss various technology trends and issues revolving around the Indian pharmaceutical sector. Industry experts shared their best practices over keynotes and panel discussions.

Inagural Pharma CIO Conclave & Awards Honors India’s Top Pharma CIOs & CEOs
The conclave took off to a great start with the Chairperson Yugal Sikri, Senior Pharma Professional, NMIMS who welcomed the attendees in his opening remarks. Opening keynote was presented by Prashant Mali, President – Cyber Law Consulting (Advocates & Attorneys). In his presentation he apprised the audience about fighting vendor indifferences to ensure suppliers and services companies are not vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

This was followed by an interesting panel discussion on Big Pharma, Big Data – Big Deal? Yes, really! which saw panellists like Gopal Rangaraj, Chief Information Office, Alembic Pharmacueticals; Viral Gandhi, Group – CIO, Piramal Enterprises Limited; Prakash Kumar Pradhan, CIO, Jagsonpal Pharma.

Some of the leading technology providers who supported the event delivered tech talks and workshops. Thomas Li, Regional Business Director, Abbott Informatics thrilled the audience when he spoke on the topic assuring Data Integrity and Compliance in Pharma and Biotech. Atul Bansal, Managing Director, Velocis Systems Pvt Ltd delivered a tech talk on strategy to implement & adopt knowledge management.

What followed next was workshops conducted by V. Balakrishnan, Executive General Manager, Konica Minolta, who talked about document security for Pharma industry. Durjoy Mazumdar, Head of Sales, The Weather Company, An IBM Business & Deepak Mittal CEO, xtLytics conducted a workshop on how Pharma companies can gain a competitive advantage through the use of The Weather Company’s Big Data insights and xtLytics domain knowledge.

Vijaya Kumar Pisupati, Vice President, Yash Technologies conducted the workshop on how to enable Digital Supply Chain for Pharma Companies. This was preceded by a panel discussion on how to plan a future proofed technology roadmap which saw panellists like Jasmine Gorimar, Head IT, Boehringer Ingelheim, India;  Jitendra Mishra, VP – CIO, Wanbury Ltd; and Milind Kharmakar, Group CIO, Super Max. The panel was moderated by Gautam Paul, Group Sales Director, Cision PR Newswire.

The need for ‘adapting smart technologies in the life-sciences industry’ to stay ahead in the game was one of the popular points discussed in the conclave.

Big 50 Pharma CIO & Big 10 Pharma CEO Awards

The event concluded with honouring 50 of the most outstanding achievers in IT innovation and leadership at the glittering ‘Big 50 Pharma CIO & Big 10 Pharma CEO Awards Ceremony’. The winners were selected by a jury of experts. To learn more about the award winners, visit

The conclave was supported by Abbott Informatics, Velocis, Konica Minolta, The Weather Company, An IBM Business, YASH Technologies, Werum IT Solutions, NDS Global, UL Compliance to Performance, Finesse and Flock.

Media partners of the conclave included Pharmatutor, Global Banking Finance & Review, My Security Media, Insight Enterprise, Media Buzz, Tradebriefs, Pharma Linx, Pharma Journalist, Pharma Flash, NewsVoir, Pharma Focus Asia, Pharma Voice, Pharma Bio World.
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