How has the Indian pharma industry fared in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic? To help you understand it better, we are organising an e-conference on November 24 at 4 pm. In case you haven’t registered yet, click here to reserve your seat.The Covid-19 outbreak has shaken the world, with over a million deaths. India is facing a tough time, and the most crucial role is being played by the healthcare industry. While at its peak, the country’s hospitals struggled hard to handle the surge in the flow of patients, and the pharmaceutical industry had a tough time staving off supply challenges of raw materials. Then, there were shortages of key drugs used to treat Covid-19. How did the industry manage the crisis, and what are the lessons for the future? Will the pharmaceutical industry emerge stronger?An esteemed panel, comprising some of the who’s who of the pharma industry, will answer these questions and give their valuable insights.The e-conference will be hosted by Vikas Dandekar, editor, pharma and healthcare, ET Prime.Here’s a brief profile of our panelists for the event:Pankaj R Patel, chairman, Zydus CadilaWith over 40 years in the pharma industry, Pankaj Patel has both research and techno-commercial expertise. He is on the board of the Indian Institute of Science for 2018-21 and the boards of Invest India and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.Samina Hamied, executive vice-chairperson, CiplaSamina Hamied represents the third generation of the founding family of Cipla. She has incubated and shaped Cipla Health Limited; spearheaded Cipla’s foray into the US; and built a top-class leadership pipeline for the company. In her current role, she focuses on board and governance issues, global partnerships, corporate culture, hiring, and public advocacy.Satish Reddy, president, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, and chairman, Dr. Reddy’s LaboratoriesSatish Reddy has led the transition of Dr. Reddy’s from an API manufacturer to a company with a diverse product portfolio of finished dosage formulations. As a member of industry associations and governmental panels, he has played a key role in shaping policies on patent law, drug pricing, and amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.Sudarshan Jain, secretary general, Indian Pharmaceutical AllianceSudarshan Jain has a rich healthcare-business experience of over 40 years, including stints at Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, and leading Indian companies. He has helped shape healthcare policy and improve access to healthcare. 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