NARENDRA KUMAR: MAKING A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN PATIENTS’ LIVES WITH KEMIO SOLUTIONS
NARENDRA KUMAR: MAKING A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN PATIENTS' LIVES WITH KEMIO SOLUTIONS
"Narendra Kumar is committed to bringing a healthier tomorrowacross the world.
And, he is transformingdiscovery into care with his venture, Kemio Solutions."
Afamous Football Coach, Vince Lombardi said, "Winners never quit and quittersnever win." NarendraKumar, a renowned Pharmaceutical Research and Development Professional ismaking this saying reality. He has established a reputation beyond hisprofession by conceptualizing unique ideas and delivering excellent services.He always measures the extra miles to meet the needs of global healthcare.
Narendra is currentlythe Founder-CEO at Kemio Solutions, offering concierge services for drugdiscovery, development, and manufacturing processes. As the CEO, Narendra isleading a revolution in the health industry while promoting values that matter.Narendra always had a dream of bringing the best solutions for the globalhealthcare industry from Indian talent, and with Kemio Solutions, he isconverting his dreams into reality guided by the principles of sustainabilityand the empowerment of people.
The unique path that led Narendra to initiate KemioSolutions and the driving force behind the company's success was Narendra'spassion to accomplish something more than enough and his out-of-box idea. Hehas extensive experience over 18 years' in business development, sales &marketing, business strategy, strategic sourcing, R&D and manufacturingoperations across multiple geographies, strategic planning, mergers &acquisitions, lean manufacturing, and research & development. In academics,Narendra holds a Bachelor's degree from Bangalore University and PGDMS from SDMInstitute for Management Development.
A GLIMPSE OF KEMIO
Foundedon 18 May 2015, Kemio Solutions is an integrated CRAMS (Custom Research &Manufacturing Services) provider offering single-point access to discoveryservices, CPRD (Chemical Process Research & Development), drug productiondevelopment & regulatory support services & also pharmaceuticaltechnologies to global pharma and biotech companies. Kemio Solutionsaccelerates drug development projects of its partners and clients withtechnologies, expertise, and capabilities to execute pre-clinical programs, CMC(chemistry, manufacturing, and control) for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient(API) and drug products, and registration solutions for New Chemical Entities(NCEs), 505b2 and orphan drugs.
KemioSolutions state of the art facility is located in Bangalore, a majorPharmaceutical hub in India. Here, the company has also set up a lab. Thedevelopmental offerings come to utilize resources, talent, and infrastructurein Bangalore and Hyderabad.
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE INITIATION
"Prior to starting Kemio, I had spent close to 17 years in theindustry, a majority of which was in the Drug Discovery and Development space.I had seen an element of talent pool and capabilities across the East and theWest, and it was my dream to get this integrated to provide the best outcomesat an affordable cost of innovation, and at a rapid pace to address thechallenges that diseases were posing. Kemio is a fructification of the dream",Narendra shares.
Kemio enjoys expertise across the three differentsectors:
- Drug Discovery
- Drug Development
- Regulatory Support
Kemio Solutions is a start up with a mission to acceleratedrug development for Pharma and Biotech companies across the world. Here, thereare amazing points that make this company stand out in the market:
- Offers partners and client'stechnologies, expertise and abilities to execute pre-clinical programs.
- Accelerates drug discovery,development and manufacturing processes for global Pharmaceutical and biotechnologycompanies to fight against diseases.
- Modern lab equipment to allow rapidscale-up up to 2kg within the facility – ensuring the window between discoveryand development is effectively bridged.
SIGNIFICANTCHALLENGES AT THE INITIAL PHASE
"Wefaced the issues of a regular start-up – funding, people, and the regularbarriers of the approval processes at different levels," asserts Narendra.
"Wemade mistakes and learned from them and then moved on. We have a couple ofgreat mentors who have coached and guided us through the process. Theircontribution needs to be acknowledged," he adds.
Being young start-up, Kemio Solutions understands thechallenges of the industry and accordingly come up with multiple flexiblemodels including a fee for service model, a shared cost model, a success-basedmodel, a milestone-based model among others.
Company's major clients include biotech and pharma in USA/ Western Europe / Japan and a few academic research institutes.
LIFEAS AN ENTREPRENEUR
- Alert, alive and active all the time.
- Planning and executing the same on time
- Entrepreneurs are in an expeditionmode to scale "Mount (Ne)Everest"
An effective and efficient team, both at home and officeis the major factor.
INCEPTIONSTORY OF KEMIO
The start-up took about six months to conceive andactualize. During his long years of association with the Pharmaceutical andDrug Discovery Industry, Narendra came across a significant level ofbureaucracy and a high level of redundancy in the process of drug discovery anddevelopment. His interactions with the cream of scientific talent acrossthe world gave him a sense of the challenges they faced in the process. Theseconversations made Narendra challenge his thought process and come witheffective and efficient systems to enable the team to deal with theuncertainties associated with the process in a much more enabled manner. A fewof Narendra's senior colleagues in the industry who are incidentally based bothin the US and in India joined him in this endeavor to get Kemio off the groundand progress it further.
"My gurus- HH Swami Chinmayananda, HH Swami Dayanand Saraswati,and HH Swami Brahmananda, and my parents are my inspirations," verifiesNarendra.
Exciting and Challenging.
Narendra Kumar sees Kemio as a vibrant Drug Discovery andDevelopment Company and having delivered successful outcomes for the wellbeingof mankind on a wide range of disease areas. The Kemio mandates to work for a healthier tomorrow – they see themselvesdelivering this outcome in a significant and remarkable manner.
Besides, the team is focused to make Kemio Solutions apreferred drug development and chemical services provider to globalPharmaceutical & Biotech Industries
Kemio since its inception hasdelivered a clinical candidate and two preclinical candidates for its customerswithin 4 years of starting operations. That is a significant achievement forany start-up to have accomplished in the first few years of operations.
Be focussed! And, don't leave the back door open for any reason.