Born in 1939 in the Guntur district of South Indian state Andra Pradesh, Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy finished his Bsc education in Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals from the Bombay University and later in 1969 finished his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. He served in Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals for six years.
To set up the country’s first global pharmaceutical company, he founded Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories in 1984. He was the one who gave pharmaceutical sector in India a new dimension. Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories soon started touching new heights in the Pharmaceutical industry in India, after being launched in 1984.
He single handedly changed the volume of Indian drug industry by doing a complete changeover from the import dependent phase in the mid 1980’s to being highly self reliant in the mid 1990’s and thereon to being the industry that is export based.
Dr.Reddy’s firm was the 1st company to embark on discovery of drugs and research. It later became the 1st non–Japanese pharmaceutical company from the Asian continent to be listed on the NYSE bourses. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories slowly climbed to be India’s 2nd major pharmaceutical company and also the youngest in its peer group by the fiscal year of 2005.
Dr.Reddy has also served the P.M’s Council on Industry as well as Trade, representing the Indian Government and also voted for NIPER board .
With his various achievements in the field of Parma, Dr.K.Anji Reddy was the recipient of numerous awards and honours, which include Sir PC Ray Award, twice. Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations (FAPA) – Ishidate Award for Pharmaceutical Research in 1998.
Leading business magazine Business India voted him Businessman of the Year in 2001, later he was bestowed with the Achiever of the Year award in the year 2000 by the CHEMTECH Foundation and also the Hall of Fame award which followed in 2005 for his entrepreneurship, leadership and thrust on innovation. In 2001, the Government of India conferred on him the Padma Shri award.
Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy passed away on 15 March 2013. He was 74 aged.