THE BIG LEAP
Dr. Vadlamani, hailing from the esteemed IIT Bombay campus, was raised in an environment of academic excellence. Her father, an IIT Bombay Professor, and her mother, a dedicated teacher, instilled in her a passion for education and excellence. Growing up amid academic excellence, she developed a strong desire to pursue engineering like her peers. She enrolled at the prestigious Gandhi Institute of Management (GITAM) in Visakhapatnam, where she embarked on her journey to become an accomplished professional. She recently achieved a significant milestone by obtaining a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Indian Management School and Research Centre, further enhancing her qualifications and expertise.
Dr. Vadlamani began her professional career in 1992 in the area of marketing at Armour Chemicals Ltd., where she demonstrated her mettle and swiftly garnered recognition for her exceptional abilities. Subsequently, she ventured into a new professional chapter with Biochem Synergy Ltd., where her trajectory remained steadfastly upward. With each role she assumed, she exhibited a remarkable blend of expertise, earning accolades, and solidifying her reputation as a force to be reckoned with. She reached the pinnacle of her career, attaining the esteemed position of General Manager, International Marketing at Ajanta Pharma Ltd.
It was 1997, when Dr. Vadlamani embarked on her entrepreneurial journey with the establishment of Murli Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. Initially functioning as an indenting operation, the company facilitated trade in pharmaceutical products. Sensing the potential for growth, in 2003, she transitioned the company from indenting to trading, a strategic move that proved instrumental in its expansion. Under her visionary leadership, Murli Krishna Exports flourished, specialising in the export of bulk Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and semi-finished formulations, specifically in pellet form.
Leveraging her profound understanding of the pharmaceutical landscape, she identified an opportunity to further capitalise on the industry’s demands. In 2004, she ventured into a new endeavour, by establishing MKPPL–a 100% export-oriented unit. This innovative enterprise, commissioned in 2005, focused on the manufacturing of semi-finished formulations.
Starting as a Regulatory Compliant prefinished formulation intermediates facility in 2004, the company evolved into a finished dosage firm specialising in FTF formulation. Initially, MKPPL focused on leveraging microencapsulation as a drug delivery system. However, the company constantly evolved and focused on innovation. Today, it has expanded its capabilities to encompass cutting-edge technologies such as nanoparticles and nano encapsulations. Its expertise extends to diverse therapeutic areas, including ophthalmology, corticosteroids, oncology, transdermal applications, and oral solid dosage products. The transformational journey showcases its relentless pursuit of progress.
Dr. Vadlamani further highlights the company’s focus on research and development that has helped it amass a significant number of patents, underscoring its prowess in intellectual property. Moreover, its emphasis on aqueous-based technologies has further propelled its advancements.
Dr. Vadlamani envisions MKPPL as a formidable force in the domains of nanoparticles, niche developments, and niche delivery systems. She wants MKPPL to attain global recognition as a leading provider of innovative drug delivery systems. She emphasises that the organisation’s aim is to establish itself at the pinnacle of the field worldwide. Rather than competing with others, the focus is on surpassing its own achievements.
Looking ahead, she sets a long-term goal for MKPPL to become a frontrunner within the next five years. The company’s strategy revolves around introducing a plethora of cutting-edge technologies to the market. A key aspect driving these developments is the objective to enhance patient compliance, provide superior products, and reduce the dosage impact on vital organs such as kidneys and liver.
Dr. Vadlamani’s visionary approach encompasses prioritising patient well-being and advancing drug delivery systems to ensure optimum efficacy and safety. Her commitment to continuous improvement and transformative solutions underscores MKPPL’s mission to deliver enhanced healthcare experiences. With a steadfast dedication to innovation and a focus on patient-centric solutions, the focussed leade is paving the way for MKPPL to be a trailblazer in the industry, making a profound impact on the lives of patients worldwide.
ON AN EXPANSION SPREE
Dr. Vadlamani has outlined ambitious expansion plans for the company. It is poised to establish a scientific office in Dubai, known as Murali Krishna Pharma FZELLC. In addition, there are plans to set up corporate offices in the United States, the Netherlands, and Germany through collaborations with major German companies. This strategic move reflects the company’s global growth strategy, aiming to transform from a single entity in India to a multifaceted organisation with a global presence. The expansion will create a multilingual and multicultural work environment, offering diverse opportunities for employees.
A BENEVOLENT LEADER
Under Dr. Vadlamani’s leadership, MKPPL initiated its CSR activities in 2018, focusing on areas such as the girl child, water, education, and healthcare. Its efforts extend to various villages near its facilities, including involvement in doorstep schools and providing financial support for orphaned children’s education. Her commitment to CSR goes beyond mere compliance to regulations; it stems from a personal dedication to giving back to the community.
Dr. Vadlamani’s leadership and MKPPL’s accomplishments have garnered accolades from distinguished authorities, solidifying their position as a notable player in the industry. Due to her resolute dedication, MKPPL was honoured with the prestigious Make in India Award in 2016, both in the biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical categories.
Notably, the award was presented by Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, who then held the position of Minister of Industries. The recognition underscores MKPPL’s outstanding contribution to the pharmaceutical sector and commitment to the principles of the Make in India initiative.