Dr.Kallam Anji Reddy Biography

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Born on 1 February 1939 at Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Dr.Kallam Anji Reddy was one of the early entrepreneurs who gave the pharmaceutical industry a new dimension in India. He served in Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals for six years. Here are Kallam Anji Reddy’s education, awards and achievements during his life.


Kallam Anji Reddy finished his BSc in Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals from Bombay University. Later in 1969 finished he did his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

Life after education

To set up the country’s first global pharmaceutical company, he laid the foundation of Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories in the year 1984. Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories soon started establishing new heights in the Pharmaceutical industry in India, after being launched in 1984.

He single-handedly changed the volume of the Indian drug industry by doing a complete changeover from the import-dependent phase in the mid-1980s to be highly self-reliant in the mid-1990s and thereon to be the industry that is export-based. Dr.Reddy was the 1st company to embark on the 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 2ndmajor 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.

Awards and Achievements

With his various achievements in the field of Parma, Dr.K.Anji Reddy is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, 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. And in 2001, the Government of India conferred on him the Padma Shri award. He died on 15 March 2013 after living 74 years of life.