Mr. D.S. Brar graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala. He further completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with top rank (Gold Medal) from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. After having started his career in 1974 with The Associated Cement Companies Limited (ACC), Mr. Brar has been associated with the Pharmaceutical Industry for three decades. Mr. Brar spent major part of this period (1977 – 2004) with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited – India’s largest Pharmaceutical company at various positions and rose to the level of President in 1993. He became the CEO & Managing Director of Ranbaxy in 1999. Mr. Brar stepped down from this position in 2004 to start his entrepreneurial journey and ventured into GVK Biosciences - a leading contract research organization providing Discovery & Development services to Global Life Sciences companies. Mr. Brar also promoted Inogent Labs - an early development/scale up company in Hyderabad and Davix Management Services - Pharmaceuticals focused Consulting/Advisory Services Company.
Mr. Brar currently holds Board positions in various Indian and International companies like MphasiS Limited - a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard (HP), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Wockhardt Limited, Gland Pharma Limited & Mountain Trail Foods (India) Pvt. Ltd. He is also Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of Adamas Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). From 2000 – 2007, Mr. Brar served as a Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and was also a Member of the Inspection and Audit Sub-Committee of the Central Board of Directors of the RBI.
Mr. Brar has been involved with some of the premier Research and Educational institutions in India. He has served as a Member on the Board of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar.
Mr. Brar has been involved with several leading industry associations in India. He was associated with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) where he Chaired CII’s Indian MNC Council and with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in the past. Mr. Brar was a Member of Prime Minister’s Task Force on pharmaceuticals and knowledge-based industries which drafted the blue print for the growth and global expansion of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry including R&D and Pricing policies. He is currently member of Consultative Group on Exports of Pharmaceutical Products, under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Government of India. For his service and contribution to the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Brar was honored with the Dean’s Medal from the Tufts University School of Medicine, U.S.A. in 2004. The Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) conferred on Mr. Brar the “FABA Special Award 2011” for his contribution to the biopharma sector.