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Surya Devarakonda, Ph.D.

Surya Devarakonda, Ph.D.

Pharmaceutical Professional | Solid State Specialist | API & Finished Dosage Process Expert

Greater Hyderabad Area

A pharmaceutical product development chain involves discovery of a drug substance, scaling it up successfully to manufacture first kilogram quantities, formulating into a suitable drug product, performing clinical trials and manufacturing both the active and the drug product at a commercial scale in a cost effective manner.

With my core education in chemical engineering, I have developed a not-so-common expertise and proficiency across this value chain, became a specialist in crystallization and polymorphism, robust process development through QbD, DoE and scale up technologies. This expertise has been seamlessly extended to formulating powders into oral drug products and taking them from lab to commercial scale. I have led teams of chemical engineers and scientists of sizes as high as 80, in different geographical locations. I have conceptualized and created novel teams to deliver innovative solutions. I have managed multiple projects with >90% target achievement. I have published 9 research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, was a co-inventor on 20+ patent applications (received 4 patent grants till date) and presented at several research conferences.

Values and integrity are of paramount importance to me. At a personal and professional level, I live by values set and instill the same in my daughter, who I want to be successful in her own way and hold her head high with esteem. I enjoy stimulating conversations, relaxing with a book or music, dabble in writing or simply taking long walks.


  • Director, Technical Services (Oral Solid Dosage Formulations) (Dr. Reddy's Laboratories)
  • Head - Technical Services (OSD) (Mylan Laboratories Limited)
  • Head - Process Development (Aurobindo Pharma)
  • Associate Vice President, Formulation Development (Product Technology) (SUN PHARMA)
  • Staff Engineer (Wyeth Research)


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