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NARENDRA KUMAR: MAKING A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN PATIENTS’ LIVES WITH KEMIO SOLUTIONS

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NARENDRA KUMAR: MAKING A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE IN PATIENTS’ LIVES WITH KEMIO SOLUTIONS

“Narendra Kumar is committed to bringing a healthier tomorrow across the world.

 And, he is transforming discovery into care with his venture, Kemio Solutions.”

A famous Football Coach, Vince Lombardi said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”  Narendra Kumar, a renowned Pharmaceutical Research and Development Professional is making this saying reality. He has established a reputation beyond his profession by conceptualizing unique ideas and delivering excellent services. He always measures the extra miles to meet the needs of global healthcare.

Narendra is currently the Founder-CEO at Kemio Solutions, offering concierge services for drug discovery, development, and manufacturing processes. As the CEO, Narendra is leading a revolution in the health industry while promoting values that matter. Narendra always had a dream of bringing the best solutions for the global healthcare industry from Indian talent, and with Kemio Solutions, he is converting his dreams into reality guided by the principles of sustainability and the empowerment of people.

The unique path that led Narendra to initiate Kemio Solutions and the driving force behind the company’s success was Narendra’s passion to accomplish something more than enough and his out-of-box idea. He has extensive experience over 18 years’ in business development, sales & marketing, business strategy, strategic sourcing, R&D and manufacturing operations across multiple geographies, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, lean manufacturing, and research & development. In academics, Narendra holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University and PGDMS from SDM Institute for Management Development.

A GLIMPSE OF KEMIO

Founded on 18 May 2015, Kemio Solutions is an integrated CRAMS (Custom Research & Manufacturing Services) provider offering single-point access to discovery services, CPRD (Chemical Process Research & Development), drug production development & regulatory support services & also pharmaceutical technologies to global pharma and biotech companies. Kemio Solutions accelerates drug development projects of its partners and clients with technologies, expertise, and capabilities to execute pre-clinical programs, CMC (chemistry, manufacturing, and control) for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and drug products, and registration solutions for New Chemical Entities (NCEs), 505b2 and orphan drugs.

Kemio Solutions state of the art facility is located in Bangalore, a major Pharmaceutical hub in India. Here, the company has also set up a lab. The developmental offerings come to utilize resources, talent, and infrastructure in Bangalore and Hyderabad.       

INSPIRATION BEHIND THE INITIATION

“Prior to starting Kemio, I had spent close to 17 years in the industry, a majority of which was in the Drug Discovery and Development space. I had seen an element of talent pool and capabilities across the East and the West, and it was my dream to get this integrated to provide the best outcomes at an affordable cost of innovation, and at a rapid pace to address the challenges that diseases were posing. Kemio is a fructification of the dream”, Narendra shares.

SERVICE PORTFOLIO

Kemio enjoys expertise across the three different sectors: 

  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Development
  • Regulatory Support

DIFFERENTIATING FACTORS

Kemio Solutions is a start up with a mission to accelerate drug development for Pharma and Biotech companies across the world. Here, there are amazing points that make this company stand out in the market:

  • Offers partners and client’s technologies, expertise and abilities to execute pre-clinical programs. 
  • Accelerates drug discovery, development and manufacturing processes for global Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to fight against diseases.
  • Modern lab equipment to allow rapid scale-up up to 2kg within the facility – ensuring the window between discovery and development is effectively bridged.

SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES AT THE INITIAL PHASE

“We faced the issues of a regular start-up – funding, people, and the regular barriers of the approval processes at different levels,” asserts Narendra.

“We made mistakes and learned from them and then moved on. We have a couple of great mentors who have coached and guided us through the process.  Their contribution needs to be acknowledged,” he adds.

CURRENT BUSINESS MODEL

Being young start-up, Kemio Solutions understands the challenges of the industry and accordingly come up with multiple flexible models including a fee for service model, a shared cost model, a success-based model, a milestone-based model among others.

CLIENTELE

Company’s major clients include biotech and pharma in USA / Western Europe / Japan and a few academic research institutes. 

LIFE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

  • Alert, alive and active all the time.
  • Planning and executing the same on time
  • Entrepreneurs are in an expedition mode to scale “Mount (Ne)Everest”

MAJOR DRIVING FORCE

An effective and efficient team, both at home and office is the major factor.

INCEPTION STORY OF KEMIO

The start-up took about six months to conceive and actualize. During his long years of association with the Pharmaceutical and Drug Discovery Industry, Narendra came across a significant level of bureaucracy and a high level of redundancy in the process of drug discovery and development.  His interactions with the cream of scientific talent across the world gave him a sense of the challenges they faced in the process. These conversations made Narendra challenge his thought process and come with effective and efficient systems to enable the team to deal with the uncertainties associated with the process in a much more enabled manner. A few of Narendra’s senior colleagues in the industry who are incidentally based both in the US and in India joined him in this endeavor to get Kemio off the ground and progress it further. 

INSPIRATION

“My gurus- HH Swami Chinmayananda, HH Swami Dayanand Saraswati, and HH Swami Brahmananda, and my parents are my inspirations,” verifies Narendra.

ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY

Exciting and Challenging. 

FUTURE OF KEMIO

Narendra Kumar sees Kemio as a vibrant Drug Discovery and Development Company and having delivered successful outcomes for the wellbeing of mankind on a wide range of disease areas.  The Kemio mandates to work for a healthier tomorrow – they see themselves delivering this outcome in a significant and remarkable manner. 

Besides, the team is focused to make Kemio Solutions a preferred drug development and chemical services provider to global Pharmaceutical & Biotech Industries

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Kemio since its inception has delivered a clinical candidate and two preclinical candidates for its customers within 4 years of starting operations. That is a significant achievement for any start-up to have accomplished in the first few years of operations. 

WORDS OF WISDOM

Be focussed! And, don’t leave the back door open for any reason.

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