Muhammed Majeed, Ph.D
Dr. Muhammed Majeed was born and raised in Kerala, India. He has over 45+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, molecular biology, nutritional and cosmetic industries.
After graduating in with a degree in Pharmacy from Kerala University, Majeed emigrated to the USA in 1975. He continued his graduate studies at Long Island University, New York (M.S.) and St. John’s University New York (Ph.D.) specializing in Industrial Pharmacy.
Dr. Majeed then spent 15 years gaining research experience in progressively responsible positions with Pfizer Inc., Carter-Wallace and Paco Research.
Sabinsa Corporation, a research oriented nutraceutical ingredients company, was founded by Dr. Majeed in 1988. Although the transition from a researcher to ingredients manufacturer was a tremendous challenge, Dr. Majeed handled it successfully, pioneering numerous safe and beneficial products backed by science that have since become industry standards. At present, this New Jersey based firm employs over 60 people.
In 1991, Dr. Majeed set up a research group at Bangalore, India called Sami Labs Ltd to support and expand upon the work of Sabinsa in the US. The facility now has over 500 people working for the company. Sami Labs combines manufacturing and global marketing of nutraceuticals and fine chemicals with cutting edge research.
Sami’s research-based innovative products, born of Dr. Majeed’s vision, have received recognition from the Indian Government and the US Nutraceuticals industry, as well as patents all over the world. Sami received the National award for quality products from the President Of India in the area of Basic Drugs, with both quality and innovation being identified as key components that resulted in the award. In addition, Sami pioneered the research and marketing of a number of phytonutrients based on herbs traditionally used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system, discovering far more uses than were previously known. Sami Labs was also honored twice by the Spices Board of India, receiving one award for developing a market for Garcinia cambogia and the other for export performance.
Among his many awards, Dr. Majeed received recognition from several Indian-American groups for his enterprising work and progress. He also received the 1996 Entrepreneur of the year award from the National Federation of Asian Americans.
In 1997, Sabinsa Corporation was ranked America’s 90th fastest growing company by INC. Magazine. Sabinsa also ranked 7th in New Jersey among the fastest growing Technology based companies (New Jersey Fast 50).
In early 1999, Sami Labs started a division called Sami Spices based at Cochin, India to promote procurement and marketing of spices.
N. Kalyanam, Ph.D.
PRESIDENT - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. N. Kalyanam is the President of Sabinsa’s New Jersey R&D. His research interests are synthetic methodology and chiral chemistry. He obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Madras and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Baylor University (Texas). Upon completing his Ph.D., Dr. Kalyanam completed 2 years of postdoctoral studies focusing on organic synthesis procedures before returning to India. In India he worked for a number of reputable companies, IPCL, Ciba Geigy, and SPIC Pharma, to which he made major scientific contributions.
Dr. Kalyanam’s primary responsibilities at Sabinsa include the development of efficient and novel scientific routes for xenobiotics and intermediates as well as the exploration of new business areas.
S. Natarajan Ph.D.
ADVISOR/SR. VICE PRESIDENT - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. S. Natarajan has a Ph.D. from the University of Madras, India. After getting his Ph.D., he spent over five years in USA as a Research Associate in the University of North Carolina (USA), Duke University (USA) and Standford University in California. He has to his credit more than 30 publications in national and international journals.
He started his career as a Senior R&D Scientist in Amrutanjan Limited, and later to become its Director. He was also one of the founding directors of Amrutanjan Fine Chemicals Limited and served the company for more than 20 years.
Dr. Natarajan, besides heading the R&D Department of Sami Labs for the past five years, he was also in the Board of Directors.
His expertise includes Synthetic & Organic Chemistry, Natural Products’ Isolation & Characterization, Development of Analytical Methods and scaling up of products from the lab to the industrial level.
Hari Ramachandran, Ph.D.
MANAGER – QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL
Dr. Hari Ram is currently Manager, Quality Assurance AND Quality Control (QA & QC) of Sabinsa Corporation at its headquarters in East Windsor, New Jersey. Dr. Ram received his doctorate in Biochemistry & Immunology from University of Madras, India and has 21 plus years of experience in R&D, diagnostics, analytical testing, teaching, technical support, documentation, marketing, regulatory and QA & QC working at various academic, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical organizations across India, Middle East and USA. He has to his credit several national and international presentations, publications and patents.