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Chairman's Profile

Ex- ICMR Emeritus Scientist CSIR-CDRI

Ex-Emeritus Scientist CSIR-CDRI

Ex Professor AcSIR

Ex Dean NIPER Raibareilly

Ex Chief Scientist & Head, Division of Medicinal & Process Chemistry Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, UP, India

Ex-Chief Scientist, CDRI, Lucknow.

Dr. A.K. Saxena (Chairman)

Dr. A. K. Saxena is the pioneer of Computer Aided Drug Design (CADD) in India and is regarded as the father of QSAR in India, a very novel technique in the field of drug discovery.

He is an outstanding medicinal chemist and represents ASIA continent as editorial board member of several journals SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, Medicinal Chemistry Research, Current topics in medicinal chemistry, etc. and international book series TOPICS IN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY.

Dr. A. K. Saxena did his PhD from Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow under the supervision of Dr.NityaAnand who recently was awarded “Padma Shri”. He was the recipient of Alex. V. Humboldt Fellowship.

Dr. Saxena has a research experience of 51 years in Medicinal Chemistry. His expertise in the field can be gauged by the tremendous research output in terms of publications and patents including invention of the drug Centbutidole licensed to Chemosyn Ltd. for marketing by the then Honorable Prime Minister of India (late) Shri. Rajiv Gandhi in 1986.


  • As Alex. V. Humboldt Fellow
  • Borstel Research Institute, Germany

Research Output Detail Research Outputs Numbers
1 Research Papers 226
2 Review/articles in Books/Monographs 31
3 Patents (Granted/ filed) 72
4 Papers presented 180
5 Invited lectures 50
6 Postdoctoral Students 5
7 Ph. D students 45
8 M. Pharm /M. Sc (Pharm. Chemistry) thesis/project trainees 250
9 B. Pharm. Project Trainees from BITS-Pilani and INSA 35


  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1977-78), Alexander von Humboldt foundation Bonn, W. Germany.
  • INSA Young Scientist Medal (1983), Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India.
  • Themis Chemicals UDCT Diamond Jubilee Distinguished Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1997-98), U.D.C.T., Mumbai, India.
  • Ranbaxy Research Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2001), Ranbaxy Research Foundation, Gurgaon, India.
  • Honorary Medal for International cooperation and outstanding contribution in Medicinal Chemistry (2004), Scientific Partnership Foundation, Russia.
  • Prof. P.K. Bose Memorial Award (2006), Indian Chemical Society, India.

Additional Information


External Member, Research Development Committee of the Department of Biotechnology, Integral University, Lucknow.


Member, Board of International Charitable Foundations’ (Scientific Partnership) Coordinating Board, Russia.


Reviewer of papers in several journals including Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of Chemical Information Modeling, Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry, Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry Letters, International Journal of QSAR, several Indian journals, etc.


UGC nominee, in the advisory committee of the special assistance programme (SAP) to the Department of Chemistry, A. P. S University, Rewa, MP, India.


Member of REACH INDIA TASK FORCE under the ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers, Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, Govt. of India.


Member of Screening-cum-Technical Evaluation Committee for National Awards for R&D efforts in Industry – 2008.


Member of The American Chemical Society, USA.


Patent evaluator for Current Drugs Ltd., U.K.


Secretary for QSAR society of India.


Life member of Indian Chemical Society.


Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry.

12 Life Member of Indian Association of Medicinal Chemists.

Member of `Board of Directors' in American Bibliography Inc. USA.


Life member of UP Association for Science and Technology advancement.


Secretary QSAR Society of INDIA.


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