About Prof. Javed Iqbal, PhD

Advisor, Drug Development


  • PhD, Chemistry, Delhi University

Special Interests

  • Drug discovery and development
  • Organic chemistry
  • Entrepreneurship

Prof. Javed Iqbal brings decades of experience across all major areas of the healthcare ecosystem. Prof. Iqbal is a pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive, serial entrepreneur, advisor, an educator, public speaker, investor, and a dynamic leader who has helped many organizations in the last three decades achieve their goals.

Prof. Iqbal is currently the program lead of Human health and wellbeing of Regional committee on Asia and Pacific (RCAP) of International council of Science (ICSU) based at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Founder Chairman of Cosmic Therapeutics, Hyderabad. Prof. Iqbal is also a fellow IUPAC and a member of Indian Prime Minister’s committee on CSIR society and is a member of Department of Science and Technology’s committee on Drugs and Pharmaceuticals and sits on many other institutional advisory boards. Prof Iqbal has been a visiting fellow at several International universities and is currently on the international advisory board of medicinal chemistry journal CHEMMEDCHEM published by Wiley-VCH. Prof Iqbal has contributed significantly to the areas of medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and organic synthesis and has published more than 200 research papers and has filed 135 patents in the area of diabetes, infectious diseases, cancer, process chemistry for API’s and pharmaceutical co-crystals. Two of the drugs discovered by his group at DRL underwent phase I clinical trials in Canada and UK.

Javed Iqbal graduated from Delhi University and worked as a research scientist at Ranbaxy Laboratories, New Delhi. Following his brief industrial stint, he moved to Cambridge University where he worked as an SERC post-doctoral fellow in the research group of Prof Ian Fleming, FRS. He later moved to Oxford University and worked as a research fellow with Prof J. E. Baldwin, FRS. He was a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur during 1984-99 and subsequently moved to Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (DRL), Hyderabad where he served as Distinguished Research Scientist and Global Head, Discovery Chemistry during 2000-07. Prof Iqbal served as a Director of Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR) Trivandrum during 2002 and of Dr Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences, Hyderabad during 2007-20013.