Arun Kumar is a first-generation entrepreneur and is known for his intellect of picking “difficult to operate” domains with high scarcity value. He founded Strides Pharma Science Limited in 1990 and has since led the company in building a global reputation with a differentiated business model and delivering value for its stakeholders. He also co-founded SeQuent Scientific Limited, which is India’s largest integrated animal health company with global presence. Arun is also the promoter of Solara Active Pharma Sciences which is India’s leading Pure-play Active pharmaceutical ingredients company and is on course to become the largest standalone API business.
Arun is invested in several global businesses across pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, healthcare, animal health, medical devices, technology, early-stage startup and growth stage companies.
Arun is a recipient of E&Y Entrepreneur of the year award in the Healthcare sector in 2000. He has also been awarded the Business Today “India Best CEO Award (Mid-Sized Companies Category)” and the “Best CEO in the Pharma & Healthcare Industry” in 2014.
Arun graduated in Commerce and began his career in the exports department of Bombay Drug House Limited, one of the earliest exporters of pharmaceuticals products from India. He later worked as General Manager-Exports with British Pharmaceuticals Limited, a Mumbai based Company