A 25-year scientific career has given me a passion for creative approaches to research and problem solving. When I saw InnoCentive’s website, 6 years back, it sparked my interest. I submitted a solution for an InnoCentive Challenge called “Protein Crosslinks” with a hypothesis in my mind and a few days in the library. After a few months I received a notice from InnoCentive stating that my solution has been selected for the award. I was delighted.
In the last four years I have had 10 unsuccessful attempts to win a Challenge but it has not stopped me from submitting my solutions to InnoCentive Challenges. I am pleased to say that in 2007 two of my solutions were awarded for “Compounds for Skin Tanning” and “Combinatorial Polypeptides”.
I have been amazed by the success of open source innovation at InnoCentive and the global change to approaching R&D. InnoCentive is shaping the new way to conduct research and intellectual innovation. In my opinion, in the future, open innovation may be the key method for problem solving not only for Product Design but also in areas like Human Resource, Marketing, Personnel, Banking & Finance, etc. Presently I would suggest using open source innovation in two major areas of global concern; Global Warming and Energy Efficiency. In my opinion companies like InnoCentive might help solve such bigger global problems. I would be happy to see the companies in the Energy and Power sector use InnoCentive’s open innovation model to convert problems into creative solutions and group the talented people of the discipline, to contribute to the much needed global change in these areas.
Our thoughts are the key which unlock the door of opportunity. Working as a Solver with InnoCentive is an opportunity to help change the future of innovation, and in turn create more opportunities for ourselves.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Poona University. Prior to joining Shriram Institute for Industrial Research as Joint Director in Bangalore I was associated with Hoechst India Limited Research Centre, Cardiovascular drug development division (Semi-synthetic drugs), Lupin Laboratories Limited, Bharat Rasayan Limited and M/s Deepharma Limited. I have developed more than 35 chemical processes, which are commercially produced presently. I am the co-author of 9 publications and hold 5 patents. My Major Scientific Fields of Interests include: Natural products, Synthetic organic chemistry, Biopolymers, Heterocyclic chemistry, Analytical Research, Drug Development, New Polymer formulations, Biotechnology- Biocatalysts in Organic Synthesis. Proteomics- low molecular weight Polypeptide in human. Disease Biomarker development. ChemBio informatics.
Shriram Institute for Industrial Research (SRI) is an independent, not-for-profit, self-supporting, multi-location, multi-disciplined contact research organization, which conducts research in areas of special significance to Indian and multinational industry in the context of liberalization, globalization and protection of intellectual property rights.