Information Technology Minister K Tarakarama Rao, who is on a week-long trip to US to attract investments in Telangana, met heads of leading Global Pharma companies on his second day of his tour. KTR met executives of Johnson & Johnson, Paul Stoffel, chairman of Pharmaceuticals Division, Melinda Richter, Head of J-Labs and Jonathan Collard, VP, Government Affairs and Policy, Asia Pacific.
Paul was very enthusiastic about Hyderabad Pharma City and will be visiting India and Hyderabad in 2017. The Telangana government has entered into an pact Johnson & Johnson to work together for making the state tuberculosis free.The New Jersey based Johnson & Johnson will play an active role in the project by assisting the state government in achieving the goal.
The minister also met Dr Sanat Chattopadhyay, VP (Executive) and President, Merck Manufacturing Division in Kenilworth office. Sanat mentioned the company's intention for a partnership with Telangana on tackling infant diarrhoea. Merck expressed interest in setting up a vaccine centre Hyderabad's pharma city which will also be used for imparting skills, providing training.