G J Samathanam, has been working on different capacities in the Department of
Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, since 1988. He was associated
in the National Science & Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS)
and facilitated for bringing out several national reports on Research and Development
statistics, Science indicators, science resources, brain drain, utilization pattern
of S&T manpower, quantification of S&T output etc. His substantial contributions
facilitated DST for publishing the first Science & Technology data book 1990,
National Report on Quantification of Manpower and Financial Resources in Science
& Technology from Higher Education Sector in 2002. These publications are
as referral and resource material to Planners, Policy makers and scholars.
Dr. Samathanam is actively associated in the implementation of Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
Research Programme (DPRP) of DST for evolving several industry-academia collaborative
R&D projects on pharma sector including Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM).
He has nurtured the concept of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in R&D in
particular for Drugs and Pharmaceuticals area in the country. Several public funded
Laboratories and Universities could create state-of-the-art infrastructures on
transgenic/gene-knockout mice, bioequivalence, bioavailability, pharmacogenomics,
pharmacoinformatics, stem cell research, natural products library, pharmacokinetics,
Bio-containment, herbo-metallic preparations, Genotoxicity, reproductive toxicity,
Neurotoxicity, pharmacovigilance etc.
are creation of Pharmaceutical Research & Development Support Fund (PRDSF)
in DST to facilitate soft loans for R&D projects of Pharma Industry from 2004
and extending grants-in-aid to Indian Pharma Industry for R&D projects involving
clinical trials (Phase I,II,III) to develop new drugs for neglected diseases by
DPRP from July 2008. He is also the Member Secretary of Expert Committee on Drugs
& Pharmaceuticals Research Programme (DPRP) of DST.
has been the examiner for evaluating Ph.D dissertations for many Indian Universities.
He has visited developed and developing countries like USA, Canada, Srilanka and
Nepal as a country delegate on different occasions. He has published to his credentials
several peer reviewed journal papers too.