Dr Singh took over the charge of DCGI in February 2008 and continued to work in the same position till November 2, 2011. Presently, he is director in-charge of the National Institute of Biologicals, Noida, which is the National Control Laboratory for testing of all biologicals including vaccines and bio-pharmaceuticals.
Adjudged by a panel of experts of the UK-based pharma magazine ‘World Pharmaceutical Frontiers’, the ‘2011 Pharma 40’ list comprises of renowned businesspersons, philanthropists, scientists, regulators and legislators.
The list includes names like Bill & Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Gates Foundation; Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services; Dr Margaret Chan, director general, World Health Organization (WHO); and Barack Obama, President of the United States; amongst others.
“Increasing the number of drug inspectors to maintain quality parameters in the countries from which India imports drugs, Singh (Dr Surinder Singh) is aiming to improve the country’s regulatory system. He is also launching a new pharmacovigilance programme to study the adverse effects of drugs,” said WorldPharma.
Dr Surinder Singh belongs to Jammu and Kashmir. He did his MBBS from Medical College, Jammu; and MD (Microbiology) from Medical College, Rohtak, Haryana; and senior residency in Microbiology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
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