The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2015 in chemical sciences has been awarded to Dr.D. Srinivasa Reddy of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune forhis outstanding contributions to the area of total synthesis of naturalproducts and in medicinal chemistry. It is a rare distinction conferred uponscientists who have demonstrated exceptional potential in Science andTechnology. The award derives its value from its rich legacy of those who wonthis award before and added enormous value to Indian Science.
Dr. Reddy will be bestowedwith the award at a formal function, which shall be presided over by thehonourable Prime Minister. The award, named after the founder director generalof Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. Shanti SwarupBhatnagar, comprises a citation, a plaque, a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and anhonorarium of Rs. 15,000/- per month.
Dr. Reddy’s research group current interests are in the field of totalsynthesis and drug discovery by applying medicinal chemistry. He has also beeninvolved in the synthesis of the agrochemicals like small molecules for cropprotection. The total synthesis ofmore than twenty natural products has been achieved in his lab including a sex pheromone that attracts the mealy bugs and has potentialuse in the crop protection. On the medicinal chemistry front significantprogress has been made by his group using a new concept called “Silicon-switchapproach” towards central nervous system drugs. Identificationof New Chemical Entities for the potential treatment of diabetes and infectiousdiseases is being done in collaboration with industry partners.
His efforts are evidencedby 65 publications and 30 patents. He has recently received the NASI-Relianceindustries platinum jubilee award-2015 for application oriented innovations andthe CRSI bronze medal. In addition, he is also the recipient of Central DrugResearch Institute award for excellence in the drug research in chemicalsciences and scientist of the year award by the NCL Research Foundation in theyear 2013. Dr. Reddy had worked with pharmaceutical companies for seven yearsbefore joining CSIR-NCL in 2010.