My group researches the health related industries, primarily biotech and pharma, in India and abroad. Such studies, both quantitatve and qualitative, should prove useful to policy making that is geared to supporting industrial innovation.

In addition we have a series of general articles in Current Science entitled ‘Bio-business in brief’. These articles highlight different aspects of drug discovery and development, including institutional arrangements, that are possibly of interest to scientists and policy researchers. We hope that they will contribute to a debate that is vital to producing a knowledge driven industry, itself important to ensure a healthier India.




Jaroslawski, S. and Saberwal, G.
In eHealth in India today, the nature of work, the challenges and the finances: an interview based study.
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 14, 1- 12 (2014)

Kumari, S. and Saberwal, G.
Patent maintenance by Indian pharma and bio-pharma companies.
Asian Biotechnology Development Review, 15, 69-77 (2013)

Jaroslawski, S. and Saberwal, G.
Case studies of innovative medical device companies from India: Barriers and enablers to development.
BMC Health Services Research, 13, 199-207 (2013)

Saberwal, G.
Giving voice to India’s entrepreneurs.
Nature Biotechnology 31, 104-107 (2013)

Marimuthu, G., Kumari, S., Kandasamy, M., Raghunathan, S. and Saberwal, G.
Patents protecting biologics or small molecule drugs are usually maintained.
Nature Biotechnology, 30, 50-53 (2012)

Soby, S, Sebastian, T.E. and Saberwal, G.
US patent holdings of Indian non-corporate entities.
Asian Biotechnology Development Review, 14, 21-33 (2012)

Soby, S., Kandasamy, M. and Saberwal, G
Work outsourced to Indian biotech and pharma companies is not yet significantly innovative.
Current Science, 102, 401-404 (2012)

Sebastian, T.E., Pattnayak, J.P., Soby, S and Saberwal, G.
Patent holdings of Indian pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in international markets of different sizes.
Asian Biotechnology Development Review, 13, 17-37 (2011)

Saberwal, G.
Seeding a skilled workforce.
Nature Biotechnology, 27, 773-775 (2009)

Sebastian, T.E., Chandra Bindu, Y. and Saberwal, G.
Patent holdings of US biotherapeutic companies in major markets.
Drug Discovery Today, 14, 442-445 (2009)

Sundaramoorthy, S., Chandra Bindu, Y. , Mehdiratta, R. and Saberwal, G.
The US patent holdings of homegrown Indian biotech and pharma companies.
Current Science, 96, 252-259 (2009)

Parida, D.K, Mehdiratta, R. and Saberwal, G.
How many patents does a bio-therapeutics company need?
Nature Biotechnology, 26, 763-766 (2008)

Saberwal, G
New pharma-biotech company formation in India
Nature  Biotechnology, 24, 499-501 (2006)


Venkatachalam, S. and Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: A case for new drugs at generic prices from India
Current Science, 102, 13751-1381 (2012)

Saberwal, G
Translating academic discoveries
Current Science 103, 767-769 (2012)

Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: A bit about technology transfer
Current Science, 99, 177-180 (2010)

Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: The debate over biosimilars
Current Science, 98, 1575-1578 (2010)

Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: The paradox of being a drug company
Current Science, 97, 623-625 (2009)

Devaguptapu, S, Mehdiratta, R and Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: The case of Cytokinetics Inc.
Current Science, 94, 1576-1581 (2008)

Mehdiratta, R,  Parida, D K and Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: The challenges of clinical trials
Current Science, 93, 1367-1375 (2007)

Mehdiratta, R and Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: Many a monoclonal.
Current Science, 93, 789-796 (2007)

Mehdiratta, R and Saberwal, G
Bio-business in brief: The case of conotoxins.
Current Science, 92, 39-45 (2007)


Saberwal, G.
On being a professional mutant.
Nature Biotechnology, 32, 106-107 (2014)

Saberwal, G
Caring for a severely disabled person.
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Kapoor, M. and Saberwal, G
The new crossroads
Biotech News, 5, 143-145 (2010).

Saberwal, G.
Drug development in India: What does the future look like?
Contemporary Perspectives: History and Sociology of South Asia, Ed. N Tyabji, 3, 293-309 (2009)

Saberwal, G
A long march
Biotech News, IV, 68-69 & 75 (2009)

Saberwal, G.  Biotechnology Incubation in India.
In Business incubation: Initiatives in India Ed. R. K. Lagu, brought out by NSTEDB, DST (2004)


We have received generous funding from the Wadhwani Foundation and the Institut Merieux to support our research and teaching.