Dr. A. Kumaran acquired Ph.D in Natural Product Chemistry from University of Madras and completed post-doctoral research in Food Science & technology from National Taiwan University. He is a gold medalist in M.Sc Chemistry and completed his M.Phil in Organic chemistry. He has experience in isolation, characterization, scaling up of phytopharmaceuticals from plant sources. He has successfully developed & standardized 16 herbal formulations for various ailments (few products commercialized while in SPIC pharma e.g., Ayurviva for liver diseases, Lovanthin for Hepatitis B, SPIC herbal cough syrup, Spinta cream for pain etc.). Possess around 23 years of industrial experience in Natural product research and product development. Before joining NIIST he was working as a Scientist (E3) in HLL R&D Centre, HLL Lifecare Limited, Thiruvananthapuram and engaged in herbal product development. He has filed several patents & published research articles in peer reviewed international journals and also presented papers in various conferences.