R & D of New Drugs
Dr. Satinder (Sut) Ahuja has a unique blend of talents in R&D of new drugs from the standpoint of synthesis, process development, scale-up, pharmaceutical technology, problem solving, and regulatory/environmental issues. His expertise in chromatography and separations, especially in the area of trace/ultratrace analyses, chiral separations, and characterization of contaminants by various techniques, is recognized worldwide. Dr. Ahuja effectively managed development of many new drugs at Novartis Corporation for over 25 years in a number of successive leadership positions. He actively directed many projects that included enantiomeric compounds and modern drug delivery systems that led to earnings of billions of dollars for the company. He also chaired the Waste Minimization Committee at Novartis and was involved with various projects to prevent contamination of the environment. Since 1994, as president of Ahuja Consulting, he has advised major pharmaceutical companies in the United States and abroad on new drug development and environmental issues.
For a number of years, Dr. Ahuja has been utilizing his expertise in ultratrace analysis and separations chemistry to help solve the problem of arsenic contamination in Bangladesh, India, and the United States. He chaired an IUPAC/American Chemical Society workshop on Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2005. As a follow-up, he chaired several symposia on this subject at the ACS meeting in Atlanta in 2006. Dr. Ahuja helped select a winner for the one-million-dollar Grainger prize offered by the National Academy of Engineering for development of a suitable filter to reduce arsenic levels in water. To highlight the concerns for water, he organized a Science Café at the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia in 2008 on Drinking Water: Meeting Our Needs in a Changing World. Another Science Café, this one held in Wilmington, North Carolina, in October of 2008, on Water Shortage and Purity: A Looming Crisis, where he acted as a discussion leader. In December of 2008, he presented a lecture, Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater: A Worldwide Problem, at a symposium of UNESCO and University of California, Irvine. More recently, he went to India, Thailand, and Cambodia to study firsthand what is being done to address arsenic contamination issues there. Recently he organized two very successful symposia for ACS on Nanomaterials and Sustainability and Emerging Contaminants in the Environment.
Dr. Ahuja has given plenary lectures around the world. He has won many awards and has served on a distin-guished panel for UN to address hunger problems in Africa and on the panel of AAAS for NSF review. As adjunct full professor, he helped develop budding scientists at Pace University. He has also taught short courses for ACS and AAPS on “Chiral Separations by Chromatography” and “Monitoring Impurities in Pharmaceuticals.” He has published many papers and over thirty books. His latest books include Advances in Water Purification Techniques; Evaluating Water Quality to Prevent Future Disasters; Handbook of Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis; Modern Instrumental Analysis; Handbook of Isolation and Characterization of Impurities in Pharmaceuticals; Chromatography and Separation Science; and Chiral Separations by Chromatography.
R&D of drugs; Chiral Compounds; Chromatographic methods such as GC, HPLC, UHPLC, and SFC; Spectroscopic methods such as IR, FTIR, NMR, and MS, and hyphenated methods GC-MS and LC-MS.
Dr. Ahuja has served the American Chemical Society (ACS) at the local, national, and international levels in various capacities. A few of the organizations he chaired are the New York Section and East North Carolina Section, ACS; Chromatography and Separation Chemistry Subdivision; Environmental Committee, New York Section; Analytical Instrumentation Committee, IAC, ACS; Task Force on International Scientific Chapters, ACS; New York Chromatographic Society; Rockland Chemical Society; and Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) Program Committee. He received the Distinguished Chemist Award of the Rockland Chemical Society and Outstanding Service Award of the New York Section of ACS. He has served on UN and AAAS panels. Dr. Ahuja has worked on the Committee on Environmental Improvement and Local Sections Committee and served as Councilor for ACS for 25 years. Currently he is on the board of Eastern Analytical Symposium, VP of Special Projects for Chemists without Borders, President of Ahuja academy of Water quality, and Symposium Organizer for ENVR division of ACS.