Murali Dhar, scientific executive director chemistry platforms, has been at Bristol Myers Squibb for 23 years.
Dhar oversees the medicinal chemistry department at the Biocon-Bristol Myers Squibb R&D Center, also referred to as BBRC. There, he leads a team of around 100 medicinal chemists with the primary objective of discovering new drug candidates across multiple therapeutic areas.
Through his father’s work as a doctor, growing up, Dhar saw first-hand how medicines can cure diseases and improve the quality of patients’ lives.
“This was the reason why I decided to become a medicinal chemist/discovery scientist, since discovering drugs to transform patients’ lives, is a very noble mission,” Dhar said.
Dhar was recently featured in The Touch that Transforms campaign, which showcases real Bristol Myers Squibb scientists and the work they do each day on behalf of patients.
“What I liked most about participating in the new campaign was the opportunity to tell the world about the impactful research carried out at Bristol Myers Squibb,” he said.
Dhar is quick to point out that while he is featured in the campaign, he’s representative of his team and the broader Bristol Myers Squibb workforce. “My colleagues are some of the most dedicated, hardworking, intelligent, focused, caring, and empathetic individuals I know. I am proud to be representing this enormous group of talented folks,” he said.
In addition to posing with a separating funnel for his campaign photo, Dhar also drew the structures of the Bristol Myers Squibb compounds seen on the whiteboard in The Touch that Transforms video.
Interests and expertise
Along with developing drugs that improve patients’ lives, Dhar takes pride in opportunities to mentor the next generation of scientists and researchers.
“Mentoring colleagues at Bristol Myers Squibb and seeing them grow, achieve their objectives and reach their highest potential, are some of the proudest moments I’ve had while working at Bristol Myers Squibb,” he said.
Outside of work, Dhar enjoys western and Indian classical music, as well as studying and collecting postage stamps related to pre-independence India and science.