Muhammed Majeed, Ph.D.
Dr. Muhammed Majeed was born and raised in Kerala, India.
After graduating in Pharmacy from Kerala University, Majeed emigrated to USA in 1975. He continued his graduate studies in Long Island University, New York (M.S.) and St. John's University New York (Ph.D.) specializing in Industrial Pharmacy.
Dr. Majeed has over 15 years of research experience in progressively responsible research positions with Pfizer Inc., Carter-Wallace and Paco Research.
Sabinsa Corporation, a research oriented pharmaceutical and nutraceutical marketing company, was founded by Dr. Majeed in 1988. Although the transition from a researcher to a marketing company was a tremendous challenge, Dr. Majeed handled it successfully. At present, this New Jersey based firm employs over 60 people.
In 1991, Dr. Majeed set up a research group at Bangalore, India called Sami Labs Ltd. The facility now has over 500 people working for the company. Sami Labs combines manufacturing and global marketing of nutraceuticals and fine chemicals with cutting edge research.
Sami's research based new products picked up recognition from the Indian Government as well. Sami received the National award for quality products from the PRESIDENT OF INDIA in the area of Basic Drugs . Both QUALITY and INNOVATION were the key components that resulted in the award. In addition, Sami pioneered the research and marketing of a number of phytonutrients based on Indian raw materials. Sami Labs was also honored twice by the Spices Board of India, receiving one award for developing a market for Garcinia cambogia and the other for export performance.
Dr. Majeed received awards from several Indian American groups for his enterprising work and progress. He also received the 1996 Entrepreneur of the year award by the National Federation of Asian Americans.
In 1997, Sabinsa Corporation had been ranked America’s 90th fastest growing company by INC. Magazine. Sabinsa also ranked 7th in New Jersey among the fastest growing Technology based companies (New Jersey Fast 50).
In early 1999, Sami Labs started a division called Sami Spices based at Cochin, India to promote procurement and marketing of spices.
Jayasankar (Jay) Nair
Chief Executive Officer
Jay spent 23 years with the State Bank of India in senior assignments specializing in marketing, business development, training and HR activities. He took up challenging roles in setting up the Centurion Bank, followed by a stint with IndusInd Bank. After his nine years as Sabinsa's CFO, Jay was recruited to set up a US company for the large and diverse Muthoot Group, a 126 year old company based in India. He is also a well-known speaker in the banking industry, giving lectures on "Effective Communication" and "Marketing".
N. Kalyanam, Ph.D.
President - R&D
Dr. N. Kalyanam is the President of Sabinsa's New Jersey R&D. His research interests are synthetic methodology and chiral chemistry. He obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Madras and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Baylor University (Texas). Upon completing his Ph.D., Dr. Kalyanam completed 2 years of postdoctoral studies focusing on organic synthesis procedures before returning to India. In India he worked for a number of reputable companies, IPCL, Ciba Geigy, and SPIC Pharma, to which he made major scientific contributions.
Dr. Kalyanam's primary responsibilities at Sabinsa include the development of efficient and novel scientific routes for xenobiotics and intermediates as well as the exploration of new business areas.
President – Global Business Expansion & Operations
Madhu holds overall responsibility for the global business expansions and operations of the company. He co-ordinates and manages the various companies within the group. He obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Ashland University, Ohio.
Besides directing the day-to-day affairs of the company, Madhu is also involved in setting up the infrastructure for Sabinsa’s international operations and is a Board Member in several companies within the group. He has 20 + years of experience with Sami/Sabinsa group.
Reza Kamarei, Ph.D.
Vice President - Science & Technology
Dr. Reza Kamarei received his Ph.D. in food science and technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. He has worked at companies such as Angio-Medical Corp (VP of Bio-processing Operations); Clintec Nutrition USA, JV between Nestle & Baxter (Leader of R&D Department); National Starch (Director of Nutritional and Medical Food Ingredients); Princeton Nutrition (President); Oceanic Institute (Director, Nutrition Department); and Coca-Cola North America (Senior Manager - Nutritional Juices, Products and Ingredient Sciences). Dr. Kamarei is currently VP of Science and Technology at Sabinsa Corporation and Chief Scientific Advisor at Sami Direct. He is inventor or co-inventor of more than twenty patents and author of numerous peer-reviewed papers.
Anurag Pande, Ph.D.,
Vice President - Scientific Affairs
Dr. Pande has been with Sabinsa's sister company, Sami Labs, since 2004 in a research capacity, and spent several years at Sabinsa Japan's Tokyo office as Senior Technical Manager. Today, Dr. Pande works from Sabinsa’s Corporate HQ based in East Windsor, NJ, USA.
Dr. Pande holds a Ph.D. in Phytochemistry from RML Awadh University. He has both a Masters Degree in Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Lucknow University. He is the author of several trade and peer reviewed publications.
By applying his chemistry knowledge to the ingredients Sabinsa promotes, he brings a refreshing viewpoint of understanding how these ingredients work. In his current capacity, Dr. Pande helps with technical marketing, delivers talks on various health benefits, provides worldwide regulatory support of Sabinsa’s portfolio of ingredients, as well as closely working with customers to help them develop new products and formulations in a time bound manner.
Vice President - Business Development
Asha Ramesh is responsible for co-ordinating with customers, marketing and development of new business. She obtained her MBA with specialization in Marketing Management from Bangalore University, India.
Asha initally worked with the group as Manager - Purchases & Special Projects at Sabinsa's manufacturing facility, Sami Labs Ltd. for 5 years. She is with Sabinsa from January 2000 and tremendously enjoys working with customers. Her qualifications & valuable experience with the group stand in good stead.
Marketing Director Shaheen Majeed knows Sabinsa from the ground up. When he was just 17 years old Shaheen began in the warehouse of the company his father founded in 1988, followed by a stint in customer service. He then handled a variety of sales positions, which included Tri-State region sales, California Sales Manager, and Latin American Business Development, a responsibility he still handles in addition to his role as Marketing Director. Shaheen has also managed Contract Manufacturing, been Cosmetic Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO. He is also spearheading the company’s expansion of their functional foods offerings.
In his spare time Shaheen earned a BA in Economics from Rutgers University, NJ and an MBA in Business Management from Keller Management School, CA. Additional Certificates from Executive MBA courses & schools attended includes:
Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, Philippines, 2001: Family Owned Business
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, 2005: Marketing Strategies in a Competitive Environment
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, 2005: Strategic Thinking & Implementation
In February 2009 Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine names him one of 40 under 40 notable members of the industry. In March 2009 Shaheen was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Herbal Products Association.