Pharmasud Workshop #1 – Pharmaceutical Innovations in the Ayurvedic Industry


This workshop is organised in the framework of the project « Local knowledge, market construction and globalization: two regimes of pharmaceutical innovation in the South » (Pharmasud), funded by the French National Agency for Research (ANR), and jointly led by the IFP, and the CERMES in Paris. It explores new systems of production, mobilization and transfer of knowledge, related to the invention of drugs in two countries called to play a growing role in the pharmaceutical economy, and more broadly in the world economic regulation, namely India and Brazil.

The meeting in Pondicherry concerns India, and more specifically, the regime of “reformulation”, which is characteristic of the Ayurvedic industry. This “reformulation” of traditional drugs is a form of contemporary innovation that we propose to study. While works on pharmaceutical innovation in the countries of the South have been predominantly centred in the past on the model of technological dependence and transfer of technologies coming from laboratories of northern countries, we study innovation models that stem from southern countries, and that represent alternatives both to the chemical screening model of the post-war era, and to the appropriation systems by means of patents. These models produce local knowledge in response to global constraints; they contribute towards the emergence of global markets and new regulations with regards to quality and intellectual property. It is planned during this workshop to discuss the state of affairs in this field, and to define the working agenda of our teams for the year to come.


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  • French Institute of Pondicherry
  • Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé et société (CERMES), Paris (EHESS-INSERM-CNRS)


  • Laurent Pordié (IFP)
  • Jean-Paul Gaudillière (INSERM-EHESS)


  • Madhulika Banerjee (Delhi University)
  • Calum Blaikie (University of Kent)
  • Frédéric Bourdier (IRD)
  • Burton Cleetus (Calicut University)
  • Sylvie Fainzang (INSERM)
  • Jean-Paul Gaudillière (INSERM-EHESS)
  • Harilal Madhavan (IFP)
  • Harish Naraindas (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Laurent Pordié (IFP / university of Heidelberg)
  • Kapil Raj (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
  • Roman Sieler (University of Heidelberg)
  • Francis Zimmermann (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)


Jawaharlal Nehru Conference Hall, French Institute of Pondicherry, 11, Saint Louis Street, Pondicherry – 605001.