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Environment,
Health, Safety &
Sustainability

Aligning EHS and sustainability initiatives with strategic business value.

Aragen is committed to the safety and health of all employees and stakeholders. Our safety strategy combines infrastructure design that emphasizes safety and risk mitigation, with process management and industrial hygiene principles. The Aragen EHS&S team comprising industry veterans, ensures safety systems are embedded into our business processes. All Aragen facilities are ISO 45001:2018 certified.

We have also embarked on a journey to raise awareness about safety being every employee’s responsibility. Programs such as ‘Safety Minute’, ‘Safety Leadership Rounds’, ‘Safety Incident Message’, ‘ToolBox Talk’, and ‘iShield’ reinforce this message across the company, at all levels. We supplement these initiatives with comprehensive training programs that reiterate ‘safety as a way of life’.

Sustainability is a vital addition to our EHS programs. By integrating EHS and sustainability management into one unified program, we strengthen the foundation for compliance, consistency and continuous improvement. In the laboratory, we apply the principles of green chemistry; outside, we have committed to a 10% annual reduction in energy and water usage. Aragen is also working on developing a sustainable green supply chain. To review the success of these programs and compare our performance against the best in the field, we benchmark our results with the EcoVadis global sustainability ratings.

Aragen EHS&S initiatives have been recognized as among the best in the industry. We recently received the International Safety Award from the British Safety Council, and were declared the #1 firm in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector by CII Southern Region EHS Excellence Committee.

Our focus on EHS&S has never been more tested than during the COVID-19 pandemic. As customers became wholly dependent on us due to their internal laboratory and manufacturing unit closures, it was imperative that we delivered to their needs, while ensuring the safety of our employees. Through several innovative measures, including a novel shift working system, formation of work clusters, RFID-tagged badges to ensure social distancing, touchless systems for employee entry, and Aragen-organized transport for travel to and from work, we continue to exceed customer expectation, with no serious health issues among any of our employees.

COVID-19 Communication

A snapshot of the precautionary measures taken, and the policies and practices implemented, to protect the health and safety of our employees and combat Covid-19 across Aragen campuses.

10 April, 2020

Message from the CEO

10 April, 2020

Message from the CEO

Dear Valued Customers,

I am pleased to let you know that all our facilities are operational now, along with all business functions. This marks a major milestone in our journey to mitigate any long impact for our customers, while ensuring the safety of our employees.

We have allowed our staffing levels on all projects to steadily increase over the week, once we were comfortable with the design and implementation of the transportation and social distancing protocols at scale.

Your business development and project teams will now start providing project level details so that we can focus on driving your programs forward.

I appreciate your trust, patience, and encouragement through the past two weeks, and look forward to working with you as your ‘Partner-of-Choice’ to Accelerate your R&D.

With Best Regards,
Manni Kantipudi,
CEO, Aragen
Safety and Compliance Always

23 March, 2020

Message from the Aragen Team

23 March, 2020

Message from the Aragen Team

Dear Valued Customers,

We hope that you, your colleagues, and your families are continuing to keep well through this global crisis. Stay safe, and wish all of you good health.

As promised in my note from last week, I wanted to update you on the latest developments at Aragen:

Effective Sunday (22nd March), the Government of India has implemented nationwide regulations, that include restrictions on public transportation and ‘decongestion’ of the work place. These will be in place until the 31st of March 2020.

While the health care industry seems to be largely exempt from these regulations, we are still trying to gather all information to ensure that we are in compliance. Even as we do this, we realize the immediate challenges that our employees will face as they arrive to work on Monday, the 23rd of March. This may also impact the presence of health, safety, and support professionals at full strength.

Taking all these into consideration, we have decided to do the following (Wednesday is a pre-scheduled holiday in India):

Lab services (Discovery Chemistry, Discovery Biology) will be closed from Monday through Wednesday. Manufacturing services and associated support functions will continue as scheduled, while ensuring compliance. Over the next two days, we expect to fully understand the guidelines, and adapt our work policies to become compliant. We are also working to ensure transportation options for staff and contract employees (as needed), decongestion plans on lab services via shift operations, and the full on-site presence of safety and medical professionals. The pre-scheduled vacation day on Wednesday gives us an additional window to execute on this plan. Any lost time on lab services, we expect to catch up soon with a couple of days scheduled over the weekends. This of course, assumes that the situation remains stable over the next two weeks.

I thank you again for your understanding as we navigate this global pandemic- your responses have been encouraging and have emphasized the need for employee safety first. From our end, as we move forward, I promise you that we remain committed to that as our first priority, followed by business continuity, as we seek to mitigate any impact to all of you.

If you have any questions, please let your primary contact at Aragen know, and we will get back to you at the earliest.

Best Regards,
Aragen Team

16 March, 2020

Message from the CFO

16 March, 2020

Message from the CFO

Dear Partner,

First and foremost, I wanted to wish you, your organization, and your families, the best and good health as we work through this health crisis of Pandemic Covid-19. Aragen has a core value of “Safety and Compliance Always” and through these challenging times, We at Aragen have implemented series of measures in line with Government of India & WHO Guidelines to ensure our employees and other stakeholders across all our locations are safe. One of the significant actions taken at Aragen from our external stakeholders & partners perspective is avoiding any personal meetings within the premises and all our interactions will be encouraged through virtual meeting mediums such as Tele-conference, Bridge meetings etc. We request your support in having virtual meetings with Aragen members and avoid any of your planned travel to any of our sites for meetings till further notice. All your staff members entering Aragen premises for execution of assigned projects will have to support on necessary measures implemented at respective sites and any non-adherence will be dealt strictly.

We will continue to monitor and upgrade our efforts to ensure that there are minimum disruptions and avoiding adverse impact to all our stakeholders.

Considering you as our critical and strategic partners and in interest of Business continuity, we would also like to know from you on actions taken at your end especially related to your business continuity Plans, Open Order/Projects tracking, Your supply chain risk assessment & Employees related actions.

We expect proactive feedback from you on potential impact you foresee due to this situation so that we also consider it into our planning and commitments to our Customers.

In this moment of crisis it is important that we are proactive in taking preventive measures and mitigate risk through collaborations as well as proactive communications. I look forward to have your response on your actions and assure you of Best possible support from Aragen. In the meantime, please feel to reach out to your primary point of contacts at Aragen or you can also write to contact.scm@gvkbio.com for specific clarifications.

We thank you for your trust and confidence in Aragen and look forward to continuing our partnership.

Best Regards
Paresh Gupta
Chief Financial Officer – Aragen
Safety & Compliance Always

Message from the CEO

16 March, 2020

Message from the CEO

Dear Partner,

First and foremost, I wish you, your organization, and your families, the best and good health as we work through the ongoing global health pandemic. Aragen has a core value of “Safety and Compliance Always” and through this challenging time, we are taking several precautions at the company to ensure our employees are safe and that your projects are progressing as planned.  We are closely monitoring the updates from various Governments and agencies including the Government of India, the WHO (World Health Organization), the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA), among others.

I take this opportunity to update you on the measures we have taken, effective this week, to protect our employees and to mitigate risks to your projects.

Preventive measures and response teams:

  • Aragen has set up a Covid-19 Command Center (CCC) consisting of senior leaders with decision making authority.  This command center is tasked, trained, and empowered to coordinate a response in the event of an emergency, and is also the point of contact for employees with any query related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • We have switched to facial scanning for employees over biometrics for security, and video conferencing is now the preferred mode for meetings.  Employees not required to be at work, are encouraged to work from home and have been provided secure access including video conferencing capability.
  • All employees, contractors, and visitors entering any Aragen campus are subject to thermal scans; Qualified medical personnel are available at all sites to attend to any emergency, and address employee questions.  We have advised any employee having cold, cough or flu-like symptoms to work from home, and meet with their physician immediately.  Our EHS and Supply Chain teams are working closely with our contractors to ensure that they implement best practices to protect their employees, and ours.
  • Labs and several work areas are access controlled, restricting free flow of scientists and personnel.  We have run several campaigns to educate our employees and contractors on good personal hygiene, regular sanitization and social distancing.  All public events at Aragen have been cancelled until further notice, and meetings are restricted to a maximum of 20 personnel.  Employees who have to be in labs and plants have been advised to bring in lunch, and cafeteria hours are staggered to ensure social distancing.  All personnel have been advised to take the stairs over elevators to the extent possible, with local EHS teams guiding behavior. Cafeterias, Offices, Labs, Warehouses, Elevators, Meeting rooms, are cleaned and sanitized regularly three times a day.
  • International travel has been banned for Aragen employees, and domestic travel is severely restricted.  We are in the process of informing our international customers and suppliers about the government mandated suspension of travel to India until mid-April. Domestic customers and suppliers have been asked to restrict their visits to Aragen and conduct business via video or phone/teleconference.

Business Continuity:

  • Project Tracking: We are regularly monitoring both current and scheduled projects for delays, and taking proactive steps to minimize customer impact.
  • Site Redundancy: Our Discovery and Development/Manufacturing operations were setup in two cities, for risk mitigation.  Discovery sites are located in Bangalore and Hyderabad, while Development/Manufacturing sites are located are in Vizag and Hyderabad, providing geographical diversity to our customers in the event of a temporary impact at one of our sites.
  • Stocking of Supplies: Each of our sites are self-sufficient, can operate independently, and have their own ware-housing for chemicals, and utilities. We have stocked up on daily supplies, common reagents, and solvents at each of our warehouses to manage supply chain disruptions.
  • Dual Sourcing: We are dual sourced for most raw materials, and have engaged preferred partners that can supply us at short notice. To the extent possible we have at least two suppliers for each program and have built-in geographical diversity in the supply chain.  With ongoing projects, we are in continuous contact with our suppliers to ensure minimal impact on timelines, and if necessary, are modifying the supply chain to mitigate delays.
  • Augmenting Human Resources: We have strong leadership at both the scientific and organizational levels, and decision making can be rapidly delegated to the next level down with minimal impact to our customer projects.  We have added to our pool of scientists and engineers and they can rapidly be assigned to projects, if need be.

Despite these measures, we realize that this is a fluid situation that is still continuously changing and evolving.  In this time of uncertainty, I want to thank you for your trust and confidence in Aragen, and look forward to continuing our partnership to Accelerate your R&D.

If you have any further questions/concerns, please feel to reach out to your primary point of contacts at Aragen for specific clarifications.

With Best Regards,
Manni Kantipudi,
CEO, Aragen
Safety & Compliance Always

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