Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare facilities and medicines have become the need of the hour. India, the second-largest populated country, has also seen numerous cases of Covid-19 and the numbers are still growing. India's pharma sector is also growing and changing lives by providing the necessary amenities. According to the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, the turnover of pharmaceutical companies in India was 18.12 billion USD in 2018 and 19.14 billion USD in the fiscal year 2019. The domestic drug market recorded sales worth 2.15 billion USD in April 2021. It has increased 51.5% compared to $1.42 billion in April 2020. The moving annual turnover is $20.88 billion as of April 2021, up from $19.64 billion in April 2020.

Generic drugs from top pharma companies account for 20% of global exports in terms of volume, making India the largest provider of generic medicines globally. The Indian pharmaceutical market is expected to be worth 33.18 billion USD and will reach 9th position in the global pharma market by 2023. Here, we have listed some of the best pharmaceutical companies, which manufacture exemplary pharmaceutical products in India and are ruling India's pharma sector.

Company Name Founding Year Founder Headquarters Valuation Revenue 2022 (Consolidated) Revenue (Standalone) Acquisitions IPO Status
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries 1983 Dilip Shanghvi Goregaon, Mumbai $26.2 Billion $4.95 Billion $2.07 Billion 12 Public
Divi's Laboratories 1990 Murali Divi Hyderabad $12.6 Billion $1.13 Billion $1.1 Billion 0 Public
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories 1984 Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy Hyderabad $9.1 Billion $2.7 Billion $1.8 Billion 6 Public
Cipla Limited 1935 Khwaja Abdul Hamied Mumbai $9.8 Billion $2.7 Billion $1.7 Billion 6 Public
Emcure Pharmaceuticals 1983 Satish Ramanlal Mehta Pune $0.63 Billion $762.8 Million - 4 Registered
Biocon Limited 1978 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Bengaluru $4.9 BIllion $1.05 Billion $241 Million 1 Public
Torrent Pharma 1959 U. N. Mehta Ahmedabad $6.2 Billion $1.09 Billion $869.9 Million 5 Public
Lupin Limited 1968 Desh Bandhu Gupta Mumbai $3.6 Billion $2.07 Billion $1.4 Billion 9 Public
Zydus Lifesciences Limited (formerly Cadila Healthcare) 1952 Ramanbhai Patel Ahmedabad $4.4 Billion $1.9 Billion $1.02 Billion 4 Public
Aurobindo Pharma Limited 1986 P. V. Ramaprasad Reddy and K. Nityananda Reddy Hyderabad $4.04 Billion $2.9 Billion $1.4 Billion 7 Public
Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited 1976 Hasmukh Chudgar Ahmedabad $4.3 Billion $2.2 Billion - 2 Private
Glenmark Pharma Limited 1977 Gracias Saldanha Mumbai $1.3 Billion $1.5 Billion $1.09 Billion 4 Public
Mankind Pharma Limited 1995 R. C. Juneja and Rajeev Juneja New Delhi $1 Billion - 1 Private
Piramal Enterprises Limited 1984 Ajay Piramal Mumbai $5.5 Billion $1.8 Billion $337.3 Million 7 Public
Laurus Labs Ltd. 2005 Dr. Satyanarayana Chava Hyderabad $3.4 Billion $619.8 Million $591.1 Million 1 Public
Abbott India Ltd. 1944 Dr Wallace Calvin Abbott Mumbai $5.3 Billion - $625.7 Million 1 Public
Alkem Laboratories 1973 Samprada Singh Mumbai $4.7 Billion $1.3 Billion $1.1 Billion 3 Public
Alembic Pharmaceuticals 1907 Prof. T. K. Gajjar, Prof. A. S. Kotibhasker, B. D. Amin Vadodara $1.7 Billion $670.8 Million $632 Million 2 Public
Innovexia Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. 2011 Sandeep Khajuria Chandigarh - - - - Private
Biophar Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. 2010 Gulshan Rawat Chandigarh - - - - Private

Top Pharmaceutical Companies of India

  1. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries
  2. Divi's Laboratories
  3. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
  4. Cipla Limited
  5. Emcure Pharmaceuticals
  6. Biocon Limited
  7. Torrent Pharma
  8. Lupin Limited
  9. Cadila Healthcare Limited
  10. Aurobindo Pharma Limited
  11. Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited
  12. Glenmark Pharma Limited
  13. Innovexia Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
  14. Biophar Lifesciences Pvt.Ltd.
  15. Mankind Pharma Limited
  16. Piramal Enterprises Limited
  17. Laurus Labs Ltd.
  18. Abbott India Ltd.
  19. Alkem Laboratories
  20. Alembic Pharmaceuticals

Top Pharmaceutical Companies of India

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

Founded: 1983
Owner: Dilip Shanghvi
Headquarters: Goregaon, Mumbai
Revenue: $4.7 billion (FY20)

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries' revenue was $4.7 billion in 2020. It is a leading multinational pharmaceutical company in India. Sun Pharma was established in the year 1983. It was founded by Mr. Dilip Shanghvi, who is also the MD of Sun Pharmaceuticals. The company started offering products to treat psychiatric ailments. Now, the company also offers formulations in various therapeutic, gastroenterology, and diabetology.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is the largest pharmaceutical company in India based on overall revenue. It is the fourth largest global specialty generic pharmaceutical company in the world. It also sells Carbamazepine, Etodolac, and Clorazepate as well as anti-cancer, steroids, peptides, sex hormones, and controlled substances. Its subsidiaries include Ranbaxy Laboratories, Sun Petrochemical Pvt. Ltd, Sun Ophthalmic Inc, Alkaloida Chemical Company Zrt, Chattem Chemicals Inc. This pharmacy business sells affordable medicines in over 150 countries across 6 continents.


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Divi's Laboratories

Founded: 1990
Owner: Murali Divi
Headquarters: Hyderabad
Revenue: $780 million (FY20)

Divi’s Laboratories | Top pharmaceutical company
Divi’s Laboratories | Top pharmaceutical company

Divi’s Laboratories Limited is an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company based in Hyderabad, India. Divi's Laboratories was founded in 1990. Divi's Laboratories Ltd. manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates. This pharmaceutical company in India is engaged in the manufacture of leading generic compounds, Nutraceutical ingredients, custom synthesis of APIs, and intermediates for global innovator companies. Divi’s Laboratories is one of the largest API companies in the world, with $780 million revenue in 2020, and exporting to more than 95 countries.

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Founded: 1984
Owner: Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy
Headquarters: Hyderabad
Revenue: $2.4 billion (FY20)

Dr. Reddy's | Top pharmaceutical company
Dr. Reddy's | Top pharmaceutical company

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories was founded by Anji Reddy in 1984. It is an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company. It is known for manufacturing a wide range of pharmaceuticals in India and overseas. They have over 190 medications, 60 active pharmaceutical ingredients for drug manufacturers, diagnostics kits, critical care, and biotechnology products. It is India's fifth-largest company of pharmaceuticals and has a revenue of  US$2.4 billion in 2020. The notable products of Dr. Reddy's include Canagliflozin. Ramipril, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Atorvastatin, Nizatidine, Naproxen Sodium, etc.

Cipla Limited

Founded: 1935
Owner: Yusuf Hamied
Headquarters: Mumbai
Revenue: $2.5 billion (FY20)

Cipla | Top pharmaceutical company
Cipla | Top pharmaceutical company

Cipla is an Indian multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, which has its headquarters in Mumbai and was established in 1935 by Khwaja Abdul Hamied. Yusuf Hamied is the Non-Executive Chairman of Cipla. It is India's fourth-largest pharma company based on overall revenue. This pharmaceutical company in India focuses to develop medicines to treat respiratory, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, diabetes, weight control, depression, and many more.

Cipla has a revenue of $2.5 billion in 2020 and has more than 22,036 employees. The subsidiaries of Cipla are Invagen Pharmaceuticals. They are the largest manufacturer of antiretroviral drugs.


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Emcure Pharmaceuticals

Founded: 1983
Owner: Satish Ramanlal Mehta
Headquarters: Pune
Revenue:  $870.25 million (FY21)

Emcure Pharmaceuticals - Best Pharmaceuticals Companies of India
Emcure Pharmaceuticals - Best Pharmaceuticals Companies of India

Emcure Pharmaceuticals is a Pune-based company, which was founded in 1983 by Satish Ramanlal Mehta. It was to address the vision of fulfilling the vast healthcare needs that Emcure Pharmaceuticals was born. Emcure Pharmaceuticals started as a single manufacturing facility in Pune and has witnessed healthy growth throughout the years, now boasting a range of world-class manufacturing facilities spread across API, formulations, and biotechnology. Emcure is now known as a vertically integrated pharmaceutical company with commendable infrastructure, skills, and resources that are not only comparable to the best pharma companies in Mumbai, India but those that are considered as the best in the world. Manufacturing of APIs, Formulations, and Biotechnology can all be summed up as strengths of Emcure.

Namita Thapar, who is distinguished as one of the judges of Shark Tank India, is the Executive Director of Emcure's India business. Thapar is an MBA degree holder from the Fuqua School of Business along with being a CA from ICAI. Ms. Thapar has also been a recipient of many esteemed corporate awards like The Economic Times ‘40 under Forty’ award, World Women Leadership Congress Super Achiever award, recognition as a Barclays Hurun Next Gen Leader, who also has her name in the Economic Times 2017 Women Ahead List.  

Biocon Limited

Founded: 1978
Owner: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Headquarters: Bengaluru
Revenue:  $296.46 million (INR 2,223 crore in Q3 FY22)

Biocon | Top Pharmaceuticals Companies of India
Biocon | Top Pharmaceuticals Companies of India

Founded in the year 1978, Biocon is the most popular pharmaceutical company in India. Biocon Limited manufactures generic active pharmaceuticals. The company is based out of Bengaluru. Products from Biocon Limited are sold around the world on a very huge scale. More than 9000 people are employed at Biocon and the company holds total assets valued over $824 million and revenue of $659.31 million (INR 4,885 crores) as of FY20.

Torrent Pharma

Founded: 1959
Owner: Sudhir Mehta
Headquarters: Ahmedabad
Revenue:  $168.12 million (Rs 1,261 crore in FY21)

Torrent is one of the top pharmaceuticals companies in India. It is based in Ahmedabad and has a revenue of US$1.1 billion, as of 2020. Torrent has manufacturing plants at Dahej, Pithampur, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. Torrent Pharma makes medicinal drugs for Central Nervous System, gastrointestinal pain management, gastrointestinal diabetology, and anti-infective segments.


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Lupin Limited

Founded: 1968
Owner: Mrs. Manju D Gupta (W/o Desh Bandhu Gupta)
Headquarters: Mumbai
Revenue:  $2.2 billion (FY20)

Lupin is a multi-national pharmaceutical company based in Mumbai. Lupin was established in 1968 by Desh Bandhu Gupta. It is the 12th-largest company by market capitalization and is thus one of the well-known pharmaceutical manufacturers in India. Lupin has revenue of $2.2 billion in 2020. The company is involved in the manufacturing and selling of medicines ranging from pediatrics, cardiovascular, anti-infectives, diabetology, asthma, and anti-tuberculosis.

Lupin Limited has its major markets in the USA (Baltimore, Maryland), India Region Formulations, Europe, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Mexico, Latin America, etc. Some of the subsidiaries of Lupin Ltd. are Lupin Pharmaceutical Inc, Kyowa Pharmaceutical Industry Co. Ltd. and many more.

Cadila Healthcare Limited

Founded: 1952
Owner: Pankaj Patel
Headquarters: Ahmedabad
Revenue:  $2.1 billion (FY21)

Zydus Cadila
Zydus Cadila

Cadila Healthcare Limited was founded in 1952. It is also known as Zydus Cadila. It is an Indian pharmaceutical company headquartered in Ahmedabad. It is one of the largest pharma companies in India and has a revenue of US$2.1 billion in 2021. It was founded by Ramabhai Patel.

Cadila Healthcare Limited is also known for excellent diagnostics, along with being a manufacturer of herbal, skincare, and other OTC products. The company also produces generics for hepatitis C treatment, based on the voluntary license agreement with Gilead. Cadila makes API at three sites in India that are Ankleshwar plant, Vadodara plant, and Patalganga.


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Aurobindo Pharma Limited

Founded: 1986
Owner:  P. V. Ramaprasad Reddy and Mr. K. Nityananda Reddy
Headquarters: Hyderabad
Revenue:  $3.3 billion (FY20)

Aurobindo Pharma Limited
Aurobindo Pharma Limited 

Aurobindo Pharma Limited was established in 1986. It sells over 300 products in over 125 countries and its key segment is APIS, as 35% of the total revenue is generated from API. It is the second-biggest pharmaceuticals company in India and has a revenue of US$3.3 billion in 2020. Aurobindo Pharma Limited is engaged in the manufacturing and selling of medicines in the field of neurosciences, cardiovascular, Antiretrovirals, anti-diabetics, gastroenterology, cephalosporins, etc.

Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited

Founded: 1986
Owner:  Hasmukh Chudgar
Headquarters: Ahmedabad
Revenue:  $1.49 billion (FY20)

Intas Pharmaceuticals
Intas Pharmaceuticals

Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited, based in Ahmedabad was founded in 1984 and has a revenue of $1.49 billion as in 2020. It has 13 commercialized biosimilars including Docetaxel and Paclitaxel. This pharma company in India has its R&D department in the field of chronic disease of oncology (cancer), rheumatology, auto-immune, nephrology, ophthalmology, and plasma-derived product-based therapies.

This pharmaceutical company has its headquarters in Ahmedabad and is one of the leading biosimilar product manufacturers in Asia. Intas has 14 formulation manufacturing facilities, of which seven are located in India and the rest in the UK. and Mexico. It is the seventh-largest company in India, and the company saw an increase in revenue by 29.84% in 2017.

Glenmark Pharma Limited

Founded: 1977
Owner:  Glenn Saldanha
Headquarters: Mumbai
Revenue: $416.76 million (INR 3,125.43 crore in Q2 FY22)

Glenmark Pharma Limited
Glenmark Pharma Limited

Glenmark Pharma Limited is a pharma company headquartered in Mumbai, India that was founded in 1977 by Gracias Saldanha. This pharmaceutical company has drug discovery that plays an important role in the field of therapeutic areas of dermatology, respiratory, and oncology. It is the eighth largest pharma company and has a revenue of $1.07 billion in 2021. The company also focused on new biosimilars drugs and in the fields of cancer, dermatology, and respiratory diseases, by collaborating with major pharma companies.

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Innovexia Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.

Founded: 2011
Owner:  Sandeep Khajuria
Headquarters: Chandigarh

Innovexia Life Sciences
Innovexia Life Sciences

Innovexia Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. is one of the best pharmaceutical companies in India. It is involved in the manufacturing as well as the trading of various antacid medications, anti allergic tablets, capsules, etc. It is also known as a top PCD Pharma Franchise company, who keeps investing and equipping with the state-of-art facilities for the high quality medicines.

Biophar Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd.

Founded: 2010
Owner:  Gulshan Rawat
Headquarters: Chandigarh

Biophar Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd.
Biophar Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd.

Biophar is one of the top pharmaceuticals companies based in Chandigarh that deals in the PCD Pharma Franchise Business and manufacturing. The quality and reasonably-priced formulations make the company one of the most reliable companies in India. Biophar has been expanding its client base by reaching each and every corner of the nation and adding more distributors. It is the constant endeavor that the company takes, which helps its business spread to other parts and create new networks.

Mankind Pharma Limited

Founded: 1995
Owner:   R. C. Juneja and Rajeev Juneja
Headquarters: New Delhi
Revenue:  $980 million (INR 7,400 crore in FY20)

Mankind Pharma Limited is a pharma company in India that has its headquarters in New Delhi. It was founded in 1995 and helps in the production and sale of a wide range of products, including Antibiotics, Antifungals, NSAIDs, Gastrointestinal, Anthelmintic, Cardiovascular, Dermal, Erectile Dysfunction, and several other categories. The company has a revenue of approximately US$1 billion in 2020and is the 10th Indian largest pharma company.

Piramal Enterprises Limited

Founded: 1984
Owner: Ajay Piramal
Headquarters: Mumbai
Revenue: $256.15 million (Rs 1,920.46 crore in FY21)

Piramal Enterprises Ltd.
Piramal Enterprises Ltd.

Piramal Enterprises Limited is one of the popular companies for Pharmaceuticals in India. It was founded in 1984 and was acquired by Ajay Piramal in the early 1980s. The global business conglomerate deals with healthcare, life sciences, drug discovery, healthcare, etc. The company further deals with pharma, critical care, consumer products, phytomedicine, and imaging. Piramal Enterprises Limited is the 12th largest company in India, based on total revenue of $68.08 million(2020).

Laurus Labs Ltd.

Founded: 2005

Owner: Dr. Satyanarayana Chava

Headquarters: Hyderabad

Revenue:  Net Revenue - $170.59 million (INR 1,279 crores in Q1 FY22)

A leading research and development-driven Indian pharma and biotech company, Laurus Labs is headquartered in Hyderabad and has its manufacturing plants located at Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. The company mainly focuses on active pharma ingredients, finished dosage forms, synthesis, and biotechnology. Laurus Labs leads in generic active pharmaceutical ingredients ('APIs') certain high-growth therapeutic areas of anti-retrovirals ('ARVs'), Hepatitis C, and Oncology.

Laurus Labs is a 4000 employees strong organization all of whom are always looking out to expand the horizons of Chemistry to develop new cures and new methods to cure people along with counting a considerable profit. The employees of Laurus Labs Ltd. include pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry veterans, research scientists, manufacturing and management professionals, and more.

Abbott India Ltd.

Founded: 1944

Owner: Abbott Laboratories

Headquarters: Mumbai

Revenue:  $34.60 billion in FY20

Founded in 1944, Abbott is a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories of USA, established back in 1910 and always dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. Abbott India is responsible for manufacturing a diverse range of nutritional products, diagnostic tools, branded generic pharmaceuticals, diabetes, vascular devices, and more.

Abbott’s products can be categorized into a wide range of therapeutic categories like women's health, gastroenterology, cardiology, metabolic disorders, and primary care.

Headquartered in Mumbai, Abbott is one of the oldest pharmaceutical companies in India and among the largest MNC pharma companies.

Alkem Laboratories

Founded: 1973

Owner: Samprada Singh

Headquarters: Mumbai

Revenue:  $292.49 million (INR 2192.2 crore in Q4 FY21)

Alkem or Alkem Laboratories Ltd. is one of the Indian multinational pharma companies from Mumbai that produces and sells pharmaceutical generics, formulations, nutraceuticals in India and around the world.

Alkem Laboratories has successfully set up 21 manufacturing plants, as of September 2021, out of which 19 plants are in India and 2 of the Alkem’s plants are in the US. Alkem boasts of around 5 decades worth of popularity. Taxim from Alkem emerged as the first anti-infective drug to cross the 1,000 million mark of domestic sales in 2006.

Alembic Pharmaceuticals

Founded: 1907

Owner: Chirayu Amin

Headquarters: Vadodara

Revenue:  $172.42 million (INR 1292.32 crores in Q2 FY22)

Alembic Pharmaceuticals was founded in 1907 in Vadodara, Gujarat. The company is involved in manufacturing pharmaceutical products, pharmaceutical substances, and intermediaries and has set up its manufacturing plants in Panelav, Karakhadi, in Gujarat, and Sikkim in India.

The company initially started as Alembic Chemical Works in 1907, when the company began manufacturing tincture and alcohol in its unit at Vadodara. With its name in the Forbes’ 2016 list of ‘India’s Super 50 Companies 2016’, Alembic Pharmaceuticals is one of the most popular pharmaceutical brands in India.

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FAQs

What are the top 20 pharmaceuticals in India?

Here is the list of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in India:

  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Divi's Laboratories
  • Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
  • Cipla Limited
  • Emcure Pharmaceuticals
  • Biocon Limited
  • Torrent Pharma
  • Lupin Limited
  • Cadila Healthcare Limited
  • Aurobindo Pharma Limited
  • Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Glenmark Pharma Limited
  • Innovexia Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
  • Biophar Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mankind Pharma Limited
  • Piramal Enterprises Limited
  • Laurus Labs Ltd.
  • Abbott India Ltd.
  • Alkem Laboratories
  • Alembic Pharmaceuticals

Which is the No 1 pharma company in India?

Based on revenue, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is the largest pharma company in India.

Who is the owner of Sun Pharma?

Dilip Shanghvi is the owner of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

What are the pharma companies in Ahmedabad?

There are numerous pharma companies in Ahmedabad. Some of the major pharmaceutical companies are:

  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals
  • Zydus Cadila
  • Unison Pharmaceuticals Private Limited
  • Dishman Pharmaceuticals
  • Nabros Pharma Private Limited
  • Acron Pharmaceuticals
  • Nabros Pharma

What is the turnover of pharmaceutical companies in India?

The annual turnover of pharmaceutical companies in India is $20.88 billion as of April 2021.

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