Professor Palpu Pushpangadan is presently the Hon. Director General of Amity Institute for Herbal and Biotech Products Development (AIHBPD), Thiruvananthapuram and Senior Vice President of the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF), New Delhi. Prior to the present assignment Prof. Pushpangadan served as Director, National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR-NBRI), Lucknow from Feb. 1999 to Feb. 2006; Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (KSCSTE-JNTBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram from Nov. 1990 to Feb. 1999 and held additional charges of Director of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (DBT-RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram and Central Institute for Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow. Prof. Pushpangadan is a multidisciplinary scientist having over 48 years experience. He has carried out original research in Cytogenetics & Plant Breeding, Biotechnology, Molecular Taxonomy, Biosynthesis of Secondary Metabolites, Ethnobiology, Ethnopharmacology, Bioprospecting and Natural Product Development etc. He has published over 500 original research papers (267 in Peer Reviewed Journals, 125 Chapters in books & 237 in proceedings of scientific seminars/symposia) and authored/ edited 34 books & 58 Reports.
He has 230 patents (of 95 patents- 61 US patents & 65 European, French, German, Canadian and Japan patents awarded and rest in India) granted and 14 patents filed in India. Twenty five of his patented products are now commercially produced and globally marketed.