Mr. P J Kunjachan
Chairman and Managing Director
The successful launch of BCM95 into the market on its maiden attempt was the crowning glory. We succeeded in this after the stupendous success with the first experimental launch of Fish Oil. These two achievements best exemplify the maturing of our R & D and its capability to take the company’s missions to greater heights.
Mr. P.J Kunjachan, the Chairman & Managing Director of Arjuna Natural Extract Ltd, a leading light in the business sector says “The most trusted brand Arjuna, has a range of products for both business- to- business and business- to – consumer segment.” He began as an entrepreneur and soon grew up to become an independent organic fertilizer manufacturer by starting “Arjuna Fertilizer Industries” in Coimbatore. In the year 1989 he launched ‘Arjuna Aromatics’, a brand that produced and marketed essential oil of mustard across the world. He made a mark on the ‘Health Food’ sector by focusing on producing natural extracts from plants and marine sources.
Today he leads ‘Arjuna Group of Companies’ a business conglomerate that owns many international patents and also producing the world’s largest selling bio-available turmeric extract. Arjuna has a customer base across 40 countries and has R& D tie ups with universities of Australia, US and Japan. He is a recipient of many national awards including the award for successful commercialization of indigenous technology based product in 2005. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of Spices Board. A visionary, an achiever and a mentor, Mr. P.J. Kunjachan dons many hats and continues to believe that he has got a long way to go before he unravels the secrets of nature.
Dr. Benny Antony
Joint Managing Director
Dr. Benny Antony, co-founder of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd currently serves as Joint Managing Director. A visionary scholar, his contributions towards building Arjuna a leading nutraceutical company driven by innovations have been phenomenal. He has been at the helm of developing the ‘Research and Development’ facility of Arjuna which is today approved by Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. The R&D division currently equipped with state- of- the art facilities focuses on pharmacological evaluation of Arjuna’s products for various applications in the dietary supplement, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
Dr Benny Antony is widely recognized for Inventions that will make a difference. His brainchild, BCM- 95 has been applauded worldwide for its bio available curcumin and is today considered as the world’s most trusted route to bio available curcumin. His mentoring has paved the way for several innovations at Arjuna which includes developing of herbal extracts like Amlamax ( a patented product from the ripe fruits of Amla), AKBAMAX (extract of Boswellia serrata), Omega-3 (natural essential fatty acid from sardine) and the most recent one Oxystorm- world’s first nitrate extract from Red Spinach.
Dr Benny Antony has to his credit 19 granted international patents and one patent from India till date and has applied for 51 international patents on many other products and processes. He has published articles in more than 16 national and international journals. His consuming passion for science and technology keeps him abreast of the latest trends in the nutraceutical industry thereby helping Arjuna to deliver new products that meet global standards. For his significant contributions in the extraction industry he is conferred with the ‘Innovator’ award by Spices Board of India for the year 2012. He has also been nominated as a member of the Technical Committee of the Spices Board
Director – Marketing
Mr. Jomy Jose serves the firm as the Head of Marketing Department. An Engineering Graduate who did his MBA in Marketing from Madras University. He started his career with Arjuna by starting the commercial activities and later on moved to the Marketing Department. He became the marketing Head in the year 2010. Mr. Jomy Jose, the youngest member in the director board contributed noticeably towards global market. With his dedication and hard work, Arjuna has now achieved export over 40 countries across the globe.His sector-specific expertise drives sustained increase in market share.One of the major reasons behind this growth in market share is due to his close connection with customers.
Dr. Merina Benny Antony
General Manager - Quality Assurance and R&D
Dr. Merina Benny serves as GM- QA and R & D of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. Right from the beginning she has been a motivating force and her influence was pivotal in imparting a strong sense of direction to the company’s innovation and research initiatives. Currently she heads the R & D division of the organization and is in-charge of the quality assurance of all units of Arjuna. She is actively involved in the standardization of different herbal extracts as well as in the development of methods for analysis and clinical studies. An avid reader and writer, Dr Merina has been a regular contributor to several national and international research publications. She is active in developing formulations for LivLong Nutraceuticals Ltd, a subsidiary company of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. Her consuming passion for science made her to lead several research initiatives in association with reputed sponsoring agencies including Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences.Dr Merina currently holds 6 granted international patents and over 25 research papers to her credit.