To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day, SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. organized a symposium on 9th April at the auditorium of SQUARE Hospitals Ltd. Prof. Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman (Chairman, Department of Pediatric Neurology, BSMMU) chaired the event. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. gave the welcome speech. Prof. Dr. Shaheen Akhter (Project Director, Institute of Paediatric Neurodisorder & Autism, BSMMU), Dr. Sarwar Jahan Bhuiyan (Sr. Consultant, Apollo Hospital, Dhaka), Prof. Dr. Hakim Arif (Chairman, Dept. of Communication Disorder, Dhaka University) & Prof. Dr. Narayan Saha (Head of Pediatric Neurology, National Institute of Neurosciences) gave their valuable speech regarding various aspects for the caregiving of autistic children. Doctors, therapists & teachers from renowned medical institutions like BSMMU, icddrb, Dhaka Shishu Hospital and National Institute of Neurosciences attended the program.
US Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat made a visit to Square Pharmaceuticals Limited’s facilities in Gazipur on 11 April, 2017. Managing Director of Square Pharma Tapan Chowdhury was present there to receive her. Among others, Mizanur Rahman, Executive Director (Operations), Nawabur Rahman, Technical Operations Director, and Rajiv Rana, Senior Manager (Human Resources) were also present during the visit. Later, a meeting took place there upon which Prosenjit Chakraborty on behalf of Square Pharma briefed the delegates about the overall state of the company. Visiting the facilities there, Ms. Bernicat highly appreciated the production quality, environment etc. among other things. She also had her positive words for Square Pharmaceuticals’ worldwide role as exporter of medicine. Tapan Chowdhury stated that the visit of the US Ambassador was a great opportunity to introduce Bangladesh to the world market. It can be mentioned here that Square Pharmaceuticals recently achieved FDA certification of the United States.
3rd Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference 2017 on Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Industry held on 18th February, 2017 at Samson H Chowdhury Centre, Dhaka Club, Dhaka. Discussions of the conference were focused on Bangladesh pharmaceutical industry’s current issues related to regulation, constraints and potentials.
The conference was inaugurated by Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharma. The conference had three plenary sessions. In the first session Mr. Dr. Md. Zahirul Islam Khan, Freelancer Consultant from Australia gave a keynote address on Common Technical Documents (CTD) and expectations of Regulatory Authorities. Second session was on Growing challenges on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) – Bangladesh perspective presented by Professor Dr. Sanya Tahmina, Director, Directorate General of Health Services of Bangladesh as key note speaker. And in the 3rd session Mr. Abdul Muktadir, Chairman & Managing Director, Incepta Pharmaceuticals gave keynote address on Preparedness of Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Industry for the future potentials and challenges in the last session. In the conference two young biological scientists were awarded with Samson H Chowdhury Awards for their research contributions. Honorable Minister of Health handed over the awards to the scientists. The event was concluded by Mr. Salman F Rahman, Advisor, Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI), proposing a vote of thanks to the participants, moderators, speakers and organizers.
This conference is taking place in every two years since 2013.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has achieved the GMP certification from MOH, Azerbaijan. The inspection was held on 24-27 October 2016 and the certificates were issued on 9th January 2017.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been awarded ‘Gold Trophy’ for its achievement in export in the category of medicine for the period of 2013-2014. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharma. has received the award on 1st January, 2017 from Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh at BICC, Dhaka.
Square Pharmaceutical Company won the 6th HSBC Export Excellent Award on 3 December 2016. The award was handed at a ceremony at Radisson hotel in Dhaka. Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. won the award in the category of exporters in traditional and emerging sectors with annual export turnover of $5 million or more.
Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd received the National Export Trophy (Gold) from the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 28 August 2016 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka. Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been awarded this Gold Trophy in “Pharmaceuticals Sector” for 2012-2013 for its excellent performance in volume of exports, value addition, entry to new export destinations, new design and packaging and consistent compliance with quality parameters.
1 in 11 adults have DIABETES today. People with diabetes are at risk for long-term problems affecting the eyes, kidneys, heart, feet & nerves.
To increase awareness about diabetes and its prevention a “Free Diabetes Screening & Awareness Program” has been arranged for the employees of Head Quarter of Square Group on 19 & 20 July 2016. In this event, we have conducted different medical tests e.g., Blood Glucose Level (Fasting/Random), Blood pressure & BMI (Body Mass Index).
Square donated medicines for the cyclone affected people of Fiji. Fiji faced the worst storm recorded in its history (category 5 Cyclone ‘Winston’) on last February 2016 where many people died in that natural catastrophe.
On 12 April 2016, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. successfully celebrated 6th birth anniversary of "Ansulin" the insulin brand of Square as "Ansulin day". The day has been celebrated in different diabetic centers & hospitals all over the country in a festive manner. Doctors participated enthusiastically in the program & they acknowledged the contribution of Square Pharma in this sector. The theme of the day was “Serving the nation with trust”. It is to be mentioned that Square’s Ansulin is getting popularity day by day.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been declared as the "Best Employer of 2014" in pharmaceutical category by the first and leading online job portal & career management site bdjobs.com as recognition of excellent work environment, management culture & practice, career prospects for its employees, competitive salary & other benefits and brand image of the organization. Bdjobs.com declares the Best Employer Award after every 2 years starting from the year 2008. This is the consecutive 2nd time recognition as "Best Employer" for SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd after the "Best Employer-2012".
This award is declared based on the perception survey participated by 3557 bdjobs.com users. The survey has been conducted online for duration of 3 months (Dec 2014- Feb 2015). A total of 1725 organizations from 10 sectors were chosen by the individual respondents as their best perceived employers. For this survey, respondents were requested to vote for organizations in selected 10 sectors of bank & financial institution, development sector, garments & textile, telecommunication, IT, consumer goods/FMCG, media, pharmaceutical, electronics & consumer durable, retail & trading. During the survey session for every individual participant, opinion was sought about his/her choice on the best employer against 05 perception areas: 1) work environment 2) management culture & practice 3) career prospects for its employees 4) competitive salary & other benefits 5) brand image of the organization.
SQUARE remains proud of this achievement and is committed to uphold good practices for years to come.
Mr. Tapan Chowdhury (Managing Director) received the award on behalf of SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. from Mr. A.K.M Fahim Mashroor (Chief Executive Officer, bdjobs.com) on October 26, 2015.
As a part of CSR activities, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. donated some valuable books to the seminar library of Department of Pharmacy of Jahangirnagar University on 12 September 2015.On behalf of the Department, Prof. Dr. Sukalyan Kumar Kundu, Chairman, Department of Pharmacy received the books. These books will be very helpful for both students and teachers.
On 16th June, USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) has released Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) on recent Pre Approval Inspection (PAI) to Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Based on the report, the report states that Square had a satisfactory cGMP inspection covering manufacturing of solid dosage form. Square has taken necessary preparations to manufacture launched quantity of the product.
For the first time in Bangladesh US FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) conducted cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) audit of Bangladesh Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in January 2015. Manufacturing and Quality Assurance system of the oral solid dosage facilities of Square Pharma located at Gazipur was audited in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR : Food & Drugs) of United States of America. The audit ended without issuing any 483 form. Square Pharma facilities have the track record of complying with the most stringent cGMP audits of highly regulated agencies like UK and Australia.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. sponsored the SQUARE-NDDC 26TH National Debate Competition 2014 as a Title Sponsor. The festival was organized by Notre Dame Debating Club and held at Notre Dame College premises from 3rd December 2014 to 13th December 2014. Debaters from 40 different Schools, Colleges, Universities and clubs from different parts of the Country took part in the competition in a festive manner.Mr. Sirazul Islam, Secretary, Election Commission Bangladesh, was present at the Inauguration Ceremony as a Chief Guest and Mr. Manosh Chowdhury, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, was present as a chief guest at the Prize Giving Ceremony. On behalf of SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Mr. Dipak Kumar Saha, Sr. Manager, Marketing and Mr. A.Z.M. Rashed, Executive, PMD, attended both the occasions as special guests.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. participated in the “United Nations Global Compact Asia/Oceania Local Network Regional Meeting 2014” held on December 10, 2014 Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka. It included an exhibition of the best CSR Practices of Bangladesh in which SQUARE, being a pioneer signatory of the UNGC, demonstrated its commitment to uphold the UN Global Compact's 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
The event was organized in association with the UNGC headquarters in New York, UNGC Bangladesh Network and CSR Centre, the UNGC Bangladesh Focal Point. Global Compact Network representatives from Australia, China, Korea, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal, Maldives and United Nations Global Compact headquarters New York, United States attended the event along with H.E. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank, H.E. Dr. GowherRizvi, International Affairs, Advisor to the Prime Minister and H.E. Ms. Hanne FuglEskjær Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark, Bangladesh.
The visitors were visibly pleased seeing SQUARE’s responsible business practices to promote overall sustainable development. They were particularly impressed with the unique business model of medicinal plant cultivation by SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd.
As a part of CSR activity SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has participated as the title sponsor in the "SQUARE-Notre Dame Annual Science Festival 2014 &24th GKC". The science festival was held from 18th to 25th November 2014. Students of different schools and colleges presented their science projects in the form of a report, display board, and models in this science festival to enrich their science knowledge. Other activities like Science Olympiad, General Knowledge competition, Webpage designing etc. took place during the event. The program was inaugurated by Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju (MP), Honorable Minister, Ministry of Environment & Forests. Mr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Director Marketing, Square Pharmaceuticals was present as special guest in the inauguration and Mr. Ahmed Kamrul Alam, Deputy General Manager, Marketing, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. was present as special guest at the prize given ceremony in the closing day.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan Mr. Tshering Tobgay visited the manufacturing plant of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in Kaliakoir, Gazipur on 7th December 2014 (Sunday). On his arrival at Kaliakoir, he was received by Mr. Mohammad Nurul Islam, Deputy Commissioner, Gazipur and senior officials of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. The Bhutanese Prime Minister went around different sections of the manufacturing plant and expressed his satisfaction and gratitude for showing him the state-of-the-art facilities of the plant.
Dhaka University Center For Genocide Studies (CGS) and the country’s top business conglomerate Square Group is going to startjointly a three year fellowship program “CGS-Square Fellowship 2015-2017’. The agreement was signed on 30thNovemeber 2014, Sunday between CGS and Square Group at the seminar room of CGS.Square Group’s Executive Director(Administration) Mr. Ashiqul Hoque Chawdhury, CGS Director Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor (Emeritus) Mr. Anisuzzaman and Dhaka University International Relation’s Department’s facultyMr. Mohammed Tanzimuddin Khan were present during the ceremony.
The “Annual Sales & Marketing Conference 2014” of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd was held on November 22, 2014 at Cox’s Bazar. The conference was inaugurated through the welcome speech of Square’s founder Chairman’s wife Mrs. Anita Chowdhury.
Chairman of Square Group Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Senior Management Personnel of all functional departments and members of Marketing & Sales team along with all Medical Promotion Officers were present in this colorful event.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. donated some medicines & daily-use utensils to “School of Hope”, a non-profit, non-political, non-religious educational institute with a mission to support primary education to economically challenged children within their community. The donation was handed over to Mr. Md. Salim, Principal of “School of Hope”.
Established in January 1990 as a private initiative by Mr. Wim Bakker, “School of Hope” provides quality education & health-support to 200 underprivileged children every day.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been donating medicines & toiletries products to “School of Hope” since 2013.
The 48th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. was held on 25th September 2014 at its factory premises in Board Ghar Bazar, Kaliakoir, Gazipur. The AGM was presided over by the Chairman of the company Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury. Vice Chairman Ms. RatnaPatra, Managing Director Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Director Mr. Kazi Iqbal Harun, Independent Director Mr. M Sekander Ali, Independent Director Barrister Nihad Kabir, Director (A&F) Mr. Md. Kabir Reza and Company Secretary Mr. Khandaker Habibuzzaman attended the meeting.
Square Consumer Products Limited, the manufacturer of trusted products across the country, is now operating as Square Food and Beverage Limited. In this connection, a function was organized at headquarters of Square Center, Mohakhali. Chairman of Square Group Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Food and Beverage Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, Vice chairman of Square Group Ms. RatnaPatra, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Limited Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of SquareInformatix Limited Mr. Charles C R Patra and director of Square Food and Beverage Eric S Chowdhury were present in the occasion.
On the occasion of 7th National Income Tax Day, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been awarded as one of the highest tax paying corporates in 2013-2014 fiscal years.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. arranged a day long plant visit program for 24th batch students of Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University in their Dhaka Plant, Kaliakoir on 23rd August 2014. It was a program of 43 participants, along with the students Prof. Dr. Sukalyan Kumar Kundu was also present.
The students got the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with the working process & latest, sophisticated technologies of a TGA & UKMHRA approved cGMP compliant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. They observed the manufacturing process of different Solid Dosage Forms, Biotech Products i.e. Insulins. The program offered them a chance to correlate between theoretical knowledge and practical manufacturing processes.
A delegation of nineteen personnel from the National Defence College (NDC) of Tanzania visited Square Pharmaceuticals’ state-of-the-art manufacturing plants at Kaliakoir, Gazipur on 7th of June, 2014. The delegation was headed by Major General Festo Ndewiro Ulomi (Rtd.). As a part their Efficient Industrial Management, the delegation visited Square Pharmaceuticals.
The delegation from Tanzania Defence College was impressed seeing the world-class pharmaceutical manufacturing facility of Square Pharmaceuticals. They appreciated the plant’s adoption of the latest technologies in pharmaceutical manufacturing, thus assuring compliance with world-class quality. It is to note that Square is the first & only company of Bangladesh in exporting medicines to Tanzania since 2007.
The manufacturing units of Square have been built in conformance with the US FDA and European regulatory requirements. Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturing hubs in the world and Square is leading the Bangladesh Pharma market since 1985. Products manufactured by Square Pharmaceuticals are now available in 38 countries of the world.
The Director General of World Trade Organization, Mr. Roberto Azevedo visited Square Pharmaceuticals’ state-of-the-art manufacturing plants at Kaliakoir, Gazipur on 4th of June, 2014. Commerce Minister Mr. Tofail Ahmed & Commerce Secretary Mr. Mahbub Ahmed accompanied the WTO chief. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd received the guests upon arrival. Ambassador of Brazil to Bangladesh - Her Excellency Ms. Wanja Nobrega was also present on the occasion.
The visiting chief of the apex body of the world trade was impressed seeing the world-class pharmaceutical manufacturing facility of Square Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Azevedo appreciated the plant’s adoption of the latest technologies in pharmaceutical manufacturing, thus assuring compliance with world-class quality.
The manufacturing units of Square have been built in conformance with the US FDA and European regulatory requirements. Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturing hubs in the world and Square is leading the Bangladesh Pharma market since 1985. Products manufactured by Square Pharmaceuticals are now available in 38 countries of the world.
As a part of CSR activity SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has participated as the title sponsor in the “SQUARE-Dhaka Residential Model College 7th National Science Festival 2014”. The science festival was held from 6th February 2014 to 8th February 2014. Students of different schools and colleges presented their science project results in the form of a report, display board, and models in this science festival to enrich their science knowledge. The program was inaugurated by Mr. Aminul Hoque, General Manager, Sales, SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. on 6th February 2014 as a special guest and the honorable Managing Director of SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury was present as a chief guest at the prize given ceremony in the closing day.
Square Herbal & Nutraceuticals ltd. (SHNL) has been awarded the “Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2014-South Asia” under the category of ‘Social Empowerment Award’. The Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards is a regional recognition Award organized by Enterprise Asia to honor companies for outstanding, innovative and world-class products, services, projects and programs. These programs demonstrate the Enterprise’s leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, legal compliance, concerns for health issues, respect for people and individuals, involvement in communities and protection of the environment into the way they run their Enterprise.
SHNL has won the Social Empowerment Award after competing with all Asian countries for recognizing the impact of running the business to the environment and seeks to reduce and reverse the impact by Green Product Designs especially for ‘Basak cultivation’.
SHNL’S business model was “Increasing family solvency and self employment of poor marginal farmers (especially women) by using homestead or unutilized land through cultivation of Basak plant.”
It impacts in environment and increases social values and integrity through plantation of medicinal herbs.
The “Annual Sales & Marketing Conference 2013” of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Square Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd. & AgroVet Division of Square Pharma was held on February 05, 2014 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka. The conference was inaugurated through the welcome speech of Square’s founder Chairman’s wife Mrs. Anita Chowdhury.
Since 1985 Square Pharmaceuticals is the leader in Bangladesh Pharma industry. All the officials of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. took oath for maintaining this leadership intrepidly showing reverence to the Founder Chairman Mr. Samson H. Chowdhury. Finally best performers of 2013 were rewarded.
Chairman of Square Group Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Toiletries Ltd. Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, Management Coordinator Mr. Eric S Chowdhury, Senior Management Personnel of all functional areas and members of Marketing & Sales team along with all Medical Promotion Officers were present in this colorful event.
A scientific seminar on “Pulmonary Hypertension” was held at National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute (NHFH&RI) on 29.01.2014. Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. was the sponsor of the program. National Professor Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik and Prof. R. K. Khandaker was present as chairperson of the seminar. Dr. Md. Kabiruzzaman delivered presentation on “Pulmonary Hypertension & its Management”. One of our new products, ‘Ambrisan’ (Ambrisentan 5 mg tablet) was also presented in the seminar. The doctors present in the seminar highly appreciated the launching of ‘Ambrisan’, acknowledging its superiority over other treatment options for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. A raffle draw was held at the end of the program for the participants of the seminar. The program was closed by a concluding speech by Prof. R. K. Khandaker.
SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd. sponsored a CME on December 23, 2013 at the auditorium of National Institute of Ophthalmology & Hospital (NIO&H). The topic of the CME was ‘Practical Aspects of Contact Lens’. Moderator, Dr. Md. Abdul Quader, started the program with warm welcome to everybody. Dr. Inamur Rahman Choudhury, Assistant Professor, NIO has presented the topic. After the presentation, Mr. Md. Rajaul Karim, Senior Executive, PMD presented the product Eyebil and its various features with roles on eye. It was followed by the question-answer session by the participants. Chairman of the program Prof. Md. Arif Mian, Head, Dept. of Glaucoma, NIO, also shared his experiences and views on the topic. All the doctors participated the session lively.
Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd received the National Export Trophy (Gold) from the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 20 November 2013 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka. Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd has been awarded this Gold Trophy in "Pharmaceuticals Sector" for 2010-2011 for its excellent performance in volume of exports, value addition, entry to new export destinations, new design and packaging and consistent compliance with quality parameters.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has sponsored the celebration of ‘World Mental Health Day’ at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on 10th October 2013. This year the theme of this day was “Mental Health and Older People”. The celebration included rally, discussion session followed by lunch etc.
Prof. Dr. Mahmud Hasan (President, BMA), Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Arslan (Secretary General, BMA), Prof. Md. Waziul Alam Chowdhury (Director, NIMH), Prof. Dr. Golam Rabbani (Ex. Director, NIMH) delivered speech in the program and highlighted the condition of mental health of older people and their treatment in their speech.
D&B (Dun & Bradstreet Ltd.), a USA based international rating agency awarded Square Pharmaceuticals (SPL) with ‘Corporate Awards 2012’ for its performance in the Pharmaceutical category in Bangladesh. Mr. Dilip Barua, Honorable Minister for Industries, Government of Bangladesh handed over the award to Square Pharmaceuticals in a colorful ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on 5th October evening. SPL received the same in 2011 also.
Dun & Bradstreet (www.dnb.com) is established in 1841 in USA and it operates the world’s largest commercial database containing more than 190 million business records across over 200 countries.
Square Pharmaceuticals is leading the Bangladesh Pharmaceutical market for the last 28 years with a significant growth in business on year to year basis.
A web portal on the esteemed late industrialist and Founder Chairman of Square Group Samson H Chowdhury was launched on September 26, 2013. This web portal contains information on Samson H Chowdhury’s life, works and his contributions to the economy and development of Bangladesh.
The launching ceremony took place at the Square Hospital Auditorium. The portal was officially inaugurated by the Chairperson of Square Foundation and Anita Samson Foundation’s Trustee Board Mrs. Anita Chowdhury. Notable industrialist, Chairman of Beximco Group Mr. Sohel Rahman, Bishop Theo Tonius and other high ranking members of the Square family.
This web portal can be found in following link: www.samsonchowdhury.com
A CME program on “Update management of Epilepsy” sponsored by Square Pharmaceutical Ltd. was held at Neurology Department in Dhaka Medical College Hospital on 24 September 2013. The program was opened by Prof. Dr. Quazi Deen Mohammad. One of our new antiepileptic drugs, IracetTM (Levetiracetam) was presented in the program. The program was closed by a concluding speech by Prof. Mansur Habib.
A seminar on Thyroid disorders & Osteoporosis was held on 21 September, 2013 at Jahangirnagar University, Savar. Thyroid disorders & Osteoporosis are among most prevalent diseases in Bangladesh. Objective of this seminar was to aware people about these two diseases. Doctors & medical students from nearby Medical colleges, Teachers & Students from Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University & some females who live in the vicinity of Jahangirnagar University participated in that program. Dr. Md. Sayedur Rahman Miah, ( Director of Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences, Comilla Medical College Hospital) & Dr. Samira Sharmin, ( Medical Officer, Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences, Sir Salimulla Medical College Hospital) were the speakers of the clinical session on Thyroid disorders & Osteoporosis respectively.
Being a socially responsible company, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. always patronize such initiatives to create public awareness on different clinical issues. This particular program was much appreciated by all participants.
Government of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh in association with UNDP awarded SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. upon its contribution to the environment by producing HFA based inhalers. One of the chemicals that harm the ozone layer the most is CFC. Taking this into account, SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has stopped producing any CFC based inhaler from 1st January 2013. Mr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Director, Marketing received the award on behalf of SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
"Samson H Chowdhury Centre of Excellence" was inaugurated on 14th September 2013 by Mrs. Anita Chowdhury, the honourable chairperson of Square Foundation and the Anita Samson Trustee board, along with Square Group Chairman Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury, Vice Chairman Mrs. Ratna Patra, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury and several senior officials of Square Group.
The "Samson H Chowdhury Centre of Excellence" has been established to conduct research and development on advanced pharmaceutical sciences to develop biosimilars and biopharmaceuticals and to convert the advancement in molecular science into development of time demanded products for the betterment of the mankind.
SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd. has jointly organized a CME with Uttara Doctors’ Association on September 5, 2013 at Uttara, Dhaka. The topic of the CME was ‘Herbal Medicine – The Science Behind It.’ More than one hundred renowned doctors were present at the CME. The CME was chaired by Professor Dr. Shafiquddin Ahmed, President, Uttara Doctors’ Association. Dr. Md. Abu Elius Prodhan, General Secretary, Uttara Doctors’ Association gave welcome speech at the program. Professor Dr. Sitesh C Bachar, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka, gave an informative presentation on “Herbal Medicine: The Science Behind It”. Professor M. Shahabuddin Kabir Choudhuri, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, gave presentation on “Clinicopharmacological approach of Herbal Medicine”. The presentations were followed by a lively open discussion by the doctors.
SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd. has organized a CME on August 23, 2013 at Gulshan, Dhaka. The topic of the CME was 'Herbal Medicine - The Science Behind It.' Around 85 renowned General Practitioners were present at the CME. Dr. A S M Shawkat Ali, Manager, Medical Service Department, SPL gave welcome speech mentioning latest use of herbal medicine by the practitioners worldwide. Professor Dr. Sitesh C Bachar, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka, gave an informative presentation on "Herbal Medicine: The Science Behind It". Professor M. Shahabuddin Kabir Choudhuri, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, gave presentation on “Clinicopharmacological approach of Herbal Medicine”. The presentations were followed by a lively open discussion by the doctors.
SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals ltd. has organized a program “Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Lecture for Developing Excellence” at Pharmacy Lecture Theatre, The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Objective of this program is to inform and develop understanding of the students on Advancement of Herbal Medicine in Bangladesh. Dr. Md. Saiful Islam, Dean, Department of Pharmacy inaugurated the session with an opening speech. Mr. M M Asad Ullah, GPM, SPL gave presentation on the topic of the program. Dr. Monira Ahsan, Professor & Chairperson, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry gave closing speech. The program was much appreciated by the faculty members and students of the department.
SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd. has organized a CME on July 4, 2013 at the auditorium of LabAid Specialized Hospital. The topic of the CME was ‘Immunity in childhood -The role of probiotics’. Dr. Kazi Nawshad-Un-Nabi, Chief Consultant gave the welcome speech with a glimpse of wide use and importance of probiotics. Dr. Abdulla Al Mamun, Registrar, NICU gave a presentation on the topic of the CME. Dr. Qazi Quamrul Hasan, Consultant, NICU and Dr. Moriom Faruqui Swathi, Consultant, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, had also shared their views on Probiotics. The discussion session was participated by the doctors of the Department of NICU.
SQUARE Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd. has sponsored a CME on June 16, 2013 at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of Child Health (BICH), Dhaka Shishu Hospital. The topic of the CME was ‘’Role of Probiotics in Boosting Childhood Immunity’’. The program was chaired by Prof. M. A. K. Azad Chowdhury, Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric Neonatology, BICH. Keynote Speaker was Dr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric Rheumatology, BICH. Dr. Jahangir has discussed about the key role of Probiotics in building immune health, how Probiotics can be a successful choice in the treatment line of diarrhea, immune deficiency, lactose intolerance etc. The session was very informative on Probiotics and appreciated by the Chairperson and the present doctors at the program. The Discussion Panel was enlightened by Professor A. S. M. Noushad Uddin Ahmed, Head of the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, BICH and Professor Dr. Sitesh Chandra Bacher, Professor of Pharmacy, Dhaka University, Consultant, SQUARE Hospital Ltd. Dr. Sitesh has discussed about the quality assurance and management protocol of SQUARE Herbal and Nutraceuticals Ltd.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. arranged a two day plant visit program for 23rd batch students of Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University in their Dhaka Plant, Kaliakoir on 8th & 15th June 2013. It was a program of 64 participants, along with the students Prof. Sakina Sultana & other faculty members were also present.
The students got the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with the working process & latest, sophisticated technologies of a TGA & UKMHRA approved cGMP compliant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. They observed physically the manufacturing process of different Solid Dosage Forms, Biotech Products i.e. Insulins, Metered Dose Inhalers and Cephalosporins. The program offered them a chance to correlate between theoretical knowledge and practical manufacturing processes.
“SQUARE”, the leading corporate house of Bangladesh has participated the “National Career Fair, 2013” held on 07 & 08 June, as a Co-Sponsor arranged by North South University.
Mr. Hasanul Haque Inu, MP, Minister of Information, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graciously inaugurated the two daylong event as Chief Guest. Professor Dr. M. Khasro Miah, Director, Career & Professional Development Services, North South University, Professor Dr. Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Dean, School of Business, North South University, Professor Dr. Md. Abdus Sattar, Steering Committee of 8th National Career Fair 2013 & Acting Vice Chancellor, North South University were present at the inaugural session. Besides, HR personnel of the Square Group were also present at the inaugural ceremony. Our honorable Managing Director Mr. Tapan Chowdhury visited first day of the career fair.
Experienced HR personnel of SQUARE has counseled students on career planning, CV writing and interview techniques. SQUARE group also arranged a seminar on “Square and Job Prospect at Square”. This job fair helped to exchange views and information between national and multinational companies with govt. & private university students & job seekers.
Square has launched a program “Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Lecture for Developing Excellence” for the university students in Bangladesh. Objective of this program is to inform and develop understanding of the students on advancement and current trend of business, technology and science. The first event of this program was held on 4th May, 2013 at Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University. Square professionals delivered audio-visual presentation to the students on solid dosage packaging and packaging equipment. The program was much appreciated by the faculty members and students of the department.
“SQUARE”, the leading corporate house of Bangladesh has attended the “Job Incubator- 2013” on 11 & 12 March, arranged by BRAC University.
Mr. Rezaur Razzak, Director of BRAC Business School inaugurated the 2- day long ‘Job Fair’.
Experience HR personnel of SQUARE has counseled students on career planning, CV writing and interview technique.
This job fair helps to exchange views and information between national and multinational companies with govt. & private university students & job seekers.
Square Knit Fabrics Limited has been selected as one of the best environmentally compliant factories to receive the prestigious “Award of the Environmental Compliance Program’’ jointly organized by BGMEA, IFC, UK Aid & Norad.
A jury board comprised of BGMEA, IFC-SEDF and environmental experts reviewed the findings of a survey conducted for long 2-years on the wet processing 250 factories (Composite Fabric, Yarn, Dyeing & Washing) in Bangladesh and selected our factory among others for the award. The ceremony held on 19 February, 2013 at 11:00 am at Ball Room, The Westin, Gulshan-2, Dhaka.
Mr. Ghulam Muhammed Quader, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Commerce attended as the Chief Guest of the ceremony. Mr. Md. Ghulam Hossain, Chairman, NBR attended as the Guest of Honor; Mr. Carel Richter, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Netherland to Bangladesh, Mr. Andrew Barnard, Chargé d’ Affaires, European Union Delegation to Bangladesh, Mr. Kyle Kelhofer, Country Manager, IFC-SEDF have also attended the ceremony as the Special Guests. The event chaired by Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam, President, BGMEA.
Ms. Sanchia Chowdhury, Honorable Director, Square Knit Fabrics Ltd. received the award in the ceremony.
The Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference took place at the ball room of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel on Saturday, 26th January 2013. The topic of discussion at the conference was ‘Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Industry and Current Issues.’ Square Pharmaceuticals arranged this conference in honor of the Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry pioneer; entrepreneur and Founder Chairman of Square Group the late Samson H Chowdhury. The Chairperson of the Trustee Board of Anita Samson Foundation and Square Foundation Mrs. Anita Chowdhury inaugurated the proceedings. Many notable representatives of the Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry attended this day-long conference.
The Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference was segmented into four sessions. The first session was on ‘Current Trends and Future of Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Industry.’ The Keynote was presented by the General Secretary of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries and the Managing Director of Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited Mr. Abdul Muktadir. The session was moderated by Professor Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar of the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. The second session revolved around the issue of ‘Importance of Monitoring of GMP in Daily Practices.’ The keynote speaker for this session was Dr. Suggy S. Chrai, from Chrai Associates Inc. in New Jersey, USA. Professor A.B.M. Farouque, of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka acted as the moderator of this session. The third session was on ‘Bio Equivalence Study and Preparedness of Industry.’ The keynote presenter was Dr. Ravishankar Santhanam, the Director of Quality Insurance at GVK Bio Science India Ltd. The moderator was Ms. Lutfe Ara, the Head of Clinical Governance and Systems, icddr,b. The last session of the Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference 2013 focused on the ‘Expected Framework for Industry and Academic Relationship.’ The keynote speaker for the final session was Professor A.B.M. Farouque, of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka. This session was moderated by Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar, from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka.
It should be noted that Samson H Chowdhury was one of the most successful trailblazers of the Bangladeshi Pharmaceutical Industry. His contributions and dedication has helped the Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry come a long way over the past years. He put Bangladesh on the map as one of the nations that export pharmaceutical products. He left his worldly concerns behind on 5th January, 2012. He was 86 years old at the time of his passing. He had also achieved remarkable success in fields such as textile, toiletries, health care and media.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has donated 02 Haemodialysis machines (complete set up) with 02 specialized hospital beds in fond memory of the founder Chairman Mr. Samson H Chowdhury to NHFH&RI, Mirpur, Dhaka. The inauguration program was held on 21st January 2013 at NHFH&RI auditorium. Around 300 participants were present in the program.
Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Mr. Tapan Chowdhury was present in the program. National Professor Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik along with Vice Presidents of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh Mr. S M Al-Hussaeni and Profesor R K Khandaker thanked SQUARE for this contribution.
Human Resource is the key to success for any modern organisation. Though the importance of good HR policies and practices are well accepted in the global context, but till date human resource management and development issue has not received proper and due importance in Bangladesh. On the contrary, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been recognised to be one of the rare exceptions in Bangladesh regarding the apathy towards a good HR practices.
In appreciation to that Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been declared as the “Best Employer of 2012” in pharmaceutical category by the online job application organisation bdjobs.com. This has been based on the perception survey participated by 3873 bdjobs.com users.
During the survey session, each of the participants were asked to state their opinion on their best employer regarding the following criteria: work environment, management culture & practice, career prospects for its employees, competitive salary & other benefits, and brand image of the company. A total of 1341 organisations from 10 sectors had taken part in the survey.
In response to this great achievement, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Mr. Tapan Chowdhury said, “Square sees its employees as partners in progress who can think best on the growth of its business. The tie-up between us is like well knit family where we work for each other towards betterment”.
Square Pharmaceuticals remains proud of this achievement and is committed to uphold good HR practices for years to come.
“The Annual Sales & Marketing conference 2012” of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Square Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd., & Agrovet Division of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. was held at Hotel Sea Palace, Cox’s Bazar on December 20, 2012. The Chairman of Square group Mr. Samuel S. Chowdhury, Managing Director Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Management Coordinator Mr. Eric S Chowdhury along with all high officials & Medical Promotion Officers were present in the conference. The overall performances of 2012 as well as the action plan for 2013 were discussed in that conference. Besides, the best performers were rewarded. The conference was finally wrapped up through a cultural program in the evening.
The visiting Prime Minister of Belarus His Excellency Mr. Mikhail V. Myasnikovich visited Square Pharmaceuticals’ state-of-the-art Dhaka Plant on the 13th November, 2012. Belarus’s Deputy Minister for Health, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and high officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit. Upon arrival Chairman of Square group Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury and Director Mr. Anjan Chowdhury received the guests in the company premise.
The visiting Prime Minister Mikhail was impressed seeing first-hand a world-class pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Bangladesh. He was particularly attracted to the Plant’s adoption of the latest technologies in manufacturing and quality assurance. The manufacturing units of Square have been built in conformance with the North American and European regulatory requirements. During the course of the Plant visit, at a discussion, he expressed his willingness to expand relations in pharmaceuticals between Belarus and Bangladesh. It is to note that Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturing hubs in the world and Square is leading the Bangladesh pharma market since 1985. Square has signed a Memorandum Understanding with Belarus on export of finished pharmaceuticals, evaluation of investment in pharmaceutical sector and on sharing of technical know-how to Belarus.
Sabazpur Tea Company Ltd., a sister concern of Square group, has been internationally declared as an organic garden certified by LACON GmbH, Germany on 1st October, 2012.
As a result, Sabazpur Tea Company Ltd. has enlisted itself not only as an organic tea grower in Bangladesh but also made its foot step in global arena. It has taken long 3 years of actively participation of the garden employees and certified authority to ensure this success.
Lacon GmbH is accredited as an international institute offers a wide range of certification services for production, processing and handling of organic agricultural products as per International Featured Standards (IFS). This certificate demonstrates all aspects of our organic production, processing, and export within the framework of a system that does not allow for commingling or contamination of organic products with non-approved substances.
Sabazpur Tea Garden uses natural pest & controls weed manually. It only employs renewable resources and maintains the soil\'s fertility. These practices demonstrate the garden\'s commitment to protect both human health and wildlife.
Physically challenged or disabled person in other ways has the same rights and they require a holistic support from their families and the society, in which they live in. To increase the awareness about this amongst the youth, the Bangladesh Systems Change Advocacy (BSCAN) organized an inter school and college debate competition on 7th and 8th September 2012. The competition was sponsored by Square Pharmaceuticals Limited and was supported by Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chittagong Society of Dhaka, and Siddiqui’s International School. The main slogan of this competition was, “Wake up youth; we want a society for the physically challenged people, UNIMPEDED.”
The chief advisor of BSCAN, Professor Dr. Shubhagoto Chowdhury, Director, Laboratory Services, BIRDEM, presided over the meeting. Eminent writer Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Head of the Department, Computer Science and Technology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology was present as Chief Guest.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Limited and SQUARE Cephalosporins Limited have achieved the prestigious TGA approval, which is the regulatory authority of Australia for therapeutic goods.
An award is not just a trophy. It means recognition of innovations, an inspiration that will make some local businesses confident to compete with global giants. So said the winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2009, given by The Daily Star and DHL Express.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. the leading and the largest pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh has won the crown of \'best enterprise of the year 2009\'. The award recognizes the $164 million-a-year-turnover company for its successful entry to overseas markets.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman, who gave away the awards, saluted the private sector, saying that they are driving the economy towards global standards. Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, Director, Square Pharmaceuticals Limited received the award on behalf of Square on 17th April 2010.
By winning this highly prestigious award Square Pharma has proved once again to be a business enterprise with good corporate governance, manufacturing excellence and business ethics.
Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) on Tuesday gave away awards to 111 sports personalities for the last seven years- 'Kool BSJA Awards 2002-2008'- at a colorful function at the NSC Tower.
It turned into a get-together for the sports personalities at the NSC Tower on occasion of the Kool BSJA Awards. Star sportsmen, coaches, organizers, sponsors are among others were present to attend this colorful function.
Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad graced the function as chief guest while State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker and Managing Director of Square Toiletries Anjan Chowdhury were also present as special guests.
The chief guest, Minister of Information and Cultural Affairs Abul Kalam Azad remarked that the award will motivate players, coaches, organizers and sponsors to give more to the development of sports in the country.
"I hope you will take this recognition as a motivation to raise our flag high in the international sports arena," Azad urged the awardees.
Besides, State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar said, "The players should give all their efforts according to the capabilities." He said that the government will give all out support to the players.
As special guest, Anjan Chowdhury said his organization has been sponsoring sports at different levels for a long time and sponsoring of this function was a continuation of our efforts in the field of sports. For patronizing sports at the national level Square Group won the "Kool- BSJA Sponsor Award-2003" and Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, MD, Square Toiletries Limited was also awarded for "Kool- BSJA Organizer award-2004". Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, on behalf of Square Group received the award.
A minute's silence was observed prior to the start of the prize giving ceremony in memory of players, sports organizers and those who were killed in the sad BDR Headquarters incident on February 25. The function also marked the 21st birthday of national all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who was nominated for the sportsman of the year 2008.
One of the leading Men's grooming brands of the country - Kool, a popular brand of Square Toiletries Ltd, was the title sponsor of the award giving program.
A Six member team of Board of Directors of Asian Development Bank visited Square Pharmaceutical's State of the Art manufacturing facilities at Kaliakoir on June 19 last. ADB Country Director Ms. Hua Du also accompanied the team.
The sprawling site currently houses three manufacturing facilities which are Solid Dosage, Cephalosporins and SVPO (Small Volume Parenteral and Ophthalmic). SQUARE Pharmaceuticals received UK MHRA (United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) certification of its solid dosage facilities in February 2007 which was the first for a Bangladeshi company. First shipment of products from the facility to UK was made in September 2007.
The visiting Board Members of ADB were from Germany, Korea, United States, Australia, Netherlands and India. The visitors were briefed on the Square pharmaceutical\'s Domestic and International business followed by a tour of the manufacturing facilities. The Board of Directors was impressed by the progress Bangladesh achieved in Pharmaceuticals. Square\'s use of state of the art manufacturing facilities for pharmaceutical production and it\'s on going works to enter into the pharmaceutical markets of Europe and North America received admiration from the visiting ADB Board of Directors.
Photograph: Visiting ADB Board of Directors, ADB Country Director Hua Du and Square Pharma officials.
SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants) - an apex body of SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) awarded Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. the "Merit Certificate" for the year 2006 in the Manufacturing Sector of "SAFA Best Presented Accounts Awards Competition 2006". The SAFA committee honored Square based on its evaluation of published annual report of the company on improvement, transparency, accountability and governance.
SAFA as a forum of professional accountancy bodies is committed to positioning, maintaining and developing the accountancy profession in SAARC Region and ensuring its continued eminence in the world of accountancy; in the public interest and towards broad economic development of the region.
Mr. Kabir Reza, Director (Accounts & Finance) of the company received the award on behalf of Square from Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka in a presentation ceremony at New Delhi on 12 January, 2008.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. the leading and the largest pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh has been accorded Gold Award as an "Achiever of Industrial Excellence", amongst the SAARC countries for the year 2007 by CNCI.
This award was conferred to SQUARE at a grand presentation ceremony attended by the dignitaries both from the SAARC and other foreign countries at the Grand Ballroom of Colombo Hilton Hotel on the 6th of July, 2007 in Sri Lanka.
The "CNCI Special SAARC Regional Country Award", is accorded to the best business entities in the SAARC countries which have achieved the Highest Industrial Excellence in their home countries and have also gained international prominence in conducting business in the most professional and ethical manner.
By winning this highly prestigious award Square Pharma has proved once again to be a business entity with superior management practices, product excellence and business ethics.