"Semiconductor engineering, Biotechnology, Startup ecosystem development, senior management roles in USA/Japan/China/ and India"
Anand was previously Chairman and Managing Director at Cellworks Research India Pvt. Ltd, a company that pioneered the use of Systems biology and semiconductor technologies in creating Directed therapies in Cancer-care. Prior to Cellworks, Anand was the co-founding Managing Director of the India operation of SpinCircuit (acquired by Cadence, 2003) and Magma Design Automation (acquired by Synopsys, 2011). He has management, operations, and business development experience in the US, Europe, China and India regions. Anand received his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical & Biomedical Engineering from George Washington University, Washington DC, and BE (Hons) in ECE from Anna University. He is a member of Eta-Kappa-Nu and Tau-Beta-Pi International Engineering honors societies and is the co-inventor on patents ranging from Satellite communication, Pharmaceuticals to Clean Energy. He is co-founder of India Semiconductor Association (IESA), co-founder of EVA, a healthcare Accelerator, ex-General secretary of ABLE, member of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, and a Charter member of TiE Bangalore.
Chief Scientific Officer
“Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Systems Biology & Drug Discovery”
Santanu was previously Vice President, Drug Discovery and Industrial Biotechnology at Cellworks Research India Pvt. Ltd where he led the building of the in-silico platform for E.coli and M. tuberculosis and its experimental validation. Prior to this, he was the Principal Research Scientist in AstraZeneca India, where he spent more than 2 decades working in Infectious diseases, with a focus on Malaria and MTB. At AstraZeneca, Santanu scientifically mentored programs across the discovery pipeline and pioneered many ground-breaking concepts such as those of gene and chemical vulnerability. He has served as Principal Investigator in several prestigious research grants from Wellcome Trust, European Union Framework programs and the Department of Biotechnology, India. His current interest is in systems biology and its application in anti-infective drug discovery and in Industrial Biotechnology specifically the interface between insilico and experimental biology. He has published widely and has thirteen international patents. Santanu, received his Ph.D. from Calcutta University in Biophysics in 1981 and was trained as a molecular biologist during his post-doctoral stint in Indian Institute of Science, Baylor College of Medicine USA and Karolinska Institute Sweden.
President – R & D
Chief Operations Officer
"Microbiology, Anti-infective Pharmacology, Project Management, Drug Discovery & Development"
Bala was previously Director, Infection Business Unit at Cellworks Research India Pvt. Ltd, where he led the discovery of new combinations for the treatment of tuberculosis. Prior to this, he spent two decades in infection research and anti-bacterial drug discovery at AstraZeneca India Pvt. Ltd, where he established the in vitro and in vivo research for infectious diseases, pioneered the PK/PD science for anti-TB drugs, and led the discovery of a clinical drug candidate for the treatment of tuberculosis. Bala served on the Board of AstraZeneca India Pvt. Ltd as Executive Director. He has served as Principal Investigator in several prestigious research grants from the Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Union Framework program and DBT, Govt. on India. Bala received his Ph.D. as a Marie Christie Kohler fellow from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in Medical Microbiology & Immunology and trained as a Howard Hughes Post-doctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA and has nearly 40 peer-reviewed publications.
Principal, UTEC – The University of Tokyo Edge Capital
Dr. Atsushi Usami joined UTEC in October 2013. He focuses on seed/early stage life science investments: biotech, regenerative medicine and medical devices. He worked as a strategy consultant at Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), serving pharmaceutical, medical device and other manufacturing companies across a range of areas including mid- to long-term management planning and new business development. He also engaged in providing consulting services to government agencies in the fields of international standardization strategy and industry-academia collaboration. Prior to joining MRI, he studied pharmacology and neuroscience and received a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Tokyo. He won several awards for his research: the 21st High Technology Award by FujiSankei Business i (2007), the Young Investigator Award at the Drug Discovery and Medical Pharmacology Symposium (2010) and the best presentation award at the University of Tokyo Life Science Symposium (2011).
Venture Partner, UTEC
Kiran Mysore was the head of India Operations at Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support (DTVS) Japan. He supported over 50 deep-tech Asian startups by connecting them with Japanese corporations and also worked closely with METI Japan, to lead a project called CEATEC IoT Acceleration for Asian startups. Prior to that, he co-founded a student-led social enterprise named 'Kriya'. Kiran has been selected as on of the Young Global Leaders by Stanford ASES (USA), St. Gallen Symposium (Switzerland) and Yenching Academy (China). Kiran graduated with a Master's in Technology Management from The University of Tokyo in 2016. At UTokyo, his specialization was Deep Learning and his research paper was published in PICMET 2017.
Founding Partner at 3one4 Capital
Founding Partner at 3one4 Capital - an early-stage venture capital fund that is based in Bangalore, India. As part of the 3one4 team, Pranav is involved with the startup ecosystem in India and leads the partnerships and co-investments in the San Francisco Bay-Area as well. Pranav focuses on the integration of technology and design to build products that consistently deliver important value propositions at scale. His diverse experience influences the context that is applied to decision-making, enabling him to solve problems strategically and efficiently, and to identify and work with the best people. Previously, Pranav was the Sr. Product Manager at EdCast, an ed-tech startup in the Bay Area. He graduated with a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Pranav is a volunteer on the advisory boards and steering committees of non-profits such Code For India and The Archive of Indian Music.
Abraham Van Wyk
General Partner Acquipharma
Abraham currently manages the TCD Group of companies which includes a Contract Research Organization, Health Economics and Outcomes Research business and a Software Development business. He is also a General Partner in a boutique investment firm, focussing in Biotechnology, Medical Device and Technology. Abraham holds a Bachelors of Science In Medical Sciences and a Bachelors of Science in Cellular Biology from the University of Pretoria and a MBA from the University of South Africa. Abraham is passionate about learning & innovation and excited about entrepreneurs brave enough to venture. His experience in life sciences has caused him to gravitate towards opportunities and individuals with exciting visions and clear strategies. He has had the privilege of being involved in R&D in search of solutions for the most daunting challenges, with the aim to maximize learning.