Speaker’s Bios 2010


MK BhanM.K. Bhan, MD
Dr. M.K. Bhan is M.B.B.S, M.D. Pediatrics, D. Sc. (Honorary), Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Fellow, Academy of Sciences (F.ASc) and Fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences (F.A.M.S.)

He is currently Chair of the Department of Biotechnology for the Government of India.

He is recipient of numerous awards: “Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award”, 1990, for medical sciences, the highest Scientific Award below 45 years of age in Indian Sciences, National Ranbaxy Award, 1990, for Medical Sciences, Achar Gold Medal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, 1984, for the best original research, S.S. Mishra Award of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, 1986, for the best unpublished research, Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award, 2003 and Pollins Foundation Research Award for US 100,000 (Year 2003).

Dr. Bhan is involved in major policy formulation roles and is Member of the Jury for nearly all major national science awards awarded by the Government of India.

Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, PhD
Dr. Kasturirangan is a space scientist based in Bangalore, Karnataka who headed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for more than 9 years until 2003. He was a Member in the Upper House (Rajya Sabha,2003-2009) of the Indian Parliament. He is now a Member of the Planning Commission of Government of India. He is also the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, since April 2004. He is a recipient of the three civilian awards from the Government of India: the Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000).

Paul YockPaul Yock, MD
Paul Yock is the Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering (by courtesy) and Founding Co-Chair of Stanford’s new Department of Bioengineering.  He also holds a courtesy appointment on Operations, Information and Technology in the Stanford School of Business.

Dr. Yock is internationally known for his work in inventing, developing and testing new devices, including the Rapid Exchange ™ balloon angioplasty system, which is now the primary system in use worldwide.  He also invented a Doppler-guided access system known as the Smart Needle™ and PD-Access™.   The main focus of Dr. Yock’s research program has been in the field of intravascular ultrasound. He authored the fundamental patents for mechanical intravascular ultrasound imaging and helped conduct the initial clinical trials.  In 1986 he founded Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, which was acquired by Boston Scientific in 1994.  Dr. Yock has cofounded several other medical technology companies.

In his academic career Dr. Yock has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and editorials, a textbook and over 45 US patents.  Recent awards include the Transcatheter Therapeutics (TCT) Career Achievement Award, the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Scientist Award and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College.  Dr. Yock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Current research interests of Dr. Yock’s group at Stanford focus on development and testing of catheter-based delivery systems for cardiac cell transplantation and new catheter and molecular imaging techniques for cardiology.   Dr. Yock also founded and directs the Program in Biodesign, a unit of Stanford’s Bio-X initiative that focuses on invention and technology transfer related to biomedical engineering.

Speakers and Panelists

Siraj BagwanSiraj Bagwan
Siraj is COO of Geneva Innovations International Ltd., a strategic Systems & New Product Design and Development company. He heads a multi-disciplinary team to provide design and new product development solutions to organizations in Medical Systems, Defense & Aerospace Sector.

Siraj is a strong proponent of the ‘integrated approach’ ideology towards design of a product. This reduces design cycle time, development cost, and is the optimum way to produce and support all other aspects of product development.

During his career in design, he has worked on range of Medical systems like ICU & Transport Ventilators, Syringe & Infusion Pumps, Anesthesia Workstations, OT infrastructure projects, Neonatal products and Diagnostic Imaging projects for healthcare companies like GE, Philips, Pricol Medical etc. Apart from Medical systems he also spearheads other team to develop systems for defense industry as well as Indian Space Research Organization. Currently Siraj is working on creating India-centric, affordable medical devices for Omya Healthcare.

Siraj has a B.E. degree in Production Engineering and a Master of Design degree in Product Design from Indian Institute of Science.

Nish Chasmawala

Nishith Chasmawala
Prior to joining the Stanford-India Biodesign fellowship, Nish developed and commercialized several innovative medical technologies for the US, European and Japanese markets. Some of the products that Nish has been involved with includes: the first FDA approved drug coated stents (Cypher), inflatable bone tamps for kyphoplasty, bioresorable stents for BPH, neurovascular coils, guiding catheters, spinal implants, expandable valvulotomes and carotid shunts. He has cross-functional leadership experiences from LeMaitre Vascular, Cordis, Vcube (co-founder), Kyphon (acquired by Medtronic) and ConSure Medical (co-founder).

While pursuing the biodesign fellowship, Nish along with his colleagues identified a latent need in incontinence care. Together, they have developed a novel medical device in India that has global potential. For their innovative solution for incontinence care, Nish was recognized as one of the Top 35 innovators under the age of 35 in India (MIT TR35 Award for Medicine). His start-up, ConSure Medical, was recently recognized as one of the Top 75 startups in India to bet on by DARE magazine.

Nish graduated with a BS in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he was also a varsity athlete (crew). He has multiple patents issued or pending for various vascular, orthopedic and critical care devices.

Raj DoshiRajiv Doshi, MD
Rajiv Doshi, MD is the Executive Director (United States) of the Stanford-India Biodesign Program which was begun in 2007. He is also Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Ventus Medical, a venture capital-backed medical device company in Belmont, California that markets products for obstructive sleep apnea. Prior to founding Ventus Medical, he was a Principal at De Novo Ventures. Rajiv has taught medical device design courses at Stanford since 2000. The first, “Medical Device Design” is a prototyping-intensive, graduate level course within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The second, “Medical Device Innovation” is an undergraduate course within the Department of Bioengineering that teaches the fundamentals of medical device entrepreneurship. Rajiv earned a BS in chemical engineering, an MSE in biomechanical engineering, and an MD, all from Stanford University. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Lunar Design. Rajiv has roughly thirty US patents issued or pending.

Ashish GuptaAshish Gupta
Ashish Gupta is the Global COO and Country Head (India) of Evalueserve. He has been with Evalueserve since its inception in December 2000 and has spearheaded Evalueserve successfully to create the largest pure-play KPO Company.

Prior to joining Evalueserve, Ashish was the founder and CEO of Ties2Family, a community building portal that provided various services to Indians in India and overseas, growing the company to 25 employees and 100,000 customers. Ashish has also worked at McKinsey & Co. in Delhi as an Engagement Manager. He spent five years at McKinsey, working with clients in India, the US, Europe and China; he was a core member of the firm’s e-commerce practice.

Ashish did his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. He holds a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Dorothea KohDorothea Koh
Dorothea is a Senior Officer in EDB’s Biomedical Sciences group where she is responsible for the growth and development of Singapore’s Medical Technology industry. She has worked closely with several leading medical technology companies such as Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Edwards Lifesciences and Covidien to support their operations in Singapore. Dorothea was also instrumental in the ideation and start-up of the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program.

Prior to her role at EDB, Dorothea was a Henkens Biodesign fellow who worked to address clinical needs in the areas of Critical Care and Electrophysiology. Her team’s project to develop an innovative device to treat muscle wasting in critically ill patients won the grand prize at the 2008 Boomer’s Business Plan competition and was subsequently spun out as start-up Niveus Medical.

Dorothea received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a double major in Economics from Northwestern.

Bala KrishnanBala Krishnan, PhD
Dr. Bala Krishnan is the Managing Director of Aurolab, a not for profit manufacturing arm of Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai. He joined Aravind in 1990 to form Aurolab with a mission to produce affordable eye care products. Aurolab is producing and marketing Intraocular Lenses (IOLs), Suture Needles, Blades, Pharmaceuticals and Instruments primarily to non-profit users at affordable prices in India and over 120 countries around the world. As an important component of the Aravind Model for eye care services, Aurolab played a crucial role in reducing avoidable blindness in India and many other developing countries through local production of affordable surgical consumables. He played a key leadership role in growing Aurolab in to a 500 people strong self sustaining not for profit social enterprise

Before joining A.ravind Dr. Bala Krishnan was teaching at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. Earlier, he worked as Research Staff in Industrial Technology Institute, Ann Arbor, USA, one of the centers of excellence in Manufacturing Automation research. He obtained his Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Earlier, he worked as a Research and Development Staff at Central Manufacturing Research Institute, Bangalore, India. He received his Bachelor and Master degree in Mechanical Engineering in India.

Uday Uday KumarKumar, MD
Dr. Uday N. Kumar, a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist by training, is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a venture- and corporate-backed (St. Jude Medical, Inc.) San Francisco medical device company focused on developing new devices and systems for cardiac rhythm monitoring.  He also currently is the Fellowship Director for the Stanford Biodesign Global Programs (India and Singapore).  He has also served as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Lecturer in Bioengineering at Stanford University, where he previously was a Biodesign Cardiovascular Innovation Fellow (’05-’06).  As a Fellow there, he focused on identifying and developing solutions to unmet needs in the field of cardiac electrophysiology (EP); one of these ideas formed the basis for iRhythm Technologies, Inc., which he founded in late 2006.  Prior to coming to Stanford, Uday completed fellowships in cardiac EP and cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2005 and 2003, respectively.  He previously completed his training in internal medicine in 2001 at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University.  From 1998-1999, he helped launch Biomedical Modeling Inc., a company that created models from imaging data using rapid prototyping techniques for use in numerous medical areas.  He started work on this project when he was a student at Harvard Medical School, from which he received his M.D. in June 1998.  Prior to this, he received his B.A. magna cum laude in Biochemistry from Harvard College in 1994.  Uday grew up in Rhode Island and is originally from Bangalore, India.

Yashdeep KumarYashdeep Kumar
Yashdeep Kumar is the Managing Director of Stryker in India.  Stryker Corporation is a global leader in medical technology with a leadership position in Orthopedics.

Yashdeep joined Stryker in 1996 and has held leadership positions in product development, sales and marketing.  Early in his career he developed battery powered surgical instrumentation and has been awarded three design patents.  Yashdeep pioneered the development and market launch of Computer Assisted Surgery for Orthopaedics in the United States. He led the entire business cycle of taking a concept to market creation and the development of a successful global business unit with triple digit growth and market domination.

In 2006, Yashdeep conceptualized and created the Stryker Global Technology Center in Gurgaon, India.  He relocated to India to develop leaders who will accelerate innovation and help develop high quality, lower cost medical devices.  The group is now one of the leading centers in India committed to the development of medical technology for diverse use ranging from beds and stretchers to advanced surgical devices.  In 2010, Yashdeep took responsibility to also develop the market for Stryker in India.

Yashdeep graduated with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, a M.S in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Tennessee, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also attended the Advanced Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.

Jui LimJui Lim, MD
Dr. Lim is the Programme Director of the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign (SSB) Programme. He is also the Executive Director of the Medical Engineering Research and Commercialization Initiative (MERCI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). MERCI was set up by the Department of Surgery of NUS to identify clinical-surgical needs that can be addressed by innovative medical devices, and then to develop and commercialize such medical devices. MERCI currently has a pipeline of 8 devices in various stages of development. Prior to joining NUS, Jui was the CEO of Merlin MD Pte Ltd, a Singapore medical device company developing a novel intracranial stent for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms. Among other things, Jui directed the design and conduct of both the preclinical animal studies as well as the subsequent multi-centre clinical trials in Europe. He also raised over US$12m in equity financing. Before his time at Merlin, Jui was the Director of Investments at Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd, a US$600m venture capital fund linked to the Economic Development Board of Singapore. Jui received his MD from Columbia University, and completed specialist training in Anaesthesiology at the National University of Singapore.

Krishna MaheshKrishna Mahesh
Krishna Mahesh is the CEO and founder of Sundaram Medical Devices (P) Ltd. [SMD], a health-care manufacturing start-up that won the first Harvard Business School Alumni New Venture Competition. SMD aims to bring the engineering rigour & cost control of the automotive industry coupled with the production methods & discipline of TPS to bear on medical manufacturing to deliver products that meets the highest (global) quality, safety and usability standards for both the patient and the care-giver at a price that is affordable for the (Indian) institution. With hospital beds as its launch product, SMD will commence production at the end of December 2010.

Previously, Krishna was Executive Director of Sundaram Brake Linings (SBL)- a part of the $4 Billion TVS group and India’s largest friction material manufacturer–from 2006 to 2009 . At SBL, he focused on implementing TPS in an Indian context, restructuring corporate strategy, and increasing  international sales penetration.

Earlier, working with Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s Operations & Management Development Division (OMDD), Krishna led teams making operational improvement in Toyota’s paint, logistics, stamping, and supplier support functions at various North American plants. Before that, he worked with McKinsey & Co. as a Business analyst. Krishna led client teams in the automotive and health-care industries in areas such as operational improvement, strategic price leadership, new product-platform strategy development, and purchasing & supplier management Krishna has an MBA from Harvard Business School (’05), and an MS (’98)& BS (’97) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Anurag MairalAnurag Mairal, PhD
Dr. Anurag Mairal is the Associate Director – Program Development at the Stanford-India Biodesign program at Stanford University. In addition, he is a Senior Advisor for the Singapore Stanford Biodesign program. In these roles, he is responsible for developing an extensive network of partners from the industry, academia, regulatory bodies, and investors in Asia and the U.S. to foster these Asia-focused programs. Dr. Mairal is also actively involved in the industry. He is a Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Orbees Medical, a consulting firm serving medical device industry in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He serves on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations and is a Charter Member at EPPIC.

Prior to this, Dr. Mairal was a Product Director at Cordis and a Development Director, Business Development at Nitinol Devices and Components, both Johnson and Johnson companies. Before joining J&J, he was the Lead Partner for the life sciences practice of Market Potential, a consulting firm focused on early stage companies. Earlier, he was a Group Leader and a Process Development Manager at Membrane Technology and Research (MTR). At MTR, he was responsible for fundraising, business development, strategic alliances, and product development in the Bioseparations area. Dr. Mairal got a Bachelor of Engineering from NIT Raipur; a Master of Technology IIT Bombay; and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Mairal was also a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Twente, Netherlands and at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Mairal has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. At Haas, he was a founding co-Chairman of the South Asia Business Conference and Chair of the Biotech Panel for the Asia Business Conference. He is also a co-founder of South Asian MBA Association (SAMBAA), a global network of MBAs with interest in South Asia. Dr. Mairal has over 20 publications and 7 issued patents.

Jasmin Patel

Jasmin Patel, PhD
Dr. Jasmin Patel is Managing Director at Fidelity Growth Partners India. In this role, he leads growth capital investments in Healthcare & Lifescience companies as well as other sectors of the economy. He is based in Mumbai from where his India team works closely with other Fidelity PE and VC teams across Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to Fidelity, Jasmin held multiple roles with Novartis including COO for their India business and global head of R&D strategy and M&A for their pharma business out of Switzerland.

He has also spent several years with McKinsey & Company advising companies across the world in diverse areas including strategy, new product commercialization, market entry strategy, business development, marketing strategy, organizational design, and post-merger integration.

Prior to these managerial experiences, Dr. Patel was a scientist for 6 years in the US in the Pharma and biotech sectors. His scientific accomplishments include: 8 patents; 20 published papers, reviews, articles and abstracts; he has made numerous presentations at international congresses and academic institutions over the past 20+ years.

Jasmin has a B.Pharm degree from Bombay University (gold medalist), a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry with honors from the U.S., and an MBA from Wharton. He also spent 2 years as a PPG Post-doctoral Fellow at the world renowned Scripps Research Institute in California.

Krishna ReddyKrishna Reddy, MD
Mr. Reddy is the CEO & Director, CARE Hospitals.  Care Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has more than a decade of experience in research and technology development for healthcare and has been a ground force for the CARE Hospitals (a chain of for-profit tertiary care hospitals spanning across south and central India) to deliver quality healthcare at affordable cost with a strong focus on medical ethics, professional education and operational efficiency. It has been a pioneer in developing telemedicine technology that has been helping thousands of remote patients over the past years.

Vijay SimhaVijay Simha
Graduated from BITS Pilani in 1979 and was a NCERT National Science Talent Scholar. Started his professional career with a Boston, Mass based analytical equipment company called Instrumentation Laboratories Inc as a service engineer. Later moved to Sartorius/B.Braun Biotech Germany handling both presales consulting and designing and delivery process of microbial and cell culture fermentation systems used in the production of biological for the pharmaceuticals industry. Attended a post graduate course in VLSI Manufacturing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and worked for a while in the semiconductor fab industry as a senior design and process engineer. Later moved into a role to captain a green field project for a Japanese Machine Tool Company to set up a technical and transformational ideas center in India on factory automation and robotics. Later worked as the CEO of a Swiss Company based in Geneva with R&D at Moscow, manufacturing in Germany and Design Center in Italy that was involved in the development of a product from patent to market for a technology that provides a table top version of a synchrotron beam for structural analysis of biopolymers.

Currently, involved in the corporate efforts at BPL Ltd to redefine and renew its overall strategies and reposition itself to deliver value into the future. BPL’s Healthcare Division being largely focussed into addressing the needs for diagnostic and health screening products so that they could be made accessible to the larger part of the population. Some of the areas where I have contributed to research and have publications in international journals are in Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis of Composite Polymers, Algorithms for Computer Color Matching Systems, Dielectric Thermal Analysis, etc.

Sandeep SinghSandeep Singh, MD, Co-Chair, Indian Medtech Summit
Sandeep is an Assistant Professor (Cardiology) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Sandeep earned his MBBS and MD Medicine from Maulana Azad Medical College, (University of Delhi) and then completed three years of advanced training (DM) in cardiology from GB Pant Hospital, University of Delhi. As a medical student, he received several honors for his academic performance, including the Mohan Lal Nayyar Award for best senior resident in cardiology, the Roll of Honor for best medical student and merit-cum-scholarships for admission to the MBBS.

Sandeep’s research started by participating in the multi-center trials on various devices. He has been actively involved in initiating core laboratories for intravascular ultrasound and quantitative coronary angiography at AIIMS. Sandeep has authored more than 40 papers in the field of cardiology.  He has held the position of Editorial Secretary for the Indian Heart Journal and is a life member of the Cardiological Society of India.

Sandeep was in the first class of Stanford-India Biodesign fellows.  He now wants to pursue his next passion, to generate simple, innovative and cost-effective devices by utilizing his knowledge and skills in interventional cardiology.

Asokan ThondiyathAsokan Thondiyath, PhD
Asokan was a 2008-2010 Fellow at Stanford India Biodesign, and an academician with interests in the design of mechatronic and robotic systems.

Asokan received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in the year 2000. He then spent six years as a researcher at the Robotics Research Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, working in the area of mechatronic systems and robotics. Asokan joined the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Design in 2006. At IIT Madras, his areas of teaching and research interests include product design, engineering system design, and robotics.

One of his design projects won the Design Innovation Award at the Brunnel Design show held in London in 2007. Asokan has published more than 25 papers in international journals and conferences and has filed two patents, one each in India and Singapore. He holds a concurrent appointment as visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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