Mr. B N Manohar - MD & CEO

Manohar is the MD & CEO of Stempeutics Research – a leading stem cell research and product development company in India. He earned his B.E. degree in Electronics & Communication from REC Trichy in 1977. Post that he did M.E. in Computer Science from College of Engineering, Guindy. Manohar has transformed Stempeutics – a life science start-up from R&D to Commercialization stage with Global recognition. Stempeutics has developed an innovative drug called "Stempeucel" for addressing major unmet medical needs in India and Globally. This drug developed by an Indian company has received many Global Recognitions. Fourteen countries including US & Japan has granted patent for the novelty and inventiveness of the drug. Europe has recognized this drug by granting Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product classification and Orphan Drug Designation. Recently it became the FIRST stem cell product to be approved by DCGI for conditional marketing for treating patients suffering from life threatening disease call Buerger's Disease. Stempeutics has put India on the "World map of Regenerative Medicine". Under Manohar's leadership Stempeutics has been recognized as India's hottest startups by Business Today in 2008 and Karnataka Government bestowed "Emerging Company of the Year award" in 2011 and 2013. In 2017 Manohar was awarded "Biotechnologist of the Year" award by Wockhardt Foundation, India. He raised US$ 10M in 2009 by establishing business alliance with major pharmaCipla. Recently Stempeutics has tied up with Alkem Labs for Osteoarthritis indication. Prior to Joining Manipal Group, Manohar has had 12 years successful stints at Wipro GE Medical Systems. At GE Medical he has handled multiple senior assignments including Vice President – Customer Service where he received GE Asia Service Award for highest revenue growth in 1998. Currently Manohar serves in the Boards of Stempeutics and MentisSoft.

Dr (Lt Col) Pawan Kumar Gupta, MD, DNB (Path), PhD (Haemat) - Senior Vice President - Medical & Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Pawan joined Stempeutics in October 2008. Before joining Stempeutics, he was an Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology, Haematopathology & Transfusion Medicine, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He had served the Armed Forces for 24 years and he has a vast experience in Pathology, Haematopathology, Transfusion Medicine and Stem Cells. In the Armed Forces, he was awarded Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card twice and the GOC-in-C commendation card once. He is a trained Hematologist from All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi. He also has worked in Stem Cells Institute, University of Minnesota in 2006 and trained in both Hemaotpoietic stem cells and adult bone marrow derived stem cells. He was the Dean, Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine from Oct 2008 to Mar 2011. Currently he is in charge of the clinical development program in Stempeutics. He has more than 50 publications both in International and National journal to his credit. Dr Gupta is an MD (Pathology) (AFMC, Pune), Diplomate of National Board of Examination (Pathology) and PhD (Haematology - AIIMS)

Dr. Udaykumar K, PhD – Vice President, Technical Operations

Dr Uday joined Stempeutics on July 1st, 2020. He is responsible for Manufacturing Operations and Process Development Lab. Uday has worked in Stempeutics earlier i.e. between February 2005 & June 2007 and subsequently between November 2011 & June 2015. Before joining Stempeutics, he was with GE Healthcare, Singapore for about 5 years, where he was responsible & accountable for strategic planning & support to drive revenue growth across Asia, technical support for Asian customers to develop various applications including Bioprocess and cell therapy products, working with R&D and Process Development team for developing custom media and process improvement and streamlining upstream & downstream process. Uday was also associated with Invitrogen/Life Technologies as a Group Leader where he has worked on various projects & launched cell lines & serum free media & supplement. Uday has done his Masters and PhD at Gulbarga University. His PhD is in the field of Endocrinology. He did his Post-Doctoral Fellow at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Dr. Raviraja N Seetharam, PhD, MBA - Senior Director - Innovation & Business Development

Dr. Ravi is an outstanding scientist having more than 18 years of research experience in the diverse areas of biology. He joined Stempeutics in March 2010. Dr. Ravi received Ph.D. degree from Mangalore University, India and pursued first postdoctoral training in the Department of Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. Canada (2002-2003). Later he joined Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY for the second postdoctoral training (2003-2006) and then was promoted to faculty position (2006-2008). In July 2008 he joined Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein Cancer Center, New York as a faculty. During his doctoral and postdoctoral period, he has worked in the areas of microbiology, cell biology, nano-biotechnology and cancer biology. He has gained extensive experience working with several mammalian cell lines during his last stint in New York. Ravi has about 40 publications for his credit. He has presented in various national and international conferences.