Doctorate in Botany from Bangalore University and over 20 years of experience together in industry, managing own business, and exposure to scientific - academic environment. Worked in Sami Labs Ltd., Rishi Herbal Technologies Pvt. Ltd. & Padmashree Institute of Management & Sciences. PI/Co-PI of 5 major research projects funded by National & International agencies. Have published 13 research papers in peer-reviewed national and international Journals and a book chapter. Got a US patent and 4 more patents filed are under various stages of granting.Currently, working as a Senior Consultant (Biotech) at Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society, Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, Govt. of Karnataka coordinating activities undertaken by KITS in promoting growth of biotech sector in the State.