Dr. T.S. Balganesh is trained as a Medical Microbiologist from Jawaharlal Institute Post-Graducate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry and Ph.D from University of Calcutta. He has also awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in 2009.
Possessing more than three decades of experience in antimicrobial drug discovery, Dr Balganesh served as Head of Research at AstraZeneca’s antibacterial drug discovery unit in Bangalore before rising to become the Managing Director and member of the board of AstraZeneca India Pvt. Ltd. Currently, he is holding the position of President and a Director on the board of GangaGen Biotechnologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. He also serves as an advisory member of several national and international grant committees.
Dr. Richard Henderson, is a scientist at the MRC laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge, England. He joined MRC in 1973 and was the Director of the center from 1996-2006. He is a pioneer who was involved in developing high resolution electron cryo-microscopy for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2018. He has many awards and honors to his credit. He has also been closely associated with India and has helped develop Structural Biology in India.
Dr. Satyajit Mayor is one of the most celebrated biological scientists in India today. He is currently a Professor and Director of the National Center for Biological Sciences. He is a fellow of many academies and societies including a Fellow of the American National Academy of Sciences. He is one of the co-founder of Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms the first innovation acceleration platform in India. He has been involved in many activities to promote science and scientists in India, including being the founder and active board member of India Bioscience.
Dr. Venkatesan is a Physicist. He got his PhD working in Bell Labs and is an academic and entrepreneur. Besides Bell Labs and Bellcore as scientist/ manager, he was a Professor/ Director at Rutgers, Maryland and NUS. He is the inventor of the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) process, a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), winner of the Bellcore Award of excellence, George E Pake Prize of the APS. Besides he has published over 780 papers and has 32 patents. He is the founder and chairman of Neocera (since 1989) and is also the co-founder of Blue Wave Semiconductors, Cellivate and Breathonix. He has not forgotten his roots and he and his family are involved in a number of social activities in India.