Mandar Kulkarni, PhD is appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cancer Genetics, India (CGI), based in Hyderabad. He will lead efforts to expand CG Indiaâs technology programs and initiatives with a focus on accelerating development and innovation and will be reporting directly to Cancer Genetics CEO, Panna Sharma.
Kulkarni joins CGI with over five years of experience in both clinical and genomic development and will be focusing initially on three key strategic areas. His initiatives include enhancing and accelerating companyâs efforts in offering next-generation sequencing (NGS) based tests to leading research institutions, clinical partners and biopharma companies and strengthening CG Indiaâs partnerships with cancer centers, and hospitals. Dr Kulkarni will also spearhead the development of an oncology-focused knowledge base that will include genomic information geared toward facilitating the personalization of treatment for Indian populations. The database will also be used to inform and accelerate discovery and clinical development.
âMandarâs expertise in leading teams focused on next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics is completely aligned with CG Indiaâs vision,â said Panna Sharma, President and CEO of Cancer Genetics. âHis in-depth cancer research background, both as a manager and as a scientist; his ability to counsel clinical and biopharma clients to ensure their objectives are not only met, but exceeded; and his extensive knowledge of the needs of the Indian market make him a great fit for CGIâ, he added.
Prior to joining CG India, Kulkarni was Head of molecular biology and genomics at Sandor Lifesciences, where his team designed and executed next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and microarray initiatives. Kulkarni was also a senior scientist at M/Z Diagnostics where he developed and clinically validated a diagnostic assay for rapid detection of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections.
Dr Kulkarni received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pune University and the University of Wisconsin and earned a doctorate degree from Purdue University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Yale School of Medicine.