Key Management
Swaroop Vakkalanka, Ph.D.: President

Swaroop Vakkalanka is a renowned pharma R&D professional with rich and rewarding experience in research and strategy management. His past experience includes serving as core research member and research head in the areas of Oncology, Inflammation, Pain and Metabolic Disorders.

He led diversified scientific teams successfully from drug design to clinical development. He played a pivotal role in bringing 8 NCEs into clinical development right from concept. He served in R&D divisions of leading Indian pharmaceutical companies that include President, Drug Discovery and Clinical Development for Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. To his credit he led the R&D teams for four out-licensing deals in the areas of Inflammation, Pain and Metabolic disorders with cumulative deal value of > $ 800 Million. Swaroop obtained his Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Andhra University, India

Kumar V. Penmetsa, Ph.D.: Corporate Development

Kumar is responsible for Corporate Development, including Business Development, Strategy and Operations. Kumar joins Rhizen with 17 years of BioPharma industry experience: 15 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, New Jersey and 2 years at Human Genome Sciences, Rockville, Maryland.

Kumar has extensive experience in drug development, project management, cross-functional matrix-team management and leading individuals with different cultural backgrounds. In addition, Kumar has hands-on experience in establishing brand new R&D functions in Project Management and Strategic Operations in China and India. Kumar obtained his Ph.D. in Toxicology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Prashant K Bhavar : IP/Legal

Prashant is responsible for global IP management for Rhizen. Prashant has significant Pharma R & D experience in the areas of Drug Discovery and Intellectual property. Prashant has a Masters degree in Pharmaceutical chemistry and LLB (Law graduation).

As an in-house counsel, Prashant is known for his high mental agility and works closely with the research teams, scientific advisors, external attorneys, business development. Prashant devises effective strategies to build and protect intellectual property assets, from initial drafting of patent applications to post-grant proceedings.

S. Uday Kumar : Project Management

Uday Kumar heads the project management at Rhizen. He has over 8 years of Industry experience in drug discovery project management and clinical operations of small and large molecules. Uday is responsible for management of all pre-clinical and clinical development programs, outsourcing and alliance management. Uday Kumar has a Masters degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Management.