Gauri is a biotechnologist with an extensive commercial research and entrepreneurial background...Read more...
Prasad is a qualified CPA, CS and CWA, with more than 20 years experience in the IT and Industrial space...Read more...
Dr. Scott D. Kahn Ph.D. serves as Chief Strategy Advisor
for Optra Health...
Anand is an effective leader, strategic thinking professional with over 20 years experience in international...Read more...
Peter is the Vice President and General Manager of the iPhronesis business at Optra Health responsible for sales...Read more...
Jennifer is the Director of Marketing at Optra HEALTH and responsible for management of all...Read more...
Anand is the Director (Projects) at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for building and managing delivery teams...Read more...
Most recently, Franks started the company SeeqPod Inc. a music search, discovery and pattern matching company,...Read more...
Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale MD, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience in the biomedical informatics field. ...Read more...
Chetan is the Head of Quality Control at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for management & development...Read more...
Gurunath is the Head of Imaging at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for management & development...Read more...
Gauri is a biotechnologist with an extensive commercial research and entrepreneurial background. Before founding Optra Systems, Inc., she was the founder and principal scientist at BioImagene Inc., a silicon valley based digital pathology company which was acquired by Roche Diagnostics. Gauri is responsible for enriching the domain knowledge of her companies, as well as involved in the strategic planning and business development activities. Gauri has extensive experience working in the genetics, cytology, microbiology, molecular biology, medical imaging and bioinformatics fields. Gauri was selected as a young scientist for various research programs in biotechnology and microbiology internationally. She has 11 U.S. patents published to her credit. She has published many research papers in international journals and has participated as a speaker in many international conferences. She is on the editorial and advisory boards of many prestigious journals and forums, including the Journal of Applied & Translational Genomics and the International Organization for Rare Genetic Disorders. Gauri was also awarded with the prestigious “Woman Entrepreneur Award" by the government of India.
Prasad is a qualified CPA, CS and CWA, with more than 20 years experience in the IT and Industrial space. His key areas of focus have been Operational Review and Analysis (Project Profitability, Degree of Bench, etc.), Financial Management (Accounts / Audit / Taxation), Legal (STPI, FEMA, etc.), HR, ISO and Secretarial Compliance, thereby contributing to the interests of all stakeholders. He has experience in the Software Field (ITeS), including securing VC Funding, Fiscal Monitoring and Managing Operations of the India Business Unit (Legal, HR, Infrastructure and Admin). He has initiated and successfully implemented the Accounting of Subsidiary Companies on a US-based GAAP (US and India) compliant Package for Seamless Consolidation.
Dr. Scott D. Kahn Ph.D. serves as Chief Strategy Advisor for Optra Health. Dr. Kahn most recently served as Vice President for Illumina's Enterprise Informatics group after serving as Illumina's Chief Information Officer for nine years. During his time at Illumina Dr. Kahn has lead all scientific software, bioinformatics, and information technology for the company. Prior to Illumina Dr. Kahn served as Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Accelrys (now Dassault Systémes BIOVIA) where he had over a decade of experience in computational chemistry and he had guided commercial development of some of the world's most widely used simulation products. Dr. Kahn also spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kahn earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine and performed post-doctoral research at Cambridge University in England.
Anand is an effective leader, strategic thinking professional with over 20 years experience in international business development across diverse domains and technologies. Anand is highly skilled at relationship building with clients across countries and organizations; a team player and good communicator to build strong internal and external relationships and partnerships.
Prior to joining Optra, Anand has extensive experience of working on different domains including life sciences, analytical instrumentation, medical devices, healthcare, engineering, electronics, IT and ITES.
In his 20-year career, Anand has worked in multiple management roles with various organizations like Suessen Asia, Onward Technologies, Kinetic Communications and Bioanalytical Technologies etc.
Anand holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from University of Nagpur, India.
Peter is the Vice President and General Manager of the iPhronesis business at Optra Health responsible for sales, business development, customer relationships, strategic planning, and partnerships.
Peter has more than 25 years of international business experience in multiple high tech markets. During his career Peter, has held numerous senior roles ranging from operations, strategy, general management and consulting in the Life Sciences, Healthcare and Technology markets.
Prior to joining Optra Health Peter ran his own consulting business focused on expanding services opportunities for manufacturers of tools used in Life Science and Healthcare research; Led the Life Sciences and Healthcare business for Persistent Systems Inc.; Drove the global expansion of Environmental Resource Associates (a Waters Company); and led numerous businesses for Waters Corporation, a scientific tool manufacturer.
Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from California Lutheran University and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Jennifer is the Director of Marketing at Optra HEALTH and responsible for management of all marketing functions including marcom, demand generation, branding and partner relations.
Jennifer has 13 years Marketing experience most recently working for life sciences and medical device companies in the Genomics and Digital Pathology sectors, where she managed lead generation and sales efforts, strategic marketing programs and industry marketing events.
Prior to Optra, Jennifer has worked for Illumina, Definiens and Aperio. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, from San Diego State University.
Over 20 years in Business Development & Sales Management roles in the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry. Experience in Engineering Services, Software & Hardware Development and Enterprise Software Applications. Jeff holds two Bachelor’s degrees and a MBA.
Anand is the Director (Projects) at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for building and managing delivery teams & setting-up best practices to deliver quality services. He is also responsible for growing our capacity, expanding the global delivery network, and achieving greater excellence in delivery management. He has over 25 years of experience in developing and delivering IT projects across the geographies in various domains like healthcare informatics, life sciences and image analysis. He has successfully delivered complex projects involving medical devices integration, translational medicine and precision medicine systems.
Prior to joining Optra, he has worked in multiple roles with various top organizations like Bio-Analytical Technologies, Symantec Corporation, Zensar Technologies and Cognizant Technology Solutions.
He holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications from Pune University, India.
Most recently, Franks started the company SeeqPod Inc. a music search, discovery and pattern matching company, which won a 2008 R&D 100 Award for biomimetic search engines; the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are shareholders. Franks worked as software engineer and product developer specializing in pattern matching algorithms and tools for companies and organizations such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Motorola, TiVo, mPower, and X-Mine. Franks worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Life Sciences Division, as a Genomic Research Scientist from 2002–2005, where he co-developed the technology behind SeeqPod.
Franks studied Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where he consulted for Genentech and eventually started his own company in 1993, The Berkeley Integration Group, which later landed Genentech as its first client. While working with Genentech, Franks helped develop and manage the Pharmaceutical Recipe Builder (PRB), a toolset for construction and revision control of genetic “recipes” used to design breast cancer, asthma and blood clotting drugs (HER2, DNASE and Protein A). Franks also studied biomimetics along with pattern matching in data and nature, which led to 5 patents in the area of search and discovery.
Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale MD, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience in the biomedical informatics field. Originally trained as a medical doctor and then transitioned into bioinformatics, Dr. Kotwaliwale has great passion for developing software solutions for the healthcare and life sciences industry. He is deeply involved in technology and the domain side to accurately identify business requirements and provide innovative solutions. Dr. Kotwaliwale’s research experience has empowered him to look at a problem from a domain focus and then provide an engineering implementation across domain boundaries. He has worked in genomics from the early days of arrays to advanced technologies such as next gen sequencing. Recently Dr. Kotwaliwale has been involved in cutting edge software applications such as Big Data analytics from both the technology and domain application focused sides. He enjoys coding as well and has experience managing development teams and frontend customer interactions.
Suraj Somwanshi is Head of Technology Solutions Group and is responsible for requirement understanding, analysis, R&D, Technical Support for the product Delivery Group.
He is also responsible for building productized solutions for Optra along-with ensuring robust architecture and technology guidance in every solution. He has over 14 years of experience in software analysis, design, development and deployment, along with proven analytical, debugging and problem solving skills.
His core areas of expertise resides in system architecture, analysis and design and he has a vast amount of experience in end-to-end device engineering and product development. He has vast experience in end-to-end engineering device/product development. Prior to joining Optra, he has worked with organizations like BioImagene, Logitech. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Govt. College of Engineering, University of Pune, India.
Gurunath is the Head of Imaging at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for management & development of Imaging and machine learning solutions. He is responsible for building and managing Imaging teams and has over 12 years of experience in implementing imaging solutions. He has been awarded patents for medical imaging algorithms.
Prior to joining Optra he has worked for organizations like BioImagene.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Pune, India and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (IT) from NIBM, India.
Chetan is the Head of Quality Control at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for management & development of quality control, building & managing QC Teams and implementing the best practices to deliver quality products and services. He has over 11 years of comprehensive experience in the implementation of Quality programs and establishing Testing Centers of Excellence for complex IT landscapes in different domains like healthcare, energy, payroll and mobile.
Prior to joining Optra he has worked for organizations like GlobalLogic and Landis +Gyr.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Nagpur, India.
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