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Dr. Villoo Patell
Founder, Chairperson & Managing Director

Dr. Villoo Patell is an Academic Entrepreneur who founded Avesthagen in 1998. Avesthagen is globally recognized as a leading systems biology company with a unique model focused on the convergence of food, pharma and population genetics. A convergence that leads to continuous and path-breaking innovations in predictive, preventive, personalized healthcare. Owing to her pioneering work in the field of molecular biology, Dr. Villoo Patell has long-standing professional relationships with individuals, institutions and corporates working in the domain of biotechnology across the world. She is a key member of the Task Force and Vision Group for Biotechnology, instituted by the State Government of Karnataka and founding member of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE). Dr. Villoo Patell was Awarded the 'Officer of the National Order of Merit' by the President of the French Republic in April 2008.
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Dr. Renuka Jain
Chief Scientific Officer

Renuka Jain obtained her B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Botany from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Botany from Jiwaji University, Gwalior for research on the regulation of petal senescence. Dr. Jain then spent 3 years at the Umea Plant Science centre, Sweden and another year at University of Missouri-Columbia, USA for her post-doctoral research.

For the last two years, Dr. Jain has been heading the bioNutrition division and is involved in the supervision of various research and discovery projects for the development of novel plant bioactives for diabetes, cardiovascular health, calorie management, bone health.


Mr. Manan Bhatt
Senior Vice President
External Relations

Manan Bhatt has 27 years' rich experience in business development of Indo-European technology and investments having worked with MNCs such as IRI and ENI groups of Italy and BNP-Paribas of France. He also had 4yrs tenure with UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) as the Representative of India in France, for the promotion of Indo-French technology investments and business partnerships.

He has a management degree in international economic relations from the prestigious 'Center for Higher Studies on Africa and Modern Asia' (CHEAM) in Paris, (1995-96). Since July 2003, Mr. Bhatt is working as senior vice president (external relations) with Avesthagen.

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