Dr. Vijay Chandru (Ph.D., MIT 1982) is an academic entrepreneur recognized as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum in 2006. His academic career in data and decision sciences spanned over two decades at Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Science. He is a co-founder and executive chairman of Strand Life Sciences, India’s leading precision medicine company, since its inception in 2000. He also co-founded PicoPeta Simputers which designed and manufactured India’s first handheld computers. Vijay is the recipient of several awards and honors: Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (1996), MCIT Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in IT (2001), UGC Hari Om Trust award for “Science and Society” (2003), the President’s Medal of INFORMS in 2006, distinguished Alumni award by the MIT India Program in 2007, and was recognized among the 50 pioneers of change by the India Today magazine in 2008. Vijay was the elected Honorary President (2009-2012) of the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), the apex trade body that represents the Indian biotech industry. He also serves as an advisor to the Karnataka State on Science & Technology and is an (emeritus) Distinguished Technologist of the Indian National Academy of Engineering adjunct at the Indian Institute of Science.
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