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Dr. Vijay Chandru

Strand Life Sciences
Founder and Chairman

Vijay Chandru is an alumnus of BITS Pilani where he trained in Electrical Engineering and went on to get adoctorate from MIT in USA. Vijay’s academic career in mathematical sciences spans over twenty-five years as aresearch scientist and professor at Purdue University, IBM, Indian Institute of Science, UPenn, Stanford and atMIT. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Academy of Engineering and serveson the adjunct faculty of the National institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore.

Vijay co-founded Strand Life Sciences, a pioneer in scientific intelligence. He currently serves as Chairman &CEO of Strand which specializes in applying decision sciences and systems modeling to molecular biology anddrug discovery research.

Vijay has been appointed to serve on the “High Panel on Science and Technology for Development” to adviseUNESCO in identifying emerging trends in international science and engineering. He also serves on the GlobalAdvisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum (Technology Review Magazine), the Governing Board of theIndo-US Science and Technology Forum (DST-NSF), Biotechnology Committee Member of FICCI (Federationof Indian Chambers Commerce of Industry) and on the Technology Board of the Confederation of IndianIndustry (CII). The Association of Biotech let Enterprises (ABLE) elected Vijay as Honorary President for a threeyear term from 2009-2012. He currently serves on the Vision Groups for Science & Technology as well asBiotechnology for the State of Karnataka.

For contributions to Science, Technology and Society, Vijay received the Hari Om Trust Award from the UGCin 2003, the President’s Medal of INFORMS in 2006, and the Distinguished Alumni award by the MIT IndiaProgram in 2007. Vijay was named the Biospectrum (India) Biotech Entrepreneur of 2007 and “50 Pioneers ofChange” by India Today in 2008.