Gauri is a biotechnologist with an extensive commercial research and entrepreneurial background...Read more...
Abhi is a well accomplished and results oriented healthcare and life sciences business leader...Read more...
Dr. Scott D. Kahn Ph.D. serves as Chief Strategy Advisor
for Optra Health...
Peter is the Vice President and General Manager of the iPhronesis business at Optra Health responsible for sales...Read more...
Prasanna has 22 years of experience in IT working for services, product, captive and startup organizations...Read more...
Jennifer is the Director of Marketing at Optra HEALTH and responsible for management of all marketing functions...Read more...
Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale MD, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience in the biomedical informatics field. ...Read more...
Nitin is the Delivery Manager at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for building and managing delivery...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.
Abhi is a well accomplished and results oriented healthcare and life sciences business leader with strong experience in research, product design and commercialization, custom software development, business eco systems development, angel and venture investments, sales and marketing, and building start-ups. Abhi has over 13 international patents to his credits. His expertise resides in Product Development, Medical Devices, BioInformatics Systems, BigData Analytics, Connected Devices and IoT, Visualization and Prediction, Machine Learning, Cancer Diagnostics and Image Informatics. Prior to founding OPTRA Group of companies, he was the founder of BioImagene, a digital pathology company that acquired Scimagix Inc., (2004) and Tissue Informatics Inc. (2006), before BioImagene was acquired by Roche Diagnostics for $100M. Previously, Abhijeet was employed by TCS, Cedartech, and Siemens Medical Systems. Abhi is alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai with specialization in Biomedical Engineering. Abhi strongly believes in innovation and nurtures an entrepreneurial spirit in society at large. Abhi is a charter member of TiE Silicon Valley and chairs Digital Healthcare SIG. He is also an honorary medical advisory member at Frost & Sullivan.
Over the years, Abhi and the companies he has founded, received a number of awards:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nitin is the Delivery Manager at Optra HEALTH and is responsible for building and managing delivery teams while setting-up best practices to deliver quality and timely services. Being a certified technology specialist and management graduate he work in technology as interest and management by habit. With his experience of over 13 years he helps in making decision in Solution Architecture, Enterprise Engineering and project management with Data Analytics in the space of healthcare and life sciences. He comes with the experience awarded by British Council in the space of automation of curation.
He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Science, along with Master's in Management.
Prasanna has 22 years of experience in IT working for services, product, captive and startup organizations. He has worked at customer locations in the USA, Brazil & Hong Kong.
In his 22 years of IT career Prasanna has worked with IBM Global Services, Patni Computer Systems, Misys, HSBC Global Technology to name a few working at different levels . He has managed teams for both overseas as well as domestic customers.
Prior to joining Optra he led the product implementation and support for a company in the area of language localization.
Prasanna holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Computers from University of Pune, India.
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.