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About Us - Our Founders description

Here are the four faculty members from the Computer Science department of the Indian Institute of Science who founded Strand Life Sciences in 2000. Our founding theme was “Algorithms for Life”. This was among the very first instances of an academic spin-off in India; the Indian Institute of Science continues to hold an equity stake. Shown on the right is our founding logo: 4 rings representing the 4 genomic characters (A, G, C, T); cut any one and all 4 come apart!


VIJAY CHANDRU, Ph.D

Co-founder and Chairman

Dr. Vijay Chandru (Ph.D., MIT 1982) is an academic entrepreneur recognized as the 'Technology Pioneer' by the World Economic Forum in 2006. His academic career has spanned over two decades at Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Science. Chandru 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 as the Biospectrum Biotech Entrepreneur of 2007. Chandru was the elected President (2009-2012) of the Association of Biotech Led Enterprises (ABLE), the apex trade body that represents the Indian biotech industry.


RAMESH HARIHARAN, Ph.D

Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Ramesh Hariharan is an academic entrepreneur responsible for the software based technology development and implementation at Strand Life Sciences® (Strand). He is also the chief architect for all of Strand's products, including the award winning AVADIS® platform. He is a recipient of the TR100 Award (2002) of Young Innovators by MIT's Technology Review Magazine and in 2003 received the Global Indus Technovator Award from MIT, instituted to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. Ramesh is an IIT - Delhi Computer Science alumnus, has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University and a postdoctoral degree in Computer Science from the Max Planck Institute, Saarbrücken, Germany. His research interests are in sequence analysis, string algorithms, computational biology, computational geometry and foundations of computing.


V. VINAY, Ph.D

Chairman Limberlink

Dr. V. Vinay is a founder and Chairman of LimberLink Technologies. Prior to this he was the Group Chief Technologist for Geodesic Ltd. He has co-founded two successful startups, PicoPeta Simputer and Strand Life Sciences. PicoPeta was acquired by Geodesic in 2006.

Vinay was a professor at the India Institute of Science for over a decade from 1995 to 2005. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI). He has a wide range of interests in mathematical aspects of computer science, especially in Complexity Theory, Algorithms, and Data Mining.

Vinay is a recipient of the prestigious Sir C.V. Raman Award by the government of Karnataka for Excellence in Engineering Research in 2001. He is a winner of the Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in Informatics for his role in developing the Simputer. He currently serves as a President of the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS).


SWAMY MANOHAR, Ph.D

Managing Director Limberlink

Swami Manohar is a founder and Managing Director of LimberLink Technologies. Prior to this, he was a co-founder and CEO of PicoPeta Simputers Pvt. Ltd which was acquired by Geodesic in FY 2006, where he served as the Chief IPR & Strategy Officer. After obtaining his PhD in Computer Science from Brown University he was a professor at the University of North Carolina for two years and then at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, from 1990 to 2005. While at IISc, he co-invented the Simputer, was awarded the first Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in IT, and pioneered the faculty entrepreneurship activity at IISc, which has since catalyzed similar activity in IITs and other educational institutes in India. He co-founded Strand Life Sciences® (formerly Strand Genomics), and String Labs, the first academic incubating company in India. Swami Manohar has contributed to research in Computer graphics, visualization, virtual reality and CAD for rapid prototyping.

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