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Ms. Anu Acharya is the CEO of Mapmygenome, an Indian Genomics company whose vision is “Better Health for India using technology”. Mapmygenome provides a range of prognostics, diagnostics and brain wellness solutions.
From 2000 until April 2013, Ms. Anu Acharya co-founded and was the CEO of Ocimum Biosolutions, a global genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics, a company that began as a pure Bioinformatics company. Since founding the company in 2000, she has led the company through three strategic international acquisitions, two capital raises for equity investments and launch of several innovative products, solutions and services through its proprietary platform called RaaS (Research as a Service).
She was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum for its class of 2011. The British High Commission also named her part of the “Young Leaders Forum” in 2013.
She currently serves as a governing board member at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), the premier government R&D Organization in India with 39 labs and 50 field stations across India and also a governing board member at the NIBMG (National Institute for Biomedical Genomics). She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Genetics for the World Economic Forum
Prior to founding Ocimum Biosolutions, Ms. Acharya has had rich experience in the Telecom, IT and entrepreneurship arenas. She worked for a start-up in the telecommunications space called Mantiss Information and a consulting firm called SEI Information where she helped create a social networking site for entrepreneurs. Her experience is backed by education at premier institutions such as the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, India (IIT) and University of Illinois where she has two Post Graduate degrees in Physics and MIS.
She was selected by Red Herring Magazine to the list of “25 Tech Titans under 35″ in 2006. She has been named Biospectrum “Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2008 and also has been awarded the Astia Life Science Innovators Award in the same year. Ms. Acharya has been a past President of the Hyderabad chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization and currently serves on the board of ABLE (Association of Biotech Led Enterprises) and is on the Board of mentors for IvyCap Ventures and Advisory Board at Action for India. At Ocimum, she also mentors committees for resource development and Corporate Social Responsibility.
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