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MedGenome is a genomics and clinical data driven diagnostics and drug discovery research company founded in 2013. MedGenome is the market leader in genetic diagnostics in India and one of the highest throughput NGS sequencing labs in South Asia. We possess state-of-the-art Next-generation Sequencing (NGS) facility, which houses cutting-edge genome sequencing platforms such as Illumina’s NovaSeq, HiSeq X , HiSeq 4000 and 2500, MiSeq, etc. Our Sequencing facility is supported by a sophisticated IHC pathology lab and we even utilize modern molecular techniques such as FISH, PCR, Sanger Sequencing, and Microarray to offer comprehensive diagnostic solutions to researchers, doctors, and hospitals. We currently offer more than 475 genetic tests across several disease categories such as paediatrics, neurology, oncology, hematology, endocrinology, nephrology, ophthalmology, etc

Our footprint covers the whole of India and parts of South Asia with over 1600 hospitals and more than 5,500 clinicians leveraging our services. MedGenome has successfully partnered with major hospitals and research centres across India. We have setup Genome Centres in key cities across India to create awareness about the utility and efficacy of genetic testing in a clinic and offer services that are relevant and affordable to patients to manage their health outcomes. Innovation is our core belief and many of our tests have been developed in-house including our Comprehensive Gene Panels. Our liquid biopsy test OncoTrack for monitoring cancer treatment is the only NGS-based ctDNA test available in India. We even offer carrier screening test for couples planning a baby and whole exome sequencing test for identifying gene mutations in rare diseases. We believe in continuous innovation to help reduce the cost of genetic tests and empower clinicians with actionable clinical insights to provide better outcomes.

As a firm believer in quality, MedGenome adheres to the highest international standards when it comes to services and has obtained the prestigious CAP accreditation for labs across India. Our business has grown two-fold in the past 3 years and now we also offer diagnostics services in South Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Our expert scientific team, data scientists, and bioinformaticians fuel our genomics research. We have successfully built research pipelines addressing immuno-oncology, biomarker discovery, companion diagnostics, and population-based genomic studies that taps the rich Indian diverse genotype.

We have worked extensively on building clinical databases of more than 1 million patients through collaborations. We have a repository of clinical, phenotypic, and genomics data for 170,000 patients to provide insights into complex diseases at genetic and molecular level. Since the company works extensively in the Indian sub-continent, we have access to data that provides insights into genetic diversity of Indian population for more than 4,500 population groups. Over the years we have also focussed on building tools and IP that could be leveraged by researchers and pharmaceutical companies to aid in drug discovery and clinical trial. These tools cover disease segments such as oncology, diabetes, ophthalmology, cardiology, and other rare diseases. MedGenome is a founding member of GenomeAsia 100K, an initiative to sequence 100,000 Genomes in Asia, which would enable us to provide a unique resource of genetic research for the world. Headquartered in California, USA we have a workforce of more than 450 people across the globe with offices in Bangalore, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Singapore.

Directors

Sam Santhosh

Sam Santhosh founded MedGenome in 2013 as a spin-off from SciGenom, which he had founded in 2009. He is a science savvy entrepreneur with close to three decades of experience in launching and running successful businesses. Passionate about science and technology, Sam firmly believes that as technology was the key driver for growth in the latter half of the 20th century, so would be genomics in the 21st century. Through MedGenome, he has transformed the medical genomics and diagnostics space in India and showed path for others to emulate. At MedGenome, he provides strategic direction, oversees business development plans, and helps raise capital for future growth. He is also an investor and mentor for many other companies. Currently, he is an Advisor/Board member at Impelsys Inc, New York, ePay Healthcare, San Francisco, SciGenom Labs, Cochin, AgriGenome, Hyderabad, Emerge Ventures, Singapore, and the Centre for Commercialization of Antibodies (CCAB) Toronto, Canada. Previously, he was the Founder, CEO, and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft). Sam holds a degree in Engineering from University of Calicut and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. He has attended Executive Education programs at MIT and Singularity University.

Mahesh Pratapneni

Mahesh Pratapneni is the Co-founder and Board Member of MedGenome. He has led strategy, partnerships, and corporate development including fundraising for the company. Mahesh is Founder and MD of Emerge Ventures that specializes in incubating product companies in the education, healthcare, and data/analytics sectors. He is known for building outstanding global teams and comes with broad experience in product visualization, development, management, and building global delivery models. He holds a B. Tech. degree in Electronics and Communications from IIT Madras and an MBA from IIM Calcutta. Mahesh is one of the youngest to be recognized as IIM Calcutta Distinguished Alumnus.

Dr Felix Olale

Dr Felix Olale is a Partner at LeapFrog and the firm’s Global Co-Leader for Health Investments. He is also an entrepreneur and physician-scientist, renowned for his work building businesses and investing in healthcare in emerging markets. Prior to LeapFrog, Dr Olale was Chairman of the Excelsior Group, a US-Africa based advisor and investor in health and technology companies. Dr Olale was also Senior Advisor to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for their Health in Africa Initiative. In addition, Dr Olale was co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Management at Strathmore Business School, and a founding member of Safaricom’s Health Advisory Board. Dr Olale began his career as a physician-scientist at Skirball Institute of Bio-molecular Medicine in New York, where he cloned two genes involved in organ asymmetry and regeneration. He then worked in venture capital with New York University’s Office of Industrial Liaison and Technology Transfer. Later, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company in New York, where he was a leader in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Products and Global Health practices. Dr Olale holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a University Scholar. He received his Medical Degree and Doctorate from New York University’s School of Medicine. Dr Olale serves as a Board Trustee and Chairman of the Governance Committee for PATH, the leading global health innovator and is a Member of EMPEA’s Africa Council.

Neeraj bhargava

Neeraj is a successful entrepreneur with a decade of experience in the investment industry. He is the founder, CEO, and Senior Managing Director of Zodius Capital Advisors. He is an investor-operator and board member at companies like BigBasket, Allygrow and Markets & Markets. Neeraj is also the CEO and Chairman of Rainshine Entertainment, a next-generation media and entertainment company. Prior to joining Zodius, he had co-founded and led multiple companies including WNS Global Services and eVentures India. Earlier in his career, Neeraj was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked at New York, London, and Mumbai offices, and led practices and client relationships in the technology sector. Neeraj, an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India has a BA in Economics.

Tejeshwi Sharma

As a Principal, Tejeshwi Sharma advises on growth stage technology investments for Sequoia in India. He currently serves on the boards of Moglix, Medgenome, Rebel Foods and Whatfix. In the past, Tejeshwi has managed Tencent’s India investments, where he led investment in Byju’s and Dream11. Tejeshwi graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and holds an MBA from Stanford GSB.

Advisors

Dr. Stephan C Schuster is currently the Research Director and Professor at the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore. Dr. Schuster has over 15 years of experience setting up and operating centralized sequencing core labs at Max Plank Institute in Germany and Penn State in the US. He won the Science magazine’s breakthrough of the year award in 2006 (runner-up) and 2008 (Top 10). He was also awarded the Time Magazine’s top ten Scientific discoveries in 2008 and along with W. Miller was among Time magazine’s top 100 most influential people of 2009. His research interests include Metagenomics, Evolutionary Biology, and ancient DNA.

Dr. I. C. Verma is currently the head of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. Previously he was a Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics in AIIMS, New Delhi. He received genetics training in the UK, USA, and Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He has received a number of national awards – Ranbaxy Science Award, ICMR, NAMS, and BC Roy Medical Council award. He is a Member and Vice-Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the International Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and serves as a genetics adviser for the WHO in Geneva, and to Roche Genetics in Basel. He has vast experience in genetic counseling, serving about 2000 cases with genetic problems every year, and bringing the benefits of genetics and genomics to large number of patients.

Dr. C. N. Ramchand serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Saksin Lifesciences Pvt Ltd. and MagGenome Technologies Pvt Ltd. Dr. Ramchand has 30 years of industrial and academic experience in the field of drug discovery, nanotechnology, and nutraceuticals. He has held key leadership positions such as India Director at Kemin Industries, India and Vice President & Head of New Drug Discovery (biological) Research Programme at Sun Pharma Advances Research Centre (SPARC) India. He has also held the position of Joint Co-ordinator and Head, Laboratory Research Program at Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield and Northern General Hospital Sheffield, UK, a prestigious University Position. Prior to this he was the Sr. Scientist and Project Head at the Institute of Biological Psychiatry at University of Wales, Bangor, UK. Dr. Ramchand has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, edited 5 books and has over 40 patents.

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