Tuesday, January 7, 2014
An Indian American Scientist, Entrepreneur and Ambassador of social causes assumes a critical role
A distinguished bio-pharma professional and a man with a strong affinity to his roots back home, Dr.Ramani Aiyer brings a deep understanding of the Indian Diaspora in the US, a result of his long association with them, combined with strong and proven communication and organizational skills to his new role.
Dr. Aiyer is a prominent member of the Indian community in the San Francisco Bay area and has played an active leadership role in promoting and preserving Indian Culture. His wide-ranging experience in Community Service personally and Life Sciences Research and Business Development professionally would be vital to his new role and challenge.
Dr. Aiyer will be splitting his time equally between USA and India. His primary role in the US will be in fund-raising and public relations for the Sankara Nethralaya. Ophthalmic Mission Trust Inc., USA.
In India, Dr. Aiyer will extend his expertise and services to the creation and functioning of the proposed ‘National Institute of Visual Sciences’ (NIVS) which would focus on India-centric research with the objective of bringing about indigenization of ophthalmic equipment and devices, setting up of manufacturing unit(s) for cost-effective manufacture of ophthalmic instruments, equipment and drugs, writing of grants for research projects of Vision Research Foundation (VRF) and NIVS, and Indian fundraising.
Born and brought up in Mumbai where he spent six years in Senior Managerial positions in the pharmaceutical industry, before moving to the US for higher education and settling there permanently, Dr.Aiyer has diligently maintained his ties with India, his vast exposure to the different corporate and social cultures of these two countries have helped him to develop an intimate understanding of the similarities and differences between the Indian Diaspora in India and US. Dr. Aiyer has been closely associated with the Hindu Community & Cultural Center (HCCC) /Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, US, since 1990, where he has served with distinction in various roles as Treasurer, Publicity Chair and Temple Construction Committee Chair. In addition to the HCCC, Dr. Aiyer has also been President of the Bay Area Tamil Sangam, President of South India Fine Arts, and President of Enterprising Pharmaceutical Professionals of the Indian sub-Continent (EPPIC). He has also been the MC for many cultural fund-raising programs such as Ragamalika-10, Ragamalika-20 and other fund-raisers.
Currently a member of the Board of Directors, he had on earlier occasions served two terms as Chairman and one term as President of HCCC. In that capacity he fund-raised more than $1 million in cash and stock donations and oversaw the extensive expansion of Temple operations, including building of an Assembly Hall and purchase of over 8 acres of land around the Temple. Dr. Ramani Aiyer is driven by a strong desire to bring his experience and understanding of the Indian-American community, gained through his long and close interaction with them and leverage their strengths to help further the mission of charitable organizations such as Sankara Nethralaya, a desire which his new role would offer ample scope to fulfill.
In his professional career, Dr. Aiyer heads Shasta BioVentures, an R&D and Business Development consultancy in Life Sciences, based in Northern California. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from Harvard, did his post-doctoral research at Stanford and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He has over 20 years’ experience in the bio-pharmaceutical industry in the USA and India, having worked in companies such as Genentech (California) and Piramal Healthcare (Mumbai).
With his strong organizational and marketing skills in relationship building, public speaking and fund-raising, as well as his strong science background, Dr. Ramani A. Aiyer would be a valuable asset to the SN community.
Posted by Venkataramanan Ramasethu