Dr. Premnath Venugopalan

Dr. Premnath is Head, NCL Innovations at CSIR-NCL, and Founder Director, Venture Center (National award-winning inventive enterprises and deep tech incubator). He is a technology developer, innovation and incubation manager, startup mentor and a co-founder of two medtech startups. One of his inventions — a breakthrough material for hip and knee joint replacements — has been implanted in more than a million patients worldwide. Another technology for porous maxillo-facial implants has been implanted in thousands of patients in India and abroad. He has provided leadership for teams that have won national awards for technology development/biomedical products development, intellectual property management and business incubation.  He is chemical engineer and an alumnus of MIT in the US, IIT-Bombay (Distinguished Alumnus, 2022) and has been a Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholar in Cambridge, UK.

His interests are in biomedical products development; polymers and materials science; innovation management; intellectual property management; science-led entrepreneurship and incubation; research management; and waste and sustainability.

His experience in public policy includes: Lead Coordinator, Task Force on Repurposing of Drugs for COVID19 (by Office of PSA and CSIR); Member of Thematic Groups of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 (by DST and Office of PSA); Member of the National Panel for Technology-Led Innovation Policy, Government of India, 2017; Member, High-Powered Committee on CSIR-Tech, constituted by DG-CSIR, 2009.; Member of High Level Committee on Indigenization of Security Features, RBI, 2016; Member of Committees/Panels for BIRAC (DBT, GoI), TIFAC (DST, GoI), NSTEDB (DST, GoI), GSBTM (GoG), PMC (GoM), ARCI; Key drafting contributions for following national schemes — BIRAC’s Biotech Ignition Grant and DST’s NIDHI Entrepreneur in Residence Program; Board Member, US-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund.

More information at: https://premnath.org/; https://premnath.org/mybiography/ ; https://www.linkedin.com/in/premnathv/