Our Team


SkyQuest’s global team is home to the best in the industry, multi-sector talents from diverse backgrounds comprising of Technocrats, Seasoned Researchers, Veteran consultants, Economists, Finance Professionals, Sector Specific Experts, Key Opinion Leaders, Industry Analysts, External Innovation Champions, Scouts, Deal makers, Ecosystem Builders, Business Development, Legal & Regulatory experts amongst others

Akash Bhavsar Managing Director


ABMr. Bhavsar is the Managing Director of SkyQuest Technology Group. He brings over a decade of experience working with developed and developing ecosystems spanning sectors like Life Sciences, AgriTech, CleanTech, Renewable Energy, Water, Information & Communication Technologies etc.

He specializes in IP & Technology Management, Commercialization, International Trade and Business Development, New Market Entry, Skill & Capacity Development, Fund Syndication etc. Mr. Bhavsar has been instrumental in turning promising scientific ideas into useful products and companies.  Mr. Bhavsar has been a part of over 40 licensing deals & has been involved in fundraising of ~108+ Mn USD.  Mr. Bhavsar is passionate about  implementing high impact solutions to address humanity’s grand challenges. He’s regularly invited as an speaker to share his experience and views on various topics, sectors and platforms in US, EU, Middle-East, Asia.

Current Affiliations:    

  • Chairman of the Innovation & Competitiveness Task Force, Sustainable Business Network, for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – UN ESCAP
  • Board of Technology Innovation International -TII, Luxembourg
  • Member- Un ESCAP Business Advisory Council
  • President of Indian Innovators Association, Western Chapter
  • India Workstation Manager for UNDP promoted South-South Global Assets & Technology Exchange (www.ss-gate.info)
  • Charter Member of TiE, LES, AAAS (American Association of Advancement of Sciences),

Shriya Damani Director & CEO

Shriya Damani is a dynamic entrepreneur, trained technology research professional with optimal exposure to project management & sound experience in market development for life-science companies. An M.Sc. in Biotechnology, she mentors the Skyquest team and is an internal quality champion for all the projects.

Shriya brings in ingenuity in her approach to problem-solving and has been instrumental in strategic growth of Skyquest and its clients. She has been part of over 30 technology licensing deals, and several research projects for global companies. Being a strong advocate of shared learning, she is frequently invited at various fora to speak on innovation & entrepreneurship in India and abroad. Shriya has given more than 25 training sessions and presentations globally. She has also been course editor for technology management module—Agriculture Technology Management course run by National Academy of Agriculture Research & Management (NAARM) and Hyderabad Central University.

Dr. Aynampudi Subbarao Director

A.S. RaoDr. A.S. Rao is an Engineer, having decades long experience in policy formulation and program implementation. He has also been exposed as a manager, policy analyst, network orchestrator and author. He has proven ability to train and mentor young people. Developed `Technology Management Model’ which has become a referred model across the world for systemic innovations.

He formed an economic web to support and sustain innovations for Bottom Of Pyramid (BOP) market. Today, TePP Open Innovation Network, supporting independent innovators is the largest and most active network with practically every stakeholder on the net. Also, founded `Indian Innovators Association’ to mentor innovators and entrepreneurs, the first social networking group in India for innovators.

David Oh Director


David Oh comes in with a degree in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. David is the CEO of OMED, Korea and specializes in Cardiology & Radiology interventions. He brings in over 15 years of experience from diverse areas of Sales & Marketing, Institutional sales, Branding, Technical Support, Regulatory approvals & clearances to get products into the Korean Market. In the past David worked with some of the leading companies like:
• Medions Inc specializing in operating theatres and intensive care units
• Nihon Kohden specializing in medical electronic equipment
• Symedicare Co. Ltd for Cardiology & Radiology interventions by Terumo
• Humed Co., Ltd for Cardiology & Radiology interventions by Asahi Intecc Co., Ltd and
• Koitech Co., Ltd for IT solutions including the Satellite & broadcasting equipments

Rahul Bhardwaj Independent Director/ Member of the Board

Rahul
Rahul brings in over ten years of experience with specialization in technology & solutions development, investment lead evaluation, techno-commercial due-diligence, business development and analysis, sales & revenue forecast models, public financing etc.
Rahul has held various positions at Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Lab Ventures, Carlson Capital, The University of Texas, and Risk Limited Corporation. He is a corporate strategy and deals specialist, with core competencies in Commercial ICT business development, Government Contracting and Venture capital. He is also the Co-Founder of the Community One Analytics – a mobile analytics solution designed to generate foot traffic and loyalty for “Mom and Pop” brick an mortar stores, leveraged a proprietary algorithm (Patent Pending) that correlates UE WiFi pings & BLE signals for a statistically significant customer id, with loyalty opt in via over top mobile applet. He holds a B.S. Statistics from The University of Texas, an M.S. Financial Mathematics from The University of Chicago and a Master’s in Management from Georgetown University.





Technology Transfer & Trouble Shooting Group, Basic Sciences


Dr. Lancelot D’Cruz, Ph.D. (Botany); M.Sc. (Botany); B.Sc. (Life Sciences); B. Ph.(Philosophy)
Dr. Lancelot D’Cruz is a Professor & Vice-principal at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and he specializes in Herbal, Tribal Medicine & Traditional Knowledge

Cell Biology & Ophthalmology, Applied Sciences


Dr. Subodh Adeshara, Ph.D., M.Pharm (Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology)
Has been one of the longest serving FDA Commissioner in Gujarat State & with immense experience in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Medical Devices Sector

Surgical Interventions & Biomedical Devices


Dr. Manish Nagpal, MS (Ophthalmology), FRCS( Edinburgh, UK)
Senior Consultant, Retina Foundation & Eye Research Centre
Retina, Vitreous & Macular Surgery Services, Use of Biomedical Technology in Ophthalmology

Dr. Vinod Khandhar, M.S. (ENT), M.S. (Gen.Surg.). L.L.B., Diploma in Laser Micro Surgery
Practicing Surgeon & Medical Researcher at Swarsudha Cochlear Implant & Research Center, Gujarat & Dubai
ENT Super specialist, 1st Doctor to introduce Cochlear Implant Surgery in India, Medical Technology

Dr. Anil Jain, M.S., DNB (Cardiovascular Surgeon)
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, SAL Hospital & Medical Institute
Cardiovascular Diseases, Surgery & Medical Devises, His team operates more than1400 Cases annually

Mr. Ninad Gujar, Masters in Biomedical Engineering & B.E. in Instrumentation & Control
Senior Research Scientist, Sleep and Neuro- imaging Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley & Lead – Technology & Business Development for SkyQuest Labs in the US. Previously worked in Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Harvard Medical School/ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston & Nuclear Medicine Center, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, USA. Biomedical Device & Imaging Interventions, Brain Image processing algorithms and validation protocols, Training in laboratory experiments and data analysis methods.

Epidemiology, Research Design & Management (First-in-Man, Phase 1&2 Studies)


Dr. Rajeev Chandratan Damani, M.D. (Cardiology)
Dr. Damani is a leading cardiologist on Gujarat Governors’ panel of doctors. He manages the Review & Analysis of Medical Literature on Cardiology & Internal Medicine practice at SkyQuest

Abhijit Periwal (CFA, CA)


Consultant – Investment Management. Abhijit helps us with Investment Proposition Development, Analysis & Fund Raising

Sanjeev Kumar Damani


Consultant – Strategy. Sanjeev helps us with prospect Identification, Investment Strategy Review & Planning

Alkesh Patel (CA)


Alkesh is a consultant who specializes in Finance, Financial Planning & Management. He is also a reputed Chartered Accountant from the The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

Atit Thakore (B.Com LLM)


Atit is a consultant who specializes in Contracts Administration, Contract Law. Atit is a practicing High Court Lawyer with an exemplary track record in Contracts Administration related law.

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