Lecture by Dr. Ganesh Kishore in Faculty Hall @4 pm

Location: Faculty Hall

IISc-SID Business Leader Lecture by Dr. Ganesh Kishore

Wednesday, 28.11.2018 at 4.00 p.m.

Title: Translation of Science into Products and Businesses in the Life Sciences sector


We have entered the Convergence Phase of knowledge economy. Digitization of every business irrespective of whether it is Agriculture or Food, Finance or Production, Energy or Materials, Health or Wellness is gaining traction at least in the developed economies. Sustainability is an overarching theme across businesses to ensure that they are not negatively impacting the environment and wasting natural resources. Progress in our understanding of reading, writing, editing, composing and assembling DNA, reading and writing RNA and proteins has ushered in a new era in life sciences – enabling the multiple needs of Safety, Specificity, Efficacy, Affordability and Sustainability. These changes are enabling researchers around the world to rapidly translate their scientific breakthroughs into products and services. The rules of engagement however have not changed. Capital availability for building products, services and businesses has dramatically increased. Chance favors the prepared mind – the question then is how should leading research centers organize themselves to succeed and contribute to the burgeoning needs locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This talk will focus on how Spruce Capital Partners is working with entrepreneurs and building the next generation of companies in the non Pharma sectors of Life Sciences.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kishore is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Spruce Capital Partners. He has a distinguished track record of accomplishments in biotechnology research and development and business. After receiving a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Dr. Kishore received postdoctoral training in chemistry and biology at the University of Texas at Austin.

He then joined Monsanto, where he made contributions to the discovery of Roundup Ready technology and the synthesis of Aspartame. During his tenure at Monsanto, he was named a Distinguished Science Fellow and won the prestigious Queeny Award. Before moving to DuPont, he served as the President of Monsanto’s Nutrition & Consumer Sector.

He joined DuPont as the Chief Technology Officer of Agriculture & Nutrition. He retired from DuPont as Chief Biotechnology Officer to join Malaysian Life Science Capital Fund, as CEO and later co-founded Spruce Capital Partners.

He serves on the board of several companies, academic institutions, and the advisory board of Scientific American. He’s a recipient of Bio’s Legacy Award, ASPB’s Innovation Award.

Prof. Anurag Kumar, Director, will preside

High Tea: 5.00 p.m.