Optra Health - About Us - Leadership Team - Gauri Naik

Abhi Gholap

Founder & Chairman

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Abhi Gholap

Founder & Chairman

Srini Ramachandra

Chief Executive Officer

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Srini Ramachandra

Chief Executive Officer

Srini is a life sciences professional with over 25 years of experience in commercial product development, product management, sales and marketing with a deep understanding of genetics, genomics and healthcare technologies & markets. Srini comes to Optra Systems with a long and successful history in DNA Sequencing, Genotyping, clinical diagnostics and lab automation. He most recently ran his own consulting business helping clinical diagnostics and medical device companies develop data analysis and inventory management software solutions.

Srini started his professional career in the Human Genome Mapping Project at Washington University Medical School where he was responsible for adopting the fluorescence-based DNA sequencer from Applied Biosystems (ABI) for genotyping applications. He then spent 15 years at ABI/Life Technologies (now Thermo Fisher Scientific) in various roles in Product Development, Product Management and Marketing for almost all of the electrophoresis-based DNA Sequencing instruments on the market. Srini managed multiple software development teams at Life Technologies and was instrumental in the commercial release of several data analysis applications as well as LIMS solutions. He then joined Roche NimbleGen managing the instrument and software product portfolio for their Microarray platform and then managed marketing for Perkin Elmer’s NGS data analysis and LIMS solutions. Srini was also responsible for sales and business development of product engineering services in the life sciences market at Persistent Systems.

Srini holds a Master’s degree from Kansas State University.

Prasad Sathe

CFO & Managing Director (India)

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Prasad Sathe

CFO & Managing Director (India)

Prasad is a qualified CPA, CS and CWA, with more than 20 years experience in the IT and Industrial space. His key areas of focus have been Operational Review and Analysis (Project Profitability, Degree of Bench, etc.), Financial Management (Accounts / Audit / Taxation), Legal (STPI, FEMA, etc.), HR, ISO and Secretarial Compliance, thereby contributing to the interests of all stakeholders. He has experience in the Software Field (ITeS), including securing VC Funding, Fiscal Monitoring and Managing Operations of the India Business Unit (Legal, HR, Infrastructure and Admin). He has initiated and successfully implemented the Accounting of Subsidiary Companies on a US-based GAAP (US and India) compliant Package for Seamless Consolidation.

Prasanna Gogate

VP (Projects)

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Prasanna Gogate

VP (Projects)

Prasanna has 22 years of experience in IT working for services, product, captive and startup organizations. He has worked at customer locations in the USA, Brazil & Hong Kong. In his 22 years of IT career, Prasanna has worked at different levels with IBM Global Services, Patni Computer Systems, Misys, HSBC Global Technology to name a few. He has managed teams for both overseas as well as domestic customers.

Prior to joining Optra, he led the product implementation and support for a company in the area of language localization.

Prasanna holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Computers from University of Pune, India.

Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale

Medical Director

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Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale

Medical Director

Dr. Ashwin Kotwaliwale MD, PhD, has more than 15 years of experience in the biomedical informatics field. Originally trained as a medical doctor and then transitioned into bioinformatics, Dr. Kotwaliwale has great passion for developing software solutions for the healthcare and life sciences industry. He is deeply involved in technology and the domain side to accurately identify business requirements and provide innovative solutions.

Dr. Kotwaliwale’s research experience has empowered him to look at a problem from a domain focus and then provide an engineering implementation across domain boundaries. He has worked in genomics from the early days of arrays to advanced technologies such as next gen sequencing.

Recently Dr. Kotwaliwale has been involved in cutting edge software applications such as Big Data analytics from both the technology and domain application focused sides. He enjoys coding as well and has experience managing development teams and frontend customer interactions.

Nitin Sharma

Delivery Manager

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Nitin Sharma

Delivery Manager

Nitin is responsible for building and managing delivery teams while setting-up best practices to deliver quality and timely services. Being a certified technology specialist and management graduate, he works in technology as interest and management by habit. With his experience of over 13 years, he helps in making decision in Solution Architecture, Enterprise Engineering and project management with Data Analytics in the space of healthcare and life sciences. He comes with the experience awarded by British Council in the space of automation of curation.

He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer Science, along with Masters in Management.