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Dhananjaya Dendukuri [1999/BT/CH], CEO, Achira Labs

Dr. Dhananjaya Dendukuri is currently Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Achira Labs, a Bangalore-based start-up that is building a microfluidic platform for point-of-care medical diagnostics. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 2007 in the labs of Profs. Patrick Doyle and Alan Hatton, where his thesis work on synthesizing polymeric particles in microfluidic devices received the Senturia Prize as the best dissertation in the area of micro and nanotechnology at MIT in 2008. Prior to that, Dhananjaya obtained a MASC in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002, Dhananjaya also has a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. His other honors include an ‘Institute Blue’ from IIT-Madras (1999) for his outstanding all-round performance. Dhananjaya’s work at Achira was recently recognized through his being named as one of 20 individuals to receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Technology Review’s prestigious TR35 awards in India