MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International has selected Manish Kothari, Ph.D., as president of SRI Ventures and vice president of SRI International. Kothari will lead the creation of venture opportunities from concept through market development, team building, technology transition, seed funding, partner and investor identification, and launch.
Previously Kothari was a director of commercial ventures and licensing in SRI Ventures, with an emphasis on healthcare, engineering, and physical sciences. He first joined SRI as a business development consultant and entrepreneur-in-residence and became a program director in SRI Robotics.
"We welcome Manish into his new role at SRI, where his entrepreneurial experience will drive the creation of new, high-value ventures that are based on SRI's breakthrough technology," said Bill Jeffrey, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of SRI International.
Kothari has a strong background founding and leading venture capital-backed startups in the medical device and digital health areas. Prior to joining SRI, he co-founded and was CEO of Mytrus, which offers a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) platform for direct-to-participant clinical trials. Earlier, he was vice president of R&D quality and operations for Simpirica Spine. There, he successfully built a spinal implant for lower back pain and spondylolisthesis. Kothari also held a series of executive roles at Synarc, a global clinical trials medical imaging company.
Kothari has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in biomechanical engineering from Cornell University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and has a number of publications, book chapters, and patents to his name.
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SRI International creates world-changing solutions to make people safer, healthier, and more productive. SRI, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, works primarily in advanced technology and systems, biosciences, computing, and education. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, spin-off ventures and new product solutions.
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