Board of Directors
Gopal Muppirala, President & CEO has nearly three decades of commercial experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the US and International regions. Gopal worked for Glaxo, GlaxoWellcome, and GlaxoSmithKline for over twenty years, as well as Bayer. His experience began in sales, and has covered a variety of commercial operations roles including marketing at the local and global levels, market research, new product development, and administration/management. Gopal, as the Global Commercial Director, led the transformation of a neurology product from a small contributor ($200MM) to the organization to a blockbuster with over $2B in sales, including the development of a key line extension, for which he holds a patent, and new indications. In addition, Gopal developed the step-by-step process for managing a global brand from discovery/development to commercialization for the GlaxoWellcome organization. Gopal is also the President of Compass Consulting International, a provider of strategy consultancy services to the pharmaceutical industry, based in Morrisville, NC. As the co-founder and CEO of Phoenix Cardiac, Inc., Gopal has transitioned the company from initial concept to a full development program, including meeting key regulatory milestones, while maximizing the limited resources available.
Jai Raman, M.D., FRACS, Ph.D
Dr. Jai Raman, inventor of the BACE Device is a highly skilled cardiac and thoracic surgeon known for his efforts to develop new and innovative surgical procedures, especially for the treatment of heart failure. Currently he is a Professor of Surgery and Director of Adult Cardiac Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Raman helped develop ventricular containment (or the wrap procedure), which uses an innovative mesh bag to stop the heart from enlarging in patients with heart failure. He performed the first eight of these procedures in the world. In addition, Dr. Raman developed the geometric endo-ventricular repair procedure–a new technique to reconstruct badly scarred heart chambers to restore the shape and size of the heart’s ventricles. Dr. Raman is also an expert in the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. He has created new surgical instruments to perform intra-operative radiofrequency ablation to eliminate the tissue that causes abnormal heart rhythms. His work to develop new techniques to repair mitral and tricuspid valves and adapting minimal access techniques has been particularly successful. These procedures have spared many patients from requiring early total heart valve replacement. He specializes in “redo” valve surgery through small incisions. Dr. Raman is actively participating in a number of research initiatives. He has convened a multi-center international clinical trials group. His clinical research interests include renal bio-markers in cardiac surgery, kidney protection in heart surgery, arterial grafting and less invasive valve and arrhythmia surgery. In total, Dr. Raman has performed nearly 2,500 heart surgeries and more than 700 thoracic operations. His surgical expertise encompasses a wide range of cardiac and thoracic procedures, with particular skill in complex, high-risk cardiac surgeries.
Sreekanth Beeram is an entrepreneur focused on renewable energy projects, specifically waste to energy in South East Asia. Prior to this Sreekanth was part of investment teams at VenturEast and Aloe Private Equity where he focused on Investments in Environment and life sciences space. Sreekanth has invested in a number of early ventures and helped them to grow to the next level. Sreekanth has an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from IIT Delhi.
Vikas Saluguti is a seasoned business leader bringing vast experience across various functions and industries. His early career focused on developing the world’s biggest share matching platform POSIT and later as a Business Analyst at Deutsche Bank where he was primarily the interface between technology and business. Following an MBA from INSEAD, he joined the Global Banker program at ABN Amro Bank in Amsterdam and London where he worked in different functions of Investment Banking that included Fixed Income Sales, Corporate Advisory and Risk Management among others. He has also developed and owns a chain of Senior citizen care facilities in the UK.Since his return to India in 2007, he has been a serial entrepreneur and investor in a variety of ventures in the areas of IT, CRM, Digital Marketing Solutions, Renewable Energy, Water treatment and Healthcare. He sits on multiple boards of start-up companies while mentoring entrepreneurs scale up their businesses. Vikas holds a Masters Degree in Sustainability from Cambridge University (2012), MBA from INSEAD in Paris (1996), and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Osmania University (1989).