Dr. Nilay Lakhkar, Founder and CEO
Nilay established SynThera Biomedical in early 2015 after returning to Pune from Germany, where he previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht Institute of Biomaterials Science in Teltow, close to Berlin. Before that, he completed MSc and PhD degrees in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from University College London (UCL Eastman Dental Institute), UK, with a research focus on bioactive glass materials for orthopedic, dental and maxillofacial applications. His undergraduate degree is in Chemical Engineering from University of Mumbai. Thus, he brings a strong background combining engineering and materials science, with special focus on healthcare materials, and he currently manages the company’s overall functioning and strategic direction.
Dr. Amol Chaudhari
Like Nilay, Amol possesses a strong engineering and material sciences background within the healthcare domain. He joined SynThera as its R&D Director (and first employee) in early 2016, following postdoctoral research stints at University of California, Davis, USA, and at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology in Pune. Amol completed his PhD degree in Biomedical Science with a specialization in biomaterials for dental implants from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, before which he obtained an MSc degree in Applied Polymer Science from Martin Luther Universitaet, Halle (S), Germany. His undergraduate background is in polymer engineering from Pune University. Throughout his research career, he has been interested in the field of application-specific nanotechnology, typically in the biomedical space. At present, Amol manages SynThera’s R&D strategy and implementation of various research projects.