Dr. Vasan Sambandamurthy is Senior Vice President – Strategy & Global Operations at Bugworks Research Inc – a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that is developing novel class of broad-spectrum antibacterial agents and immunotherapies to treat patients with critical care needs.
Vasan brings over 20 years of professional experience in vaccine discovery and drug development at major global corporations. At these organisations he has held senior leadership positions, provided strategic directions, and orchestrated major business operations to develop affordable medicines across multiple therapeutic areas. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer at the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, a major global funding agency promoting basic, biomedical and clinical research across India.

Vasan is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) fellowship to pursue his post-doctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed international journals including Nature Medicine, Nature Immunology, Nature Communications and co-inventor on 4 patents. He is a vocal champion of AMR and actively communicates science across social media and national dailies to create awareness among the public.