Lakshmi Koppolu has over 15 years of experience in R&D, academia and industry. With a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from NIT Warangal, India, she pursued her Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA in Chemical Engineering and Biological Systems Engineering, respectively. Her early research work encompassed environmental aspects such as air quality, atmospheric dispersion modelling, and using agricultural and thermal technology for soil remediation. Expanding on her interest in exploring prospects for new and improved medicines in the biotech industry for oncology and rare diseases, she joined Phyton Biotech and VaxInnate Corporation and worked on projects valued at $100M+ by advancing the candidate molecules through early stage development, process scale-up and technology transfer. After taking a short course in Project Management from the University of California, Berkeley, she earned her Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, USA. She relocated to Hyderabad, India and worked with Dr. Reddy’s Labs, a generics pharmaceutical company. Her ongoing interests are in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Angel Investment, Venture Capital.