Manohar is the MD & CEO of Stempeutics Research – a leading stem cell research and product development company in India. He earned his B.E. degree in Electronics & Communication from REC Trichy in 1977. Post that he did M.E. in Computer Science from College of Engineering, Guindy.
Manohar has transformed Stempeutics – a life science start-up from R&D to Commercialization stage with Global recognition. Stempeutics has developed an innovative drug called “Stempeucel” for addressing major unmet medical needs in India and Globally. This drug developed by an Indian company has received many Global Recognitions. Seven countries including US & Japan has granted patent for the novelty and inventiveness of the drug. Europe has recognized this drug by granting Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product classification and Orphan Drug Designation. Recently it became the FIRST stem cell product to be approved by Indian FDA for treating patients suffering from life threatening disease call Buerger’s Disease. Stempeutics has put India on the “World map of Regenerative Medicine”. Under Manohar’s leadership Stempeutics has been recognized as India’s hottest startups by Business Today in 2008 and Karnataka Government bestowed “Emerging Company of the Year award” in 2011 and 2013. He raised US$ 10M in 2009 by establishing strategic alliance with major pharma Cipla.
Manohar’s interest lies in building new business where things are not defined well. Also in developing ‘winning teams’ in an ambiguous environment. Prior to Stempeutics assignment, Manohar has handled multiple assignments in the Manipal Group – starting Manipal Infocom a BPO Organization and successfully migrating it to Manipal–Omega Healthcare BPO, taking over a startup Distance Education business and growing it to US$ 18M, establishing and propping up the new Education Services business. Prior to Joining Manipal Group, Manohar has had 12 years successful stints at Wipro GE Medical Systems. At GE Medical he has handled multiple senior assignments including Vice President – Customer Service where he received GEMS Asia Service Award for highest growth in 1998 and as Chief Operating Officer of IT Joint Venture – GE Medical Systems Information Technology, at Hyderabad.
Currently Manohar serves in the Boards of Stempeutics and MentisSoft.