Manoj is a bio-innovation leader with extensive experience in process & technology development for sustainable foods, cellular agriculture, biologics, and renewable fuels and chemicals. He is a founder of BioInnovation Advisors, an advisory consulting firm helping early through growth stage startups, corporate innovation hubs, and investors achieve their goals in the biotech industry.
Previously, Manoj held key roles with various start-up companies namely Audentes Therapeutics, Cobalt Technologies, Solazyme, and Edeniq. His unique blend of experience includes developing economically viable fermentation and mammalian cell culture processes and scaling the processes from laboratory to production stage in GMP and non-GMP environment. Manoj has routinely led bioprocessing, process engineering, and selection and management of CMOs including scale-up, scale-down, and technology transfer. In addition, with his proficiency in technical and IP landscape assessment, risk analysis, and techno-economic modeling, Manoj has been a key contributor in successful seed through series D funding for various companies.
He is passionate about helping biotech companies develop economically scalable technologies, and assisting investors to make informed investment choices by supporting them for techno-economic assessments and due diligence.
He earned his Masters in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Gujarat University, India.