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As president of SRI International, Manish Kothari, Ph.D., jointly develops SRI strategy with the CEO and ensures that corporate resources and talent are aligned with supporting SRI’s research needs. In this role, he oversees SRI Ventures, Global Partnerships, Marketing and Communications, and SRI’s Japan office.
Kothari joined SRI in 2013 as a business development consultant and entrepreneur-in-residence. He became a program director in the Robotics Program in 2013. In 2014, he moved to SRI Ventures as director of commercial ventures and licensing, with an emphasis on healthcare, engineering, and physical sciences. He was named president of SRI Ventures in 2015 and has been leading the venture creation process from concept through market development, team building, technology transition, seed funding, partner and investor identification, and launch.
Prior to joining SRI, Kothari co-founded and was CEO of Mytrus, which offers a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) platform for direct-to-participant clinical trials. Earlier, he was vice president of R&D quality and operations for Simpirica Spine. There, he successfully built a spinal implant for lower back pain and spondylolisthesis. Kothari also held a series of executive roles at Synarc, a global clinical trials medical imaging start-up company.
He holds multiple patents and is the author or co-author of several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Kothari received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in biomechanical engineering from Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. His bachelor of technology degree in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) is from the Indian Institute of Technology.