Ajay Yekkirala, PhD

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Blue

Ajay is responsible for scientific and experimental oversight at Blue with over 10 years of research experience in opioid medicinal chemistry and the neurobiology of pain. He completed his doctoral studies in the lab of Dr. Philip Portoghese at the University of Minnesota. Ajay completed his post-doctoral training under renowned pain neurobiologist Clifford Woolf at Harvard Medical School. He has authored several papers published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals on the topic of pain and opioids, including several book chapters and invited reviews. He is also a recipient of the Bacaner Research Award from the Minnesota Medical Foundation.

My Sessions

Planning for Phase III: Networking and Partnering

Miro Room

The SBIR funding mechanism is unique in many ways. But it is the only mechanism that “requires” post-funding actions. Publications, graduate course and thesis completion, and training events or curricula may be expected from other NIH grant mechanisms. Meanwhile, SBIR funds Phases I and II but has built into the funding mechanism a Phase III […]