Founder and CEO, Larta Institute
Rohit K. Shukla is the founder and CEO of Larta Institute. Since its inception in 1993, the organization under his leadership has been at the forefront of the design and management of commercialization programs for clients ranging from prominent U.S. federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to institutions across the world, including BiotechCorp in Malaysia, the Romanian American Foundation and governments in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His work on fostering innovation for the benefit of science-based entrepreneurs for demonstrated strong results in terms of funding, partnerships and licensing and has won wide acclaim for its focus on technologies that “feed the world, fuel the world and heal the world.” Since 1993, some 9, 700 entrepreneurs have been coached and mentored by Larta Institute, its entrepreneurs have raised over $1.9 billion in private investment, and over 50 acquisitions of Larta-mentored companies have been recorded. Shukla also designed and co-directs the world-renowned annual Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis and Ag Tech week in San Francisco, as well as the Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN), which features mini events around developments in agricultural biotechnology featuring entrepreneurs, researchers and investors. In recognition of his contributions and leadership, he was appointed, in October 2014 to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), which provides recommendations on policies and programs to the Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, including on the SBIR/STTR Program itself. He has a Masters in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a Masters in Communications from Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles.
In this first of two-sessions series, industry veterans and SBIR awardees will share their experience turning ideas for digital health innovations into proven products. The healthcare industry provides many opportunities for solutions, such as mobile apps, e-health portals, point-of-care systems, diagnostic aids, remote reminders, and patient education. These product and service needs are driven by the […]
In this second of a two-session series, two successful entrepreneurs, all SBIR awardees, will share their experience turning innovative products into successful operational companies. Small businesses developing solutions in healthcare experience the same commercialization challenges confronting innovators in a highly fragmented market. This panel will explore the challenges associated with positioning your products and sales […]