Dr. Niranjan Sardesai
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Niranjan Sardesai was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Inovio in January 2012. He served as the Company’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development following the June 2009 merger with VGX Pharmaceuticals, at which company he held the same position. Dr. Sardesai was previously the founder and President of NVision Consulting Inc., a firm providing strategic counsel to entrepreneurial life sciences companies. He served as Director of Research and Development at Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc., where he oversaw research and development and expansion of the company’s oncology portfolio. Products developed under his leadership include groundbreaking new tests for mesothelioma (MESOMARK™), bladder cancer and a multi-marker test for ovarian cancer.
Dr. Sardesai received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of the Shils-Zeidman Award in Entrepreneurship. He completed fellowships at Scripps Research Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Sardesai received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, presented at over 75 invited lectures and presentations, and filed several patents.