Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
An immigrant from India, Veenu Aishwarya is an innovator and a result-oriented biotechnology entrepreneur. He received his biomedical research training while working as a visiting scholar at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
At AUM LifeTech, Mr. Aishwarya has been leading, developing, and strategizing applications of AUM LifeTech’s proprietary next-generation RNA Silencing FANA Antisense Oligonucleotide Technology (FANA ASO) for personalized medicine. Mr. Aishwarya has over 15 years of experience in discovery, optimization, and development of nucleic acids therapeutics. Mr. Aishwarya has invented several new medical applications of FANA ASO technology including the use of FANAs for cancer immunotherapy. Mr. Aishwarya has filed several patents on the use of FANA ASO technology for multiple research and therapeutic applications. Several of his inventions and products have shown significant commercial value in biomedical research and therapeutic development. Most recently, under Mr. Aishwarya’s leadership, AUM LifeTech was selected by the NIH as a part of the BIO Innovation Zone 2021. The Innovation Zone showcases NIH-funded small businesses and their cutting- edge healthcare technologies.
In 2017, Mr. Aishwarya was recognized as Millennials to Watch in Life Sciences by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In 2018, he was recognized as one of the 2018 Health Care Innovators by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In 2019, Mr. Aishwarya was recognized as the Forty under 40 business leaders by the Philadelphia Business Journal. He is also an invited member of the Philadelphia Leadership Trust and recognized as a Business Influencer by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2020. Most recently, Mr. Aishwarya was recognized as the 2021 Diversity Leaders in Business by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Mr. Aishwarya serves on the editorial board of Molecular Therapy – Nucleic Acids (Nature Publishing Group). He is a nominated member of the RNAi Therapeutics Committee of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society. He is also a member of The American Association of Cancer Research, The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The New York Academy of Sciences, and The International Society of Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids. He was also selected for a young scientist award program by the Keystone Symposia. He has authored several research articles and invited book chapters in publications like BMC, Oxford, Elsevier and Springer. He serves a referee/reviewer at journals like – Journal of Molecular Biology (Elsevier), Oncogene (Nature Publishing Group), BMC Genomics, Molecular Therapy – Nucleic Acids (Nature Publishing Group) and Journal of Biomedical Research. Mr. Aishwarya has been invited, on several occasions, to write on leadership and entrepreneurship by Fortune Magazine.
Mr. Aishwarya has also been a Milken Institute Assocaite. The Milken Institute is an independent economic think tank whose mission is to improve the lives and economic conditions of diverse populations in the United States and around the world by helping business and public policy leaders identify and implement innovative ideas for creating broad-based prosperity. The Milken Institute Associates provides a vital link between the worlds of business, government, economics and philanthropy.
Mr. Aishwarya has been a frequently invited delegate at highly regarded global interdisciplinary forums like Forbes Health Care Summit, Fortune Brainstorm TECH, JP Morgan Healthcare conference, Milken Institute Global Conference, Partnering for Cures (Faster cures) and TEDMED.
Co-founder & Chairman
Mr. Mahesh Chand served in several executive administrative capacities for more than three decades and retired from the Indian Administrative Services in 2012. Mr. Chand brings over 40 years of extensive executive management experience and an unprecedented interdisciplinary support to AUM LifeTech.
Prior to joining AUM LifeTech, Mr. Chand has served in various administrative postions including strategy planning, management and public administration with the Government of Uttar Pradesh in India. He has worn several executive management caps during his time in various district units and the state capital Lucknow. Mr. Chand served as a Special Secretary to the government of Uttar Pradesh with several government agencies and directly handled the financial affairs. During his tenure, Mr. Chand settled hundreds of human resource and establishment related matters and was instrumental in the incorporation of administrative governance for key government agencies. He has successfully headed several multi-million dollar deals on negotiations, land acquisition and compensation within government and private organizations.
Further, during his time at Meerut district, Mr. Chand headed the Municipal Corporation of Meerut as the Municipal Commissioner where he chaired, supervised and administered a work force catering to the civic needs of 1.5 million residents. He also served as the Vice-Chairman of Bulandshahr-Khurja Development Authority and lead the enforcement and regulation of city’s master plan for over 4 years. As an executive in these development authorities, he conceptualized and executed several residential and commercial schemes, including land acquisition, financing and construction of properties.
While serving as the Chief Development Officer and Additional District Magistrate of Meerut District he administered the development of the district with 3.5 million residents. During this time, Mr. Chand oversaw the development of district plans, devised and executed administrative strategies for city’s urban and rural development, conducted Parliamentary & Assembly elections, Municipal elections, administered/settled law and civil order matters and passed judgments on several revenue court cases while working in Revenue Courts. He has also worked as Additional Commissioner of State Election Commission – a constitutional body responsible for conducting elections to the Municipal Bodies for Mayors and members of civic bodies as well as that of Rural Areas.
Mr. Chand has been instrumental in making, implementation and execution of several government laws and policies within his jurisdictions while serving on these executive administrative positions within the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, India.