This was revealed after a tweet from Dr. Samarth Kulkarni was shared widely among Belagavi residents with congratulatory messages and tags about his schooling in the city.
He acknowledged them saying: “I am grateful for all the congratulatory notes from everyone in Belagavi and hope that we can continue to work hard towards making medicine from this technology.”
Prof. Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the two scientists who have been selected for the coveted prize for their work on “genetic scissors”. Prof. Charpentier founded the CRISPR laboratory a few years ago.
Dr. Samarth Kulkarni, who serves as the CEO of the institution, studied in Rashtriya Military School Belgaum (2843 / 1989-94 / Pratap House)and GSS Pre University College here. Dr. Kulkarni, called Sam by his friends in the U.S., is a young bio-technology scientist who has been working with CRISPR since 2015.
He has served as the company’s Chief Business Officer and president before being promoted as CEO. He has also worked for pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. He serves on the board of some technology companies.
After graduating in B.Tech in Biotechnology from IIT Kharagpur, he received a Ph.D in bioengineering and nanotechnology from the University of Washington. He has conducted research on the delivery of biological drugs and molecular diagnostics. He has authored several publications in leading scientific and business journals.