New Delhi: As a part of his role at the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Dr Shirshendu Mukherjee has taken over as Mission Director of the Programme Management Unit of Grand Challenges India, which manages the multilateral collaboration of the Grand Challenges Programme of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Affordable Healthcare in India Initiative of the Wellcome Trust; USAID and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Trained as Medical Microbiologist, Dr Mukherjee has global and national exposure with more than two decades of high level work experience in top organisations. This brings to fore his cumulative perspectives on issues related to healthcare (especially public health issues and unmet medical needs), food and nutritional challenges in India as well as across the globe. He has devised and formulated strategies for mitigating challenges and bridging gaps through impact funding. He has worked independently as well as with multitudes of partners (both national & international) for a complete oversight of cutting edge translational research and deep understanding of issues that impinge upon national and global translational research. He has deep knowledge in pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and med tech industry globally.
Before joining BIRAC, Dr Mukherjee has worked with Wellcome Trust as Senior Strategic Advisor, India, and prior to that he was Staff Scientist at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Dr Mukherjee, has managed a £30 million initiative of the Wellcome Trust for R&D in Affordable Healthcare in India. He holds Ph.D. in Microbiology and a Graduate degree in Law. He has undertaken high level academic courses such as Advance Course in Strategy Management from IIM Kolkata, and Management and Leadership course from Said Business School, University of Oxford