Cold, Hard Business Logic With Avi Kulkarni, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences, Cognizant

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Can a long-established medical premise actually be a new trend? Avi Kulkarni, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences at the IT services and consulting company Cognizant, says the patient needs to be “the center of the universe” and also describes how innovation and risk-taking are “cold, hard business logic.” Tune in for Avi’s straightforward healthcare and business assessment.

Tune in to learn:

  • What makes Cognizant such a healthcare innovator (11:30) 
  • The role marketing plays in healthcare advancement and expansion (13:25)
  • The challenge of risk tolerance (23:10)
  • What healthcare will look like in five years (39:33)


About the Guest:

BIO: Dr. Kulkarni is based in Silicon Valley. Avi’s focus is on capabilities-led transformation of life sciences companies. He has extensive experience in drug and diagnostics product development, mergers and acquisitions, and commercialization processes. He has helped the world’s leading biotechnology companies develop cell and gene therapies, build precision medicine capabilities, and diversify into new businesses and markets. His thirty-year career includes management consulting at IQVIA and Booz & Co.

Avi spent a decade away from Booz to join the biotechnology industry around Stanford University, including building three biotechnology start-ups: CareDx/XDx (CDNA), Lumen Therapeutics, and Aviir.

Avi obtained his MBA degree from Stanford University, Ph.D. and MS degrees in Pharmaceutics from Temple University, and BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of Bombay.

Avi brings a leadership view that integrates four pillars: strategy, operational performance, entrepreneurship, and scientific experience and scholarship.

Functional expertise: strategy; business development; research and development; and commercial operations. Strong technical background in diagnostics and drug development. Experienced senior general manager.”

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Episode 335