Shobha Parthasarathi, PHD

Vice President, External Innovation and New Ventures, Xontogeny


Shobha  Parthasarathi is responsible for identifying and supporting commercialization opportunities at Xontogeny. She works closely with scientific founders and entrepreneurs and engages with the external innovation ecosystem. Before joining Xontogeny, Shobha was Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development at Harrington Discovery Institute, a unique international initiative created to translate scientific discoveries from academia to development of therapeutics.  In that role, she helped advance large number of drug discovery programs, managed an investment portfolio of startups, developed alliances with foundations and pharma, and mentored numerous scientific innovators and entrepreneurs. Prior to Harrington Discovery Institute, she was Senior Director, Business Development at the North Carolina Biotechnology Centerwhere she conducted diligence, made recommendations for investing and managed a portfolio of early stage life science startup companies. She began her research career as a scientist in drug discovery at Takeda Oncology (Millennium Pharmaceuticals) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Shobha graduated with Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Rutgers/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.