DATRI Blood Stem Cell Donors Registry, Cofounder & CEO
Raghu is passionate about cancer-cure and was geared to address the challenges faced by people of Indian origin who were suffering from fatal blood disorders including Leukemia and Thalassemia. He was an active volunteer in a US donor search campaign for one of his friend’s fiancé with an Indo-Pakistan genetic makeup to find a life-saving match. The probability of finding a match for Asian patients suffering from serious blood disorders is as low as 2%. There are over 1,00,000 patients with fatal blood disorders in India alone. This stirred up the urgent need for a functional registry in the country. Realising the importance, along with Dr Nezih Cereb, President and Co-Founder of Histogenetics, a State-of-the-Art Lab specialised in HLA Typing, and Dr Soo Young Yang, Chairman and Founder of Histogenetics, Raghu set up DATRI, a not for profit organisation in the year 2009. Today, DATRI is the largest blood stem cell donors registry in India with over 1,70,000 potential donors and has facilitated 216 donations as of 9 Dec 2016.
Raghu has been very active in the entrepreneurial eco-system in the US and India. He is also actively involved in ‘The Green Peppers’, a Millet based food company that specializes in healthy food options. He is the Head of Global Strategy for ‘Ivy Mobility’, a mobile solutions company that is a leader in the FMCG and the Pharmaceuticals vertical.
Raghu is also the Managing Trustee for Punarjanmam Foundation that helps flood affected individuals and organizations. This organization has helped over 75 families who were affected by the 2015 flood in Chennai. He is mentoring several start-ups as an advisor.
Raghu holds an Engineering Degree from BITS Pilani.