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Our Team

We have a team of experienced and passionate professionals having highly specialized background with a blend of analytical skills, market experience, scientific knowledge and domain expertise. The team has roots from premier Research Institute, Business School, Law school and technology leading MNCs. Our team is committed to effectively cater unique requirements of our clients.

Executive Profile

Dr. Lipika Sahoo, Founder and CEO  
Life Intellect Profile Dr. Lipika Sahoo, is a registered Indian Patent and Trademarks Agent with 16 years of experience in academia and industry in the areas of technology, innovation & intellectual property. She holds a PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She also holds triple masters; a Master of Science from Sambalpur University, Odisha; a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Law from National Law School of India University, Bangalore; a Post Graduate Certification in Business Management from Xavier Institute of management, Bhubaneswar and Advanced certifications from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Worldwide Academy in Patents and Patent Drafting. She is also an alumna of IIM, Bangalore, MPWE certified.

Prior to LifeIntelect, she worked with multinational companies and law firms. She has rich experience in patent drafting, IP office actions, IP analytics, training and developing teams, project development/management, co-ordination and net-working with scientists/inventors/business owners from different parts of the world.

Her specialties include biomedical science, drug discovery & development, product development, pharmaceutical, healthcare, life sciences, Intellectual property, IP analytics, patents drafting, business development, branding, strategic management and consultancy.
Dr. Shantha Shankar, Director and Chief Technology Officer  
Life Intellect Profile Dr. Shantha Shankar, has more than 10 years of experience in patent analytics, patent drafting and strategic IP management. She has worked at the General Electric Global Research Organization where she enabled strategic IP creation in the domains of Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Materials Processing. She has extensive experience in training and mentoring inventors and researchers on intellectual property issues and creating intellectual property. She is a certified patent agent (US patent and trademark office equivalency exam) from General electric R & D centre. Prior to GE, she was the Principal Investigator for government funded projects at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Dr. Shantha Shankar has a Ph.D in materials science from the Indian Institute of Science.

She is passionate about working with inventors to identify patentable inventions and creating valuable patents. Her specialities include materials synthesis, materials processing and characterization, materials structure-property correlation, patent drafting and analytics, training and mentoring of researchers on intellectual property. Her area of specialization is nanomaterials synthesis and applied nanotechnology.


Dr. Syam Anand, Technical Specialist and US patent agent
Life Intellect Profile Dr. Syam Anand is a registered Patent Agent with the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO). He holds certificates of achievements in Academic Entrepreneurship from the Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh and the Office of Enterprise Development, University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his career in patent prosecution, Dr. Anand held a faculty position at the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, during which he designed novel assays to investigate DNA transactions and published seminal findings on the regulation of DNA recombination by DNA helicases.

He was funded on two National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) investigator-initiated R21 research grants. He has attended several international conferences and spoken as an invited speaker at prestigious conferences such as the Gordon Research Conference on Chromosome Dynamics. Dr. Anand has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology and Single Molecule Fluorescence approaches in biology evidenced by fifteen peer-reviewed publications in top international journals. He has also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for top scientific journals such as PLoS One, Nucleic Acids Research, Plasmid and Chromosoma.

Dr. Anand holds a Ph.D degree in Genetic Engineering, Microbiology and Cell Biology from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He completed his post-doctoral training at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, USA. Dr. Anand’s experience in interdisciplinary approaches and his broad understanding of science makes him uniquely talented to handle intellectual property for wide range of technology.

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Mr. Samartha Srinivasa, Legal expert
Life Intellect Profile Mr.Samartha Srinivasa, holds L.L.B from Bangalore University and L.L.M in International Trade Law from Essex University, Colchester, United Kingdom.

Experience - He has had the rare occasion of working with the most inspirational and respectful personalities. He was a pupil under Mr.Manjit Gill, QC, Barrister at No.5 Chambers, London. He has worked under Mr.K.Janardhan, Deputy Director of Prosecutions (Rtd), Government of Karnataka on Anti-Corruption Laws and Criminal matters. Has been chosen as the Hon. Assistant Registrar for Bangalore International Mediation Arbitration and Conciliation Centre (BIMACC) which is Dispute Resolution Centre recognized by the United Nations.

Practice Areas - Among other areas he has extensively worked on Dispute Resolution and Commercial Law, Medical Negligence-Health Care Industry, Family Laws, Real Estate and Property Litigation, Anti-Corruption laws, Child Sexual Abuse cases, and other Criminal matters.
Life Intellect Profile Dr. K. Prashanthi has more than 16 years experience in Host – pathogen interactions of very diverse pathogens such as Rotavirus, Mycobacterium and Dengue virus. Bangalore. She has done her Ph.D. and Post Doctoral work in the premier institute Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where she acquired a rich and diverse experience in both experimental and computational biology.

She has experience in virology, molecular biology and computational biology that include design principles of biological networks, computational modeling and simulation of biological systems and networks, systems biology and metabolic network analysis. She has developed, designed and coordinated two value addition certificate courses for the post graduate life science students. She was also the organizing secretary for a DBT sponsored conference “Confluence 2015 – A Systems Biology Approach.” Her current area of research includes Host – Pathogen Interactions with a special focus on Dengue-Human molecular interactions.

Her specialties are molecular biology, cell biology, biopharmaceuticals, computational modeling, systems biology, molecular diagnostics and metabolic network analysis.
Life Intellect Profile DR. T. BHAVANI has more than 10 years of experience in the domains of chemical, electrical, mechanical, biotech, drugs and pharmaceuticals, agriculture, herbal and traditional knowledge related technologies, physics and software related technologies.

She is a PhD (Chemistry) from IICT, Hyderabad. She has been a CSIR fellow and worked under Dr. Sajid Husain, then Head, Analytical Chemistry Division, IICT, Hyderabad, on environmental pollution control. She obtained PGDI PRL from NLSIU, Bangalore. She is a registered Indian Patent Agent. Her expertise is in Prior art search, Drafting patent Specification, Landscaping, FTO, Drafting licence agreements and drafting notices for prosecution on patent related issues. She is an expert on pollution control and treatment technologies.

Advisory Board

Dr. M.V. Shankar

Dr. Shankar is a scientist and technology manager with strong technical expertise and experience in translating technical ideas into technology innovations. Experienced in identifying new technologies for potential business opportunities with a proven track record in ‘Innovative New Product Development’. Successful innovator track record with numerous granted patents, technical publications and presentations and the ability to lead global multi-functional teams with focus on delivery of business strategy.

He received his Ph.D in Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Executive Management education from Indian Institute of Management (IIM, Bangalore). He has 14 years work experience in Corporate R&D –GE and Dow.
Dr. Subhasis Ray

Dr. Subhasis Ray teaches marketing and corporate social responsibility at Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB). His research interests include stakeholder marketing, sustainability and responsible business practices. He has trained executives from private and public sector enterprises including Infosys, Axis Bank, SBI, Bosch, Powergrid and Coal India.

He has consulted companies in India and the Middle East on business development. He has published with Palgrave, Routledge, Springer and John Wiley among others.