NAVROZE MEHTA, FOUNDER
Navroze Mehta, Founder of Ovation Diagnostics LLC, has over 15 years of experience in developing early stage medical devices. Most recently he was Managing Partner of MDI Partners LLC (www.mdipartners.com) where he used a unique innovation and development framework to bring devices to market. One of those spin outs is ClearSpec LLC (www.clearspecmedical.com). Prior to MDI Partners, he was the Founder and CEO of NovaVision Inc.(www.novavision.com), a venture-backed company providing neurostimulation devices to restore vision in stroke and traumatic brain injury patients. Before that he was President and CEO of Skinstore (www.skinststore.com) a successful B2C Company.
Navroze is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), past chair of the Americas Gateway Chapter, and served as Regional Chair of the Economic Development Network. He is also an active member of the Ashoka Support Network (www.ashoka.org), a leader in the field of social entrepreneurship. Navroze also co-founded Mela Artisans Inc. (www.melaartisans.com) with his daughter Sonali Mehta Rao. Mela Artisans is a novel social for profit enterprise that was formed to create a global marketplace for artisans worldwide with a goal of preserving the livelihood of artisans. Navroze also served on the Board of Directors of Mission Markets Inc., a company that is focused on connecting impact investors to mission-focused organizations. Navroze received an MBA from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College at the University of Bombay, India.
PREM GURNANI, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
Prem Gurnani, Chief Scientific Officer at Ovation Diagnostics LLC has over 15 years of expert proficiency in new product development, clinical laboratory setup, operations and management, reimbursement and payor strategy, and health information technology. He started his career at PerkinElmer, Inc. where he was a leading scientist in the Genetic Screening R&D group that was responsible for successful FDA approval of two newborn screening tests. He then moved to Houston, Texas to start a personalized genetics company, CompanionDx Reference Lab, where he served in various executive positions. Since then, he has helped open three genetics and proteomics clinical labs – InSource Diagnostics, Altru Diagnostics, Inc., and UT Health Science Center where he held senior executive management positions in operations, technology, strategy development and R&D.
Prem currently serves as a consultant for several diagnostics labs and healthcare technology companies. He has authored over 50 publications, including abstracts, posters, presentations, and books. He has also co-authored and served as a co-investigator in multiple grants.
Prem earned his MS in Biomedical Engineering from UTSW Medical Center, Dallas/ UT, Arlington, and extended his education with The Wharton Business School and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.