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Naresh Sunkara

BioAmp Diagnostics
COO
Naresh Sunkara, Ph.D. is the COO of a UC Berkeley startup, BioAmp Diagnostics, developing
point of care solutions to assist physicians prescribe appropriate antibiotics, the very first
time. He was previously the founder and CEO of Nosocom Solutions Inc., which was
developing technologies to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) in hospitals.
Previously, he was a postdoctoral scientist at UC Berkeley developing novel technologies for
delivery of RNAi for treating viral infections. During his time at Berkeley, Naresh founded
and chaired the Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program (BPEP)and served as a
Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Research for postdoc affairs at the University of
California, Berkeley. Since then, he has been instrumental in launching programs like the
Berkeley Science Fellows Program (BSFP), female postdoc mentoring program amongst
others. He continues to direct BPEP and advise several startups.

Naresh leads the student and postdoc working group for defining and strengthening
entrepreneurship ecosystem at UC Berkeley, an effort launched by the Office of the Vice
Chancellor for Research. Over the last ten years, Naresh has worked closely with the Office
of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Intellectual Property and Industry Alliances
Office (IPIRA) at UC Berkeley as well as with their counterparts at the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory. Naresh has been advising several postdocs/grad students aspiring to
translate their research to startups at UC Berkeley.
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