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Dr. Nandini Tandon

Dr. Nandini Tandon

Co-Founder & Global CEO of the IndUS Setu Global Foundation

Dr. Nandini Tandon, is a venture capitalist for past 17 years in Silicon Valley, presently  engaged in investing in transformational ventures, in win-win model between USA and  India, to serve entirety of the social pyramid, with special emphasis on the bottom of the  pyramid. 

Dr. Tandon was Managing Director, Lumira-MDS Capital in Palo Alto with 1.2 billion USD  under management and before was Partner, RBC Capital Partners, in San Francisco, and  was responsible for opening and establishing both the offices. 

As a venture capitalist Nandini made 12 investments in life saving breakthrough  technologies with 11 exits, 9 being acquired by market leaders such as Pfizer, Gilead,  Amgen, General Electric and 2 companies following IPO route. 

In 2015 Dr. Tandon received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) for her  contribution in healthcare- IT. In 2016 she won the UP Ratna award in India and in 2017  Women of Excellence Award in USA. 

Nandini is very engaged in building partnerships between USA and India, is board member  of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Co-Chair of its Bay Area-Silicon Valley-India  Focus, was co-chair Healthcare delegation of Mayor of San Francisco to India, under the  SF-Bangalore Sister City initiative and is on its board. She was Vice Chairman and Board  Member, for world’s most technologically advanced hospital, El Camino Hospital (ECH),  Silicon Valley, California. She has been on the boards of hospitals in USA, UK and Middle  east. 

Nandini is committed to entrepreneurship, was a USA delegate-speaker for Global  Entrepreneurship Summit in Hague and Hyderabad under President Trump and was  delegate-speaker to Turkey and Dubai, under President Obama’s leadership. She  Chaired,”20/20 Vision: Investing in USA & Emerging Markets” at Stanford University, was  Board Member, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases; Board Member, C21 BioVentures; and has been on 14 for profit boards and 15 not  for profit board.  

Prior to being a venture capitalist, she was Chief Business Officer for Zyomyx Inc., Vice  President of Business Development for Hyseq Inc., and held several positions at biotech and  pharma leaders such as Chiron Corp. and GlaxoWellcome respectively. Nandini has spoken  globally and extensively on entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation, healthcare with  special emphasis on women’s empowerment in leadership, entrepreneurship and role in  technology (Selected Speaking role is attached)

A White House Intern, Nandini received Ph.D. in biochemistry, Phi Lambda Upsilon from  Duke University, North Carolina and B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins University,  Virginia. She holds a global patent in semiconductor from Microelectronic Center of North  Carolina, RTP, NC.  

Dr. Tandon is married and lives in Silicon Valley, California with her husband and their son.

Selected Speaking Roles, across diverse topics:

Nandini has spoken globally and extensively on entrepreneurship, venture capital,  innovation, healthcare with special emphasis on women’s empowerment in leadership,  entrepreneurship and role in technology. 

Jan 2020 Speaker, at the launch of the Silicon Valley-India Report Delhi 

Jan 2020 Speaker, CEO Roundtable  Davos 

Feb 2020 Speaker, on journey of a leader in Silicon Valley 

Dec 2019 Speaker, with Chairman of the Tesla Board, Robyn Denholm and Lt. Gov. CA San Francisco 

June 2019 Delegate-speaker at Hague for Global Entrepreneurship Summit Hague 

Feb 2019 Speaker, on journey of a leader in Silicon Valley 

March 2018 Speaker, on journey of a leader in Silicon Valley

November 2017 Speaker, Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GES, Hyderabad Silicon Valley’s model of innovation & Entrepreneurship 

February 2017 Speaker, Leadership in Silicon Valley Silicon Valley  

January 2016 Speaker, PBD, Haryana, India Haryana 

February 2016 Speaker, Karnataka, Innovation Summit Bengaluru 

January 2015 Speaker, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, Healthcare, Gandhinagar 

April 2014 Speaker, IIFAA/FICCI, Healthcare, Tampa Bay, Florida 

January 2014 Speaker, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, Healthcare, Delhi 

March 2013: Evolution of Life Science Companies in BRIC countries, San Francisco 

March 2013: VC Taskforce, Healthcare Technologies – Leading Palo Alto Trends & Opportunities, Palo Alto 

February 2013: Chairperson, LP Perspective, “Super Return Conference San  Francisco  

October 2012: Chairperson, Venture Capital, Hot Sectors, Life Sciences  Dubai “Super Return Conference “Dubai 

June 2012: Speaker for Dell Computer’s Focus on Women in Delhi Finance in Delhi, India 

June 2012: United States’ State Delegation to Turkey, as a Woman Venture Capitalist Istanbul 

May 2012: Speaker, Milken Global Conference, Investment in Sciences & healthcare Los Angeles 

April 2012: Speaker with New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand on Women Empowerment Silicon Valley

February 2012: Chairperson, Venture Capital, Hot Sectors, “Super Return Conference “ San Francisco 

January 2012: Speaker, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, Women  Jaipur Empowerment, Jaipur , India 

January 2012: Speaker, Indian Women In Science, Orissa, India 

November 2011: Moderator, “Discussion on Global Entrepreneurship” Silicon Valley 

November 2011: Moderator, “Innovations & Implications of Early Breast Cancer Detection” 

July 2011: Invited by Secretary of Treasury Geithner at US Department of Treasury for Women in  Finance Symposium. Attached is a brief 2 minute video, with six women capturing spirit of symposium; Dr.  Tandon is at 1 minute point: 

June 2011: Chairperson, Emerging Markets session for the “Super Return Conference  Geneva. 

June 2011: Speaker, Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, Toronto 

Feb 2011: Speaker on “Women on boards of for profit and Boston nonprofit organizations” at Harvard business school.