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: http://youtu.be/PH7eS4kt_FE
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.