Meet Our Leaders

Leadership Team

Manish Vinayak Soman

Manish Vinayak Soman, President and CEO

Manish Vinayak Soman has over 21 years of quality experience in heading overall IT Operations encompassing Program/Project Management, Consulting Services, Systems Development & Implementation as well as Business Operations (Sales, New Business Set ups, Corporate Governance & Inorganic/Organic Growth) and has managed P&L’s and Balance Sheets for over 9 years. He has held leadership positions across multiple geographies. His past experience includes tenures as CEO & Managing Director of Deloitte India, Global Business Leader for IT at Genpact (a GE company), COO for Patni Computers and Director for BestShore operations in EMEA region for HP Enterprise Services.

Ajit Nagral

Ajit Nagral, Founder and Executive Chairman

Ajit Nagral is a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple companies in the Life Science and Technology domain that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue over their lifetime. Mr. Nagral has created sustainable market brands that continue to lead, innovate and deliver critical value to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. In 2007, Mr. Nagral co-founded Sciformix Corporation and is currently its Executive Chairman. Prior to Sciformix, Mr. Nagral founded NuGenesis Technologies Corporation, a company that became a worldwide leader in Scientific Data Management and was acquired by Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) a multi-billion dollar Life Science company. Prior to NuGenesis, Mr. Nagral founded Megaware, Inc. in 1991, a critical provider of Software and IT Services to the Life Science industry. Mr. Nagral is a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and served on the Board of Trustees of TiE Mumbai. Mr. Nagral is an active investor and advisor to several startups.

Chitra Lele

Chitra Lele, Chief Scientific Officer

Chitra Lele has a distinguished academic background with a PhD in Statistics from Stanford University, and over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to the inception of Sciformix, Chitra was with Pfizer for 10 years, where she was Executive Director responsible for India operations of Pfizer Global R&D. Chitra established India’s first Biometrics Center providing services in clinical data management, statistics, programming and medical writing, and successfully grew it to a size of over 400 staff. Chitra’s previous experience includes work as a biostatistician in cancer epidemiology at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco and as a faculty member at the School of Statistics, University of Minnesota and the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Warun Nayar, Chief Operations Officer

Warun Nayar, Chief Operations Officer

Warun Nayar joined Sciformix as its Chief Operations Officer in April 2015 and spearheads the delivery, practice management, HR, IT and administration functions. After a long tenure in the Army, his first corporate job was with Cambridge Technology Partners, a Boston based system integration and consulting company. He spent 14 years at GE Capital International Services (GECIS) which was later rebranded as Genpact and held leadership positions vital in augmenting the growth story of the company. His last role was in Tokyo as Hitachi Operations Lead at Genpact Japan Business Services. Warun holds an engineering degree in Electronics & Telecom, a Masters from IIT Delhi in Computer Science and an MBA in Operational Research.

Vinayak Purohit, Chief Financial Officer

Vinayak Purohit, Chief Financial Officer

Vinayak Purohit is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and an industry veteran having worked with leading companies like Britannia, Hindustan Times, GE Financial Services, BPL, and Thomas Cook to name a few. He is currently a CFO mentor and brings his rich experience in all aspects of finance including Nasdaq listing, IPO rights issue, investor relations, and mergers & acquisitions.

David Balderson, Global Vice President Safety Operations

David Balderson, Global Vice President Safety Operations

Throughout his career, David has been a key driver of process improvement initiatives, from the development of processes to support the EU Clinical Trial Directive implementation (2004), through to the development of an electronic interface between the clinical trial and safety databases. Prior to joining Sciformix David he held senior leadership roles at Amgen US, first as Head of Global Safety Operations and then as Head of Global Regulatory Operations. David spent 7 years in Pharmacovigilance at GSK in the UK. David holds a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology and PhD in Neuroscience, both from the University of Manchester, UK.

Susan Najjar, Head of Global Marketing and US Operations

Susan Najjar, Head of Global Marketing and US Operations

Susan Najjar has over 25 years of industry experience with several years in senior leadership and consulting positions. Susan oversaw global marketing activities for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Informatics division, developing growth strategies and implementing innovative marketing programs. Prior to Thermo, she was accountable for: establishing the Gillette Company’s North American Blades and Razors forecasting & planning; executing software product launches at Sun Microsystems; and consulting senior pharmaceutical executive teams at Deloitte & Touche. Susan has an MS in Biochemical Engineering from Tufts University and MBA from MIT Sloan.

Fran Bates – Vice President, Technology Services

Fran Bates – Vice President, Technology Services

Fran has over 20 years of experience successfully leading IT Services organizations. Using his entrepreneurial nature and focus on services innovation, he has created and executed growth strategies for both software and technology agnostic services businesses. He joins Sciformix after a successful stint at Perkin-Elmer Health Sciences where he was Global Director, OneSource Science & Lab IT Services. At Perkin-Elmer, Fran successfully led the growth of this business segment from concept to become a trusted partner for Science and Lab IT services to global Life Sciences organizations. Prior to PerkinElmer, Fran led the global services and support organization at Cambridge Soft where his teams successfully executed hundreds of complex electronic lab notebook and Informatics projects, contributing to heightened scientific productivity and business performance for his customers. Fran holds an MBA from the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and a BS in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross.