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Posted: January 29, 2008
Luna Hires Krishan Kumar as Vice President of R&D for Nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) Luna Innovations Incorporated announces Krishan Kumar, Ph.D., has joined the company as Vice President of Research and Development (R&D) at its Luna nanoWorks division in Danville, Va. In this role, Kumar will be providing strategic and tactical leadership to the R&D team of Luna nanoWorks.
Kumar is an accomplished pharmaceutical manager and scientist with 19 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. Prior to joining Luna nanoWorks, he held several management positions with Merial Ltd. (a Merck and sanofi-aventis Co.), including Executive Director of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology and Executive Director of Pharmaceutical Product Development. During his tenure with Merial, he led the Pharmaceutical Product Development group (including formulation, process, analytical and pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism) that supported world-wide registrations of several products.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to add someone of Dr. Kumar's caliber to our senior management team," said Robert Lenk, Ph.D., President of the nanoWorks Division. "His vast experience will help us to accelerate the translation of our exciting discoveries of diagnostic and therapeutic nanoMedicines into product candidates that we hope will successfully negotiate the rigorous FDA approval process and eventually change the management of many significant diseases."
Kumar also played a key role in establishing a new state-of-the-art Reference Standards Laboratory at the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) where he served as Laboratory Director. Additionally he has worked at Bristol Myers Squibb, Bracco Research USA, and the National Cancer Institute. As a recognized expert in the pharmaceutical industry, he has served on the expert committees of the USP and chaired an American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists focus group.
Kumar received his doctorate in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his bachelorís and masterís degrees in Chemistry from Agra University. For more information on Luna Innovations, visit www.lunainnovations.com.
About Luna Innovations:
Luna Innovations Incorporated develops and manufactures new-generation products for the healthcare, telecommunications, energy and defense markets. Our products are used to measure, monitor, protect and improve critical processes in the markets we serve. Luna nanoWorks is a division of Luna Innovations. With a world-class nanomaterial manufacturing facility in Danville, Virginia, the nanoWorks Division is developing products empowered by nanomaterials with applications in diagnostics, therapeutics, and organic solar cells. For more information visit www.lunananoworks.com.