Shaping the future of Life Sciences.

Meet the Bio 9 team. We are founders, physicians, scientists, technopreneurs, data analysts, journalists, biotech engineers, clinical trial leaders, medical device experts, regulatory experts, product managers, and researchers.

We are a team with a singular shared goal: to improve patient outcomes

We are the collective of our combined knowledge base.

Our team has a breadth of expertise, and together, we enable Healthcare transformations globally.

Join our team.

Leadership team

Raj Pallapothu

Founder & Chairman

Texas - USA

Oversees the operations globally

We are designing Ecosystems that fosters. innovation. and enables different Stakeholders to turn big ideas into bold breakthroughs with transformative impacts on health and medicine.

"Our efforts and investments in infrastructure and top talent in diverse fields, paired with a focus on building robust industry partnerships, are what allow us to translate research discoveries into new digital therapeutics and devices, novel approaches to care delivery and improved outcomes for patients everywhere."

Global Business Advisors

"Well experienced and strategic minded & seasoned veteran in wireless industry with 25+ year deep understanding of digital entertainment and mobile content services. With excellent business sense & customer-oriented focus. As an entrepreneur, management, advisor , business and/or product leader , Chris possesses a tenacity to lead and guide global business from joint venture, start-up to mid & large global companies such as Samsung , SK Telecom , RealNetworks ,Ad Society in Mobile , Telecom , Entertainment , Advertising and Content & Services area including payment , health ,IoT and AI. "

He has been a mentor, advisor for early stage companies and people who need his experiences and expertise in mobile ,Telecom, platform , ecosystem industry

Chris Jo

Entrepreneur & Business Creator
Board Advisor and Venture Partner, Bio 9 Ventures - Asia

Erastus Mwencha is a development economist who has devoted great part of career promoting Africa's integration as a tool for social and economic transformation. He has extensive experience in working at national regional and continental levels. As Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, he was instrumental in initiating institutional transformation aimed at enhancing efficiency and effectiveness as well as the Continental Free Trade Area.

Prior to joining the African Union, Erastus served as Secretary General of the largest regional economic block in Africa, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) which established the largest regional Free Trade Area under his stewardship. COMESA also established a number of key and very successful institutions including the Trade and Development Bank (TDB), the PTA Reinsurance Company (ZEP-RE) and the African Trade Insurance (ATI) that are playing transformative role in Africa and in the rest of the world.

Currently Mr. Mwencha is Chairman of Equity Bank, which is Kenya’s largest commercial bank. He also chairs TradeMark East Africa and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). He is a director of Yaatra Ventures a private equity company that is promoting the establishment of an oil refinery in Uganda through private equity and debt. He has received awards and decorated by the Republic of Kenya, Italy, Madagascar, Djibouti and Serbia in appreciation of his service.

Mr. Mwencha studied Economics at York University, Canada and Nairobi University, Kenya from where he obtained an MA and BA honours respectively. He is married to Mary Moraa with whom they have three married sons.

Erastus J.O Mwencha, EGH, MBS

International Development Economist
Board Advisor and Venture Partner, Bio 9 Ventures - Africa

Strategic-minded Entrepreneur and Innovator with 20+ year portfolio of success across Technology Commercialization and Startup Ventures. Initiated, launched and exited 2 Startup ventures (a wearables, wellness and data-analytics platform exited to Fitbit; and a Medical device/technology company exited to Stryker); worked for large companies (Bayer, Yahoo, IBM, AT&T); and supported new venture efforts to Universities.

He has been a Mentor and Advisor for Early-stage companies and Investment funds; with areas of expertise in Digital Platforms, Connected Health and Wellness, Wearables/IoT, Mobile, Data Analytics, eCommerce and Social Marketing for B2B and B2C; and is the recipient of 11 USA patents.

Seth A.Tropper

Entrepreneur & Innovator
Board Advisor – Bio 9 Ventures, North America

Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson is the Director of Digital Health in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University. She is a well-respected digital health academic, with more than twenty years’ experience working in health and higher education. She is known for her passion and dedication to the promotion and advocacy of the specialist digital health workforce and involved with several large funded research projects evaluating digital health interventions in various health settings. Kerryn is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Deputy Chair of the CHIA Examination Committee, and Deputy Editor on the BMJ Health and Care Informatics journal. She was recognized for her expertise in 2021 as a Future50 Health IT Leader by HIMSS.

Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson

Digital Health Academic & Innovator
Board Advisor, Bio 9 Ventures - Australia & New Zealand

Global Clinical Advisors

"Dr. Patrick Vinck is a Board-certified Primary care physician, Arizona - USA and technology entrepreneur. Clinically he works to improve care systems for medically complex and underserved patient. populations. He is the cofounder of 'Amnicam' - a medical device company working to improve labor outcomes with low. cost diagnostic. technology."

His passion extends to global health and the promise that technology can serve to ensure health equity for all with Emphasis on primary care, Careful data driven environment. Off–the-radar disease management.

Dr. Patrick Vinck, MD

Primary Care Physician & Entrepreneur.
Global Clinical Advisor & Venture Partner, Bio 9 Ventures

"Dr. Bhanu Patibandla is a Board-certified Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician, Washington - USA, strongly believes in patient education and personalized medicine. With a strong clinical Interest in Lung Nodules/Cancer and Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), he established Specialty Clinic for PH patients in 2019 one of its kind in the nation, especially in a community setting, established Lung Nodule & Thoracic Oncology Program in 2021, skilled in Advanced Bronchoscopy procedures."

Many of his research papers based on Critical illness, ARDS, and Clinical nutrition were widely published in international peer-reviewed journals and global conferences.

Dr. Bhanu Patibandla MD

Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician.
Global Clinical Advisor & Venture Partner, Bio 9 Ventures.

"Dr. Noor Zwayne is a Board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist who is fellowship trained in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. She practices Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She is passionate about educating girls and women about their reproductive health and options. She also enjoys medical education and is an instructor at the University of Arizona. She works with medical students and residents at Phoenix Children's Hospital and St Joseph's Hospital."

She is faculty at the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship at Phoenix Children's Hospital. She is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Arizona. In the community, she is an advocate for women's health and is a Board Member for Planned Parenthood Arizona Affiliates.

Dr. Noor Zwayne, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist
Global Clinical Advisor & Venture Partner, Bio 9 Ventures.

Global Operations Leaders

Advanced Clinical Scientist, Entrepreneur and Innovator with over 20 years of experience in UK and USA, working on both longitudinal programs in Medicine, Psychology, Bio-Engineering with an emphasis in Sensing, Adaptation, and Learning using Neural-behavioral Engineering and Data Analytic approach with combined Natural and Machine Learning (AI). Several Research projects were successfully funded by both Federal (FIH), and non-Federal (Hearing Health foundations) bodies, European Telecommunications and awarded several patents.

He has been an Associate Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, at University of Texas, UT Southwestern. Prior to this, he has also been and Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, New York University for ten years, and a Research Associate at University of Cambridge (UK) for 5 years.

Dr. Chin-Tuan Tan

Scientist, Professor, Entrepreneur & Innovator
Chief Scientific Officer - Bio 9 Ventures, USA

"Erastus B. Mong'are, HSC is the Founder and CEO for StartUpAfrica, Inc., an international non-profit organization that supports African youth in the building of business skills through innovation, entrepreneurship in endeavors that foster financial independence, create jobs, and grow African economies."

He is a recipient of numerous awards including Kenya’s Presidential Head of State Commendation (HSC) Award.

Erastus B. Mong'are

Sociopreneur & Startups supporter.
Operations Director, Bio 9 Ventures - Africa

"Principal, Professor, Head of the Department of Prosthodontics & Dental Lasers with Academic & dental practice experience over 20 years. Proven Entrepreneur and Investor engaged in tens of cross-industry lead initiatives in India."

Experience in Clinical supervision, program management and have a solid understanding of Clinical operations, Budgeting, Resourcing procedures in any given Business setting

Dr. Zakir Hussain MDS, ML

Principal, Professor, Academician & Entrepreneur.
Operations Director - Bio 9 Ventures, India