“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
― Hermann Hesse
Akhila started her career in the life sciences, working in research at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health. Her published work includes papers in Nature and Human Genomics.
She then founded CyberDoctor, a healthcare communications company. In 2013, CyberDoctor became the first company to run a successful clinical trial on a digital therapeutic for diabetes. For her work on CyberDoctor, Akhila was honored as a Rising Star at Health 2.0, a semifinalist in the Healthcare Innovation World Cup, and a Global Leader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Center of Healthcare Innovation.
Akhila received her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience with honors from the University of Michigan, her graduate degree in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
She is passionate about scientific literacy and changing the existing paradigms of bench to bedside research. In her free time, Akhila enjoys rock climbing, hiking along the beautiful California coastline, and pursuing her New Year’s resolution of reading one hundred non-fiction books.