Meet the innovative, focused and driven team that
makes fast and easy cognitive insights possible.

About The WhizAI Team

We understand the transformational power of data for life sciences organizations. Our co-founders Rohit Vashisht and Amitabh Patil spent decades as entrepreneurs in the technology and healthcare sectors learning about the roles of data and AI in creating meaningful change. After years of innovating in their fields, they decided to join forces and launch WhizAI—an AI powered analytics platform for life sciences that connects ideas with facts to cultivate faster, better decisions.

 

Today our accomplished team is dedicated to building a simple and easy to use technology that delivers real intelligence for life sciences users at every level.

Rohit Vashisht

Co-Founder & CEO

Amitabh Patil

Co-Founder & CTO

Anya T. Schiess

Board Member

Bill Beecher

Board Member

Sudhanshu Badhwar

Director of Account Management

Nagesh Bhide

Head of Strategic Accounts

Pranay Vasani

Director of Client Solutions

Michael Green

Director Of Partner & Channel Alliances

Bijal Karande

Head of Industry Solutions, Life Sciences

Rohit Vashisht

Rohit Vashisht

Rohit Vashisht is the co-founder and CEO of WhizAI, the Cognitive Insights Platform for Life Sciences. He has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software sales, product management, development, and strategy. As a tech entrepreneur, Rohit has built successful businesses and was CEO and co-founder of Sverve – an influencer marketplace that was acquired by Bloglovin and rebranded as Activate. At Sverve, he led the revenue growth and development of a self-serve platform connecting brands and influencers for marketing campaigns. At Activate, he spearheaded product, sales, and marketing strategy to grow the influencer marketing business.

 

A seasoned tech entrepreneur, he founded a fintech startup, held leadership roles at an enterprise software startup that grew to a $30M business, and executed profitable strategies at Vista Equity Partners’ product management group. Rohit holds an M.B.A from the NYU Stern School of Business and an engineering degree from I.I.T, Delhi. When Rohit is not in front of his laptop, he can be seen reading non-fiction, playing cricket and golf, or speaking at industry events.

Amitabh Patil

Amitabh Patil

Amitabh is the Co-founder and CTO at WhizAI, the Tech wizard who speaks in seven languages and codes in more. Amitabh has deep experience in building large scale analytics systems for almost 20+ years. Driven by his passion for innovation and creation of AI, WhizAI is not his first stint at disrupting the traditional norms. Amitabh has also built an affordable AI-enabled portable device to allow ALS patients to communicate and control the environment with their eyes and/or head movements and EEG signals. He truly unfolded the potential of technologies like AI, NL and machine learning and gave patients who had severely impaired speech and movement, the ability to express themselves.

 

Prior to WhizAI, Amitabh was the Principal Architect for enterprise analytics platform at Vistaar Technologies. Amitabh has completed his M.S. from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine. When not working, Amitabh loves spending time with his family, playing tennis and chess.

Anya

Anya T. Schiess

Anya is an investor and member of WhizAI’s Board of Directors. She is the co-founder and General Partner of Healthy Ventures, an early-stage infrastructure software fund investing in healthcare. Prior to Healthy.vc, Anya led strategy and business development for Cardinal Health’s medical services, distribution, and laboratory businesses following her tenure as a venture capitalist at Thomas, McNerney & Partners, where she focused on life sciences.

 

Before entering the investing arena, Anya held several sales and marketing leadership roles at Medtronic. Her prior experiences similarly centered on healthcare for the Clinton Foundation and consulting with McKinsey & Company. Additionally, Anya has invested and been a board member/observer in Virdante Pharmaceuticals, Invitae Corp, Celator Pharmaceuticals and Innopharma Inc. Anya earned a B.A. cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA with honors from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bill Beecher

Bill Beecher

Bill Beecher is an investor, advisor, and member of WhizAI’s Board of Directors. Most recently, he was the President of Vistaar Technologies, a price management software company. Prior, he was Executive Vice President of i2 Technologies, a leading supply chain software company, and before i2, Bill worked in a variety of operations and finance roles in industry and practiced law. Bill is a graduate of the University at Albany and Cornell Law School.

Sudhanshu Badhwar

Sudhanshu Badhwar

Sudhanshu is a creative champion, designing BI systems for top pharmaceutical companies, and an expert at guiding technical organizations from strategy and thought leadership to support and account management. Before WhizAI, Sudhanshu worked with ZS Associates for almost 10 years, enabling end-to-end business intelligence systems for biopharma companies. Sudhanshu brings extensive experience in managing syndicated/non-syndicated pharma data, using business intelligence to develop analytics and support data-driven decisions across enterprises (sales, IT, field). He is an expert in designing sleek reports based on UI/UX best practices and is a problem solver. Sudhanshu is an avid poker player, with baking skills and loves hiking.

Nagesh

Nagesh Bhide

Nagesh is a results-driven leader in pharma/biotech commercial technologies. He brings over 10 years of experience in spearheading sales force automation, reporting, and data management for pharmaceuticals commercial teams. His prior experiences include leadership positions with Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Intercept Pharmaceuticals. His wealth of experience in the industry, combined with his analytics expertise, is valuable as we continue to bring the power of AI-powered analytics to the life sciences industry. He is skilled in leveraging analytics technologies to strengthen operational performance and define processes aligned with commercial success.

Pranay

Pranay Vasani

Pranay brings 10+ years of experience delivering enterprise analytical solutions to large companies and is in his element when working at the intersection of business and technology. His prior experience working with Vistaar Technologies and ThoughtWorks enables Pranay to bring a depth of knowledge to all facets of BI, including business analysis, data analysis, data visualization, data science and much more. He is passionate about all things data. He has a degree in engineering and M.B.A from Mumbai University. He loves spending time with family, watching football, cycling, and reading technical books, articles, and papers.

Michael Green

Michael Green

Mike is a results-focused Consulting and Management Executive with 30 years’ pharmaceuticals domain knowledge and experience. He has a proven track record of building dynamic interactions with clients and providing consulting services for technology-based solutions to meet complex business needs. His roles and responsibilities have ranged from an account manager, team leader, and consultant. Mike’s specialties cover process optimization, digital transformation, intelligent automation, and AI solutions. 

His experience includes enterprise solutions delivering transformative technologies: RPA conversation AI, cognitive thinking, NLP (natural language processing), and ML (machine learning) to achieve transformation, cost savings, and performance efficiency improvements across the life sciences product life cycle.

Bijal Karande

Bijal is a success-oriented, strategic business leader with 20+ years of experience in the biopharma and technology industries. Her domain experience in biopharma coupled with a technology background has helped her drive large scale digital and business transformations at Fortune 100 companies. Her strengths and interests are in leveraging Artificial Intelligence and data and analytics-driven capabilities to deliver innovation across a range of therapeutic areas from clinical development to approval and commercialization.

She has held varied leadership roles at Novartis Pharma, Cognizant and Mallinckrodt, defining and executing on digital strategies, enabling change management, managing large P&Ls, and building partnerships. She has proven ability in building and leading geographically diverse large teams and has lived and worked in the US, Switzerland, Egypt, South Africa and India. 

Bijal holds a master’s of engineering from North Carolina State University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from University of Mumbai in India. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and gardening.