Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell is Founder, Chairperson and Managing Director of AVESTHAGEN LIMITED. AVESTHAGEN is globally recognized as a leading systems biology company with a unique model focused on the convergence of food, pharma and population geneticsTM. A convergence that leads to continuous and path-breaking innovations in predictive, preventive, personalized healthcareTM.
Owing to her pioneering work in the field of molecular biology, Dr. Patell has long-standing professional relationships with individuals, institutions and corporates working in the domain of biotechnology across the world. She is a key member of the Task Force and Vision Group for Biotechnology, instituted by the State Government of Karnataka and founding member of the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE). Dr. Patell has been Awarded the 'Officer of the National Order of Merit' by the President of the French Republic in April 2008, received prestigious Karmaveer Puraskar as a Corporate Citizen for her contribution in the field of agriculture and healthcare in Nov 2009 by iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGOs) & Karmaveer Puraskar is a National Award for Social Justice & Citizen Action, the Adolfo Ibanez University Award for her achievements in innovation and creation of value, Outstanding Zarathushti Entrepreneur Award from World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce 2009, Kerana Tuhan Untuk Manusia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Parsi Entrepreneur par Excellence by the Mumbai Parsi Punchayet, Parsi Entrepreneur Par Excellence Award from Bombay Parsi Panchayat in May 2008, Astitva Award for Excellence in Science and Technology presented by the Zee-Archana Astitva Awards, the BioSpectrum Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2006, Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur for the year 2005-2006 from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), The Ojaswini Udyamita Alankaran Award 2004.