- About Us
Karthik Ramachandran, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Growth of Likarda, LLC, a contract research organization (CRO) and leader in 3D cell-based testing, manufacturing, and regenerative medicine. Dr. Ramachandran, a Colorado native, moved to Kansas after completing his undergraduate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado. In 2007, he pursued his passion for engineering, medicine and business at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. In 2012, he graduated with a doctorate in Bioengineering and remained in Kansas City to found Likarda together with his graduate mentor, Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel. His graduate research focused on tissue engineering—more specifically—developing a technology for efficiently engineering 3D cell clusters (or miniature organs) for applications in drug discovery and regenerative medicine; forming the foundation for Likarda’s products and services. In addition to his research experience, Dr. Ramachandran gained valuable business and entrepreneurial experience as an Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation Fellow.