Our Team

Vishal Dhawan - Director

Vishal Dhawan is the Founder and Director of Synapse Labs Private Limited. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. With over 14 years of experience, entrepreneurial skills and visionary leadership, Mr. Dhawan founded his own research & development centre in 2008 which later become one of the leading CROs in the country. He is spearheading the whole commercial operations of Synapse Labs with his strategic directions and also a Board Member.

Mr. Dhawan owns pride in sustaining long association with his team and industry experts who brings in innovative and dedicated efforts to achieve the common goal of the organization.

He believes that if done in an ethical manner, clinical research is a very innovative socio economic opportunity for India.

Dr. Rajendra Alkuti - Chief Operating Officer, Principal Investigator / Head, Clinical Research Department

Dr. Alkuti, Medicine (MBBS), is a Principal Investigator and heads Clinical Research department at Synapse. He takes a keen interest managing pharmacokinetic trials systematically which leads to successful execution of clinical operations. Dr. Alkuti has placed efficient setup for smooth recruitment of volunteers, developed work flow pattern for faster execution of studies and introduced innovative ideas for efficient utilization of the best-in-class infrastructure at Synapse.

His 12 years of experience also encompasses working as investigator for all bioequivalence studies for various regulatory submissions like USFDA, EMEA, MHRA, TGA etc for different therapeutic class.

Siva – Head, Bioanalytical Research Department

Siva holds a master degree in Chemistry (Analytical) with more than 11 years of rich experience in various Analytical fields including pesticides, trace analysis, and BA/BE studies. Mr. Siva looks after the overall Bioanalytical operations of Synapse including lab operation, Project management and allocation, co-ordination with clients, laboratory supervision and implementation of good laboratory practices within the department.

Mr. Shiva also holds rich experience in handling advanced instruments like HPLC, LC/MS/MS, Waters, GC/MS/MS and Spectramax.

Before joining Synapse, he has worked with Vimta Labs, Hyderabad and Huclin Research Limited, Chennai where he has been responsible for developing complex Bioanalytical methods for Hormonal, Steroidal products, derivatization methods, legend binding assays etc.

Prashant Nikam – Head, Quality Assurance Department

Prashant Nikam completed his Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has about 9 years of collective experience in Quality Assurance with various Clinical Research Organizations (CROs). He spent initial years as QA auditor at Synapse Labs Pvt. Ltd followed by an experience became a Head QA at Synapse Labs. Later he worked with Veeda Clinical research Pvt. Ltd. and Sitec Labs Pvt. Ltd. And in September 2017 again he joined with Synapse Labs as Head of Quality Assurance.

In his Quality Assurance career, he worked to establish quality management system at Synapse with global standards. He has experience internal and external audit programs. He facilitated various regulatory inspections and their queries like USFDA, MHRA, ANSM, BfArM, and DCGI.

Dr. Priyank Rathi - Co-Investigator

Dr. Rathi, Medicine (MBBS), looks after major clinical functions at Synapse like registration and screening, in-depth clinical conduction.

Prior joining Synapse, he has worked with a foremost pharmaceutical company like Lupin Limited.

Poonam Malode – Manager, Medical Writing

Poonam Malode is a M. Pharm. holds over 3.6 years of functional experience in bioavailability/ bioequivalence studies, protocol, clinical study report and clinical study design.

She holds comprehensive experience at Synapse in various functions of handling end-to-end operations of Clinical Research Department. Ms. Poonam also contributes in successful regulatory audits and inspections from leading regulatory bodies at Synapse.

Sandip Nikam – Head, Project Management

Sandip Nikam, is a B.Pharm, administrating project management team at Synapse. Prior heading project management, he has worked in Internal Quality Monitor department. Currently, Mr. Nikam runs major project management functions like feasibility assessment between various departments, initiating biostudies, facilitating monitoring visits of client representative, maintaining timelines of clinical activities, facilitating flawless co-ordinate between project personnel and the sponsor.