Board of Directors

Dharma Prasad M., PhD

Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer

Dharma Prasad, with a keen interest in developing new business, moved to India recently to head the Indian subsidiary of Prosetta Bioconformatics Inc. Before taking up this challenging position, he was working as senior scientist at the parent company located in San Francisco, USA, remotely managing the Indian company's activities in addition to performing research activities in drug discovery, molecular neurology and host factor identification. He joined Prosetta after his post-doctoral research at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, for more than three years. Dr. Prasad obtained his Bachelors and Masters in Biochemistry from Mysore University with high distinction. He happens to be the first PhD graduate to come out of India's premier research institute, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, with the degree awarded from University of Hyderabad.

Vishwanath R. Lingappa, MD, PhD


Vishwanath R. Lingappa is currently Chief Technology Officer and CoCEO of Prosetta Antiviral, Inc., in San Francisco. In these roles he is responsible for the advancement of Prosetta’s scientific programs in both anti-viral drug development and protein bioconformatics. He received the B.A. degree from Swarthmore College in 1975, the Ph.D. degree from The Rockefeller University in 1979, and the M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. Dr. Lingappa completed residency training in Internal Medicine before joining the faculty in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1982, where he ran an NIH-funded basic research laboratory for over 20 years. It was during this time that the core discoveries on which Prosetta’s science is based were made and refined in his laboratory. At UCSF he was heavily involved in medical student and resident teaching and training, and was author and co-editor of highly acclaimed textbooks in physiology, pathophysiology and cell biology. He has supervised some 40 pre and post-doctoral trainees, 8 of whom received the Ph.D. degree under his guidance. He has co-authored over 90 publications. He was promoted to Professor in 1991. Dr. Lingappa also practiced internal medicine at San Francisco General Hospital for over 26 years. He maintains voluntary positions as Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of California Pacific Medical Center and Emeritus Professor of Physiology at UCSF. He is recipient of a Kaiser Award for excellence in teaching (1990) and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004).

Karl Manheim, BS, JD, LLM


Karl Manheim is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School (Los Angeles). In 2007 he was special counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property. Between 1999 and 2006, Prof. Manheim was Co-Director of the Program for Law and Technology at the California Institute of Technology and Loyola Law School. He has taught at the University of Southern California, the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) and the University of Bologna, and has guest lectured at Harvard College, CalTech and UCLA.

Prof. Manheim was admitted to the California Bar in 1974, the United States Patent Bar in 1980, and the United States Supreme Court in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Physics) from Bradley University, a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University Law School, and a Masters of Law degree from Harvard Law School.

He is a co-founder of Prosetta Antiviral, Inc.

Ramakrishna NH., B.E.


Ramakrishna, who is a self made successful entrepreneur is currently managing Shree Bhagavan Industries, a specialized mechanical manufacturing company in Mysore. He has more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience in varying fields from research and development to marketing. Ramakrishna completed his B.E. in Mechanical engineering from SJCE college, University of Mysore. After completion of his B.E. he worked as an Engineer at Bharath Earth Movers Limited, Mysore, where he was involved in design, development and proto modeling in research and development department. He is also an active member in Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industries.