Laxminarayan Bhat, PhD
Dr. Bhat founded Reviva Pharmaceuticals in 2006 and since its inception, Reviva has advanced rapidly under his leadership, with a portfolio of proprietary compounds at different stages in a pipeline encompassing chronic diseases in the central nervous system, respiratory, and metabolic diseases. Dr. Bhat has developed and implemented innovative financing and business models with strategies that have greatly accelerated the drug discovery and development process, resulting in significant savings of time and costs but without sacrificing quality.
Dr. Bhat has over 20 years’ experience in drug discovery and development and prior to founding Reviva, he held research positions at XenoPort, ARYx Therapeutics and Higuchi Biosciences Center in the United States. Dr. Bhat has received a global post-doctoral training at the University of Kansas, USA, the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany and the Université du Maine, France. In 1995, he was selected for the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, an internationally recognized award for young scientists to pursue advanced research in Germany. Dr. Bhat received his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the Central University (NEHU), India and has authored over 25 research papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Bhat is an inventor on over 100 granted patents.
Narayan is active at UCSF Medical School and the Berkeley Skydeck Fund working with early-stage life sciences, therapeutics and software ventures in partnership with UCSF and Berkeley researchers. Mr. Prabhu is a Veteran and served two tours of duty as a Captain and Company Commander in the U.S. Army. Narayan is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University at Bloomington – Kelley School of Business and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley – Haas School of Business.