Kamalesh Rao

Kamalesh Rao

Founder & CEO

Kamalesh has over twenty years of experience in drug discovery and development of pharmaceuticals and product approvals. He has directed the chemical development of over 10 new chemical entities and played a pivotal role in the chemical development of Probuphine®, the first ever implantable formulation to deliver long-lasting medication to treat people addicted to opioids, both approved by USFDA. Kamalesh has experience in the development of sustained release, long-acting injectable and long-acting solid and in situ gel implant dosage forms. He has BS in chemistry, BS in pharmaceutical technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and a MS from University of Oklahoma. He is an avid hiker, enjoys learning new languages, is a cooking and  is a certified yoga instructor. Kamalesh lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Vidya Hebbar

Dr. Vidya Hebbar

VP, Product Development

Dr. Vidya Hebbar has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma and is a Licensed Pharmacist. At Lifescient Vidya has used her experience as a pharmacist to research pet prescription practices, identify human medications that are prescribed to pets to treat chronic conditions, identify unmet and underserved needs in veterinary medicine, and lead the development of the next generation pet therapeutics. Vidya lives in Maryland with her twin sons and husband. She is an avid hiker and travels extensively around the world.

Dr. Heather Kvitko-White

Dr. Heather Kvitko-White

Chief Veterinarian

Dr. Heather Kvitko-White has been a practicing veterinarian since 2009. She is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist, an industry leader and national speaker. Dr. Kvitko-White is the founder of The Pragmatic Professor, a company focused on teaching veterinary practitioners, students and industry leaders a common sense approach to caring for animals. Heather teaches veterinarians a commonsense approach to improving patient outcomes while managing costs. Often helping to bridge the gaps between academia, industry and practice she provides expert leadership and project management for veterinary educational events and develops and delivers pragmatic medicine content at all industry levels.

Renee Sera

Renee Sera

Chief Administrative Officer

Renee Sera is the Chief Administrative Officer of Lifescient. Before joining the company, she started as a consultant and helped market the company and its products to the public. Renee is a small business entrepreneur, real estate developer and a founding investor.  She has experience in marketing, public outreach, and business development. She has special affection for birds and cats. She loves cooking and is a certified yoga instructor.

Dr. William Baker

Dr. William Baker

Scientific Advisor

Dr. William Baker, DVM, is the President of William J. Baker, LLC, where he provides consultative advice regarding the development of veterinary drugs. Bill has 23 years of experience in veterinary medicine research and development working in Pfizer Animal Health and Zoetis where he was the Regulatory Affairs lead on a number of animal health development programs leading to FDA registration, which includes Dectomax® antiparasitic for cattle and swine. As the head of Clinical Development, Bill’s team of over 100 scientists and veterinarians developed and registered numerous animal drugs and vaccines, most notably Apoquel® for the treatment of acute and chronic dermatitis in dogs. Bill has the practical veterinary experience and a pragmatic approach to veterinary drug development. He retired as a Vice-President in 2017 when he started his consulting business. Bill enjoys snow skiing, golf, and bicycling. He lives in Oro Valley, Arizona.