The remarkable career of acclaimed scientist, inventor, and philanthropist, Dr. Geeta Kadambi has spanned two continents, and even outer space. After earning a biochemistry Ph.D. in India, Kadambi was awarded a coveted scholarship to do postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota.
A postdoctoral fellow in the neonatology division at Stanford soon followed, before Kadambi went on to win a pair of prestigious Space Act Awards for inventions as a Senior Technologist at Mountain View-based NASA Ames Research Center.
Kadambi subsequently worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and then established her own firm. She is the founder and principal of Riddhi IP (Riddhi is the Sanskrit definition for knowledge, good fortune, and prosperity).
Over the past several years, her boutique intellectual property company has won approximately 100 patents for some 70-plus clients in over half a dozen countries. Kadambi’s successful patent practice specializes in cutting-edge areas that include biopharmaceuticals, chemistry, and clean tech.
Kadambi is also a senior advisor at Palo Alto’s Venture Capital Roundtable, and her Riddhi IP provides advice to Silicon Valley startups. This woman of the world, fluent in four languages, clearly has a soft spot for the Bay Area and its spirit of entrepreneurship.
“Silicon Valley is a global magnet for people who aspire to be innovative,” Kadambi tells Gentry. “It is a wonderfully open ecosystem of like-minded individuals. Many of the local labs and incubators encourage small business to share space and provide important introductions to angel investors. Creative and out-of-the-box thinkers are inherently attracted to Northern California.”
However, Kadambi has never forgotten her homeland. She is actively involved in helping to provide eye care in India via the humanitarian organization Rotary International. “I joined Rotary having always been passionate about providing education, employment, and advancement opportunities to underprivileged people in rural areas worldwide,” she says. “Through the global grant process at Rotary, I have been able to raise over $90,000 towards conducting more than 1,500 free mobile surgical cataract operations in remote parts of the country. Working in tandem with Sankara Nethralaya of Chennai, a nonprofit missionary institution, our donated equipment has provided ophthalmic checkups for 10,000-plus patients.”
Kadambi has also been on the board of Leading Women in Technology, and is a valued mentor to young women who are considering making the STEM sector their vocation. The next generation of aspiring scientists, inventors, and innovators could not ask for a more inspirational role model.