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Posting date: 08/03/2022

Women CEO & founder series: Insights from life science leaders| Mini Suri – CEO at Velmeni

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In the second part of our Women CEO & founder series: Insights from life science leaders series our Senior Partner and VP, Claire Perry, speaks to another inspiring female leader, Mini Suri who is the CEO and Co-Founder of Velmeni. In their discussion, Claire and Mini talked about the importance of networking and how to prepare to become a CEO.

Mini’s rich experience and creative inspiration have led Velmeni to be at the forefront of AI healthcare through predictive and analytical artificial intelligence in dentistry.

Before founding Velmeni, Mini worked in various leadership positions across a diverse range of industries, including Chief Customer Officer at, Head of Intelligent Automation for Uber, and Senior Vice President at Citi. With an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School, she provides Velmeni with deep-tech strategy, financial skills, and hands-on operational management. A doer and problem-solver, Mini leads product development, raises capital, fosters a high-performance culture, and is building the most talented team in the industry.

As a Board Member at TiE Silicon Valley and throughout her career, Mini has brought big-picture thinking to foster technology entrepreneurship, youth engagement, and women’s leadership initiatives — including The Hunger Project to eradicate world hunger and establish women as a force for change-making. This includes establishing the first robotics and STEM education for girls.

Topics covered include:

  • How to overcome challenges as a woman in the workplace
  • The power of networking 
  • Gaining and highlighting IPO experience
  • Preparing to become a board member
  • Advice for first-time CEOs
  • Implementing women empowerment programs
  • Empowering the next generation

For more insights from life science leaders, see further episodes from our Women CEOs and Founder Series:

How to set up your life sciences business for a successful IPO with Bonnie Anderson, CEO of Veracyte