Global Conference 2010
Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President, GNC
Guru Ramanathan is Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President for General Nutrition Corp. (GNC), responsible for technology acquisition, alliance management, product development, clinical trials, scientific affairs and packaging development. Ramanathan's industry experience spans clinical care, pharma, consumer health and the retail sectors. Prior to GNC, Ramanathan was a senior director for Royal Numico's U.S. subsidiaries. Before that he was medical director for the U.S. subsidiary of Scotia Pharmaceuticals. He has also held various industry consulting, research and teaching appointments in India and the United States. Ramanathan is a clinician by discipline, specializing in cranio-facial growth and development. He has managed and conducted over 100 clinical studies and has conducted more than 30 international scientific presentations, industry-sponsored seminars and workshops. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and consumer magazines. Ramanathan holds an M.B.A. from Duke University′s Fuqua School of Business and a Ph.D. from Tufts University in healthcare innovation management.