Dr. Sridaran Natesan is the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Science Relations (North America) and a senior member of the Science Strategy, External Innovation and Science Policy group at Sanofi. Prior to taking this role in 2009, he served as the Scientific Site Head of Sanofi-Aventis in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2005-2009, he served as the Senior Distinguished Scientist and co-led the stem cell initiative at Sanofi-aventis. Dr. Natesan has 20 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry experience and during this time was leading multiple scientific teams focused on drug discovery and held several senior management roles. Dr. Natesan is responsible for setting up major partnerships with major academic and medical institutions, biotechnology companies and disease foundations. Dr. Natesan received his Ph.D degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Calgary and pursued his post-doctoral work at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York. Dr. Natesan serves on several committees and boards including the Industry Committee of International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), Mass BioEd and U Mass Center for Clinical & Translational Science.