Meet the Instructor
Rana K. Gupta has spent the last 16 years investing in and developing novel technologies. His passion for entrepreneurship is concentrated in entrepreneurial finance and technology development.
Mr. Gupta is the Director, Faculty Entrepreneurship at Boston University, responsible for fostering entrepreneurship among all BU faculty. In this role, Mr. Gupta is working with faculty to help them formulate plans to match their technology commercialization and entrepreneurial objectives.
Mr. Gupta is also responsible for Strategy, Finance and Business development at Felsuma LLC, a technology and product development company commercializing a new adhesive technology, GECKSKIN®, that Mr. Gupta spun out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Geckskin is a platform technology, able repeatedly to Grip & Peel™ multiple surfaces. Felsuma is working with corporate partners to pull GECKSKIN into multiple markets.
Previously, Mr. Gupta was CEO of HistoRx, a cancer diagnostics company and Yale University spinout. He ran HistoRx for six years until selling the company to Novartis AG in September 2012. Previous to HistoRx, Mr. Gupta was Managing Director at Navigator Technology Ventures (NTV). NTV was an early stage technology venture capital firm spun out of Draper Laboratory, based in Cambridge, MA. NTV’s investments were in multiple industry sectors including materials, software, medical devices and media. Half of NTV’s investments were laboratory or university spinouts. Concurrently, for the last twelve years, Mr. Gupta has been teaching in the Boston University Questrom School of Business entrepreneurship program in the areas of entrepreneurial finance, strategy, innovation and technology development.
Additional experience includes other startup and entrepreneurial initiatives, Zeneca Pharmaceuticals in Beijing, China, and Arthur D Little (consultancy) in their Cambridge, US and Bangalore, India offices.
Mr. Gupta holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University's Stern School of Business, an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a BA in Mathematics from Earlham College.