Gayathri Thankachi and Aardra Chandra Mouli
Kerala offers the ideal climate for young entrepreneurs who wish to form a start-up and thereby become job providers instead of job seekers. We are witnessing a trend of start-ups mushrooming, mostly in the IT sector. Now a different kind of start-up is making news because it is happening in the bio-technology field and that too started by two young girls.
Named Aeka Biochemicals, the venture based out of Trivandrum is founded by Ms. Aardra Chandra Mouli and Ms. Gayathri Thankachi. Both of them graduated in B.Tech Biotechnology from Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Trivandrum. Ms Aardra has also completed her Masters in Management from Warwick Business School. She has gained experience in Bio-medical marketing and innovation activities. Ms Gayathri Thankachi has experience in life science marketing and health care business development.
Aeka, the brain child of these two entrepreneurs is conceived as a bio-tech firm manufacturing high value biotech products. The firm specialises in biotechnology and biochemicals which is a novelty as far as start-ups in Kerala are concerned. To begin with, they are concentrating on production of high value low volume products. Products of Aeka will cater to firms in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and agricultural industry. They even give support in cancer research.
A team of researchers at Cashew Export Promotion Council Kollam is supporting Aeka for launching their first product.
Their first product will be launched by next month. Nidhin Sreekumar a classmate of Ardra and Gayathri is also part of the start-up crew as a senior scientist.
Aeka’s mission includes promotion of women entrepreneurship and also creation of a platform for young talents to do something in the field of biotechnology, biochemicals and life sciences. It is also determined to establish bio-tech and bio-chem manufacturing in Trivandrum. Aeka also hopes to work on bio-pesticides and products that will provide some solution to waste management.
The company sees itself as a national presence in 10 years and hopes to become a global player in 25 years.