Dr. Atul Varadhachary has served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Jones School since 2003.
Atul is President & Chief Operating Officer of Agennix, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company based in Houston. Agennix’s lead molecule, talactoferrin alfa, is a novel anti-cancer agent in Phase III development for the treatment of patients with lung cancer. Agennix is also in Phase II development with talactoferrin for other cancer indications, for patients with severe sepsis, and in wound healing.
Before joining Agennix as Executive Vice President in May 2001, Atul was a Senior Engagement Manager in the Houston office of McKinsey & Co., serving in their Houston office since 1994. He co-founded and ran Pratham Health (now the Niramaya Health Foundation), a preventive health program reaching 65,000 poor pre-school children in India, while on a leave of absence from McKinsey. Atul was a founding director of Pratham USA, and currently serves on the Pratham Houston and the Niramaya Boards and as President of Pratham USA.
Atul served as the President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) from 2007 to 2009, and continues to serve on its board. He also serves on the Life Sciences Advisory Committees of the Houston Technology Center and of the University of Houston. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Jones School, Atul is an Adjunct Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Atul also serves on the Board of Managers of the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD). Harris County, the third most populous county in the U.S., includes the city of Houston. The HCHD’s three hospitals, 12 Community Health Centers, a dental center, 13 homeless shelter clinics and four mobile health clinics provides a broad range of health, nutrition, health education and social services to approximately a million under-insured and uninsured people living in Harris County.
Atul received his M.D. from the University of Bombay. He earned a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Biological Chemistry, also at Johns Hopkins.
Atul’s wife Gauri is a Medical Oncologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Their daughters Tanvi and Riya are 11 and 7 years old.