Nandini Mendu, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Evaluation, Focused Initiative Team
As senior director of evaluation on the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's Focused Initiative Team since March 2016. In this role, she supports the growth of the ag ecosystem including technology-based economic development of the ag crop and animal sector.
Nandini joined NCBiotech in March 2026 with strong experience in R&D leadership, including senior roles at Embrex, Pfizer and Zoetis. Her background also includes launching innovation programs, obtaining non-dilutive and cost-sharing funding, technology and IP assessment, business development and alliance management. Additionally, she has been a consultant at Blue Pine Consulting, LLC where she advised small and mid-sized companies on research planning, business plan development and strategy.
Nandini holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in plant biology from the University of Delhi, India, and a Ph.D. in genetics, from the University of Minnesota.