Nandini Mendu

Nandini Mendu, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Evaluation, Focused Initiative Team

Department: Focused Initiative Team

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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.

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