Ganesh Gopal


Ganesh is an entrepreneur and a seasoned professional in the pharmaceutical/CRO service industry with 15+ years of experience in clinical data management and biostatistics.

Ganesh founded Ephicacy corporation based out of New Jersey in 2005 over a period of the last 9 years has nurtured Ephicacy corporation into a global enterprise having offices in US, Europe and India.

Prior to setting up Ephicacy, Ganesh has been a consultant for major pharmaceutical companies such as Parke-Davis, G.D. Searle, Human Genome Sciences, Biogen, Sanofi-Aventis and Amgen.

Ganesh holds a Engineering degree in Computer Science from India & a Masters in Computer Science, Detroit, USA.

Pratap Malik


Dr. Malik is a serial entrepreneur, thought leader and strategist. Prior to joining Ephicacy’s Board of Directors, Dr. Malik was the Vice President, Business Development at Phase Forward (now Oracle) where he led global sales and marketing for the Waban Software Group product lines and was responsible for spearheading multimillion dollar deals with several pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

As co-founder of Waban Software Dr. Malik pioneered and led the conceptualization and successful commercialization of “Statistical Computing Environment” and “Clinical Data Repository” for control and management of data and analyses in the FDA regulated drug development industry. Dr. Malik is also cofounder of Sycamore Informatics and currently heads the business strategy at Sycamore Informatics.

Dr. Malik received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has held academic positions at Harvard University and at the University of Cambridge.

Hari Iyer

Hari Iyer

Managing Director - India

Hari is a growth driver and an innovative Marketing and HR leader with over thirty-five years of experience in various industries. He has designed and grown organizations from scratch, created sustainable organizations through establishment of systems and processes and has built leaders responsible for sustained growth of organizations.

Hari has worked across industries in various companies which includes BHEL, Gujarat Gas Company and Sasken Technologies, in the areas of Strategic planning, Marketing, Quality, HR, IT and Administration.

Hari is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from M. S. University, Baroda. He is alumnus of IIM, Bengaluru and a fellow of XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Venkat Rajagopal

Practice Head, Commercial Analytics

Venkat currently holds the position of Practice Head, Commercial Analytics at Ephicacy. Venkat is a highly experienced professional with 18 years of diverse experience in the pharma & biotech industry ranging from being a scientist to marketer and business development. He has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Chicago Booth. Prior to joining Ephicacy, he was the Director of Business Development at ZoomRx, an innovative healthcare market research Company. He was responsible for initiating and building strong relationships with clients with the goal of expanding ZoomRx’s footprint with healthcare and biotech Companies globally. Venkat has also held senior manager level positions at Abbott Laboratories and deCode Chemistry & Biostructures.

Syamala Schoemperlen

Syamala Schoemperlen

Global Head of Statistical Programming

Syamala is a highly-skilled professional with 28 years of experience in the Pharma and Biotech industry ranging from being a statistician, statistical programmer to global head of programming. A very effective, results-oriented statistical programming leader with a unique mix of technical, business, and leadership expertise. A successful and committed leader, directing the Statistical Programming organizations in establishing goals, employee recruitment, retention, and development through training, coaching, and mentoring. Reputation for handling escalation, building strong, profitable relationships, creating best in industry programming groups globally, and providing strategic and operational direction.

Prior to joining Ephicacy, Syamala has been a programming leader for major pharmaceutical companies and CROs such as Novartis, Alcon, ICON, and Covance.

Syamala holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics and a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Statistics.