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Biten Kathrani



Biten Kathrani

Biten Kathrani

Head of R&D APAC, J&J Vision Care

Vistakon SIP

Why I'm a JPAL

I love mentoring innovations, but more importantly Innovators. When I see ambiguity and others say impossible, thats when I get kickin' and ready to take on the challenge.


Biten Kathrani is the Head of R&D for Asia Pacific for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. Based in Singapore, he represents APAC region in the Vision Care R&D Leadership team and is responsible for developing and leading R&D programs, partnerships and innovation in eye health in the APAC region. He is also responsible for leading for J&J Vision Care’s strategic Myopia Research Collaboration program with SNEC / Singapore Eye Research Institute. Biten has been in the healthcare / medical device industry for 25+ years leading R&D, Innovation and new ventures in APAC (China and India) and USA. He has led medtech R&D organizations in Asia Pacific for Johnson & Johnson (between 1999 to 2014), Boston Scientific (between 2014-2018) and a start-up (1994- 1999). He has been instrumental in setting up APAC R&D centers for J&J’s surgery businesses in India and China and Boston Scientific’s Global R&D Center in India. He has lead R&D programs and talent teams to deliver 15+ diverse medical devices and 50+ patents covering single use disposable devices, capital equipment & instruments and software & connected health platforms for Class III implantables. He has had the opportunity to work across 8+ disease states including General Surgery & Endoscopy, Orthopedic surgery, Diabetes, Interventional Cardiology, Neuromodulation, Nephrology and most recently Vision Care. He has been proponent of Clinical needs & Insights driven innovation and has been associated with the Stanford Biodesign program since 2009. He is also a member of the Founders Forum, a volunteer organization setup by Stanford Biodesign alumni to support medtech startups through their commercialization and scale up journey. Biten holds an MBA from the ivy league Wharton Business School, an M. Tech in Biomedical Engineering from IIT Mumbai; and he is a certified Patent Agent with the India Patent Office. He has launched more that 15 products and has several granted patents in this name.


Innovation can come anywhere and from anyone.

Fun fact:

While I have successfully launched >5 medical device R&D centers / startups, I've failed many more times than the no. of successes.