EVENT: An informal conversation with C. “Bala” Balagopal, healthcare entrepreneur

Former IAS officer and accomplished healthcare entrepreneur will engage students in a conversation on medical device design and the Indian context, hosted by the Tata Center for Technology and Design.


When: April 17th, 4pm
Where: Sloan School of Management, E62-276

The Tata Center and MIT communities are invited to participate in this unique, informal conversation with one of India’s most successful healthcare entrepreneurs and the author of On a Clear Day You Can See India.

About the speaker:

C. Balagopal recently retired from Terumo Penpol Ltd., the company he founded 28 years ago, which today operates the largest blood bag manufacturing facility in the world. TPL, now a part of Terumo Corp, Japan, dominates the market in India and is respected for the quality of its life saving products, which are sold in more than 50 countries across the globe. Bala will share his experiences building a modern medical device company in India.

A Gold Medalist in Economics from Madras University, he started his career as a government official in the Indian Administrative service, which he quit at the age of 32 to start his own venture. His experiences during this time in the North-East state of Manipur form the subject of his first book, On a Clear Day You Can See India.

He is currently Director of Enter Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and the Chairman of Mobilexion, a medical technology company. He was the first President of TiE Kerala and is a member of the Ethics Committee of Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Investment Promotion Board, Kerala and Technology Development Committee, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology.

Bala now divides his time between mentoring and investing in startup ventures, especially those engaged in healthcare, community development activities, and writing.

More about “Bala”

Photos courtesy of C. Balagopal.