Sandeep Patel

DRIVe Director



Sandeep currently serves as the Director of BARDA’s new Division of Research, Ventures, and Innovation (DRIVe), where he is overseeing a diverse portfolio of health security innovation. Previously he served as Open Innovation Manager in Office of the Chief Technology Officer within the Immediate Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In this role he focused on advancing innovative policy and funding solutions to complex, long-standing problems in health. He co-founded and led a new $35M+ public-private partnership KidneyX focused on advancing development and lowering commercialization risk of breakthrough therapies for kidney disease, notably an implantable artificial kidney to displace dialysis. He spearheaded the Administration’s Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative, which is reforming the nation’s organ transplant system, getting more patients off of dialysis, and incentivizing a focus to prevent kidney failure. He also built a $50M program scaling the use of incentive prizes and crowdsourcing as 21st century problem-solving tools across the family of HHS agencies and its 70,000 employees.

Sandeep is a nanotechnologist by training and has built his career around understanding and guiding scientific and technological insights to building products and services that ultimately improve lives on a global scale. Previously he has served in a number of science policy roles, including as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and as a scientific consultant for Thomson Reuters. He is the recipient of the American Society of Nephrology’s President’s Medal, honoring those who have transformed kidney care, for which he was also awarded a Secretary’s Distinguished Service award. He founded a company in Uganda focused on rapid design and development of novel products for agriculture and health using portable 3D printing services. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.




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DRIVe (Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures) was established by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).