Dr. Anita Goel of Nanobiosym is the SEEMA Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Renee Morad

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Years ago in rural Mississippi, a little girl in her own white coat often accompanied her dad at his job as the only surgeon in a 100-mile radius.

“By age 8, I believed I was a doctor, no less than an M.D.,” said Anita Goel, the founder of Nanobiosym Diagnostics, Inc., a research and incubation operation committed to creating breakthroughs in nanotechnology. Her father encouraged her to ask questions and figure out a diagnosis. By the time Goel reached Harvard Medical School, she felt she had “been there and done that.”

But Goel didn’t stop there. She earned a doctorate in physics as well. This dual scientific expertise led Goel to apply the same physics that answers big questions about the far reaches of the universe to developing a deeper understanding about life, living systems and medicine.

Her resulting success and expanding vision were recently recognized with the 2019 SEEMA South Asian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, an honor inaugurated by SEEMA founder Seema Kumar, and awarded December 7 at the annual gala of TiE Boston. During her acceptance remarks, Goel recalled how her family and Indian upbringing contributed to her views. In particular, how existence plays a role in a larger, holistic system, instilling in her a problem-solving style that looks at many different angles and facets in order to take a multidisciplinary, integrated approach that embraces connectedness.

For more than 15 years, Goel and her Nanobiosym team have been realizing this approach by using nanotechnology as a unified framework for physics and biomedicine. “By bringing these disciplines together, we can open up completely new frontiers, diagnostics and treatments,” Goel said. “I see the reality of today and a vision of how tomorrow could be, and I’m working on bridging the gap. We would like to see science and technology help billions of people on the planet, especially in rural villages that don’t have access to basic healthcare.”

Her company’s mobile diagnostic platform Gene-RADAR provides real-time access to patient-specific health information using just a sample of salvia or pinprick blood. Nanobiosym sees applications of Gene-RADAR as a quick-working tool for public health use to help stop the spread of future pandemics, like SARS or the avian flu, or for patient care to precisely diagnose infectious diseases like HIV, Ebola or Zika or early-stage illness like chronic inflammation or cancers.

Given her passion to help others, Goel encourages other aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and to drown out the noise of naysayers who might discourage them, a view very much in keeping with the SEEMA vision.

“What Seema created with the SEEMA Magazine and the SEEMA movement is a great encouragement in STEM and in many other ways for South Asians, by helping to inspire and set role models for the younger generation and integrating one’s heritage with one’s work and passions,” Goel said. “All of our journeys are shaped by those types of experiences, and to bring it all together creates a richness in the human experience and such an interesting canvas for people to see innovation and contribution for human society from all walks of life and cultures.”

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“What Seema created with the SEEMA magazine and the SEEMA movement is a great encouragement in STEM and in many other ways for South Asians, by helping to inspire and set role models for the younger generation and integrating one’s heritage with one’s work and passions,” Goel said. “All of our journeys are shaped by those types of experiences and to bring it all together creates a richness in the human experience and such an interesting canvas for people to see innovation and contribution for human society from all walks of life and cultures.”