Program Director, Duke Institute for Health Innovations (DIHI)
Director of Strategy and Innovation, Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Mr. Balu works closely with Duke Health leadership to develop innovation frameworks and approaches across healthcare delivery, education, and research. His responsibilities include strategic evaluation of opportunities; developing competitive landscape for healthcare and research initiatives; complex strategic, operational and financial analyses and recommendations for Duke Health leadership; and corporate development for global and U.S.-based collaborations as they relate to an innovation platform.
His experience prior to joining Duke spans academia, management consulting, venture capital, and private equity. As a corporate and competitive strategy consultant, Mr. Balu worked with leading life sciences and technology firms to develop strategies for innovation, revenue generation, organizational restructuring and product portfolio planning. His PE/VC experiences include product and technology due diligence, deal structuring and portfolio company management. As an entrepreneur, he was responsible for program management and market and product strategy at a venture-funded firm that focused on visualization and diagnostic products. Mr. Balu has operational and business development experience in over fourteen countries in Asia and Europe and is an inventor named on 15 patents.
Mr. Balu holds MS (Computer Science) and MBA (Corporate Finance) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in Informatics and bachelor’s degree in Engineering from BITS-Pilani, India.