Amita Shukla is an innovator and entrepreneur focused on creating transformative innovations for human health, well-being, and potential. She is the founder and CEO of Vitamita and the author of Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change. Previously, she spent close to nine years at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the world’s largest and most active venture capital firms with about $17 billion in committed capital, where she evaluated and invested in cutting edge healthcare innovations and worked closely with scientists, physicians, and entrepreneurs to build pioneering companies. Earlier, she was the vice president of AmiKa Corp., a biomedical technology company where she developed and commercialized novel research tools–for which she holds 10 issued patents–until its acquisition by Harvard Bioscience. Previously, she founded two startups and was a healthcare analyst at Merrill Lynch. She has written about innovation for publications such as the MIT Technology Review.
Amita regularly mentors startups, advises organizations, and speaks to audiences of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in industry, academia, and government. In 2010, she was Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s youngest appointee to the board of the Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), a national leader in seed/early-stage investing. She was reappointed by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. Amita previously served on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Science and Technology Development and as a Mentor in Residence at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures to help the institution’s researchers and physicians realize the potential of their groundbreaking discoveries. Amita currently serves on the board of Bethesda Green, as a founding board member of the Global Liver Institute, and on the Life Science Council at Springboard. She holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard, where she was a senior editor at the Harvard Crimson, and an MBA from Stanford, where she led a team that won the university-wide annual business plan competition for a novel cardiovascular device.
Amita is certified as a yoga teacher, and her passion for human health traces back to high school, where she received first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on an Indian medicinal plant for preventing gum disease.
Selected Additional Positions
– Pharmapreneur in Residence, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: Learn more here (2017-present)
– President, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter (2015-present)
– MedStar Institute for Innovation Meditation Resource Advisory Group Member (2016-present)
– Fish & Richardson FISHstep Review Committee Member (2015-present)
– AccelerateDC Mentor (2015-2017)
– Montgomery County, Maryland: Bioscience Task Force Member (2008-09)
– TiE DC: Board of Directors (2008) Charter Member (2007-08)
Selected Writings & Publications
“Why Mastering Your Mind is the Secret to Success” Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
“Great Minds Think Alike—And We Can Learn to Think Like Them”
“How to Transform Innovation into Impact” HIMSS News
“Can Innovation Be Taught? The Power of Cultivating the Innovator’s Mindset” HIMSS News
“Back to Nature: Biomimicry finds engineering solutions in the natural world” MIT Technology Review
Bylines at The Harvard Crimson