Amarpreet Sawhney

Amarpreet Sawhney

B.S.E.E 1989, M.S.E.C.E. 1991
Chief Executive Officer, I-Therapeutix, Inc.

Amarpreet Sawhney is the founder, president and chief executive officer of I-Therapeutix, Inc., a company focused on solving unmet needs in ophthalmic surgical wound closure and drug delivery.  Prior to founding I-Therapeutix, Sawhney founded two successful biosurgical companies; Confluent Surgical, a medical device company that is pioneering the development of in-situ polymerized biomaterials, which was acquired by Tyco Healthcare in 2006; and Focal, Inc., a medical sealant maker which was acquired by Genzyme Corporation in 2001. 

Dr. Sawhneys innovations are the subject of almost 100 issued and pending patents in biomaterials and bio-surgery.  His inventions include several first-of-a-kind surgical sealants to be approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration; one of them, DuraSeal, was recognized by the Federal Drug Administration as one of the most significant medical device approvals of 2005. 

Sawhney and Confluent have been recognized by several awards including the MassMedic Best Startup Company Award in 2005, Frost and Sullivan Product Innovation Award, MIT Global Indus Technovators Award, and the New England Regional Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Sawhney has also created a platform to support other entrepreneurs.  He and his partner, Fred Khosravi, have founded Incept LLC, whose vision is to serve as an enabler of healthcare entrepreneurs.  Incept counts among its companies: Embolic Protection, Inc. which was acquired by Boston Scientific in 2001; Access Closure, Inc. and Square One Inc. both based in California; Bridgewater, NJ-based MarketRx Inc., recently named best private company in New Jersey; and I-Therapeutix, based in Waltham, Massachusetts. 

Among his numerous business achievements, Sawhney finds time to volunteer and share his vast knowledge of building successful companies with other entrepreneurial organizations such as TiE Boston, MassMedic, and the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year program.  He is also a Friend of Alec in the College of Engineering.

In addition to his masters and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Sawhney earned a B. Tech. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.  He is married to Deepika Sawhney, has two children, Anhad, 4, and Pria, 2, and resides in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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