Vijay Chauhan

Vijay Chauhan has over 26 years business management experience; 18 years within Life Sciences (Medical Diagnostics, Renewable Energy – seed to fuel, Functional Foods/Consumer Nutrition) and 10 years in Management Consulting roles. Vijay has significant experience raising capital from Angel, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Strategic and governmental investors, developing investable business plans, forming strong management teams and driving companies towards successful exits.
Vijay Chauhan is startup CEO of multiple companies in the Life Sciences spaces. He is currently Founder and CEO of Arvegenix, a Renewable Fuel-Energy Crop startup, CEO of Traxxsson, a leading Cancer Diagnostic startup and Senior Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the BioGenerator, St. Louis region’s premier venture development organization for Life Science startups. As EIR at BioGenerator, Vijay has worked with over 22 startups, raising capital, developing investable business plans. As PA to Larta’s NIH and USDA programs, Vijay mentored NIH companies develop commercialization and capital raise plans and Ag startups that presented at 2013 Ag Innovation Showcase conference.
Prior to joining BioGenerator as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), Vijay was the founder and CEO of Healthcare Consulting. He worked with a microbial biotech company to implement a business turnaround plan, develop a business plan and raise capital. He also provided acquisition and valuation advice to a Private Equity firm acquiring a nutrition company with a patented enzyme system to improve protein synthesis and amino acid absorption.
2001 to 2011
Vijay started two companies in the functional foods/nutraceutical and ag-biotech space and raised over $6 million in capital from Angel/VC and Strategic investors. As CEO of Clinical Products/ExtendSnacks, Vijay built a profitable Diabetes and Obesity Nutrition Company. He developed a broad range of nutrition products in the diabetes category built around 17 patents and 6 clinical studies. The company achieved successful national US retail distribution across Drug, Mass, Food and Etailer channels and expanded into 15 countries by building country by country distributor network. Under a second brand, Vijay built a specialty weight management business and program in physician weight management market. The company implemented a highly successful direct distribution and mass retail distribution strategy in the US leveraging Social Media to build high engagement relationships with consumers, healthcare professionals and media.
1996 to 2000
Vijay worked at Monsanto in St. Louis, MO. As Vice President, General Manager, Nutrition and Consumer Sector, Vijay was responsible for Strategy and Business Development, Sales, Consumer and Health Care Professional Marketing, PR, Regulatory and Manufacturing of a new business unit with $40 million annual budget and 15 person commercial team. He co-led an 80 person R&D team. His team developed strategy and business plans to launch two breakthrough nutriceutical products with $400 million revenue potential, 75% gross margins and 25-35% operating margins. The team assessed over 40 technology licensing opportunities and 10 global nutriceutical acquisition targets and successfully completed 5 agreements. He co-led the effort to forge an alliance with global OTC/pharmaceutical, food companies and biotech venture capital syndicates securing term sheet for $65 million investment.

1988 to 1996
Vijay worked at two management consulting companies in the Boston area. As an Officer of Cap Gemini/Gemini Consulting, Vijay sold and implemented large-scale business turnaround and transformation projects resulting in sustainable change and bottom-line benefits for clients across multiple industries. He sold over $20 million and managed 50 consultants over 3 years.
Vijay has an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Madras) and a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Delaware.