Company: Perfect Day
Job title: Chief Technology Officer
Sunil Sukumaran serves as Chief Technology Officer at Perfect Day, a global biomanufacturing company on a mission to create a kinder, greener tomorrow by developing new ways to make the foods you love today — starting in the dairy aisle. In his role, he leads a global team of scientists, engineers, and researchers on the development and innovation of Perfect Day’s technology.
Sunil brings nearly two decades of expertise in using razor-sharp focus to make simple, yet impactful moves at the right time with the appropriate resources to bring about positive change. He has driven research and development breakthroughs by identifying the strengths of his team, deploying the best-in-class tools, and putting in place procedures to allow for efficiency and collaboration.
Sunil joined Perfect Day as the Head of Operations and Vice President of R&D, before being promoted to Chief Technology Officer. He was previously with Anthem Biosciences, where he served as the Head of R&D for a decade, responsible for leading the biology team to some of the most diverse and significant product developments in the company’s history. Through his mentorship of a team of talented innovators, during his time at Anthem Biosciences several processes were transitioned from the lab into the vessel, at scales of tens of thousands of liters. Prior to Anthem Biosciences, he served as a Research Associate at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology.
Sunil’s ability and dedication to bringing scientific rigor to the creative process of discovery allows companies to create new categories at an unprecedented pace. He sees the visionary goals of saving the planet and impacting lives not just today, but forever, as the motivation behind each scientific and technological discovery.
Sunil earned his PhD in biotechnology from Anna University and the University of Leicester and completed his post-doctoral training in microbial pathogenesis at the University of Southern California. He is passionate about the future of animal-free dairy and, with the rest of the Executive Leadership Team, is driving Perfect Day to its vision of building a more equitable, resilient, and diverse food system for all of us.
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