Professor Raj Hirwani received his post-graduate degree in Chemical Technology from Bombay University followed by MBA in Marketing Management and Ph.D in R&D Management from IIT, Mumbai. He is Fulbright Scholar and was recipient of prestigious Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in Technology Management. He has more than 30 years of techno-commercial experience in research. He was head of Research Planning and Business Development division at National Chemical Laboratory and presently heads Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP) at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which is India's premier civilian research establishment. URDIP provides value added information services to a wide variety of clients in public and private sector. He has been playing an important role in spreading awareness, providing education and promoting research and practice of Patinformatics within India. He was responsible for organizing India's First Conference on Patinformatics during December 2009.