Dr Kumar holds a PhD degree in Biotechnology from Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, a prestigious national laboratory affiliated to Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. Subsequently, he moved to University of Illinois at Chicago, where he worked on Leukemia. In the next stint as a Post Doc at Ohio State University, Columbus OHIO (USA) he worked on various cutting edge research projects related to chromatin remodeling, mitochondrial Phospholipase, its role in apoptosis and role of peroxides in inducing mitochondrial dysfunction in heart, liver and brain. He is the author on several internationally acclaimed peer reviewed papers. He holds a MBA degree from prestigious Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He also led a team from Ohio State University to contest International Entrepreneurship Challenge, 2008 organized by Materials Research Society.
After returning from US, he joined as a Vice- President of Life Science Incubator at IKP Knowledge Park, Hyderabad where he was involved in actively mentoring Incubatee companies, creating pipeline of entrepreneurs through innovative models of team building around the technologies, working with public R&D laboratories and Universities to create entrepreneurial models of commercialization. He brought many Government Grants and created a world class center for translational research in Life Sciences at IKP Knowledge Park. As the Director & Head of BBC his current focus is on Incubating Innovations is Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Biofuel/Bio-energy and Pharma/Healthcare. He is working closely with Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS), Department of IT, BT and S&T, Govt of Karnataka, to create a vibrant Life Sciences Innovation cluster in Bangalore.