Our Team

We are innovators helping other innovators. Chiasma means "cross-pollination" and our tag-line of "Innovation from the Near Future" is more than just a slogan — we really believe that the innovation savvy, entrepreneurial background, and scale-building prowess of our team is a unique combination that few, if any other, firms can offer. We would be honored to share our experience as you think about building value from your inventions and business models.

Our Team

Raj Malhotra
CEO and Founder of Group Chiasma

Michael Payne

Dilip Deshmukh

Stephen Saia

Steve Vozella


Charles Cella

Charles Cella co-founded GTC and is a recognized thought leader and leading practitioner in the patent and licensing fields. He provides patent strategy, licensing and technology-transaction services to a broad range of clients, from industry leading software companies to single-inventor startups. Prior to GTC, Charles founded and was CEO of BountyQuest, an Internet marketplace for information relevant to the strength, validity or applicability of patents and for which he recruited investments from Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly, among others. Previously, Charles was the first patent attorney at Foley Hoag LLP, where he grew the practice to twenty-five people and advised high-tech and biotech firms of all sizes on building IP portfolios and negotiating technology transactions. Charles holds an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Jack Derby

Douglas Dayton

Douglas developed the original apple mouse, the first commercial mouse in the world, with three other engineers at Hovey / Kelley Design, progenitor of IDEO, in Palo Alto, California.  After that he worked with Wang Laboratories, founded the advanced product development laboratory, reporting to the head of R & D during the heyday of Wang's explosive growth in the early 80's. Douglas managed research and innovation programs for nine years with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, human factors researchers and software scientists.  He then founded the first remote location for IDEO in 1990 and managed the location P & L for fourteen years, growing the location to 50 people and over $7 million in annual revenue. Developed a client base for the location comprised of many companies from the Fortune 100 but including startups from the dynamic venture environment around Boston. The office provided innovation services to a wide range of industries including healthcare / medical, consumer goods, retail, transportation and telecommunications  The business model sought to create a large portfolio of innovative products that would be developed and merchandised through a network of strategic channel partners. the company invented more than 50 different products and filed more than 200 individual patents in the target markets of sustainability, longevity, mass customization and consumer tools and devices to make household chores more fun.  Doglas has an MS from Stanford University, a BS in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, and is a named inventor for 250 patents.

Russell Franks

Russell brings a successful track record of leadership with both start-ups and established companies. Prior experience includes acting as Senior Vice President of Spryance Inc., a leading India-based supplier of medical transcription services to US and European clients, and senior management roles with Lycos and Viatel, both publicly traded technology-enabled service businesses. Russell has also been a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and a venture capitalist with NatWest County Ventures. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Law from Oxford University.

Wayne Gore

Wayne brings over 20 years of experience in leading global organizations and re-defining corporate business models. Previously, Wayne held leadership roles in global consulting organizations (Corporate Executive Board | McKinsey & Co.) and venture capital. He also led professional services businesses serving senior Global 2000 clients in areas of strategy, performance, and technology in addition to experience in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and corporate law at Debevoise and Plimpton. Wayne received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and graduate from Columbia University Schools of Law and Business.

Anil Harish

Anil is a sought after counselor to major multinational companies in India and Asia.  He specializes in corporate transactions and is a recognized authority on international taxation, joint ventures and collaboration.  He serves on the boards of several multinational companies and is a Partner at DM Harish, a leading Mumbai, India based law firm.

Sara Olsen

Sara is the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition, author with SocialEdge, and a globally recognized public speaker. With SVT Consulting she has designed systems that today reveal the impact of over $9Bn in over 23 countries. These systems recognize the cross cutting relationships between impact and financial performance in industries including clean technology, housing, public health, the arts, agriculture, social media, and finance. Sara attended Dartmouth College for her undergraduate work and received an MBA and MASW degrees from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Sara considers her most valuable education, however, to come from teaching public high school in Mississippi and helping start a social enterprise at Shorebank Corporation in inner-city Chicago.

Rajen Shah

Rajen is an accomplished technology architect and has an exceptional record of achievement building operating systems, server systems, and application infrastructure. He was most recently CTO at Spryance where he was also an investor. Prior experience includes senior product management at Microsoft and senior technical design roles at high growth CRM companies Scopus (sold to Siebel) and Octane (Sold to E,piphany). Rajen has a Masters in Computer Science from Oregon State and a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK.

Rajiv Shetye

Rajiv Shetye is among India's top software development and business process quality leaders.  He was among the first SEI CMM Level 5 software quality assessors in India. Rajiv's career has spanned a range of software and quality management roles ranging from Executive Director of Spryance (a rapidly growing business process outsourcing company where he served on the Founding Team) to Citibank (where he led the Company's software data center expansion in India).  Rajiv has a B.Tech from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering.

Jayne Thorpe

Jayne advises Group Chiasma on financial and business models. As part of Ineum Consulting in London, UK, she routinely works with CFOs of multinational organizations, Private Equity firms and Public Sector clients on strategic business opportunities, especially in relation to transactions. Jayne is also the Financial Director of Kind Consumer, a new, innovative and socially conscious Consumer Healthcare business. She previously worked in Business Consulting, Business Modelling and Audit with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and with KPMG. Jayne is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has an MBA from Oxford University.

Makarand Joshi

Makarand Joshi has actively consulted in the Energy sector for utilities, non-profit and international governmental organizations, and early stage startups on a range of topics including Energy Efficiency, Distribution Automation, Grid Modernization and Cybersecurity. Previously, he has held various technology leadership roles for over 18 yrs within the startups and large companies in the Semiconductor industry. Makarand is also a Clean Energy Fellow with the New England Clean Energy Council and holds leadership positions in the energy clusters within TiE-Boston and Mass TLC. Mak has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Suren Rasaily

Suren is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in building and leading successful service-based businesses in Asia.

Prior to joining Group Chiasma, Suren worked for 18 years with NIIT, the Software & Training major from India. His last role in NIIT was Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development & Strategic Planning for the NIIT group covering software services, BPO and the learning businesses of NIIT.

As the SBU Head of the Worldwide Education & Training Business of NIIT, Suren was responsible for taking NIIT's Learning Solutions to over 30 countries in the World, including China, USA, and countries in Asia-pacific, Middle East, Africa and South America