Dr. Nezih Cereb and Dr. Soo Young Yang are the founders of Histogenetics, a laboratory which performs high resolution HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) typing. HLA is used to determine a tissue match between a patient and a healthy donor. For many suffering from a fatal blood disorder (like Leukemia, Thalassemia and other diseases) a bone marrow or a blood stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor is the only chance to survive. Histogenetics was working with some of the Indian hospitals to perform the HLA typing of such patients. Both of them were well aware of the shortage of HLA matched unrelated Indian donors and saw an urgent need of a donors registry in India. Raghu Rajagopal while working in the US had encountered a situation where a friend’s fiancee of Indian origin could not find a HLA match neither in the US registry nor in other international registries. So he assisted in conducting awareness campaigns amongst the Indian community to register them as potential blood stem cell donors. When he moved back to India he became aware of the fact that it was almost impossible to find an unrelated donor for patients of Indian origin.
The three of them came together to found a registry in India to meet the increasing demand for blood stem cell donors.
Today more than 385,000 potential donors across India are registered with DATRI. Out of these more than 475 patients found unrelated donors for a bone marrow/blood stem cell transplant and have been blessed with a second chance at life.
VISION & MISSION
We envision a society in which every patient in need of life saving blood stem cells, is provided with an opportunity to find a HLA matched, willing donor.
To create a registry of committed, voluntary, Tissue/HLA typed donors, who are well informed and are willing to donate, to a patient.
Co-Founder & CEO
Raghu is passionate about cancer-cure and was geared to address the challenges faced by people of Indian origin who were suffering from fatal blood disorders including Leukemia and Thalassemia. An engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani, Raghu has been very active in the entrepreneurial eco-system in the US and India.
Dr. Soo Young Yang,
Co-Founder & Director
Dr. Yang is the Chairman and the Founder of Histogenetics, a state-of-art laboratory which specialises in HLA Typing. With over 25 years of extensive research and experience in HLA genetics, Dr. Yang has contributed significantly to the field of human immunogenetics.
Dr. Nezih Cereb
Co-Founder & Chairperson
Dr. Cereb is the President and the Co-Founder of Histogenetics. Dr. Cereb is an expert in introducing and implementing the latest technology for HLA typing. He has a background in clinical medicine, particularly in bone marrow transplantation and in Basic and Applied Immunogenetics research.
We are registered with Government of India as a Section 8 organization and all monetary contributions towards DATRI are subject to 80G exemptions.