Just before his return from the US, Raghu Rajagopal encountered a life-changing experience when one of his friends back in the US wanted him to help in finding a bone marrow donor for his fiancée who was suffering from Blood Cancer. Failing to find a match with the existing registries in the US, Raghu helped him conduct donor recruitment drives focusing on Indians residing in the US. That is when he discovered that India does not have a registry for blood stem cell donors. He saw the dire need for a Blood Stem Cell Donor Registry in the country as there were thousands of patients suffering from blood disorders who could be saved only if there was genetically (HLA) matched willing donors. It was not an easy start as Raghu did not have a medical background or support from the medical fraternity. It took a while for the idea of forming a registry in India to crystallize, mainly because of the costs involved in Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) typing. Collaborating with Dr. Nezih Cereb and Dr. Soo Young Yang, founders of Histogenetics, a laboratory that specializes in HLA typing, Raghu cofounded DATRI (a Sanskrit word that means donor) in 2009. It was extremely difficult to break the ice in the initial days. But patience, hard work, and perseverance paid off and in just 9 years DATRI turned into India’s largest blood stem cell donors registry with over 3,62, 000 registered volunteer donor.
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.