Sampath has over 22 years of drug discovery experience as a medicinal chemist and has held team leadership positions in several biotech, pharmaceutical companies. Most recently he served as an associate director of chemistry and project team leader at Protagonist Therapeutics. Prior to that he was a chemistry team lead at Novartis, served as an associate director at Arete Therapeutics, group leader at Miikana (acquired by Entramed) and as a research fellow at Vicuron Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer). Throughout his career he has successfully co-lead oncology, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, metabolic, and GI disease drug discovery programs from hit to IND nominations. Sampath obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.