Inventor, Entrepreneur, and an accomplished medical device executive. Founder of start-ups of ground-breaking medical devices. Avid mountaineer and marathoner.
Dr. Ashok Khandkar is currently the CEO of two companies: Xenocor, Inc. that has launched the world’s first disposable HD laparoscope and second company Elute, Inc. that is developing the world’s first bone void filler with controlled and sustained release of therapeutics.
Dr. Ashok says, “I believe that we each have unique talent and ability: we therefore should harness that to make the world a better place. For me that comes in the form of  being an optimist and envisioning a better world,  being creative and thinking of solutions that might make the world better, and  having the discipline to bring the solution to reality. This may require collaboration with others”.
1985-1999 - VP Technology Ceramatec, Inc.
2000-2009 - Founder, President & CEO of Amedica Corporation
2006-2009 - Chair, State Advisory Council on Science & Technology
2010-2014 - Founder, CEO and CTO, Bloxr
2015- till date - CEO of Xenocor Inc.
2016- till date - CEO of Elute, Inc.
· Started and led an alternate energy technology joint venture with McDermott, a Fortune 500 entity that was eventually sold to Rolls Royce.
· Founded medical device company with world-first ceramic spinal devices that have enjoyed over $170 Million in sales in the US and Europe.
· Developed the world’s first X-ray attenuating cream for protecting interventional physicians from overexposure to X-rays.
· Currently leading two ventures – one that has launched the world’s first disposable HD laparoscope and the other that is developing the world’s first bone void filler with controlled and sustained release of therapeutics.
· Has over 35 US and International patents.
· Won the Tibbetts Award for commercializing ceramic orthopedic devices with National Institutes of Health grants, in 2006.
· Won the Utah Governor’s Science & Technology Medal in 2010 for successfully pioneering a new class of biomaterials for orthopedics and growing a venture-backed high-tech industry.
· Won the HAP Paul Award of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty in 2007 for silicon nitride-based hip implants.
· An Adjunct Professor in the Mat. Science and Eng. Dept., and Metallurgy Dept. at the U of Utah.
· Chair, State Advisory Council on Science & Technology