IIT Bhubaneswar

S. K. Dash Center Of Excellence Of Biosciences and Engineering & Technology (SKBET) Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar

Founder of SKBET

Dr. Sita Kantha Dash

Occupation: Innovator; Entrepreneur; Philanthropist

Born: Cuttack, Odisha, November 15, 1942

Education: 

Ph.D. (Nutrition & Biochemistry), South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota (USA) 1973.

MS (Nutrition), South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota (USA) 1970.

Career:

Chairman and Founder, UAS Laboratories, LLC. Wausau, WI (USA), April 2013-Present; President & Founder, DD Innovations, Inc., Edina, Minnesota (USA) January 2014 – Present; President , UAS Laboratories, Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) 1979- April 2013; President, APN Laboratories, Inc. Wisconsin (USA) 2010-2013; Director, Food and Drug, South Dakota, (USA) 1973- 81; Adjunct Professor, Dept of Health & Nutritional Sciences, South Dakota State University, 2011-Present; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Science, Minnesota State University, Minnesota (USA) 1991-1992; Vice President & Director, International Probiotics Association 2008-2011; Chairman, Kalinga HCO Foundation 2008- Present.

Career Related:

Director, Kalinga Hospital; Director, Hospital Corporation of Odisha; President, Odisha Society of Americas; Director, International Probiotics Association; Chairman, Hindu Society of Minnesota; Chairman, Kalinga HCO foundation; Director, India Association of Minnesota; Chairman, Dr. Dash Foundation.

Innovative Works:

Introduced acid-resistant, non-dairy probiotics in USA; Introduced quality control (CFU/g) standards for probiotics worldwide; expanded consumer awareness on probiotics in USA that has grown from 5% ten years ago to 85% now and helped increase probiotics market from 10 million dollars to 32 billion dollars today. Developed and marketed most stable and effective probiotic strains Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1 and other strain like Lactobacillus plantarum 2B. Innovator of clinically tested probiotic products – Probioplus DDS, DDS-Acidophilus, DDS-Plus, DDS-Junior and Cran-Gyn DDS. Inventor of “Method of preventing, Controlling and ameliorating Urinary tract infections and supporting digestive health by using synergistic Cranberry derivative, A D-Mannose composition and a proprietary probiotic blend with US Patent #12/889,450 (Pending).

Civic:

Established Dr. S. K. Dash Probiotic & Prebiotic Innovation Center for Excellence and Endowed Professorship at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, India and South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA 2014; Helped in establishing Non Resident Oriya Facilitation center (NROFC), Bhubaneswar, India; Helped in establishing Kalinga Hospital in Odisha ; Helped in setting up Fakir Mohan University in Odisha ; Helped in setting up Regional Blood Bank in Bhubaneswar; Helped in setting up four Odisha -America Resource centers in Odisha; Provide scholarships to students of Odisha State, South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines; Helped in setting up Urgent Care health center in Cuttack, India; Adopted a village, three orphanages, four high schools in Odisha, India. Set up a Polytechnic Institute for under privileged students in Odisha, India. Founding member and president, Odisha Society of Americas 1993-1995; Chairman, Hindu Society of Minnesota 1996-98; Sponsored areas- Literature & Education (Pratibha Ray, Monoj Das, Chandrasekhar Rath, Bibhuti Patnaik and others); Art and Music (Prafulla Kar, Sikander Alam, Pranab Patnaik, Akshaya Mohanty, Raghunath Panigrahi and others), Dance (Sanjukta Panigrahi, Kelucharan Mohapatra, Gangadhar Pradhan, Aruna Mohanty, Kavita Diwedi and others); Mount Everest climber, Former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam to Minneapolis and many others.

Awards and Honors:

Recipient “Distinguished Alumni Award”, South Dakota State University 2014; Recipient “2010 Probiotic Award”, Frost & Sullivan; Recipient “Minnesota Indo-American Association Achievement Award” 2009; Honored “Probiotic Prophet”, Healthy Living Consumer Magazine 2009; Honored “Minnesota State Senate” 2007; Recipient “Distinguished Non Resident Oriya” Government of Odisha (NROFC) 2006; Recipient “Prabasi Utkal Sanman”. “Outstanding man of the year” Odisha Society of Americas 2000; “Outstanding man of the year” Hindu Society of Minnesota 1998; Recipient “Distinguished Alumni Award”, Ch. R.N. Bidyapitha, Cuttack, India 2001; Recipient “Best of Eden Prairie Award”, U.S. Commerce Association 2009 – 2012; Recipient “Golden Arch Award”, NRI Institute for Innovation in Probiotics and medicine 1991; “Man of the year”, American Biographical Institute 1998; “Lion of the Year”, Capital Lions Club of Pierre, South Dakota 1977; Listed in who’s who in the world, who’s who in Midwest (USA) and National registry of Who’s who. Innovator and Entrepreneur nominee of America 1995.

Membership: 

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America; American Association for Advancement of Science; American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists; Institute of Food Technologists; Natural Product Association; American College of Advancement of Medicine; American Veterinary Medical Association; American Dairy Science Association; American Society of Animal Science; Council of Agricultural Science and Technology; South Dakota Academy of Science; New York Academy of Science; American College of Nutrition; The Collaborative Group; The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Minnesota Chapter; Academy of Nutrition and Dietietics, Minnesota Chapter; Edina Chamber of Commerce.

Family:

Son of Nila Kantha and Duti Dash; Married Kalpana Dash, June 18, 1967; Children: Raj Dash (Son) and Kelly (Daughter-in-Law); Dave Dash (Son) and Katie (Daughter-in-Law).

Address:

Home: 4925 Interlachen Court, Edina, MN 55436, USA

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