Smitha started her career as a clinical research coordinator before moving onto pursue business development and strategy roles at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE). She was involved in establishing strategic initiatives and partnerships with local ministries, agencies, industry, clinical community and international players. She facilitated the establishment of the Singapore National Biofilm Consortium (SNBC) and also actively participated in the commercialization activities associated with biofilm and microbiome technologies. In parallel, she held the position of the lead administrator of a company limited by guarantee (CLG) associated with genomics.
Smitha holds a dual Masters degree (MSc-MBA) in Biotechnology and Business Administration from La Trobe University, Melbourne, and a Bachelors degree (Honours) in Biological Sciences from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She also completed the Lean Launchpad course by NTUitive Pte. Ltd. as part of a team from the Big Data Analytics group hosted at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the project has since been incorporated as a neurotechnology startup company. Additionally, she earned a nomination for NTU’s premier leadership excellence and advancement program LEAD1 that she successfully completed in 2022.