Avesthagen Quality Agriculture Services Pvt. Ltd. “AQUAS” has been established in
year 2003 in the premises of ICRISAT at Hyderabad.
AQUAS’s main attempt is to give a ONE STOP SHOP model of total food,water & seed
testing requirements to Indian Food & Agri industry.
AQUAS signed up a MoU with ICRISAT to develop cutting edge technologies to keep
the world safe and healthy and incidentally it is one of the historic alliances between
CGIAR and a private company.
AQUAS started its business operations with a small team of three members headed by a
prominent personality in Indian Biotechnology sector -Dr. Villoo Morawala Patell ,
founder & CEO of Avesthagen.
As Dr. Villoo Patell says , “Give clients more than just reliable analytical results, give
them practical solutions to their problems.”
And so, AQUAS’s capabilities and manpower is expanding day by day in a very steady
and successful manner to tackle with the real world challenges in Food & Agri industry
To become India’s premier integrated food, water and seed purity testing platform
Why AQUAS ?
• Customized programs to meet your unique needs.
• Fully equipped laboratory,trained & certified personnel
• We will maintain an uncompromising commitment to quality and client service
by providing accurate results,delivered on time,as per customers requirements
• The most rigorous and internationally accepted techniques are employed for the
• Responsive services and competitive prices
• Comprehensive services – Analytical, consulting & research services to protect
your company’s assets so you can rest assured.
Dr.Villoo Morawala Patell
Founder & CEO
Dr. Villoo Patell was awarded a Ph.D. in 1993 in Plant molecular Biology from the
University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, and did her post-doctoral tenure from the
University of Ghent, Belgium. She has received several prestigious grants from
Institutions such as The Rockefeller Foundation, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of
Advanced Re- search and DFID (UK).
She founded Avestha Gengraine Technologies in April 1998 after spending four years as
a visiting scientist at the National Center for Biological Sciences, TIFR. She is also Prof.
Emeritus, University of Agricultural Sciences and a key member of the task force and
vision group for biotechnology instituted by the government of Karnataka.
Mr. Koen Wentink
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Mr. Koen Wentink is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Avesthagen since September
2000. He Completed his Master of Science Degree in Agriculture ( Crop Science) at
Wageningen Agricultural University. The Netherlands with Majors in Plant Breeding,
Crop Modelling and Business Administration.
He has immense experience in productivity improvement and management control in
Europe and Asia in diverse businesses. Here at Avesthagen he is a member of the
management team and responsible for ensuring that contracts secured are deliverable in
terms of capacity, consumables, quality and time. He is also responsible for overall
control and follow up on the Financial, Legal & Administrative functions of the
Mr. Manan Bhatt
Vice President-Business Development
He is Vice President - Business Development at AQUAS since July 2003. He has 20
years’ rich experience in business development of Indo-European trade,finance and
investments acquired by working with international organizations such as IRI and ENI
groups of Italy and BNP of France having multidisciplinary activities mainly in the area
of agriculture,power,petrochemical,finance and aviation.
Between 1994 and 1997 he was selected and nominated by the Ministry of Industry,Govt
of India to work with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation as the
Representative of India in France,at the UNIDO office in Paris for the promotion of Indo-
French business partnerships.
He attended an Intensive Management Training Programme on International Economic
Relations at the prestigious “Centre des Hautes Etudes sur l’Afrique et L’Asie Moderne”
(CHEAM) in Paris,(1995-96)
Ms Shweta Singh
Associate Business Development
Ms Shweta Singh is the Associate Business Development at AQUAS since July 2003.
She has worked as Executive Business Development (GMO Testing) in Avesthagen,
Bangalore from May 2002 to June 2003.
She is an MBA from Indian Institute of Modern Management, Pune (batch 2000-02) with
specialization in Marketing & Brand Management and did her BSc. Honors Botany from
She did her Internship with Syngenta India Ltd in 2001 and also worked with Monsanto
India ltd as a Trainee on the project "Perception & Attitude of the farmers of North India
towards Monsanto's Bt Cotton“.
At AQUAS, she is responsible for the business development & brand building activities
of AQUAS's food, water and seed purity testing services.
Dr. Praveen Kumar
Scientist – Food& Water & Seed testing
GMO Testing (link)
Pesticide Residue Testing
• AQUAS GMO testing services –Intro.
• AQUAS GMO Testing – Price card
ICRISAT and AQUAS
• AQUAS signed up an MoU with TIC “Technology Innovation center” ,ICRISAT
to develop cutting edge technologies in the Food, Water & Seed testing sectors.
• An unique alliance - For the first time in history CGIAR institute collaborated
with a private company for developing technologies.
• Know more about ICRISAT
Genetic ID and AQUAS
• Genetic–ID, the global leader in GMO identification has entered into a Global
Laboratory alliance with Avesthagen Quality Agriculture Services - "AQUAS".
• "AQUAS" will now be able to provide the agriculture and food-processing
industry with internationally accepted GMO Testing services.
• Know More about Genetic-ID
AQUAS is looking for very dynamic and result– oriented people in the following
1.Position : Group Leaders / Heads
Qualification :PhD in Molecular biology/Genetics
Experience: 3-4 years of experience in Food water and seed purity testing
2. Position : Junior & Senior Research Fellows
Qualification:Msc in Molecular biology/Genetics Experience:1-2 years of experience
in Food Water & Seed purity Testing
3.Position:Business Development Executives
Qualification:Graduation,preferrrably BSc Life science
Experience:1-2 years of front line sales experience in FMCG/ service industry
4. Position:Office Assistant / Office secretary
Qualification:Higher Secondary/Secretarial diploma
Experience:1-2 years of experience
Press & News
Please make a link of all the recent news clipping about AQUAS.
Bio Tec International-2003, Hyderabad organised by CIDEX
CFTRI IFCON 2003
AQUAS’s Customer Service
• We, at "AQUAS" are fully dedicated to Customer Service
• AQUAS offers a complete range of services to protect your brand,company and
• Recommends the right test for your product to get the right results.
• Gives advice to develop economic sampling plans
• Work with the leading food and water service chains & retailers to measure
quality in every way Review methods to provide the greatest specificity and
sensitivity to your product.
• Interprets your results for reports to help you understand the possible
• Our marketing department and client interface are focused on primarily assessing
the needs of the client and then delivering the results and technical advice in a
timely manner, in a format useful to the client
For further information, or to place an order: -
Please contact us at
Avesthagen Quality Agriculture Services Pvt. Ltd.(AQUAS)
C/o ICRISAT , Building No. 309
Patancheru – 502 324
Phone No. 08455-243069/204438/243067
Fax: 08455 – 243067
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