Our team at Baiya shares the same values and are driven by resilience, collaboration, and agility.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Suthira Taychakhoonavudh, Ph.D. co-founded Baiya Phytopharm in 2018. Her doctoral research on high-cost medicine allowed her to recognize that in many countries, including Thailand, high-cost medication is inaccessible in many communities. This became her main motivation to create a company that strives toward achieving the impossible within the pharmaceutical industry. Her collaboration with Dr. Waranyoo Phoolcharoen led them to create a platform that aims to provide access to high quality and affordable medication to more people across the country. Her end goal in this venture with Baiya is to strengthen the health security in Thailand, in hopes to make a change and put an end to this inequality.
Suthira is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science and continued her master’s degree in Health Economics at the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University. She holds her doctoral degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health. Sutira is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University.
Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder
Waranyoo Phoolcharoen, Ph.D. co-founded Baiya Phytopharm in 2018 and created a platform for new discoveries in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, pursuing her passion for her research on molecular pharming and making a difference in Thailand’s scientific community. While leading Baiya as the Chief Technical Officer, her spirit shines as a professor in setting an example for the younger generation of her field. Waranyoo recognizes the advantages and resources of Thailand in creating a path for the development of plant-based technology. She nurtures a strong environment of unity and teamwork while building a team of solution-seekers who are comfortable sharing constructive feedback. She continues to lead and support Baiya members as we grow as individuals and as a team.
Waranyoo graduated in Biochemistry from Chulalongkorn University and in Molecular Biology from Mahidol University. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology from Arizona State University. While leading the Baiya team, Waranyoo is a professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical at Chulalongkorn University.
Chief Operating Officer
Jompong Champaiboon co-founded Baiya Phytopharm in 2018 with a vision to create health security and promote pharmaceutical endeavors in Thailand. He oversees the business management and the operations of Baiya. His engineer-oriented mindset recognized the possibility of expanding the scale of production. With his background in engineering, Jompong became the intermediary between the research team, led by Dr. Waranyoo Poolcharoen, and the constructors, which led to a collaboration that created a scalable manufacturing facility. He describes the origin of Baiya with the question, “Why couldn’t we do it?” which became the inspiration and the foundation of Baiya’s venture. He continues the effort to eradicate the limitations of the pharmaceutical industry in Thailand.
Jompong is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University in the Faculty of Engineering. He had experience in the oil industry, specializing in oil transportation and equipment within the field. As one of the first members of Baiya, Jompong aims to make a change in Thailand’s biopharmaceutical industry whilst growing the company to its maximum potential.
Research & Development Manager
Kaewta Rattanapisit, Ph.D. is the Research & Development Manager at Baiya Phytopharm since January 2021. Her role is to oversee the introduction of newly created products using Baiya’s plant-based technology. Kaewta embraces her love for laboratory work as she discovered her interest in genetics and biotechnology throughout her academic years. While producing various proteins for further research, her other goal is to produce future researchers and scientists who are able to push the scientific field forward. Kaewta encourages adaptability in her team, teaching everyone to become science-driven and skillful in every part of the research process. The environment and work she creates in her lab sets an example for the younger generation of scientists.
Kaewta studied Genetics at Kasetsart University, before completing her Ph.D. in Biotechnology at Kyung Hee University. With half a decade of experience in Dr. Waranyoo Phoolcharoen’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher, Kaewta brings her expertise in genetics and biotechnology to Baiya.
Kitti Jirananon joined Baiya Phytopharm in May 2021 as the Plant Manager, bringing over a decade of experience in pharmaceutical production. He became a member of the Baiya team during the construction of the GMP manufacturing facility, building the system for production. With much experience in the field, he helped overturn Baiya from a small lab to a growing pharmaceutical manufacturer, adding liveliness to a previously empty facility. He describes his role as the jigsaw puzzler that puts different departments together in order to push the production forward. Kitti embraces different backgrounds of the manufacturing team while allowing them to apply their knowledge in the most effective way.
Before Baiya, Kitti held positions in pharmaceutical manufacturing at Siam Pharmaceutical, Reckitt Benckiser, and Siam Bioscience. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Chulalongkorn University. With his solution-seeker mindset, Kitti believes that every problem has a solution, and he aims to continue improving the pharmaceutical production at Baiya to achieve the highest potential.
Udomporn Petchthai, Ph.D. is the Production Manager at Baiya Phytopharm since June 2020. She oversees the adaptation of products created by the Research & Development team, optimizing into a larger manufacturing scale. She has experienced being a part of Baiya from the beginning in a small laboratory through the expansion to a larger manufacturing facility. She adjusted to this change as she was previously more familiar with working in a laboratory environment, working with those in the same field. Her ability to continuously learn and easily adapt to a new environment enables the team to achieve its goal efficiently and effectively.
Udomporn is a graduate of Genetics Engineering and holds a Ph.D. from Kasetsart University. She completed five years as a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Singapore. After spending time abroad, her plan was to travel before continuing her work; however, her journey led her to return to Thailand and join Baiya.
Clinical Project Manager
Peepattra Wantanasiri, Ph.D. joined Baiya Phytopharm in September 2021 as the Clinical Project Manager, overseeing the clinical trials after the completion of the preclinical trial of the Baiya SARS-CoV-2 Vax 1 vaccine. Her interest in becoming a specialist within the clinical field stems from her experience working with patients and conducting medical research. As the leader of the clinical research team, she embraces the challenges of adjusting to the unknown situations that may occur during the research process. Her collaboration with various organizations sets up the clinical trial that began the terminating step of Baiya’s first endeavor.
Peepattra is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Chulalongkorn University. After working at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, she continued her studies in the field of pharmaceutical care. Her previous experience at a clinical research center allows her to contribute her first-hand knowledge of conducting clinical trials to Baiya’s mission.
Quality Control Manager
Panuthi Saktrakulkla, Ph.D. joined Baiya Phytopharm in January 2021 as the Quality Control Manager, bringing over half a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He is responsible for ensuring consistency in the safety and quality of the products. In this role, he applies the lessons he learned from his academic advisor to his work, encouraging unconventional ways of thinking. Panuthi leads his team to prioritize the thought process in the progression of their work, which enables them to bring depth to their scientific justification and reasoning. He modifies his experience in human toxicology and environmental engineering to bring forth a different perspective to Baiya.
Panithi is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Chulalongkorn University and continued his graduate studies in synthetic chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in Human Toxicology from the University of Iowa. Before Baiya, Panithi held various positions in pharmaceutical production at V.S. Pharma, Biopharma, and Mega Life Sciences.
Quality Control Manager
Kotchaporn Jirananon joined Baiya Phytopharm in February 2021 as the Quality Assurance Manager, bringing more than 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In this role, she oversees the quality validation of Baiya’s products throughout the manufacturing process while fostering development, teamwork, and a growth mindset within the QA team. Her leadership allows the younger generation to become open-minded and resilient in their roles. As Baiya is growing in size, her goal is to continuously develop the working process for her team and improve product quality for Baiya to excel as Thailand’s model for vaccine development and production companies.
Before Baiya, Kotchaporn held positions in Quality Assurance at Siam Pharmaceutical, Reckitt Benckiser, and Alcon. She is a graduate of Chiang Mai University in the Faculty of Pharmaceuticals. Throughout many years in the manufacturing management role, challenges in problem-solving motivate her to improve the quality of pharmaceutical products.
Kittinop Kittirotruji joined Baiya Phytopharm in July 2019, as one of the first five members of the team. He helped lay the groundwork for the new startup company, watching the growth of Baiya which expanded from a small Research & Development laboratory to becoming a manufacturing company. He describes the origin of Baiya as the sandbox, a place to try various methods of operation in finding the foundation. With a background in Pharmaceutical Care, Baiya has awakened the power of resilience inside himself through the challenges of overcoming obstacles.