Scientific Publishing Company

About Impact Science

If a researcher makes a discovery, and no one hears about it, can it truly improve human life? The strategic communication and amplification brand of Cactus Communications, Impact Science was conceived to provide author-centric bespoke services to enhance research impact throughout and beyond the project life cycle.

We use nuanced understanding of digital communication to aid publishers, journals, and learned societies with the repurposing and marketing of traditionally published scientific content to both niche and lay audiences.

About CACTUS

Founded in 2002, Cactus Communications is a global scientific communications and technology solutions company that collaborates with research stakeholders across academia and the life sciences. Our solutions meet a wide spectrum of research needs—

Impact Science offers high-engagement videos, infographics, and research stories as well as training and strategic solutions.

Editage provides author support services and education and training solutions.

Cactus Life Sciences helps pharma, biotech, and medical device organizations with content strategy, development, and dissemination.

UNSILO provides AI tools and solutions for publishers to grow business opportunities and improve workflows.

Cactus Labs is the innovation and R&D cell that powers all CACTUS businesses.

R is an integrated ecosystem comprising tools and support designed to simplify the life of an academic researcher.

Our Vision

Our aim is to democratize ideas by empowering every researcher to connect with global audiences for real-world impact.

Our Culture

With a highly skilled team of communicators, visualizers, graphics designers, animators, web developers, and impact catalysts; we share a passion for all things research! It’s not uncommon to find us obsessing over the shape of bacteriophage, or deep in conversation about discoveries and innovations for a better world — All in a day’s work.

Our Mission

We are committed to helping researchers in their mission of reaching a multitude of stakeholders and presenting their work, effectively.

Our Team

Abhishek Goel Co-Founder and CEO

Abhishek Goel

Co-Founder and CEO

After a chance encounter with a Japanese professor who needed support in editing his research paper, Abhishek co-founded CACTUS in 2002 with a focus on providing English editing services for researchers in Japan. Abhishek has been instrumental in establishing, developing, and scaling up the organization. He lived in Tokyo for 3 years to set up the Japan office and build a base for one of CACTUS’s largest markets. He was actively involved with the Mumbai and Japan chapters of the international non-profit organization AIESEC in various leadership roles. He received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Ascent Foundation in 2017.

Abhinav Bhargav Head, Corporate Partnerships (Global)

Abhinav Bhargav

Head, Corporate Partnerships (Global)

Abhinav coordinates with stakeholders across locations to help with strategy and client growth. He comes with over 13 years of experience in sales, marketing, branding, human resource management, and strategy. He started his own venture in 2009, Study SSC Online, which was acquired by Macmillan Publishers in 2014. He has authored a few books on mathematics and science, published by Macmillan Publishers under the label “Ultimate Series.”

Basil D’souza President, Editage Korea

Basil D’souza

President, Editage Korea

Basil heads operations and business development in South Korea, where he works with universities and academia to address the challenges faced by Korean authors in their publication journey. Basil has collaborated with universities like Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Korea University, Hanyang University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). He is a regular speaker at various academic associations in South Korea such as the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies and Korean Council of Science Editors. He is currently the Chair of the External Affairs Committee of the Council of Asian Science Editors (CASE) and a special member of the Korean Council of Science Editors (KCSE). Previously, Basil managed a team of over 30 scientific editors and has edited and reviewed over 1600 manuscripts across different subjects. He has authored two published articles on science communication and dissemination and has been interviewed by Science Editor on English language editorial services for researchers.

Harini Calamur Head, Impact Science

Harini Calamur

Head, Impact Science

Harini oversees a team of science communicators that use high-engagement formats to communicate and amplify research. She has over 20 years of experience in devising content solutions in various formats across entertainment, education, and news. She has devised business strategies and led content initiatives that enable collaboration and alliances. She consults with several different organizations on their digital strategy. She is also a visiting faculty for degree, master’s, and professional programs in media, communication, and digital media programs at leading institutes of higher education in India, including SP Jain, Welingkar, MICA, KC College, and Sophia College.

Julie Wang Director, Institutional Sales & Partnership

Julie Wang

Director, Institutional Sales & Partnership

Julie is responsible for Greater China’s institutional and corporate sales business, including editorial and research communication services and institutional author education courses. Julie has a rich experience in institutional sales, in-depth knowledge in publishing, and a thorough understanding of China’s higher education system. Julie has worked with Thomson Reuters Legal, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw-Hill Education (now McGraw-Hill). Prior to joining CACTUS, she worked with Oxford University Press (China) for over 8 years in various senior roles in the Sales function.

Makoto Yuasa Country Director, Japan & Head, Branding

Makoto Yuasa

Country Director, Japan & Head, Branding

Makoto heads the Japan operations and is responsible for Branding at CACTUS. Armed with a law degree from Nihon University, Japan, he took a detour into the world of marketing and sales. A significant player in the marketing and promotions of CACTUS’s editorial offerings to researchers in Japan, Makoto has been a key player in handling business development for publication support, education, transcription, translation, and design services. Since 2013, he has served as the Vice President of the executive committee of Science Talks, CACTUS’s initiative to build an interactive platform to enable authors and researchers to connect and exchange ideas in real-time. Makoto has a deep understanding of cross-cultural business differences after having lived in Japan, India, and the UK, and he uses this understanding to engage stakeholders and expand CACTUS’s work and imprint.

Nikesh Gosalia Director - Publisher & Academic Relations

Nikesh Gosalia

Director - Publisher & Academic Relations

Nikesh oversees strategic alliances for the US, the UK, and the rest of Europe. With over 18 years of experience in operations management, strategic partnerships, sales and marketing, and customer-centric initiatives, Nikesh has developed a deep understanding of the scholarly publishing and financial service industries and the logistics of scholarly publication and author support services. He has been instrumental in effecting partnerships with some of the world’s top scholarly publishers such as Elsevier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Wolters Kluwer, The Institution of Engineering & Technology, Institute of Physics, and Frontiers.

Pablo Palmeiro Vice President, Publisher and Society Partnerships

Pablo Palmeiro

Vice President, Publisher and Society Partnerships

Pablo helps publishers and societies draft their vision around providing author services, launching partnerships, and making them grow. He worked at Elsevier for 10 years and gained insights into publisher and researcher needs. He brings to the table first-hand knowledge about analytics and their relevance in scholarly publishing. He led the Elsevier Author WebShop for 5 years and has a wealth of experience that makes him a trusted advisor to partner universities, research institutions, and publishers.

Prasad Balgi Studio Head, Impact Science

Prasad Balgi

Studio Head, Impact Science

Prasad oversees a team of designers that bring science to life with engaging and easy-to-understand multimedia formats. He looks into a wide range of design solutions and constantly innovates to meet the researchers’ needs. Prasad joined CACTUS as the only video designer in the marketing department and over the years gained expertise in science communication. Prior to joining CACTUS, he worked in the production department for Indian movies. He is a traveller at heart and an avid photographer who likes to capture his experiences on camera.

Ratnaraaj Parekh Associate Director - Account Management (Global)

Ratnaraaj Parekh

Associate Director - Account Management (Global)

Ratnaraaj manages key business accounts and is dedicated to providing superior customer service while maximizing business opportunities. Prior to joining CACTUS, Ratnaraaj worked with the Emeritus Institute of Management, where he was the brand custodian for some of the world’s top business schools. He has over 14 years of experience in marketing strategy, customer success, brand management, and online marketing.

Ritwika Roy Marketing Services Head, Impact Science

Ritwika Roy

Marketing Services Head, Impact Science

Ritwika leads the digital marketing initiatives for Impact Science and handles digital strategy for Impact Science’s global clientele, which includes publishers, universities, academic societies, funders, and scientists. She also oversees media relations for CACTUS and group brands. She comes with over six years’ experience in digital marketing and spent 3 years at pharma giant Novartis. She has experience with content and UX strategy (business and need gap analysis, user behaviour study, competitor benchmarking), content marketing campaigns, and social media strategy.

Shane Rydquist Content Head, Impact Science

Shane Rydquist

Content Head, Impact Science

Shane serves as the primary point of contact for clients who want their work to be at the forefront of science communication. He coordinates with stakeholders to understand their communication needs and works with his team to create suitable content for infographics, video summaries, brand videos, and podcasts that has measurable impact on a global audience. Shane began his journey with CACTUS as an editor and later managed his own team of life science editors.

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