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.
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 aim is to democratize ideas by empowering every researcher to connect with global audiences for real-world impact.
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.
We are committed to helping researchers in their mission of reaching a multitude of stakeholders and presenting their work, effectively.
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.
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.”
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.
Managing Director, Greater China
Frank oversees operations in Greater China. He brings over 17 years of experience in the publishing industry, with a special focus on academic and educational publishing. Frank served as the Director of Open Research under the Springer Nature Group in Greater China, where he was responsible for the operation of its open access business in the region, including marketing, institutional partnership, and the open access journal partnership for Nature Research, BioMed Central (BMC), and Springer. From 2014 to 2016, Frank served as the Director of Institutional Sales of Macmillan Science and Education in the region, taking full responsibility for the institutional business of Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan in Greater China and for Macmillan Higher Education’s business in Asia. Frank helped set up Macmillan’s China office in Beijing in 2004 and played various roles at Macmillan for over 10 years, including that of General Manager, where he led both the scholarly publishing and education arms of their business in China.
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.
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.
Head, Medical Communications (Japan)
Katsuhisa heads business development for the life sciences and medical communications division and oversees operations for the research promotion division in Japan. In this dual role, he not only helps capture the unique requirements of pharmaceutical and medical device making bodies but also ensures that research stakeholders in Japan are able to promote their work through high-engagement formats like infographics and videos. He comes with over 15 years of experience in managing business development and delivery operations in the STM and healthcare industries. He has worked with renowned publishers like Elsevier and Springer Nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.