Genetech is a multi-faceted institution and our activities can be broadly categorized into the following areas:

  • Molecular disease diagnostics

  • DNA typing for paternity testing and forensic casework

  • Teaching of basic to advanced molecular biology

  • Training of personnel involved in molecular biology

  • Research in the molecular life sciences

  • Customized biotechnology solutions

  • Molecular biology products


Genetech was founded with the vision of making the benefits of biotechnology accessible to the people of Sri Lanka. In pursuit of this objective, Genetech has become a pioneer in the field of molecular life sciences in Sri Lanka and has established itself as one of the most progressive and respected private scientific facilities in the country.


Genetech was founded in 2002 by Dr. Maya B. Gunasekera, who obtained her Bachelor of Science with a First Class from the University of Colombo (1980-19830 and her doctorate from the National Institute of Medical Research, UK (1985-1988). She was a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Colombo for 11 Years where she was responsible for introducing Molecular Biology and Gene Technology to the curriculum of the Faculty of Science. She was a pioneer in the use of DNA testing in forensic casework in Sri Lanka. She developed a new molecular method for the detection of the dengue virus among numerous published research findings.


Dr. Maya Gunasekera passed away in April 2006. Her husband Dhammika N. Gunasekera, who is an old boy of Royal College (1968-1981), an alumnus of the University of Colombo (1981-1984) and of Imperial College, London (1986-1989) is now the owner of Genetech and the managing trustee of Genetech Research Institute. 

Winner of the National Science & Technology Award for Outstanding leadership in introducing advanced technologies and services presented by the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka in 2008