Company

Bina is the big data science platform accelerating personalized medicine for researchers and clinicians requiring fast, accurate and scalable genomic analysis. The word "Bina" means "knowledge" or "insight", translated from both Persian and Hebrew. We use cutting-edge big data technologies to dramatically reduce the amount of time and money required to process raw genetic data in order to generate insights for personalized medicine.

Bina was started by a team of Stanford and Berkeley researchers and entrepreneurs, with the vision that whole genome sequencing (WGS) is just the beginning of a brighter future. Bina is accelerating personalized medicine, one genome at a time.

We are a team of data scientists, bioinformaticians, software developers and high performance computing experts working in harmony in Redwood City, California.

Management

Founder and CEO

Narges Bani Asadi founded Bina to bring the results of many years of multidisciplinary research on systems biology and high performance computing at Stanford University and UC Berkeley to the world of genomics. Narges has extensive experience in informatics and high performance computing. She holds multiple patents, and has several publications including the award-winning “ParaLearn” paper at the 2010 International SuperComputing Conference. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. When not changing the world through her mastery of high performance computing, Narges loves spending time in nature, hiking, as well as enjoying Persian poetry and music.

SVP, Business Development

Mark is SVP of Business Development at Bina, where he is responsible for building out the commercial team at the company—from sales and marketing to customer support. Mark received his Chemistry degree from Stanford, and has spent the majority of his career working on the business arms of companies like Applied Biosystems, Molecular Dynamics, Amersham Biosciences, GE Healthcare, and Complete Genomics. Mark enjoys road cycling, photography, cooking and spending time in wine regions ranging from Sonoma to Burgundy.

CFO

Tom's bio coming soon...

VP, Engineering

Sharon is responsible for all Engineering aspects at Bina, and has more than 18 years of experience developing infrastructure software, and leading software development teams at large companies and start-ups alike. Before Bina, Sharon was the VPE at Couchbase, and had a key role making the company a leader in this space, delivering it's first line for products, and growing it's customer base from 0 to few hundreds within 3 year; As a technical executive, Sharon was also involved on developing new markets and users communities in countries like Israel, Japan, and Korea, while speaking at many conferences and events. Sharon joined Couchbase from Yahoo, where he was director of engineering, responsible for the development of Yahoo’s Real Time Targeting platform, which processes billions of events daily. Prior to Yahoo, he led the server development team at AppStream, a provider of on-demand software distribution and virtualization (acquired by Symantec). Sharon holds a degree in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from San Jose State University.

VP Sales and Business Development

Janet brings more than 2 decades of commercial experience in genomics industry. She has spent the majority of her career in scientific sales promoting cutting edge technologies within the life science and medical research sectors. Janet sold the first Taqman system for Applied Biosystems to UCSF and was their top sales performer in 1997. She was one of the original founding members of the Affymetrix commercial team in 1998. As Director of Sales, participated in driving revenues to over $500,000 million dollars in 6 years. At Quantum Dot as Vice President of Sales and Support she participated in helping the company exit via acquisition by a strategic buyer. As Vice President of Sales and Support at VisEn Medical, Janet built the first commercial team, initiated research collaborations into the translational medical market, ultimately leading to PerkinElmer acquiring the company in 2009. At WaferGen, Janet led the global commercial efforts.

VP Marketing

Dr. de Feo brings 20 years of experience in the genomics industry to Bina Technologies. He has worked in Marketing, applications support and development and Business Development functions at some of the most prominent companies in the industry including Applied Biosystems, Affymetrix, Sequenom and others. He most recently served as head of North American regional marketing for Affymetrix, where he led all of the marketing activities for the largest region of the business. Prior to Affymetrix, Dr. de Feo served as the head of marketing for Sequenom’s MassArray business. Prior to that, Dr. de Feo served in marketing, applications development and support, and business development roles at NuGEN, Applied Biosystems, Guava, and a previous stint at Affymetrix. Dr. de Feo received his Ph.D. in the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at UCLA School of Medicine, and performed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at UCSF.

The Team

Co-Founder & Advisor

Garry Nolan is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Prof. Nolan was honored as one of top 25 inventors at Stanford and is the co-founder of several biotechnology companies, including Rigel and Nodality.


http://www.stanford.edu/group/nolan/members/members.html#nolan

Co-Founder & Board Member

Wing Wong is Professor of Statistics and Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. Prof. Wong is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and is the author of more than 100 publications in Genomics and Statistics.


http://www.stanford.edu/group/wonglab/index.html

Co-Founder

John Wawrzynek is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a world-renowned expert in High Performance Computing and co-founder of several HPC companies, including BEECube.


Bioinformatics Scientist

As a Bioinformatics Scientist at Bina, Jian works on algorithm development and NGS data analyses. Her mission is to make sure that accuracy is not compromised while optimizing the variant calling pipeline. Jian received her PhD in Computational Biology from Baylor College of Medicine, with a focus on understanding the pattern of genomic variations and their associated mechanisms. Jian loves hiking and reading in her spare time.


Board Member

A serial entrepreneur, Tim built two software infrastructure companies before joining Sierra in 2001 as Managing Director in the Software Team. He headed Sales and Marketing functions at Scopus Technology (NASDAQ:SCOP), which went public in 1995, and was a leader in the CRM space. Scopus was eventually sold to Seibel Systems for $750M in 1997. After that, Tim was Founder/ CEO of Octane Software, a leading provider of e-commerce infrastructure, which he sold to Epiphany (NASDAQ:EPNY) in 2000 for $3.2B. Tim holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from India and a Masters in IEOR/Robotics from Virginia Tech. At Sierra, he's taken two companies public, Sourcefire (FIRE) and MakeMyTrip(MMYT), and has been responsible for several M&A.

Advisor

Farzad Naimi is a serial entrepreneur and Managing Partner at RONAholdings LLC. Mr. Naimi brings over 26 years of successful Silicon Valley startup leadership, including co-founding four startups with successful IPOs in US, Japan and Brazil.

Mr. Naimi started his high–tech career as Head of Technology at Centex Telemanagement, a startup at the time, and led Centex to its IPO, which preceded its subsequent acquisition by MCI. He continued his career as Executive Vice President and COO at Prestige International, Japan’s largest Customer Relationship Management organization, that later had a successful IPO in Japan. Mr. Naimi was a co–founder of Genesys Labs, a leader in delivering real-time customer interaction software solutions to medium–and large–sized businesses. Genesys Labs went public and was subsequently acquired by Alcatel for $1.6 billion in 2000. He participated in a successful startup, VisaNet do Brazil, funded by Visa International and four major banks in Brazil. VisaNet do Brazil (changed name to Cielo) has since become the largest e–commerce and retail banking group in Latin America with a successful IPO in 2009 raising $4.3 billion, the largest IPO in the world that year. Mr. Naimi also co–founded several other companies including LiteScape Technologies, IQLabs, and Sentek.

Director, Bioinformatics

Hugo leads the Bioinformatics team at Bina. He is responsible for Bioinformatics R&D that lead to more accurate, robust and faster pipelines for analyzing and interpreting genomics data. Hugo received his bachelor degree in biology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and his masters degree in computer science from the Imperial College London. He also holds a PhD degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Yale and was a postdoctoral scholar in Bioinformatics at Stanford. Prior to joining Bina, he had over eight years of work experience in IT and genomics, including being a software engineer at 23andMe worked on scientific software development and being a project manager at Personalis directed engineering and computational biology projects. He likes swimming and playing snooker in his leisure time.

Software and Systems Engineer

At Bina, Marghoob works on developing algorithms and high-performance codes that include investigating hardware-acceleration techniques. He is always looking for new avenues to improve performance of Bina applications. Before joining Bina, Marghoob was a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, where his thesis was in the area of high-performance computing. In his spare time, Marghoob likes playing squash and, recently, he has been trying to get back to his childhood hobby of sketching–truth be told, his sketches are sketchy at best but he is still learning.

Senior Data Architect

As a data architect at Bina, James is building distributed systems to
analyze vast genomic datasets in a scalable and efficient manner.
He enjoys the challenge of structuring vast amounts of data so that
hidden truths become apparent. Prior to joining Bina, James implemented
analytical pipelines for social gaming startups, devised motion control
strategies for humanoid robots, and determined optimal coring postures
for Mars rovers. Outside of the office, he enjoys board games and
puzzle hunts, and he is a devout fan of baseball.

Director of Sales Operations

Larry brings 30+ years of experience in sales, management, business development and support for genomic analysis systems. Throughout his career he has successfully managed sales for genomics-based technologies and built direct and distribution channels for their success. Most recently from 2007-2013 was Director of North American Sales for IntegenX, Inc. Prior to IntegenX he held sales and business development position with Molecular Dynamics, Amersham plc, and GE Healthcare. He has also been involved in sales channel management and development positions with over 7 startup companies in the US. From 1982-2006 was managed sales for Applied Biosystems in it early growth stage. He holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside.

Advisor

Steve Hartford is Head of Product Management at Nokia. Steve has over 20 years of leading product efforts at consumer mobile, web and media companies. Early in the birth of digital media, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Steve a Prime Time Emmy for his personal engineering contributions in creating the NewTek Video Toaster.

Director of Sales

As Director of Sales, Take is responsible for establishing and leading Bina's sales efforts. He has over a decade of sales and product development experience in the genomics space from companies such as Applied Biosystems, Roche, RainDance Technologies, and most recently Complete Genomics. While at Applied Biosystems, Take contributed to the development of the first high-throughput sequencing systems, which were used for the initial draft of the human genome. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University.

Software and Systems Engineer

Austin is a star Bina engineer, focused on performance, backend, and systems software. Austin graduated from UC Berkeley, and spent three summers as an intern at the Linden Lab. Austin spends his off-time hiking, camping, snowboarding, reading, and music.

Senior Software Engineer

After many years, and a complete alphabet of graduate degrees in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley, Greg joined Bina ostensibly to work with exciting, real world high performance computing problems. That said, we can't rule out peer pressure, after he got roped into the "ParaLearn" project by a certain systems biology student at Stanford who wanted to start a company. Greg is a computer engineer to the core, and has worked on pretty much everything electronic, including web design, version control systems, distributed computing, parallel compilers, H.P.C. and his guilty pleasure: digital design and massively complex multi-F.P.G.A. systems. Greg's past jobs include embedded programming as a high school senior, consulting on windows driver development and teaching digital design at U.C. Berkeley. During the rare times he's not engineering anything, Greg and his wife Stella read, go liquor tasting and try to spend as much time on sunny beaches as possible.

Hardware Systems Engineer

Henry is a hardware systems engineer, working on aspects of Bina’s products that make it a deployable appliance. It also means that he builds a lot of the furniture in the office. He comes from a background of application-specific HPC, building high-performance DSP instrumentation at UC Berkeley to look for extraterrestrial life (no joke) and for a variety of other astrophysical experiments. Henry got his degree from UC Berkeley and his M.S. at UCLA, both in electrical engineering.

Office/HR Manager

As Bina's office manager, Hoda is involved in most aspects of the company's day-to-day operations. She serves as our HR manager, executive assistant, and event coordinator. She coordinates job interviews and is responsible for new employee orientation. Hoda received her Bachelor of Arts in organizational communications from San Francisco State University and is continuing her education as she completes her HR certification. Prior to Bina, Hoda held roles in sales, business development and office management at Almo Construction Inc. and SMC Corporation of America. Outside of work, Hoda enjoys music and dance; her favorite food is sushi and her dream vacation would take her to the islands of Greece!

Lead Software Engineer

Amir is the Lead Software Engineer at Bina, and–by some measure–the earliest software engineer at the company. His passion is to work on everything from how we analyze each single nucleotide of DNA, all the way up to designing and implementing Bina's large-scale distributed resource management system. Amir received his Bachelor of Computer Science degree with Honors from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Bina, Amir worked at IBM and Google. He is a passionate fan of singing Persian classical music, road cycling, and cooking.

Software Engineer

Emre is a software engineer at Bina. He has a Master's degree from SUNY Buffalo and prior work experience at Nextag and Ebay. Having always been interested in science, biology and programming, working at Bina for him is a great combination of his interests in the form of a job. Outside of work, Emre likes spending his time traveling, reading and playing volleyball.

Advisor

Babak Pahlavan is currently Global Head of Products for Google Analytics. Prior to his position at Google, Babak was CEO of CleverSense, which he sold to Google. By the age of 15, Babak had already penned over 10,000 lines of code. But that was just the start. Since those first 10,000 lines, Babak has created numerous e-commerce businesses and managed product development at companies such as Intel and Wyse Technology. As a product line manager for mobile platforms at Wyse Technology, he was responsible for successfully launching the company's smartphone software business. He earned his dual-degree bachelor's with honors from UC Berkeley in EE and CS and earned his master's degree with honors from Stanford in EE, with emphases on CS & data mining.


Board Member

Bobby Yazdani is an active angel investor in early stage technology startups. Drawing from over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in Silicon Valley, he mentors, develops and supports entrepreneurs in their journey of building great companies.

Bobby founded Saba in 1997 and took the company public in 2000. Today, Saba is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management solutions. Saba’s applications are used by more than 19 million people worldwide. Prior to founding Saba, Bobby worked at Oracle Corporation in various R&D roles from 1988 through 1997.

In 2001, Yazdani was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Based on his leadership and vision, InformationWeek ranked Saba #27 on its Innovation 100 list and Computerworld named Saba to its list of 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001.

He has successfully mentored entrepreneurs and invested in over 60 early stage start-ups including Aardvark (acquired by Google in February 2010), Addepar, Bina Technologies, Bonobos, Clearspring, CleverSense (acquired by Google in December of 2011), Dropbox, Genophen, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), KissMetrics, Klout, Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI), Medialets, NextBio, Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), PassBan, Webs.com (acquired by VistaPrint in December of 2011) and many more.

He holds a B.A in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Advisor

Dr. Jike Chong is adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University focusing on establishing the university as a Center of Excellence for parallel computing research. He directs the CUDA Teaching Center at Carnegie Mellon University and leads the High Performance Computing and GPU Supercomputing Group in Silicon Valley. Jike is actively conducting research in software application architecture design and parallel computing in automatic speech recognition and computational finance. He also collaborates with domain experts in other areas such as machine learning. Devoting much of the past decade to parallel computing aiming at creating space for new application models, his work led to several granted patents in hardware and software parallel computing technologies. He has conducted research at Intel Application Research Labs, Xilinx Research Labs, and was a key contributor of Sun Microsystems' flagship T2 high throughput server microprocessor. In 2009, he founded Parasians, Parallel Computing Artisans, where he serves as the Principal Application Architect. Jike earned his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, the Management of Technology (MOT) Certificate from Haas Business School at Berkeley, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from University of California, Berkeley.


Advisor

Reza Behforooz has been at Google since 2004 and is currently an Engineering Director on Google+.  He loves building products that make information freely accessible or enable communication in an attempt to make the world a smaller and a better place.  Prior to Google, he held various engineering roles at two KPCB startups, Epiphany and Zaplet.  He started his career at Microsoft as a Product Manager for Hotmail and Passport.  Reza holds a BS with Distinction from Cornell University and a MS from Stanford University, both in Computer Science. He enjoys endurance cycling, dancing to South American beats, painting abstract art, and cooking. He's also an avid traveler and has visited 35 countries.

Scientific Consultant

Dr. Kin Fai Au is an assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa. His research interests focus on methodology development of RNA-Seq and third generation sequencing. His lab also has a strong interest in stem cell biology and in data mining of multiple types of high throughput stem cell data, such as those from sequencing, microarray and mass spectrometry. Dr Au currently serves as a scientific consultant at Bina for the development of cutting-edge RNA-Seq analysis products.

Advisor

Dr. Chen is Director of Clinical Genome Informatics at Icahn Institute of Genetics and Multiscale Biology. He leads Personalized Cancer Therapy to sequence both DNA and RNA of cancer patients, identify and integrate genomic alterations and identify driver genes and pathways to inform effective patient treatment. Dr. Chen, along with the other new SAB members, has been making strides in bringing large scale genomics to the clinic.

Advisor

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Associate Director for Research at the Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine. As a practicing physician and researcher, Dr. Green focuses on addressing the challenges associated with applying genomics approaches to improve patient care and outcomes.

Advisor

Shashikant Kulkarni, Ph.D. is the Director of Cytogenomics and Molecular Pathology, Director of Clinical Genomics research Unit and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics and Pathology at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kulkarni directs a large CAP/CLIA accredited clinical genomics laboratory that performs breadth of genomic testing from chromosomes to NGS. His research focuses on identifying genomic events leading to better treatment of AML and Multiple Myeloma.

Advisor

Dr. Gerstein is the Albert Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Computer Science at Yale University. His research involves applying quantitative approaches such as data mining and simulation to problems in molecular biology, and genomics. Dr. Gerstein brings extensive experience in informatics and computation to the Bina scientific advisory board.