Narges Bani Asadi - A Personal Journey @ Daryabari Iranian Community Center, San Jose [20 July]

Narges Bani Asadi - A Personal Journey

18:30 - 20:30

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Daryabari Iranian Community Center
1635 The Alameda, San Jose, California 95126
Narges Bani Asadi, Ph.D.
Vice President and Life Cycle Leader, Sequencing Informatics at Roche. Previous role was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bina which was acquired by Roche in December 2014.

After many years of multidisciplinary research in systems biology and high-performance computing, at both Stanford University and UC Berkeley, Narges Bani Asadi founded Bina to begin applying those results to the world of genomics. She holds multiple patents and has several publications, as well as a Masters and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Narges Bani Asadi was born in Iran and completed her undergraduate computer science degree at the University of Tehran. She traveled to Stanford University for her master's and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and very soon learned about the exciting work happening there. She became interested in how to demystify cancer: how to understand the disease at the molecular level and, using mathematical models, how to analyze it. Narges Bani Asadi and her team won a $7.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for their work, and after 6 years at Stanford, she was ready to use what she learned from her «humbling» and interesting experiences there with passionate people to start her own company in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Three years after graduating, Narges Bani Asadi has led Bina through several successes, including a $6.25 million Series B round and a partnership with Dr. Elizabeth Worthey at the Medical College of Wisconsin to aid analysis of sequenced newborn genomes in an effort to quickly catch genetic diseases during the first month of life.
Bina Technologies emerged from stealth mode in May 2012, when Narges Bani Asadi was a Stanford Ph.D. student. Then, the company touted its Bina Box as a fast and customized platform to do secondary genomic analysis, alignment and variant calling. In the years since, the company has steadily rolled out new products, expanded to tertiary analysis, and rebranded its offerings.
Bina Technologies launched in 2011 planning to attack one of the major challenges facing the genomic data analysis industry: infrastructure. Bina built a hybrid software-hardware analysis offering called the Bina Genomic Analysis Platform.

Narges Bani Asadi loves spending time in nature and hiking and enjoys yoga, Persian poetry and music.
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