Bala S. Manian has been a part of the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial community over the last four decades as an entrepreneur, as an investor and as an innovator. While he is responsible for successfully starting several life science companies, those successes were built on a foundation of failures, mistakes and missed opportunities. He believes that he learned a great deal from his failures and he is as proud of those misadventures as he is about his successes.
An expert in the design of electro-optical systems, Dr. Manian holds a large number (more than 40) of patents, many of which have resulted in successful commercial products. While his educational training is in Physics & engineering, his contributions have centered predominantly in Life Sciences. As example of cross-discipline convergence, in February 1999 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Bala, a Technical Academy Award for advances in digital cinematography.