Our Company

We are passionate about improving the future practice of healthcare by accelerating the rate of personalized medicine research & discovery. Our mission is to develop technologies for the analysis and organization of genomic information that will make this future a reality.

Founded in 2011, we are an interdisciplinary team of engineers, computer scientists, and genomicists, revolutionizing human genomics research. Bina was acquired by Roche in December 2014.

vision-3cc1e910The word "Bina" means "knowledge" or "insight", translated from both Persian and Hebrew.

The Key to Genomics Success

Next-generation sequencing and other high-throughput genomic measurement technologies are providing us with unprecedented visibility into the origins of health and disease. Understanding these datasets has the potential to create a paradigm shift in how we develop drugs, diagnose disease, prevent ailments, and treat patients, especially in complex cases such as cancer. What is needed now is an informatics solution with the ability to analyze, manage and share genomic information.


Our Solution

Our integrated, scalable, and comprehensive analysis platform empowers researchers and bioinformaticians to gain insight from their genomics data sets. Our products dramatically decrease the complexity, time, and cost of the analysis, accelerating the science of personalized medicine.


Meet our management team

Narges Bani Asadi, Ph.D.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Narges Bani Asadi, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

After many years of multidisciplinary research in systems biology and high performance computing, at both Stanford University and UC Berkeley, Narges 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 PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Narges loves spending time in nature and hiking, and enjoys Persian poetry and music.

Todd Goldman

Chief Operating Officer

Todd Goldman
Chief Operating Officer

Todd leads the commercial sales and marketing teams at Bina. He was most recently the vice president and general manager for Enterprise Data Integration at Informatica, the world’s number one independent provider of data integration software. Before joining Informatica, Todd held leadership roles at Nlyte Software, Exeros, ScaleMP, America Online/Netscape and Hewlett-Packard. He has an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S.E.E. from Northwestern University. Todd enjoys hiking with his wife and road cycling. He is also an accomplished close-up magician.

Sharon Barr

Chief Technology Officer

Sharon Barr
Chief Technology Officer

Sharon oversees all product development activities including technology, science, and deployment at Bina Technologies. Sharon brings more than 19 years of experience developing infrastructure software and leading software development teams, both in start-ups and large organizations. As the first VPE at Couchbase, he helped establish the company as a leader in its space, delivering its first product line and growing its customer base from zero to several hundred in just 3 years. Prior to that he held director roles at Yahoo! and AppStream. Sharon has a degree in Computer Science from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from San Jose State University.


Walt Segl

Vice President of Sales

Walt Segl
Vice President of Sales

Walt joined Bina in 2015, bringing over 25 years of sales and business development leadership experience. Before joining Bina, he served as the vice president of global life science sales at Leica Biosystems. Prior to that, Walt was vice president of sales and marketing at ArtusLabs, a Web 2.0 cloud computing software company and the director, North America, for IDBS, a scientific software and ELN provider.

Hugo Lam, Ph.D.

Sr. Director of Bioinformatics

Hugo Lam, Ph.D.
Sr. Director of Bioinformatics

Hugo leads the science and bioinformatics teams at Bina, directing the research and development progress towards more accurate, robust and faster pipelines for analyzing and interpreting genomics data. He brings over ten years experience in IT and genomics, including time at 23andMe and Personalis. Hugo received his bachelor's degree in biology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and his master's degree in computer science from the Imperial College London. He also holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Yale and was a postdoctoral scholar in Bioinformatics at Stanford. In his free time, Hugo enjoys swimming and playing snookers.

Laurie Yan

Director of Finance

Laurie Yan
Director of Finance

Laurie leads the finance function at Bina. She joined Bina in April 2015 from the Roche Diagnostics affiliate based in Shanghai, China where she held finance leadership roles such as Senior Financial Controlling Manager and Senior Price Controlling Manager. Laurie worked for Roche in China close to 6 years and during that time, she was also sent on a short term finance assignment to Roche Pharma Sweden. Prior to Roche, she worked for Wuxi Pharmatech and KPMG. Laurie has received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is also a California licensed CPA. In her spare time, Laurie loves to travel and is rediscovering the SF Bay Area after spending 8+ years abroad.


Chad Allen

Sr. Director of Product Management

Chad Allen
Sr. Director of Product Management

Chad leads the product management team at Bina. Prior to joining Bina, he was Director of Product Management at Healthagen, a software innovation group at Aetna. He has over fifteen years of experience launching and managing successful software products in enterprise, consumer and healthcare verticals. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, as well as a BA and MA in philosophy from Western Michigan University. Chad is an avid mountain biker, hiker and backpacker. He is an aspiring mountain climber and also enjoys traveling, sci-fi and spicy food.

 
 

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