Bay Area Chapter

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Chapter Officers

Michael Biros, Executive Chair

Mike has over 20 years marketing and sales experience working for companies developing emerging technologies that accelerate life science research. He was the first marketing hire at LJL BioSystems, which was acquired by Molecular Devices in 2000. At Molecular Devices, he led the Drug Discovery instrumentation-marketing group as Director of Marketing, introducing several major fluorescent imaging- and point-reading systems. He was a principal and co-founder of Kallidus Group, a marketing agency serving life science, diagnostic and technology companies. He served as Vice President, Product Marketing at IntelliCyt and and has recently founded Cellerynt Group, a marketing agency focused on improving marketing automation for life science companies. Since 2002 he's been the Executive Chair of LRIG, Bay Area Chapter. Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology from U.C. San Diego, and an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

Maureen Beresini, Program Chair and Scientific Advisor

Maureen Beresini has over 20 years of experience in small molecule drug discovery at Genentech. She leads a group that develops and provides biochemical and cellular assays to promote the discovery of small molecule therapeutics. In recent years, Maureen has focused on high-throughput screening. In addition to the assays, she has contributed to the establishment of high-throughput automated systems and processes for conducting assays, analyzing data, and managing compounds. Maureen began her industry career with Syva Company, developing assays for therapeutic monitoring of immunosuppressive drugs. She received her doctorate in Biological Chemistry from the University of California Davis and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Cancer Research Institute at University of California San Francisco.

Amer El-Hage, Board Member and Treasurer

Amer is an independent consultant in product development and project management for the transfer from development of life-science and laboratory instruments to quality manufacturing.

From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Engineering Programs at LJL BioSystems, and following its acquisition at Molecular Devices until 2004. Prior to LJL, Amer held engineering, manufacturing and project management positions at Beckman Instruments and Varian Associates.

Amer technical expertise is in instrument design and automation, micro-fluidics, plastic molding, Opto-mechanical, consumables and BioMEMS applications. He is versed in product design, verification and validation processes, ISO quality Design Control systems, and FDA regulatory compliance and CE/CSA/UL agency certifications. He currently chairs the Society of Bimolecular Sciences (SBS) Microplate Standards Development.

Mr. El-Hage’s name as an inventor is on fourteen US and two international patents. Amer co-authored journal articles and made presentations at international Laboratory Automation conferences and at academic institutions. Amer received his M.Sc. in Engineering with distinction from UC Berkeley in 1980.