Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium

Board Members

BASIC Chairman

Jeffrey Welser, PhD, COO IBM Research, Vice President Exploratory Science & University Collaborations, IBM

Bryan Barnhart, Senior Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Arthur Bienenstock, PhD, Special Assistant to the President for Federal Policy, Stanford University

Kim Budil, PhD, PhD, Laboratory Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Carol Burns, PhD, Deputy Director – Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Brett Crockett, Vice President, Sound Technology R&D, Dolby

Mark Davis, Senior Director – Industry Futures Strategic Engagement, Autodesk

Bill Diamond, President, SETI Institute

Ashley Hesslein, VP Berkeley Biological Development, Bayer

Norbert Holtkamp, PhD, Deputy Laboratory Director, Stanford Linear Accelerato Center

Daniel Lowenstein, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of California, San Francisco

John MacMillan, Interim Vice Chancellor – Research, University of California, Santa Cruz

Theresa Maldonado, PhD, Vice President Research and Innovation, University of California Office of the President

Andrew Mcllroy, PhD, Acting Associate Director, Sandia National Laboratories – California

Maria T. Millan, MD, President and CEO, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)

Prasant Mohapatra, PhD, Vice Chancellor – Research, University of California, Davis

Robert Obana, COO, Gladstone Institutes

Darlene Solomon, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Agilent Technologies

Craig Stephen, Senior Vice President – Research & Development, Oracle Labs

Abigail Stevenson, PhD, Director, Mars Global Food Safety Center

Eric Verdin, MD, President & CEO, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Mark Whiteley, Vice President and Americas Practice Leader – AECOM Strategy + Consultancy

Ex Officio

Sean Randolph, PhD, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Chairmen Emeritus

Mark Bregman, PhD, General Partner, Quidnet Venture LLC

Regis Kelly, PhD, Executive Director, QB3 Institute, & Distinguished Professor UCSF


Tom Kalil, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures; former Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The BASIC mission is to advance the Bay Area’s leadership in innovation.

“A unique environment exists in the Bay Area that has led to its becoming a crucible for innovation. The strong universities and rich sources of venture capital embedded in a tremendously diverse cultural environment make the Bay Area ‘The place to be’ for entrepreneurs. For many years, the Bay Area has nurtured a culture that supports risk taking and experimentation, whether in art, music, or business. the open nature of the culture leads to a sharing of ideas that further stimulates innovation. Today the Bay Area is not only a center of innovation in its own right but is also the key marketplace for the exchange of innovative ideas from around the globe.”

Mark Bregman
BASIC Chairman Emeritus