Pratima Rao was most recently Founder and COO of Genia Technologies, a nanopore based DNA sequencing company.   Genia was bought by Roche, a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people's lives, in 2014 for $350M.  She has over 20 years of operational experience and has held various senior management positions in both semiconductor and life science companies.  At Maxim Integrated Products, she ran the business management and applications engineering groups for the Communications and Standard Products business units.  Prior to Genia, Ms. Rao worked at Affymetrix, where she had operations and worldwide marketing responsibility across the company’s DNA, RNA, instrumentation, and software products. She was honored with the YWCA Silicon Valley Woman of the Year award in 2002. Ms. Rao holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.