Dr Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University. His research focuses on developing imaging and analysis technology for exploring the molecular basis of developmental biology and neuroscience. Thomas is committed to advancing science through innovation and holds over 70 patents. He has co-founded five companies and was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging Companies in Silicon Valley in 2000. Thomas is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Optical Society (OSA), serving as President of OSA in 2009.