Tom Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University and co-founder of Arcturus Bioscience, Inc. which he established in 1996. He served as the company's Chairman and CEO until January 2005. Prior to Arcturus, Dr. Baer was Vice President of Research at Biometric Imaging, where he led an interdisciplinary group developing instrumentation and reagents with applications in the areas of AIDS monitoring, bone marrow transplant therapy, and blood supply quality control. From 1981 to 1992 Dr. Baer was at Spectra-Physics, Inc., in Mountain View, California, where he held positions as a Research Scientist, Spectra-Physics Fellow, and Vice-President of Research. In 1989, he co-founded a new company, Spectra-Physics Laser Diode Systems, which was established to commercialize diode and solid-state laser instruments based on his research.Dr. Baer has been a pioneer in many areas of biotechnology, laser development, and laser applications, and is listed as an inventor on over 50 patents in these areas. He graduated with a BA degree in Physics from Lawrence University and received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Atomic Physics from the University of Chicago. He has been elected to the status of Fellow of two major international scientific societies, The American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Optical Society of America. Dr. Baer also was awarded the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Award for Emerging Companies by the San Jose Business Journal.
Biophotonics, medical diagnostic instrumentation, microscopy, laser source engineering, consumer applications of photonics, entrepreneurshipAffiliations(s): OSA