Babak Nemati, PhD


Babak Nemati, Ph.D.  | President & CEO, Strategic Intelligence, Inc. | La Jolla, California

Babak Nemati, Ph.D. is a 20+ year veteran of the healthcare industry, serving in executive roles at leading corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson. He currently leads Strategic Intelligence, Inc., a comprehensive strategy consulting firm focused on the commercial development of new and emerging technologies in the medical device industry.  Babak  is a frequent advisor to venture capital, private equity, and strategic venture funds.  Currently, Babak also serves as a consulting member of the Emerging Technologies Group of the Corporate Office of Science and Technology at Johnson & Johnson.

Babak started his career in the medical laser industry, and then joined J&J in corporate development roles.  While at J&J, he served as the Director of Surgical Oncology for Ethicon and Ethicon Endo-surgery, and Chair of Medical Optics for the Corporate Office of Science and Technology.  In these roles, he was responsible for strategic planning for new franchises within the Corporation, assessment of new and emerging technologies (sourced globally) for their strategic fit, technical merit, and commercial viability, and leading or contributing to licensing and acquisition negotiations with emerging companies.

Outside of J&J, Babak has served in executive roles for emerging medical device and biotechnology companies, in a wide range of specialties ranging from oncology, general surgery, ophthalmology, and women’s health, to dermatology and plastic surgery.  He has a proven track record of success in a diverse range of operating responsibilities such as research and development, global program management, new business development, marketing and sales, corporate planning, and strategic management of clinical and regulatory functions.

He holds several patents in the field of medical optics, and has published a number of original articles in refereed journals. Additionally he has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Medical Technology Program of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Plebys International, and Nanoverse.  His academic training includes a Bachelor of Arts in Physics (with Special Honors), Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Master’s and a doctoral degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.



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