QB3 Seminar: Eric Hobbs, Berkeley Lights. "Destroyer of Obstacles": Going from a Startup to a Commercial Organization

Eric Hobbs leads Berkeley Lights, an East Bay company developing nanofluidic technology that enables cell selection for drug discovery, cell line development, and cell therapy manufacturing. The SF Business Times recently profiled Hobbs as a "destroyer of obstacles." Under his leadership, Berkeley Lights has hit revenue and budget targets, despite having lost 40 staff just before Hobbs took the helm. How does he face and overcome such challenges, and what has his professional journey been like? Join us to hear for yourself.

Where and When

Room N-114, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (600 16th St., San Francisco)
Noon to 1:00 PM, Thursday, February 22, 2018

About the Speaker


Eric D. Hobbs joined Berkeley Lights in May 2013 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2017. Prior to becoming CEO, Eric held various senior management roles, including most recently, Senior Vice President of Operations and Consumables. Prior to Berkeley Lights, Eric led the design, development, and launch of 3 new product architectures at FormFactor, Inc. as a senior member of both R&D and Operations organizations. He holds more than 62 U.S. and International patents. Eric has lectured both at UC Berkeley and Stanford speaking on Engineering Design, Invention, and Optimization Algorithms. Eric earned his Ph.D. & M.S. in MEMS Design and Microfluidic Devices at UC Berkeley. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.S.C.