Adriana Vela has been at the forefront of leading-edge technologies in the high-tech, biotech and nanotech sectors. She dedicated the last 25 years tracking technologies, launching dozens of products, driving industry standards, leading million dollar initiatives, and defining new markets. She has been quoted or featured in publications like The Milken Institute Report: ‘Minds-to-Market’, San Diego Business Journal and magazines like PM Networks, PharmaTech Europe, SmallTimes, Hispanic Business, and San Diego Magazine. She has been a speaker and advisor at technology conferences and has devoted many years to philanthropic programs. Her vision, experience and interest in convergent technologies culminated in founding MarketTecNexus, a professional services firm dedicated to helping companies achieve growth and sustainability with the right strategies and technologies.
After 15 years in Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry, she embarked in the Life Sciences arena through various client-led projects including the BioAgenda Think Tank Institute. In 2004 she founded award-winning NanoTecNexus, Inc.(formerly NanoBioNexus), a San Diego non-profit corporation whose goal is to promote safe and market-accepted advances in nanosciences in areas ranging from medicine, healthcare, energy, water and others. She has led a team of high caliber scientists and business professionals and developed an international presence for NanoTecNexus. Prior to founding NanoTecNexus, Adriana was instrumental in building and shaping a similar organization in Silicon Valley.
Under Adriana’s leadership, NanoTecNexus earned numerous awards including personal recognition from US Senator Dianne Feinstein. Early on, NanoTecNexus was included in a $20 million, 5-year grant funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the creation of a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE) dedicated to nanotechnology research applied to cancer. In the Education Core, Adriana served as co-principle investigator together with surgical oncologist Sarah Blair, MD to develop educational strategies and programs for intra-center members as well as the healthcare providers and the public at large. In 2013, Adriana also founded NanoTecNexus Learning Group to deliver similar educational programs for the benefit of K-12 students through nano-inspired STEM education.
Prior to founding NanoTecNexus, Adriana was instrumental in building and shaping a similar organization from the ground up while in Silicon Valley. She has served on several boards and decision-making committees and held various management positions. Outside of business, she enjoys hiking, gardening, travel, movies and entertaining. Most of all, she enjoys family time with her husband and two children.