Adriana Vela, Founder and Principal

AdriFounder & CEOana 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 consulting projects. In 2004, she founded NanoTecNexus (formerly NanoBioNexus), a nonprofit corporation whose goal is to promote safe and market-accepted advances in nanoscience in areas ranging from medicine, defense, energy, water and others. She led a team of high caliber scientists and business professionals and developed an international presence for NanoTecNexus, Inc.

Under Adriana’s leadership, NanoTecNexus was selected to participate 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. The NanoTumor Center included an Educational Core where Adriana served as co-principal investigator together with surgical oncologist Sarah Blair, MD to develop educational strategies, tools and outreach programs for the center’s multi-institution and multi-disciplinary members as well as the healthcare community and general public. In 2014 she founded NanoTecNexus Learning Group to promote K-12 nanoscience STEM education to grow the next generation of innovators.

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.