Management Team

Founder, President, CEO
Jeffrey H. Price, MD, PhD
Dr. Price received his MD from Loma Linda University and his PhD in bioengineering from UC San Diego.
He began his career in high throughput microscopy research in 1987, which led him to found his first company, Q3DM Inc in 1999. Q3DM was sold to Beckman Coulter Inc in 2003. Dr. Price is also an Associate Professor at The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute where he trains graduate students from Bioengineering at UC San Diego.


Chief Research Officer
Patrick M. McDonough, PhD
Dr. McDonough received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and has held appointments in cell and molecular biology at the University of California, San Diego Medical School, and San Diego State University Department of Biology. Dr. McDonough's expertise is focused in subcellular structure and dynamics of cardiac muscle, skeletal muscle, fibroblast, astrocytoma, nerve, kidney, and cervical tumor cells using fluorescence microscopy.

Chief Technology Officer
Behrad Azimi, PhD
Dr. Azimi received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UC San Diego with focus on developing image cytometry classifiers for drug discovery and diagnostics. He has a decade of experience in bridging the gap between scientists and engineers involved in drug discovery and screening.  Dr. Azimi’s engineering expertise spans the full cycle of product development and includes basic research, industrial design, systems engineering, manufacturing, quality control, product launch and support.With emphasis on strategic R&D in instrumentation, his role at Vala has been to oversee the rapid development of novel imaging technologies that improve the throughput and efficiency of phenotypic screening and drug discovery.

Director of Software Engineering
Randy Ingermanson, PhD
Dr. Ingermanson holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and has nearly twenty years experience in scientific software development. He has directed a number of complex software projects in industrial physics, applied engineering, and bioscience. Dr. Ingermanson has special expertise in numerical solution of large numbers of nonlinear equations, in object-oriented analysis and design, and in image-processing applications. He is also a multi-published author, with one nonfiction book, six novels, and about a dozen writing awards to his credit.


Scientific Advisory Board

Mark Mercola, PhD
Professor, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Professor, University of California San Diego

Michael A. Mancini, PhD
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine