Mr. Baruch founded CMEA Capital to pursue a lifelong fascination with how investment discipline and strategy can nurture investment success in the application of exponential new technologies, such as Moore's Law and genomics, to building breakthrough companies that will transform markets.
Mr. Baruch honed his early-stage investment skills beginning at the Battelle Development Corporation in the late 1960's and then at Exxon Corporation in the 1970's and early '80's. At Exxon, he managed investments and created several early-stage technology companies applying materials science and semiconductor-industry technologies such as Supertex (SUPX). Mr. Baruch formed CMEA Capital with New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in 1989 after previously having founded and served as CEO of Microwave Technology, Inc., a supplier of GaAs integrated circuits and value-added sub-systems.
Mr. Baruch was one of the original investors in Aclara Biosciences (which merged with Monogram Biosciences - NASDAQ: MRGM), Flextronics (FLEX), Netro (NTRO), Silicon Spice (acquired by BRCM), and Symyx Technologies (SMMX). He currently serves on the boards of Alien Technology, Entropic Communications, Foveon, NewPath Ventures, Raven Biosciences, RF Magic and Symwave.
Mr. Baruch currently heads up the firm's materials and alternative energy investments to include fuel cells, solar power generation and management, biofuels, and rechargeable batteries, among others. He continues to engage in his passion for early-stage investments by serving as Chairman of the Board of materials and energy companies including: Codexis, Inc., Intermolecular, Superprotonic and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. He currently also serves on the board of Solyndra.
Mr. Baruch holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University. He is a registered patent attorney and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Institute for Synthetic Biology (BISB).