Ramin ("Ron") Najafi is the founder of NovaBay. He has served as president since 2002, and as chief executive officer since 2004. Previously, Dr. Najafi served in various management positions within NovaBay, including as chief scientific officer. Prior to founding NovaBay, Dr. Najafi was the president and CEO of California Pacific Labs, Inc., a chemical laboratory safety devices company. He has also held scientific roles at Rhone Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi-Aventis), Applied Biosystems and Aldrich Chemical. Dr. Najafi received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California Davis.