The Vision & Leadership for Success

Enablence’s professional management team has deep business and technical expertise. They are experienced leaders with proven track record of delivering solutions for the communications markets for our customers.

Ashok Balakrishnan


Dr. Balakrishnan is one of the co-founders of Enablence has extensive product development and commercialization expertise spanning several markets, including telecommunications, spectroscopy, sensors, and biophotonics.  At Enablence, he led the TOSA/ROSA and transceiver development for PON, Metro, and coherent long-haul offerings. Following this he spearheaded the development effort to create industry-leading MUX/DEMUX PLCs for the Datacom market. Prior to Enablence, Ashok was the Manager of Product Integration at Optenia, a Staff Scientist at SDL (now JDS Uniphase), a Photonics Development Scientist with Mitel Semiconductor (now Zarlink) and he was a researcher with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Balakrishnan has numerous publications and inventions in the areas of spectroscopy, telecommunications, and biophotonics. Ashok holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto.

Scott Larin


Mr. Larin is a seasoned finance executive with over 20 years of finance, capital markets and financial advisory experience.  Mr. Larin has held senior positions at several blue-chip independent and bank-owned investment dealers and has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of a privately held non-bank financial company.  Mr. Larin is a CFAâ charter holder and graduated from The Ivey Business School with an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree in 1997.

Serge Bidnyk

Director  of  Research  and  Design

Dr. Bidnyk is the Director of Research and Design at Enablence Technologies. He has 20 years of experience in developing new products based on various photonics technologies. He has successfully taken more than a dozen products from design all the way through production. Working closely with research centers and leading developers of simulation software, Dr. Serge Bidnyk has pioneered numerous photonic chip architectures and has been responsible for advancements in the modeling of hybrid planar circuits, as well as building advanced algorithms for the phase-controlled layouts of large-scale photonic circuits. Dr. Bidnyk has over 80 scientific publications and 70 conference presentations worldwide, as well as 9 patents. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Oklahoma State University, USA.

Zheng Chen

Director of Sales and Business Development

Zheng Chen became the Director of Sales and Business Development at Enablence in December 2019. Prior to joining Enablence, Zheng was sales manager for North America and China at Albis Optoelectronics AG, which had been the Active Component Unit under Enablence Technologies Inc. between 2007 and 2012.  Zheng brings with him more than twenty four years of extensive experiences in various semiconductor and system companies in silicon valley, including Cisco, C-Cube Microsystems, and multiple start-ups.  Zheng has served for major high tech industrial countries and regions, such as North America, China, APAC-X China, over fifteen years as sales, business development, and customer support. Zheng has MS degrees in EE and Physics from Northern Illinois University and a BS in Physics from Fudan University.

Mae Gao

Director of Processing

Ms. Mae Gao was one of the earliest Enablence employees. Graduated from Simon Fraser University, Mae’s M.Sc. research in photochemistry granted her a patent for photoresist-free patterning of metal and metal  oxide thin films, which was licensed to DuPont. Mae has over 25 years of solid experience in optoelectronics device fabrication. She let the build-out of a 15000 sq feet wafer fab cleanroom facility complete with photo lithography, wet and dry etching, dielectric and metal deposition, characterization and packaging capabilities. Mae has also developed various micro-fabrication and hermetic packaging processes and  successfully built the product line for 640×512 high resolution infrared cameras. Prior to re-joining Enablence Technologies, Mae was R&D Director for GHOPTO and Director of Process Development for VueReal  Technologies.