Meet the Team
David Koepsell, J.D/Ph.D
CEO & Co-founder
With a background in law, ethics, and having authored numerous books and articles on genes, ownership, and ethics, as well as a short stint in a software company. David brings his interest and expertise together to guide the development of systems to enchance the value of genomic databases, while protecting donors and making them stakeholders.
Vanessa Gonzalez Covarrubias, Ph.D
Co-founder & Genomic Science Advisor
Vanessa has a decade of experience in genetic science, including research and publications in numerous journals, and currently researches pharmacogenomics, the foundational science behinds the nascent field of personal medical genomics.
Core Management Team
Carolyn is passionate about process efficiency, especially around data and operations. With over 20 years in financial and professional services, she brings a powerful combination of creativity, strategic insight, problem-solving skills and operational expertise. Some of her previous assignments include Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, RBS.
As CTO, Notis brings over 20 years experience holding several software development positions among many global companies. He holds a BSc in Computer Science, an MSc in Distributed Systems and a PhD in Software Engineering. He has also held positions at the University of Essex and Goldsmiths College.
Richard S Taylor
Richard brings 30 years of B-to-B and B-to-C integrated marketing, communications and management experience working with start-up to Fortune 500 companies in various industries that include technologies, healthcare and financial services. He is leading EncrypGen’s worldwide marketing and sales teams.
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Co-founder and Genomic Science Advisor, Vanessa has a decade of experience in genetic science, including research and publications in numerous journals, and currently researches pharmacogenomics, the foundational science behind the nascent field of personal medical genomics.
Amnon is the Principal Scientist at the Sapience.org, thinktank. Amnon programmed for and consulted start-ups, multinationals, and hedge funds in Tel Aviv, and high-tech industries in London, where he’s held academic positions, most recently at the University of Essex.
Business strategy and operations advisor, Dr. Hwa brings product development and management experience from a long career at Xerox. He earned his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, from Georgia Tech.
Amnon H. Eden, Ph.D. Advisor, Computer Scientist
Amnon is the Principal Scientist at the Sapience.org thinktank. Amnon programmed for and consulted start-ups, multinationals, and hedge funds in Tel Aviv and London high-tech industries, and held academic positions, most recently at the University of Essex.
Nick Lynch PhD, Advisor, informatics and pharmaceutics
Founder, Curlew Research & CTO Open PHACTS Foundation. Nick has worked for >20 years in pharma research (biotechs, informatics companies and global pharma) delivering data analytics and services across R&D.
Richard E. Shute, B. Pharm. Ph.D. Advisor, Medicinal Chemist, Informatician, Blockchain Innovator.
Richard worked for over 25 years in global pharma (ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca) in drug discovery projects and as an IS/IT/Informatics relationship manager. He now consults for Curlew Research, and has presented on blockchain and on the new genomics marketplace.
Alliances and Memberships
Genomic Blockchain Consortium
Initiated by, Dr. Koepsell, an open invitation to all current and would-be competitors to come together for consumer rights and the acceleration of advancement in genomics data use. This will foster collaboration in the development of a true global, Genomic Blockchain Consortium. Current members include EncrypGen Inc. and MyGenomeBank. Learn more
Curlew Research is an Organizational partner.
Founded in 2015, Curlew Research are enjoying supporting a range of Pharma & Technology customers with their health and life science innovation projects, and excited by the potential of Blockchain to support future healthcare needs.
Sapience is a strategic partner.
Sapience Project is a think tank and public policy institute located in London, UK, primarily involved in research regarding intelligent computing and its impact on economies and societies.
The diverse members of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health are working together to create interoperable approaches to catalyze projects that will help unlock the great potential of genomic data.
Inception nurtures dedicated and exceptional startups who are revolutionizing industries with advances in AI and data science. This virtual accelerator program helps startups during critical stages of product development, prototyping, and deployment.
MultiChain helps organizations to build and deploy blockchain applications with speed.
This is a software tool for web asset and legal contracts on blockchain, allows its customers to control whether the chain is private or public, how big the block is, and who can connect to the network.
IT leaders rely on this tool to stay agile as they adopt blockchain technology because they can deploy unlimited blockchains per server for cross-chain applications, providing them with full control of their own open digital ledgers. Blockchain is all about creating trust through transparency over public networks, and MultiChain has begun to emerge as a leading tool to facilitate that, although it’s also certainly not the only choice