Founders

David Koepsell, J.D., Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

With a background in law, ethics, tech and having authored numerous books and articles on genes, ownership, and ethics. David brings his interest and expertise together to guide the development of systems to enhance 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 behind the nascent field of personal medical genomics.

Core Team

Joseph Cawley

CSO

An expert in strategic planning & analysis, transaction execution & design, financial modeling & valuation, Joe has generated and executed dozens of M&A, strategic partnership, and capital related transactions as an external independent advisor valued in the mid nine figures.

Monica Sandoval

U.S. Marketing Manager

Monica joins the team with an impressive background. Having served as both a marketing director for a publishing company and VP in sales at a major financial institution, she has acquired an astute command of marketing, lending and sales principles and applies them to EncrypGen’s growth and partnership initiatives.

Keith Alan

Marketing

Keith is a creative and analytical visionary that excels at identifying market opportunities and strategic partnerships. As a brand storyteller, Keith has utilized his background in content development and production to drive successful brand launches, product releases and other marketing initiatives for his clients across broadcast, social media and other new media channels.

Notis Gasparis, Ph.D.

Lead Developer

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.

Brad Nickel

Strategic Planning

Brad marries decades of experience in all facets of startups, tech, and business with 26 years of innovation and product development. He has mentored and managed dozens of startups to successfully develop, fund, launch and market their ideas.

Advisors

Barry Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor, Gene-Ontology & Data Objects

Dr. Barry Smith is Director, National Center for Ontological Research; Affiliate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science and Engineering, and Neurology at the University at Buffalo, and Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics.

Richard E. Shute, B. Pharm. Ph.D.

Advisor, Medicinal Chemistry, Informatics Blockchain Innovation

Dr. Richard Shute 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.

Amnon H. Eden, Ph.D.

Advisor, Computer Scientist

Dr. Amnon Eden 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, Ph.D.

Advisor, Informatics & Pharmaceutics

Dr. Nick Lynch is the Founder of Curlew Research and CTO of 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.

Board of Directors

Vanessa Gonzalez Covarrubias, Ph.D.

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.

David Koepsell, J.D., Ph.D.
Board Member

Co-Founder of EncrypGen and Adjunct Professor, University at Buffalo. Author of Who Owns You?

Stephen Hwa, Ph.D.
Board Member

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.