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

Carolyn Seet

VP Finance

Carolyn has been with us for more than a year, managing both our team and its finances. As a core team member, she has attended and presented with us at the Festival of Genomics in London, and helps to build our user base and community good will.

Monica Sandoval

CMO

Monica is one of our core team members with us since nearly the inception of the company. She has been building brand awareness, researching leads, and evangelizing the platform to both consumers and business partners since the summer of 2017. She is versed in issues of science communication and has a deep background in sales and marketing.

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.

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.