Our Team

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Newton Howard

Newton Howard is an inventor, scientist, and leader. Dr. Howard has over 100 publications, and has generated over 85 patents in the fields of AI. He is currently a Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Neurosurgery at the University of Oxford, as well as the Founder and Director of the MIT Mind Machine Project and Director of the MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab.

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Russ Hayward

Russ Hayward is the former Deputy/Acting Chief of the In-Q-Tel Interface Center and is currently the Vice President of Product Lab, LLC, a technology startup incubator with a diverse portfolio of companies focused on secure cloud computing, data analytics, and social media.  He was also a founding partner for a consultancy used by Pfizer, Boston Scientific, CIGNA, AIG, and Fidelity, among others.  Mr. Hayward is experienced at bringing complex, new products to market, along with making alliances and sales effort at the C-suite level. He also has CIA management experience within the Directorate of Science and Technology and as a leader in developing and implementing innovative technologies.

Richard Wirt

Richard Wirt is a senior technology executive with over 40 years of experience in the computer industry.  Dr. Wirt currently serves on several technical advisory boards for startups and investment companies. His prior experience was a Managing Director and General Partner at Oxantium Ventures and a senior fellow/Corporate Vice President of Intel Corp. from 1981 to 2007 where he started and grew a large worldwide software group responsible for supporting Intel chips,  founded and managed the Intel Microprocessor research labs, and was a founding member of the Linux foundation and served on its board.  He has made many successful worldwide investments, including 10 large acquisitions of software companies.  Operating at the highest executive level, Dr. Wirt has also worked with Intel industry partners, such as Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, HP, IBM, NEC, Fufitsu, and Redhat, among others.

Jed Glick

Jed Glick is Chief Investment Officer at BSF/Object N Family Office, where he is responsible for all investment activity across all asset classes and structures. Mr. Glick previously launched and managed an absolute return equity fund at an international private bank. He has also advised institutional investors on making investments at a specialty research boutique and developed a risk management system as part of a team that managed a significant alternative investment portfolio within an international bank.

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Per Koehler

Per Köhler was part of a group that invented a medical microelectrode that can be chronically implanted in soft tissue and a dissolvable matrix multielectrode. Dr. Köhler is currently associated with Lund University.

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Beth Hochman

Beth Hochman is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Hochman earned a B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard University.  Prior to completing her medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, Dr. Hochman was associated with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. After general surgery residency at Columbia University Medical Center, she completed fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care and was an Instructor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gideon Frieder

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Gideon Frieder is an A. James Clark Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University. His current research includes computer architecture, hardware/software interface, computational methods, and image processing, particularly images of text.

Athanasios Tsanas

Athanasios Tsanas is a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor at the Medical School at the University of Edinburgh. His research has focused on developing novel tools for data mining and extracting domain information through signal processing and statistical machine learning. Dr. Tsanas studied Engineering for his undergraduate and MSc degrees and completed a D.Phil. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He has previously worked as a research fellow in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford and as a lecturer at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.

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Diane Pizetoski

Diane Pizetoski brings business process discipline to the team having spent 5 years at Nielsen as a Quality Leader implementing improvement initiatives.  Prior to Nielsen, Ms. Pizetoski spent 10 years at Norman Hecht Research consulting for television stations and networks.