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We’ve been assembling a team with a rare combination of life, data, and computer sciences backgrounds, across business and engineering.

Our mission is to transform Data from Life into Data for Life.

Execution Team

Savan Devani

Devani

Savan is the Founder and CEO at BioTrillion.

Savan has spent his entire professional and academic life in life sciences, including 14 years working with hundreds of public and private corporations as a Healthcare Investment Banker at Citigroup (NYSE: C), Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB).  From Analyst through Managing Director, Savan executed 40 M&A, IPO, and financing deals, totaling over $35 billion in value, and experienced many invaluable business and scientific lessons from his work with clients across the spectrum of drug, diagnostic, and device technologies.  These companies included Amgen, Anacor, Boston Scientific, Eli Lilly, Intermune, Map Pharma, Masimo, Medtronic, Omeros, Pacific Biosciences, and many others.  While a Vice President at Deutsche Bank, he was selected to lead the firm's build-out of its healthcare business into Asia, leading to two of China's largest IPO's – Shanghai Pharma and Fosun Pharma.

Savan began his career as a Bioengineer at Life Technologies (NYSE: TMO).

Savan graduated with a M.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering focused in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

After many years of academic and professional experience in the healthcare field, a painful personal experience later in life gave Savan new perspective into how much healthcare needed to change – his mother was abruptly diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  This compelled Savan to ask “where were all the signs” and “isn't there a better way,” which led to him returning to his Bioengineering roots and founding BioTrillion.

Harris Bergman, PhD

Bergman

Harris is the Director of Computer Vision at BioTrillion.  His background is in artificial intelligence, computer vision, medical imaging, and 3D reconstruction.  He has extensive experience directing R&D activities in conceptualizing, designing, and commercializing FDA-regulated medical imaging products for several startup companies. 

Prior to BioTrillion, Harris led the development of deep learning-based tools in the field of dentistry at Benevis.  He has also led the development of several 3D scanners, including the Otoscan ear scanning solution.  Harris began his career applying AI to medical images in his doctoral research, prompting him to found a company that developed an early computer-aided detection application for mammograms.  He has been granted 11 U.S. patents for his inventions.

Harris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (bioengineering focus) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Daniel Barboza

Barboza

Daniel is a Computer Vision Engineer at BioTrillion, focused on innovative disease detection solutions involving the use of Computer Vision and Deep Learning (CV/DL).  He has 2 years of industry experience with Software Engineering and 2 years of academic and research experience within different areas of CV/DL including Semantic Image Segmentation, Visual Odometry, and Machine Learning.  Daniel is passionate about applying AI and Deep Learning technologies toward making healthcare more accessible and affordable at a globally digital scale.

Daniel holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing) focused on Computer Vision and Deep Learning from Arizona State University, Tempe.

Ranya Belmaachi

Belmaachi

Ranya is an Intern at BioTrillion, with a wide range of roles spanning across business and technology.  She previously conducted research in Alzheimer's disease therapeutics using an organically produced acid and received a Matice Award at a Model United Nations conference in Rabat, Morocco.  As part of her summer courses at Brown University, UCLA, and Gettysburg College, she has studied Brain Simulation, Engineering, Forensic Science, and Psychology.

Ranya is currently pursuing her B.S. in Neuroscience and B.S. in Computer Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Andrew Kil

Kil

Andrew is an Intern at BioTrillion, joining with previous startup experience in market analysis and research.   He was a Nationals Qualifier for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and was ranked 76th in the International, Division 1 AAPT Physics Bowl. 

Andrew is currently pursuing his B.A in Economics at Yale University.

Alexander Chen

Chen

Alex is an Intern at BioTrillion, while completing his high school senior year.  He has experience in biological research, nanobodies, cell sorting, fluorescent immunolabeling, confocal microscopy, western blotting, gel electrophoresis, PCR, and competent cell production.

Alex plans to major in Biomedical Engineering and Minor in Economics, with a career working at the frontier of biomedical research.

Advisory Board

Dr. David Kirk, PhD

Kirk

Dr. Kirk was at NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) for over 20 years, and served in many roles, including Chief Scientist, Vice President of Architecture, and most recently, Fellow.

Dr. Kirk received the Distinguished Alumni award from Caltech in 2009.  He was elected in 2006 to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his role in bringing high-performance graphics to personal computers.  In 2002, he received the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award for his role in bringing high-performance computer graphics systems to the mass market.  Dr. Kirk is the inventor of more than 60 patents and patent applications relating to graphics design and has published more than 50 articles on graphics technology.  He also co-authored the popular textbook “Programming Massively Parallel Processors.”

Dr. Kirk holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Caltech, with a minor in Computation and Neural Systems.

Dr. Santosh Kumar, PhD

Kumar

Dr. Kumar is a Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence Professor in Computer Science at the University of Memphis. His research focuses on using mobile sensors for self-monitoring of health, wellness, and performance.  Dr. Kumar's research group has developed computational models to infer human health and behaviors such as stress, conversation, smoking, craving, brushing, flossing, and drug use from wearable sensor data.  He leads several large federally-funded multidisciplinary projects in mobile sensor big data funded by NIH, NSF, and IARPA (worth over $40 million).

Dr. Kumar is currently Center Director and Lead PI of the NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) that involve investigators in computing, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine from 17 universities.  In 2010, he was named "Sensor Guru" by the Popular Science magazine as part of their profiling of America's Ten Brilliant Young scientists and is a frequent keynote speaker or presenter at universities, medical schools, federal agencies including at the White House, international conferences, and national meetings of experts.

Dr. Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ohio State and B.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Sumita Ray, JD

Su

Ms. Ray serves as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at Calithera Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALA) where she provides strategic support to the company’s business operations, oversees all global legal, compliance and privacy matters, and serves on the Executive Management Team.   With more than 20 years of life science, pharmaceutical and biotechnology experience, spanning private practice and in-house roles of increasing legal seniority, Ms. Ray brings a breadth of experience building organizations from the ground up, and advising companies in a stage-appropriate manner to ensure that they are able to compliantly reach their business goals.  Ms. Ray has legal expertise in FDA regulatory law, global health care law and compliance, privacy, brand support, product launches, collaborations and alliance management.  

Prior to joining Calithera, Ms. Ray served as Chief Compliance Officer and Associate General Counsel, Head of Healthcare and Regulatory Law at Pharmacyclics, until its $21B acquisition by Abbvie, one of the largest biotech M&A deals in history.  Prior to Pharmacyclics, she served in roles as internal counsel for Elan Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, and AstraZeneca, and as external counsel for the law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads LLP.   Ms. Ray has been a keynote speaker, panelist, and leading expert at various national healthcare conferences, and has served in numerous mentorship, advisory and non-profit board roles committed to advancing and supporting women and diversity.

Ms. Ray holds a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona.

Dr. Solomon Su, PhD

Su

Dr. Su is a seasoned Bioengineer with over 20 years of experience in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.  His expertise includes combinational device and pharmaceutical formulation.  He spent the majority of his professional career at Biosensors International, where he rose through the ranks to Director of R&D, until the Company’s acquisition.

Dr. Su has extensive experience in taking conceptual R&D ideas to human clinical trial and finally to commercialization.  He is inventor/co-inventor of 32 issued worldwide patents and 25 pending patent applications.

Dr. Su holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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