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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.

Team

Savan Devani

Devani

Savan is the Founder and CEO of BioTrillion, Inc.

Savan has spent his entire professional and academic life in life sciences, including 14 years in the Life Sciences industry working with hundreds of public and private corporations as a Healthcare Investment Banker at Citigroup, Deutsche Bank.  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 IPO's of the two largest healthcare companies in China: Shanghai Pharma and Fosun Pharma.

Savan began his career as a Bioengineer at Life Technologies.

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 deeply personal experience later in life gave Savan a 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.

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 prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Margaret Li

Li

Margaret is a returning Intern at BioTrillion and an incoming freshman at Rice University.  During high school, she interned at Stanford Wellness and won a Bronze medal in Archery at the French Grand Concours National Competition.  She has a passion for public health, cognitive sciences, photography, and research.

Shawn Patel

Patel

Shawn is an iOS Engineer Intern at BioTrillion while concurrently earning his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  He’s passionate about utilizing mobile technologies to solve healthcare’s largest hurdles.  While in high school, Shawn became a Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Scholar and developed a set of medical devices ranging from an app that helps users detect skin cancer to search and rescue software that automatically locates displaced victims on the ground.  Shawn strives to continue advancing his knowledge and experiences to create technologies that are both accessible and affordable.

Sumita Ray, JD

Su

Ms. Ray currently 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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