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0494bcfFounder and CEO – Kurt Roots, M.B.A., M.S. – Started his first company in high school, which provided web analytics. M.B.A. and M.S. from Iowa State University, M.S. in Software Engineering from University of St. Thomas, and studied Systems Engineering and Game Design at MIT. After five years at Oracle, he went on to solving problems in retail and healthcare. Kurt grew up with two brothers, one who is autistic. Mike has an extremely rare chromosomal disorder called Monosomy 9p. With only a few hundred cases diagnosed worldwide, it’s taught Kurt what it means to be unique.

Monika D. HellerFounder and Chief Medical Officer – Monika Roots, M.D. (formerly Heller) – Graduate from Carleton College and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University. She is board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and is a practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She has practiced in a variety of settings including schools, community outreach programs, and medical/physical rehabilitation units. Dr. Roots believes in a multidisciplinary treatment approach to mental health.

Jaideep SrivastavaChief Scientist – Jaideep Srivastava, Ph.D – Graduate from the UC, Berkeley in 1988. Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he directs a laboratory focusing on research in Web Mining, Social Media Analytics, and Health Analytics. He has authored 350 papers, and supervised several PhD dissertations and MS theses. He is currently co-leading a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary project in the rapidly emerging area of social computing.

Edward P. Heller III

Chief Patent Counsel – Edward Heller III, J.D. –  Patent counsel of Seagate from 1990-2002, chair of the AIPLA patent law committee 1994-1995, during which time he received a special award for best committee report. Member of  the board of directors of the AIPLA from 1997-2000 and member of the board of directors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame from 1995-1997.  He holds a BS Physics from IIT, and JD from Western State University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in California, and in the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Advisors

Jonathan JensenJonathan Jensen, M.D. – Dr. Jensen is the Director of the Residency Training and Education Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1972. He completed his training in general psychiatry and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training in 1979 from the University Hospitals of Cleveland at Case Western University. stevemaseStephen Mase, M.B.A. – Serial entrepreneur who has founded five software companies over the last 25 years. Currently, CEO of Sa Colobra, a company specializing in data-driven healthcare. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.B.A. both from the University of Minnesota.
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sigi_haleT. Sigi Hale, Ph.D. –  Graduate and Professor of Neuroscience at UCLA. Sigi’s interest in both art and science compelled him as a neuroscientist to explore how the brain transitions between states that are amenable to analytic-procedural versus integrative-creative types of operations. His work suggests ADHD cannot be traceable to a single cause, but rather multiple factors that diminish the functioning and/or utilization of a task-oriented brain network. Sigi is now extremely interested in applying this knowledge to ‘real-world’ applications to help balance brains and improve lives. Fullscreen capture 8122013 73723 PM.bmpBarry Kudrowitz, Ph.D. – Assistant professor and director of product design at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying humor, creativity, and idea generation. Kudrowitz co-designed a Nerf toy, an elevator simulator that is in operation at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and a ketchup-dispensing robot that was featured on the Martha Stewart Show.
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vraportVicki Raport, M.B.A. – Co-founder, Board Director, and current visionary executive at Quantum Retail Technology, Inc., high-growth technology company serving the retail industry. With 25 years of business, strategy and technology experience, Ms. Raport is an entrepreneur and innovator that has held key strategic and operational roles in both public and private companies, including CEO, COO, CFO, VP of Strategy, VP of Global Services, VP of Strategic Alliances, and VP of Strategic Development. Ms. Raport is a Board Director for Open Arms Minnesota, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free meals to individuals with life threatening illnesses. Ms. Raport holds a M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, a B.S. Business – Accounting from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Susan AlpertSusan Alpert, MD – Principal of SFA Consulting, Dr. Alpert has had a long career history in regulatory affairs. Dr. Alpert served at the FDA where she held a variety of positions including six years as the director of the Office of Device Evaluation. Dr. Alpert then went to C.R. Bard where she was VP Regulatory Sciences and, from 2003-2011, she was VP Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at Medtronic.  Dr. Alpert also serves on the board of the Medical Technology Leadership Forum (MTLF), an educational organization that focuses on critical issues affecting the development and adoption of advanced medical technology.
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