Who are the brains behind the newest test in the market?

We are a team of business professionals and scientific researchers with more than seventy-five years of combined medical experience at top universities.


Vienna Sparks

Chief Executive Officer
Biochemistry and Economics @ Columbia University

Vienna Sparks is an accomplished entrepreneur at Columbia University with extensive knowledge in cultivating and growing startups. She previously served as the Founder and CEO of a social enterprise with more than 70,000 users and as the Director of a global non-profit organization with a presence spanning eight countries. Vienna’s professional experience including research at Columbia Business School and the Columbia Irvine Medical Center is a testament to her multidisciplinary skillset, encompassing both academic and business acumen. In addition to her novel research, Vienna has cultivated her proficiency in business development through her significant contributions at Cedar Street Capital, Calex Partners, and MARIO Framework.

Skye Lam

Chief Operating Officer
Economics @ Harvard University

Skye Lam is a results-driven student at Harvard University with a proven track record of success in managing complex business situations, building high-performance teams, and driving business growth. In his previous role at Harvard Student Agencies, he generated more than $1,000,000 in sales revenue for the largest student-run business in the world. Prior to that, Skye has developed his expertise in the financial services industry at BlackRock and Houlihan Lokey — enabling him to excel in diverse roles across Quantitative Strategy, Global Trading, and Corporate Finance. His professional journey is underpinned by extensive research experience at NASA, where he has been named a Grand Award Winner at the International Science and Engineering Fair, 1st Place Winner at the New York City STEM Fair, Recipient of the NASA Robert H. Goddard Honor Award, and Recipient of the American Psychological Association Award.

Advisory Board

Frederick Barken, M.D.
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Frederick Barken is a retired primary care physician with more than twenty years of medical experience. In addition to that, he also previously served as the Director of Cayuga Medical Associates and an Adjunct Instructor in Health Policy at Ithaca College. Dr. Barken received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Karen Donovan
Business Advisor

Karen Donovan is a healthcare strategy consultant for over two decades, focusing on strategic planning, corporate M&A, and business development across the healthcare continuum ranging from life sciences, providers, payers, and health tech. Ms. Donovan is a graduate from The Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.

Cathy Finn, MSW, LCSW
Scientific Advisor

Catherine Finn was the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and the Deputy Editor at Harvard Health Publishing. She was previously the Executive Producer for OpioidX: The Opioid Crisis in America, and the course director for Treating and Preventing Addiction in Community-Based Settings. Ms. Finn is now an MBA Health Sector Candidate at Boston University.

Ronald Guido
Scientific Advisor

Ron Guido has been employed in pharmaceutical development since 1980 in the areas of Clinical Research, Regulatory Affairs, Product Development and Quality Systems. He has held positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Development Officer at Brooklyn ImmunoTherapeutics and Worldwide Regulatory Strategy for Pfizer.

Business Advisor

Ajay Nyamati is a seasoned Sales & Strategy Leader with more than a decade of industry experience in digital health. He teaches Business Applications of AI & ML at Columbia University and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kitsa, a startup making clinical trials accessible to everyone, everywhere. Prior to that, he was a Partner Growth Leader at Amazon Web Services.

Student Contributors

Manish Chaubey, M.D.
Post-Doc Fellow

Manish Chaubey is a Post-Doc at Harvard Medical School conducting cutting-edge research in HIV-1 proteins, membrane proteins and structural biology. He has a strong background in structural biology, holding a Ph.D. in Protein NMR from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and an Integrated M. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.

Joel Johnson George, Ph.D.
Post-Doc Fellow

Joel Johnson George is currently an NIH T32 Post-Doc Research Fellow at Columbia University, where he studies transitional zone epithelial cells in the small intestine and stomach. Alongside his research, Joel has also built expertise as a regulatory and business management consultant for diverse biological and techenical startups.

Carolyn Kim
PhD Fellow

Carolyn is currently a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Columbia University. Her thesis is focused on the cellular mechanism of injury following repetitive mild blast traumatic brain injuries. She is the recipient of the DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, awarded to less than 2% of applicants.

Ali Rashidfarrokhi, Ph.D.
Post-Doc Fellow

Ali Rashidfarrokhi is a Post-Doc Fellow at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he manages immuno-oncology projects developing novel antibodies as monotherapies. He graduated from New York University with a Ph.D. in Immunology and the University of Amsterdam with a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

Carly Bolton
Undergraduate Fellow

Carly Bolton is a business-oriented student at Harvard University, where she is studying Economics and Computer Science. She previously served as a Chief Marketing Officer for Harvard Student Agencies, where she achieved a 75% YoY growth from $850k to $1.3M, and sent more than 22,000 B2B/B2C marketing emails every single week.

Dean Wang
High School Fellow

Dean Wang is an intern at the Mayo Clinic, where he researches drug interactions in computational pharmacology. He is an ISEF Finalist, International BioGENEius Finalist, and an RSI Scholar conducting research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Outside of research, Dean is the President of a global nonprofit and the Minnesota BPA Executive Vice-President.