When Founder and CEO Jason Crites’s nephew was diagnosed with Leigh’s Syndrome and later his father with late-stage prostate cancer, he realized that there was a disconnect between researchers and their ability to access patient data. Jason found a need to enable researchers to solve medical problems at the speed of insight by empowering Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) and Community Health Systems to share their data and make it more accessible to the academic, patient advocacy and industry researchers.
Assurance Health Data (AHD) aims to be the trusted 3rd party in the healthcare data industry, enabling data sharing at scale among patients, providers, and researchers.
Jason Crites - Founder & CEO
Jason has 20 years’ experience in data analytics and virtualization. He is a commercialization and data visualization expert with competencies in engineering, management and acquisition integration. As an ex-IBM sales executive, he generated a billion in revenue and led the development of the Federated Data Model and the Global Storage Solution. Jason is a citizen scientist, public speaker, and an early advocate of models for large-scale data sharing and analytics.
Scott Bradley - CTO
Scott is a software industry veteran and serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience in software development, architecture, and leadership. He is the Founder and Principal Engineer at Facet Digital LLC, and has been involved in a wide range of products and authored a number of patents.
Mark Penkhus - Provider Relations
Christopher Griffith - General Counsel
Christopher is a partner at Green, Griffith & Associates LLP. He is a legal IP strategist, first-chair litigator and counselor with decades of experience establishing and supporting IP-centric startups and ongoing businesses, specializing in pharma, biotech and the life sciences.
Head of Business Development
Kellin is an experienced business development and alliance management professional with broad expertise in developing and managing collaborations with industry and academic partners. He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University with competencies in life sciences, digital health, precision medicine, and healthcare IT.
Head of Global Health Equity Strategy
Victor has deep background in developing partnerships focused on serving and impacting At Risk and Underserved communities. He is a military veteran and formerly the first chief diversity officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was responsible for developing strategy and overseeing its inclusive, diversity, equity and access initiatives. He also worked as director of strategic partnerships and alliances for the health equity division within the Department of Population Sciences at City of Hope and held roles with the Black Veterans Empowerment Council as chairman, GoCivic Chicago as member of its board of directors, Chicago’s VA Office as director and Army as intelligence analyst.
Board of Advisors:
Laurence Marton, MD -
Oncology Expert and Consultant
Jarret Glasscock - CEO
Charlotte Tschider - Asst. Professor
Loyola Chicago School of Law
Charlotte is a privacy law and global cybersecurity expert. She uses her experiential knowledge in cybersecurity, privacy, and health law to approach problems brought on by ever-evolving technology. Charlotte is a former executive at Medtronic and Target, and consults for many other major corporations.
Sam Werner - VP of Product Management & Storage at IBM
Sam is a data technology, software and licensing expert. He is a Senior Executive at IBM, and was previously the Chief Marketing Officer at an analytics startup called Celonis. Sam has 25+ patents.
Michael Del Aguila - Sr. Director & Head of Population Health Sciences at GRAIL
Michael has executive-level experience in scientific research and business leadership within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has leadership experience in observational and clinical trial studies from conception to execution to analysis and dissemination of results.
Bob Merold - Big Pharma & Clinical Data Veteran
Bob is currently Managing Director at Execullence, LLC. He was previously the Chief of Strategic Initiatives at ASCO/CancerLinQ. Bob is an expert in health care data, analytics and enabling technologies, as well as working directly with companies ranging from startups to large, mature organizations and medical societies.
Kevin Knopf, MD – Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Alameda Health System
Dr. Knopf is an expert in health economics and cost-effective cancer care with particular expertise in reduction of health care disparities. He is the former Medical Director of Cancer Commons.
Ehi Akhirome, MD, PhD – Senior Associate at Norwest Venture Partners
Ehi is a healthcare investor at Norwest Venture Partners. He focuses on venture opportunities in the healthcare sector, including therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, digital health and health tech IT and services. Ehi was previously at McKinsey & Company’s Life Sciences practice, where he advised clients in the pharmaceutical and medical products industries on corporate strategy, M&A and R&D.