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Innovation drives us

Our mission is to build the next generation of precision medicine.

It’s time for reality to catch up to the promise of machine learning in medicine. This means fully integrating molecular and clinical data for improved patient outcomes - in clinical trials and at the bedside. We are building the engineering layer to enact algorithms into clinical practice.

Get the right intervention, to the right patient, at the right time.

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Meet the team that makes it all possible.

Ritankar Das

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

David Ledbetter

Chief Clinical Officer

Jim Wingrove

Chief Scientific Officer

Jonathan Roberts

Chief Growth Officer

Stephen Malaska

General Counsel

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Ritankar Das

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Ritankar founded Dascena while a PhD student at the University of Cambridge at the age of 19 with a mission to enable the promise of machine learning to meaningfully improve patient lives. A broadly trained data scientist, Ritankar oversees the algorithm development R&D efforts at Dascena. Prior to Dascena, Ritankar had a range of scientific experiences at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Academia Sinica, and the Oxford Institute for Biomedical Engineering. He has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications, and was the youngest principal investigator funded by the NIH. Ritankar holds an MSc in biomedical engineering from the University of Oxford as well as degrees in bioengineering and chemical biology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the University Medal.

MSc, Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford
BS, Bioengineering & Chemical Biology, UC Berkeley
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David Ledbetter

Chief Clinical Officer

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David is a clinical strategy leader at Dascena focusing on new products, health systems partnerships and research. David joins Dascena from Geisinger where he was the founding chief scientific officer and executive vice president and built one of the largest genomics and precision health programs in the world. Prior to Geisinger, David was a professor of human genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. Earlier in his career, he was a professor and founding chair in the department of human genetics at the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine and Branch Chief, Diagnostic Development Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute. David is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics as a clinical laboratory geneticist and is a highly accomplished researcher authoring over 300 peer-reviewed publications (Google Scholar profile) He did his undergraduate work at Tulane University and completed his Ph.D., in psychology (behavioral genetics) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
BS, Psychology, Tulane University
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Jim Wingrove

Chief Scientific Officer

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Jim is responsible for the management of Dascena’s R&D and CLIA labs, as well as for guiding overall scientific strategy. Jim brings over 25 years of experience in molecular genetics and genomics. Prior to Dascena, Jim was vice president of R&D at DotLab, where he established the company's R&D and CLIA labs. Prior to DotLab, Jim was vice president of technical operations at CardioDx, where he was a co-inventor of the company's lead diagnostic product and led multiple groups, including R&D and the company's CLIA/CAP/NYS lab. Jim was a Life Science Research Foundation Fellow in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department at UCSF and completed his doctoral research in Biochemistry at UCLA. He is an author of numerous scientific publications, including articles in Cell, Science, and Nature.

Ph.D., Biochemistry, UCLA
BA, Biology, University of San Diego
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Jonathan Roberts

Chief Growth Officer

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Jonathan oversees new growth areas for Dascena’s platform. His primary responsibilities encompass setting up new structures for the company in undefined areas including establishing Dascena’s commercial models, and our sales and marketing strategy with health systems and diagnostic companies. Jonathan dropped out of Calvin College where he was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering to join Dascena, and previously started a social entrepreneurship business in college.

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Stephen Malaska

General Counsel

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Steve oversees the legal function at Dascena and has over 30 years of experience in the biotech, pharma, and technology industries. Steve was most recently a co-founder and the CEO of Kota Biotherapeutics, a startup incubated at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA. Prior to Kota, Steve was Vice President, Patent Counsel of the Biomedical Group at Intellectual Ventures. Previously, he was VP, General Counsel and Head of Business Development at Ceptyr, Inc. a biotechnology company. Steve also served as the Managing Counsel for IP and Licensing at Immunex Corp, which was acquired by Amgen. Prior to Immunex, he served as a patent attorney for Hoffman La-Roche. Steve holds a JD from Santa Clara University Law School and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
JD, Santa Clara University School of Law

Our trusted advisors.

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P. Roy Vagelos, MD

Founding Investor

  • Chairman, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Inc.
  • Former Chairman & CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.
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John C. Mather, PhD

  • Senior Scientist, NASA
  • Nobel Laureate, Physics (2006)
Advisor-Mathai

Mathai Mammen, MD, PhD

  • Global Head of Research and Development, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson
Advisor-Rick

Rick E. Winningham

  • Chairman & CEO, Theravance Biopharma, Inc.

Our board of directors.

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Alexis Borisy

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Ritankar Das

Board-Jamie

Jamie Brush

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Patrick Enright

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Steve Goldman