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Alexandrea Day

Founder, President & CEO

Across two distinguished careers, Alexandrea has seamlessly bridged the realms of behavioral health and technological innovation, establishing herself as both a clinician deeply versed in behavioral science and a visionary in software development. Her journey began in the clinical domain, where her work in behavioral health provided her with profound insights into human psychology and the therapeutic potential of personalized interventions. This clinical foundation not only enriched her understanding of mental and emotional well-being but also set the stage for her subsequent ventures into technology, where she has applied her expertise to design and build software solutions that address complex human needs.

Transitioning into technology, Alexandrea emerged as a software visionary, conceiving and developing groundbreaking concepts that leverage the power of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Her innovative work includes an AI-driven chatbot integrated with BCI to offer highly personalized user experiences, touching on diverse applications such as mental health support through a “pocket therapist,” enhanced cybersecurity with neuro-identity technologies, and more. These inventions, guided by her deep clinical insights, illustrate her unique capacity to foresee and create technologies that not only advance digital interaction but also nurture the human spirit.

Her patented advancements in BCI, alongside her earlier conceptualizations like two-factor authentication, video preview technology, and a user-friendly video ad builder, underscore her role as a pioneer at the intersection of technology and human behavior. Alexandrea’s career is a testament to her exceptional ability to not just envision but also actualize software solutions that are both innovative and empathetically aligned with enhancing the quality of life, reflecting her dual legacy as a clinician and a software innovator.

Jason McInerney

CTO

Jason specializes in bringing AI techniques to small companies and startups, with several exits and many companies still growing today. Professionally, he has served as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Software Architect, Chief Science Officer, Principal AI Architect, and many more hands-on leadership roles. Over the last 10 years, Jason has helped create or grow companies, from health-related wearables to EEG-based neurodiagnostics, leveraging data science, machine learning, and AI to build or enhance their products. Jason led the development of the first predictive AI solution for healthcare providers that improves accuracy, efficiency, and productivity in one simple interface based on interaction with the electronic health record, and led the creation of a global medical device company’s own internal machine learning development platform leading to their first commercial AI-based product. Among many others, Jason has built AI systems that understand and repair source code, replicate neurodegenerative diseases and learning disorders, detect changes in health over time from multi-modal media, and simulate pedestrian impressions per second as mobile advertisements move on screens and vehicles across three countries. 

Academically, Jason holds degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Computational Neuroscience, with a specialization in multi-scale biological modeling. His research has helped create the earliest commercial systems for the production of synthetic oligonucleotides and peptides, developed one of the first fluorescence energy transfer molecular probes, helped develop HIV treatments by modelling HIV infection in genetically modified mice, and successfully simulated the degenerative dopaminergic neuron disease model behind Parkinson’s to match behavior on affected humans and lead to new treatments.

Beyond AI in healthcare, Jason is an accomplished percussionist and jazz drummer, a big ice hockey fan having played from 3rd grade through undergraduate college, and recently published a book on caring for scorpions, having been a scorpion breeder in his younger years. He enjoys being a father to three children and helping them have opportunities to find their passions and directions as they grow.

Christopher Villa

President, MetaBrain Sports

Christopher is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 25 years of expertise in founding and operating companies, 15 of those years focusing on sports and sports management.

In his role, Christopher is well networked in the sports industry with professional players, coaches and multiple organizations. Past advisory boards include professional Athletes, Olympic coaches and multiple semi-professional players and coaches. Christopher’s network is strongly rooted in long-term relationships over the last two decades. Because of these connections, MetaBrain Sports has been able to attract top level research partners.

Christopher is a recovering baseball player (of 30+ years), a collegiate tennis player, an aspiring golfer and an avid hiker. He has coached over 100 adult and youth teams in baseball and football. Recently, Christopher sold a youth sports organization he founded, boasting 8,000 players annually and a total of 60,000 athletes participating in just a little over a decade.

Academically, Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Design from the University of California, Davis. His background in design enhances his strategic vision, allowing him to approach business challenges with a unique perspective that integrates aesthetic and functional considerations into business planning and execution.

Beyond sports, Christopher is a seasoned business builder founding 4 companies with 2 exits. He specializes in devising and implementing comprehensive growth strategies for seed-stage startups, focusing on increasing their investment appeal, developing scalable business models, and guiding them to sustainable and profitable exits. His strategic methods include securing funding, building critical partnerships, and engineering operational systems that support rapid expansion.

Christopher is a devoted husband of 24 years and a father of 2 adult children launching their own futures.

Ivan Davies

Director of Experience

Ivan is a seasoned Experience expert with a proven track record of utilizing technology to improve human health, well-being, and growth. His diverse background includes traditional sports coaching, e-commerce leadership, and user experience (UX). This unique blend of knowledge allows him to offer a wealth of experience to any team.
 
Ivan specializes in designing and implementing technological solutions that enhance human functionality. He has experience working on a variety of platforms, including gaming, social networking, user-generated content (UGC), and content management systems (CMS). Over the past decade, Ivan has played a pivotal role in initiating and developing numerous platforms from the ground up. His contributions have been instrumental in enhancing some of the most notable digital communities globally.
 
Academically, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Sports Psychology and is a certified Teacher of Physical Education. Leveraging this background, he has worked closely with professional athletes across multiple sports, further refining his understanding of human performance.
 
Ivan is passionate about sustainability and is a board member and advisor to several sustainability-led organizations.
 
Beyond his professional pursuits, Ivan finds meaning and purpose as a devoted husband and father of three children. This balance fuels his dedication to making a positive impact on society.

Dr. Roméo Farinacci

PhD, Ethics Adviser

Romeo specializes in Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) with 20 years of experience in Data Privacy, Compliance Management, Cyber Security, and Audit. An executive level cybersecurity leader, speaker, and advisor delivering years of management and consultation on complex enterprise domains in public, private, defense, and government sectors. He drives design, evaluation, risk management, and reverse engineering of business risk and compliance to ensure regulatory alignment. 

Romeo has a doctorate in management from the University of Phoenix, an MBA, MIT, and multiple certifications including CISSP, CISM, CDPSE, CIPP/US, CMMC-RPA, and PMP.

Robin Ann Yurk

MD, MPH, Senior Research & Ethics Adviser

Robin Ann Yurk, MD, MPH is a Physician | Senior Executive with 30+ years of Healthcare experience for Academic & Community Hospitals, Private Research Organization and Private companies for profit and nonprofit.  She has contributed to healthcare entrepreneur leadership as an entrepreneur CEO for MDyurk | DecisionShare, LLC with other C-suite team member roles, and as a Senior Medical Advisor for Wallcott Holdings, LLC a domestic and global healthcare infrastructure economic strategy.  She has 15 years of health system and front line physician experience from clinical practice with the HRSA BPHC Medical Center Foundations as a physician specialist. In addition, her medical training includes completion of a General Internal Medicine Fellowship from Johns Hopkins Medicine, a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a doctor of medicine from Creighton University School of Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Issa Kildani

Director of Healthcare Commercialization

As the enterprising Founder and Principal Consultant of Ambrosia Ventures, exemplifies the pinnacle of innovation and strategic insight in the healthcare and biotechnology sectors. His career is a testament to an unwavering commitment to advancing medical science and commercializing groundbreaking technologies. At MetaBrain Labs, Issa’s visionary leadership since January 2024 has navigated the intricate process of bringing innovative products to market, harmonizing regulatory frameworks with aggressive business strategies to expedite product launches. Parallelly, his role at Ambrosia Ventures showcases his adeptness in steering healthcare entities through the industry’s complexities, providing tailored strategic advice that underscores his comprehensive understanding of biomedical science, regulatory compliance, and market dynamics. Issa’s academic foundation, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Biomedical Science from Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University, respectively, underpins his professional achievements. His journey from academia to a luminary in healthcare commercialization and consultancy demonstrates a relentless pursuit of transformative healthcare solutions, marked by a proactive approach to challenges and a collaborative spirit that fosters innovation and growth.

Andrew M. Harrison

MD, PhD, Director of Healthcare Research

Andrew Harrison, MD, PhD is a physician and scientist, After completing undergraduate research training in physics and genetics he pursued MD-PhD training through the NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program at Mayo Clinic. The subject of his doctoral dissertation in Clinical Informatics with Critical Care was automated sepsis detection and alert. He was awarded a degree in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Clinical and Translational Research. He continued Clinical Informatics research with Critical Care at Mayo Clinic as a postdoctoral Research Fellow. The focus of his work was use of machine learning (artificial intelligence) for hospital wide surveillance of critical illness. He then joined a medical device startup company during the pandemic focused on real time use of a flow cytometry device as a hematology analyzer coupled to advanced AI/ML analytics for blood-based disease detection and differentiation. He then pursued medical residency training in anesthesiology. Most recently he has done consulting focused on AI in healthcare such as generative AI and large language models (LLMs).

Andrew has published dozens of academic papers, book chapters, major grants, technical documents, regulatory documents, and more. He was employed by the Office for Diversity at Mayo Clinic as Managing Editor of their Diversity in Education Blog for 5 years. He has experience lobbying with multiple healthcare organizations in Washington, DC. He has served as National Policy Chair of the American Physician Scientists Association (ASPA) and as a student Editorial Board member of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

Dr. Amanda Kavner

Director of AI Implementation

Dr. Amanda Kavner, the Director of AI Implementation at MetaBrain Labs, is a trailblazer in the integration of artificial intelligence and neurocognitive science to predict human behavior. With a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from SUNY University at Buffalo, her research is centered on leveraging machine learning and neurocognitive measurements to build predictive models that enhance mental health and educational outcomes. Her postdoctoral work in East Carolina University’s Neurocognitive Lab further solidified her expertise in cognitive process modeling and the application of AI in critical learning environments. Dr. Kavner’s groundbreaking work extends into the pioneering use of blockchain technology, particularly focusing on the potential of NFTs to safeguard neurodata and establish neurorights security. She is at the forefront of exploring how neurodata could revolutionize identity verification within finance and other sectors, proposing innovative methods for utilizing NFTs to ensure the ethical handling and protection of cognitive information. Her efforts signify a transformative step towards leveraging technology for more secure, inclusive, and advanced educational and societal systems.

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