Team

CEO and Founder Benjamin Thelonious Fels leads teams that innovate. He has worked with physicians, administrators and physician-scientists to deploy macro-eyes technology at leading academic medical centers in New York City and in California.

He began his career at a quantitative fund as a derivatives trader and managed profitable quantitative, technology and market teams in Chicago and London.

Benjamin built machine learning systems that power successful algorithmic trading systems and, with macro-eyes co-founder Suvrit Sra, developed novel pattern-identifying software to assess geologic assets for the world’s largest energy services firm. He has spoken on applied machine learning at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the Kidney Research Institute.

Benjamin graduated Wesleyan University in the history of art.

Chief Scientist and co-founder Suvrit Sra, PhD is an expert on large-scale machine learning and optimization. He is a Principal Research Scientist in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT where he is a member of the Machine Learning Group and the Center for Statistics.

Suvrit is the author of more than 65 peer-reviewed publications in machine learning, data mining, statistics, optimization, and mathematics, has been issued several patents and is the editor of Optimization for Machine Learning (MIT Press).

In 2017, Suvrit was the recipient of an NSF BIGDATA grant to create a novel suite of models and algorithms for analyzing complex datasets, with a particular focus on three factors crucial for next-generation machine learning: interpretability, interactivity and automated learning.

Suvrit received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and has served as visiting faculty at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon.

Chief Design Officer and co-founder Sebastian Kaupert has 25 years of leadership where business meets design. From the American Express intranet to the digital presence of the International Monetary Fund, he has helped shape global companies' brand experiences across media.

Sebastian has a particular focus on thinking through how the healthcare industry can make the best use of  information. He has worked with Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Johnson & Johnson and GSK, and built the user-interface design and branding strategy for one of the first wearable device companies.

Johannes Kitschke is the lead technologist at macro eyes. He has a background in high-performance computing.

Johannes holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from Hamburg University of Technology, Germany and a Master of Science in Computational Engineering Science from RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany.

Johannes’ Master’s thesis involved the design and implementation of a scalable data stream mining framework that allowed for shape-based querying/monitoring of a large number of ECG data streams in parallel. His thesis was supervised by Suvrit Sra.

Drew Arenth, MBA [Business Development and Strategy] has extensive experience in modernizing supply chains. Previously Drew was a research consultant for Intellectual Ventures/Global Good, and Principal at Providence Health and Services, leading design and execution of strategic organizational initiatives.

As Director of International Business Development at Foss Maritime, he guided negotiations with the largest organizations in the world and was a founding board member of the business development board for Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a multi-billion dollar privately held logistics company.

He graduated from University of Portland, studied international development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and received his MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Drew is on the board of One by One and is a World Affairs Council Fellow.

Chief Medical Officer Frederic Bahnson, MD, FACS is a general surgeon in Oregon where he specializes in the surgical care of traumatically injured patients. He currently serves as Chief of Surgery, Samaritan Albany General Hospital.

Dr. Bahnson graduated Reed College in Physics and was employed as a systems and R&D engineer before receiving his medical training at Oregon Health and Science University.

He is medical adviser for data analytics to Samaritan Health Services, a regional health service, where he serves on the Data Governance Council.

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