MEET THE TEAM
Based in the Genomics Capital of San Diego, OnRamp BioInformatics provides software and systems to streamline and simplify the analysis, data management and storage of large-scale genomic datasets so that biologists, researchers and drug developers can harness the full potential of DNA sequencing.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim brings 20 years tech experience from Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, TI & DoubleClick with broad executive & operations experience from Corporate Strategy to Finance, Investor Relations, Sales Operations, Marketing and Engineering.
With more than a decade of experience in the enterprise server market, Tim has been recognized as an industry leader and key influencer in the development of next-generation low-power ARM data centers, having led ecosystem development for Hewlett Packard’s ScaleOut Server Business. He also served as VP of Strategy and Operations for HP's Global Enterprise Solutions Business.
Tim holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and is also a graduate of multiple executive programs in Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations and Strategic Marketing with Columbia University, Rice University and University of Michigan.
Chief Technology Officer
Jean joined OnRamp Bio after more than 25 years experience in Genomics, Bioinformatics and Information Technology at Illumina and UCSD. As Associate Director of Enterprise Informatics over the last 5 years, Jean was instrumental to the setup and customer success for Illumina's BaseSpace solution for bioinformatics. He uniquely brings deep experience and knowledge of biology, wet lab operations, microarrays, and next generation sequencing together with advanced bioinformatics, software development and enterprise IT infrastructure.
Jean is recognized as an industry expert in genomics and bioinformatics, and has led tens of successful customer deployments of next generation sequencing and informatics systems. At Illumina, he also provided leadership and support for all Enterprise Informatics applications, including BaseSpace Sequence Hub, NextBio tools, Genome Studio, Variant Studio and Variant Interpreter.
Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Institut national des Sciences appliquées de Toulouse / INSA Toulouse, and a B.S. Computer Science from IUT de Clermont-Ferrand - Université d'Auvergne.
Chief Revenue Officer
Walt brings over 25 years of experience in sales and business development leadership with Roche Sequencing (Bina Technologies), Danaher, IDBS, Discovery Partners and Beckman.
Over the past 15 years he has lead teams providing software solutions to organizations involved in drug discovery, companion diagnostics and clinical research in the Life Sciences research market.
Walt holds B.S. in Biology and is an active member of the American Chemical Society and American Society for Mass Spectrometry.
Jeremy Davis-Turak Ph.D
VP of BioInformatics
Jeremy earned his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology in the lab of Dr. Alexander Hoffmann at UCSD, researching kinetic models of co-transcriptional splicing. In his studies, Dr. Davis-Turak developed analyses for RNA-seq, nascent RNA-seq, GRO-seq and MNase-seq that were intimately linked with mechanistic models. He set up the Bioinformatics Core at the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, optimizing pipeline for RNA-seq and ChIP-seq.
Dr. Davis-Turak also has extensive experience analyzing gene expression data from his time working in the Neurogenetics Laboratory at UCLA, where he became an expert in the analysis of Microarrays, Weighted Gene Coexpression Network Analysis, pathways analyses, gene set enrichment and motif analysis. His ambitious goal of enabling researchers without programming experience to ask quantitative questions led to the development of web portals featuring tools to query relational databases of expression data (microarray and sequencing) and perform on-the-fly computational analyses.
VP of Software Engineering
Angel Stanz joins OnRamp with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in software engineering and media marketing. This combination of interests provides him with a unique management style for bridging the chasm that often separates technology development and sales channels. Mr. Stanz's impact to dot com startups began by serving as Sr. R&D Engineer for ATCOM/INFO ushering in the "Wi-Fi Lifestyle", co-developing the technology behind hospitality internet access solutions that have now become an expected amenity for business travelers worldwide. This venture was supported by strategic investment from KKR and a partnership with Microsoft, culminating in a $300M exit to Cisco Systems. Since this time, Mr. Stanz has engaged in CEO, CTO, and development roles for creating social, mobile, commerce, and data analysis platforms. These projects have received national media exposure including mentions in the Rolling Stone.
Mr. Stanz currently serves on the board of Jet Genius, a charter aviation platform and holdings company, and contributes as a mentor for Canopy San Diego, an accelerator program supporting seed-stage startups.
Director of Sales
Director of Business Development
Karl brings experience in business development and operations in the BioTech industry to the OnRamp team. As head of business development at the biotech startup OpenBiome, Karl was responsible for growing the customer base to over 600 hospitals in all 50 states in under 3 years. Focused on therapies involving the microbiome, OpenBiome was able to provide treatment to over 20,000 patients suffering from recurrent c. difficile infection during this time. Previously Karl spent time with a cleantech startup working to commercialize plasma arc gasification, a novel clean energy and waste management technology.
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Officer
Cassandra brings the experience of investor relations from her position as VP of Investment Banking at Intersection Capital where she also managed Business Development and Marketing for Pitch Industries (founded on the principles of the book, Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff). During that time, Intersection Capital / Pitch Industries supported over 600 entrepreneurs in raising capital, developed strategic joint ventures, created presentations for corporate finance, and generated pitch narratives. Expertise includes email outreach (cold and warm approach), investor profiling and list generation, direct marketing, event production (webinars with 3,000+ attendees), social media and pitchdeck creation/feedback. Background also includes non-profit management, social impact fundraising and web development.
Ms. Elwell is a graduate from UCLA and has held various positions with a heavy social media and marketing influence in early stage tech. She currently sits on the the board of advisors of 5 social enterprise businesses.
Roshni earned her BS of Bioinformatics from the University of California at San Diego. She's passionate about breaking down workflow complexity and improving data metrics and visualization.
Bryan has more than 30 years experience in Systems Engineering with Cavium, PMC Sierra, QED, MicroUnity, MIPS, Sun Microsystems and AT&T Bell Labs. He has designed and architected multiple RISC microprocessors based on the SPARC, MIPS, PowerPC and ARM architectures as well as processors based on the x86 architecture. Bryan has also worked on cache coherence protocols and system interconnect fabrics as well as memory system design.
Bryan has a MSEE from Stanford University and BSEE from Brown University.
Big Data Software Engineering
Ali brings 23 years experience in software engineering/architecture with Omnicis, Opera Solutions, FICO, SUN Microsystems, Vertel, Clinicomp, Peregrine Systems and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Inventor and Development Manager of Opera Signal Set Generator (SSGen). SSGen is a Domain Specific Language (DSL) for the creation and tracking of signals on top of Big Data platforms such as Hadoop and DataRush. SSGen bridges the gap between signal description and signal definition. Thus, empowering data scientist and business analyst with the ability to create signals without the aid of software engineers. SSGen became a major component and selling point of the Opera Big Data platform (Vektor). SSGen allowed a single data scientist to create 1500+ signals (model variables) in a couple of weeks. The same task used to take multiple engineers months, using traditional Relational Algebra platforms (pig, DataRush, python).
Tony brings 16 years experience in software engineering with ServiceNow, Opera Solutions, Hewlett-Packard, FICO and SAIC. With over 10 years of working closely with data scientists building analytic software solutions for financial institutions.