In personalized medicine, the patient is the process is the product.(TM)
Backed by GE Ventures, Mayo Clinic Ventures, and DFJ, the Vineti team brings together a hybrid of experts in user-centric, regulated industry software and analytics development, as well as commercial therapeutics development and manufacturing.
Uniting all of us is a belief that we are transitioning from one-size-fits-all medicine to individualized therapies as the standard of care. To achieve the full potential of this vision, Vineti is working to build technologies that support therapeutic development and delivery and keep pace with the leading therapeutic science. Together with our leading pharmaceutical partners, we are doing just that with our independent Vineti solution.
What is the thinking behind our name? Vineti is an ancient term of wisdom that invokes the idea of progress by removing obstacles and guiding towards a goal.
Before co-founding Vineti, Amy focused on healthcare new business creation for GE Ventures/ healthymagination. Prior to GE, Amy was Chief Business Officer at Navigenics, a genomics company sold to Life Technologies in 2012. She was co-founder and Executive Director of Proposition 71, California’s $3B stem cell research initiative passed in 2004, as well as Chief of Staff at the resulting state grant oversight agency. Amy holds an MBA and MA/BA in English from Stanford University. She was named a 2016 Health Innovator Fellow by the Aspen Institute.
Heidi has been an Operations Executive in the Biotechnology industry for over 25 years and is a Co-founder of Vineti. She has an extensive and proven track record in leading operations and commercializing innovative technologies ranging from recombinant protein/device combinations to the first active immune cell therapy, Provenge. Previously, Heidi was the Global COO for SOTIO, in Prague, Czech Republic with a US office in Boston, MA. Before joining SOTIO she worked for Dendreon for ten years as Senior Vice President of Operations and ten years with Immunex Corporation in a range of roles in drug development and operations management. Heidi has a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, an MS in Bioengineering, and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Khurram, currently CTO at Vineti, is an experienced technology leader and entrepreneur with close to 20 years of experience leading engineering and product management organizations at enterprise software companies such as Workday, Oracle, and PeopleSoft. Most recently he was at Workday, where he joined the company when it was a small startup with a handful of people. Khurram helped scale the company to one of the leading enterprise cloud companies in the world. Khurram has earned several innovation awards and also holds several technology patents. He holds a BA with honors in Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Christophe brings more than 20 years of information technology and senior biopharmaceutical IT experience to Vineti. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Information Technology for Kite Pharma, Inc., where he developed the essential technology systems that helped Kite’s first cell therapy receive FDA approval, scale rapidly, and secure the landmark sale of the business to Gilead Sciences, Inc. Prior to Kite Pharma, Christophe served as Vice President of IT at Pharmacyclics Inc., a clinical stage and commercial biopharmaceutical company that grew in two years from no product revenue, to $1 billion revenue, to acquisition by AbbVie for $21 billion. Christophe has served as Genentech’s Director, IT Pharma Development Applications, and as IT Director, SAP Center of Excellence & Enterprise Applications, managing the company’s portfolio of IT projects and applications across key business areas including safety, clinical operations, biostatistics, and project portfolio management. He received his M.S. in Biology and Economy from AgroParisTech.
Jeff brings more than 25 years of management and senior executive experience to Vineti, including leadership roles in oncology, specialty pharmacy, and a wide variety of healthcare enterprises including SAAS-based solutions. He served as Vice President of Oncology for Medco Health Solutions, a pharmacy benefits management leader that served more than 1.5 million cancer patients before being acquired by Express Scripts in 2012. He also served as Chief Financial Officer at Avella Specialty Pharmacy, and has held management roles at health insurance leaders United Healthcare and Cigna. In addition to finance and operations, his areas of expertise include reimbursement, data analytics, and IT. Jeff has a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Finance and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Anand is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Vineti. He is a seasoned engineering and enterprise software executive with almost 20 years of experience in vision, strategy, design, execution and marketing of new products and cloud services. He has a proven track record of leading new products and cloud services with thousands of customers and millions in revenue. He has created products across cloud PaaS, business integration, and Identity and access management. Prior to joining Vineti, Anand worked for a decade at Oracle in a variety of management and development roles. He has also held senior roles at BEA Systems, SeeBeyond, Open Latitude, and other firms.
April has been a leader in biotechnology and healthcare for more than a decade. She has a proven track record in product and market strategies, communications, and making biotechnology innovations accessible, scalable, and engaging. Before joining Vineti, April led an innovations team at Invitae, a genetic information company, and also served as Invitae’s head of Product. She previously worked in product strategy and product marketing for Life Technologies, focusing on genomic diagnostic analysis in cancer, and for Navigenics, a pioneering personal genomics start-up. Before starting her work in biotech, April was an award-winning journalist, author, and editor, with hundreds of articles and a series of university textbooks published under her byline. She has a BA from Pomona College and an MA in journalism and communications from the University of California at Berkeley.
Nerses is Senior Vice President of Customer Success and an early Vineti team member. He has held senior roles in Engineering and Product Management, and has extensive experience in helping biopharmaceutical partners solve cell therapy process and technical challenges. Prior to joining Vineti, Nerses served in senior roles at Viki and other firms, and helped found two enterprises. Nerses holds an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California.
Stuart believes that curiosity, drive, and first principles lead to innovative products that solve problems at scale. He leads the Product Management, Product Design, and Technical Communications groups at Vineti. Prior to Vineti, Stuart was part of the Product Innovation group at AthenaHealth building clinical decision support tools for healthcare professionals. Stuart received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and emphasized regenerative medicine throughout his academic career. He has published peer-reviewed articles on clinical needs finding as well as investigational methods in molecular biology. Stuart received his Master of Translational Medicine degree from the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley and the School of Medicine at UC San Francisco. Stuart’s background combines a product-centric perspective drawing on his experience in software technology, bioengineering, clinical R&D, business, and entrepreneurship.
Tamie has focused on cell and gene therapy clinical trial logistics, commercialization & patient hub services strategies for over 15 years. She is an expert in the lifecycle of specialty pharmaceuticals and the challenges posed by patient-centric distribution, REMS compliance, value-based reimbursement strategies and specialized patient hub services. As an executive at AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group, PAREXEL, and Cryoport, she has led teams that have: developed distribution and hub service strategies, provider education, and REMS requirements; led global business development & project management for trials in 140+ countries; supported logistics for over 120 cell and gene therapy clinical trials. Tamie started her career as an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. and provided manufacturing, inventory control & distribution IT consulting services. She holds degrees in accounting and computer science from East Central University in Oklahoma.
Marc focuses on leading the global sales activities for the Vineti Platform. Prior to joining Vineti Marc, held various positions at Werum IT Solutions, the leading provider of Manufacturing Execution Systems for the Pharmaceutical Industry. There, he was directly involved with sales and implementation of Werum’s PAS-X MES, as well as supporting organizations as they continued to drive benefits post go-live. Marc came to Werum with ten years consulting experience as a partner focused on the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors at Tefen USA. He holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from UC Berkeley and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.