Jeff Swartz has launched, managed, and advised businesses in North America, Europe and Asia and has diverse experience as an entrepreneur, executive, board member, and consultant in technology- and information-intensive businesses. Jeff served as CEO, Interim CEO, COO, and senior executive in businesses such as IT market research/analyst services, health care services and software, dispute resolution, software development outsourcing, biomass energy production, waste recycling, specialty food products, life sciences, marketing analytics software, consumer health food products, and education technology. Previous executive leadership positions include Senior Vice President of Giga Information Group; President and CEO of Current Analysis, Inc.; President of Hundsun Global Services; and President of Business Strategy Group. Jeff currently serves as Vice Chairman at Business Strategy Group and is a principal at Marlborough Street Partners.
David Hatch brings 30 years of technology marketing, sales and customer success leadership experience. He is the founder of CMO in Residence, a marketing and business development consulting firm. Formerly, David was CMO at IANS, an information security services firm, and was the EVP/GM of Harte Hanks Technology Market Solutions and Aberdeen Group, a Boston-based market research firm.
Karen Shoemaker brings to Corvium more than 30 years of accounting, finance and administration experience working with startups and emerging growth companies from fundraising through exit. Prior to joining Corvium, she served as VP of Finance at BioInformatics, Inc and as Director of F&A and Controller at BioTelemetry Research (fka Cardiocore Labs). As founder and principal of By the Numbers, Inc, Karen worked with venture capital firms to develop accounting systems and integrate acquisitions and mergers.
Yianni Papadopoulos is a Senior Product & Technology leader with over 30 years of experience in defining, designing, and guiding the implementation of solutions within B2B and B2C organizations. As the Senior VP of Product & Engineering, Yianni is responsible for the build and execution of the current Corvium Platform. Prior to Corvium, Yianni worked with corporations across the globe including Bechtel, Time Warner, Microsoft, and more.
Melody Ge has more than 15 years of experience within the food safety and quality industry. She has held various stakeholder positions including GFSI certification program owner, retailer, manufacturer, and food safety testing lab. Melody is Six-Sigma Black Belt certified, a registered PCQI Lead Instructor and SQF Trainer. As the VP of Governance, Intelligence and Analytics at Corvium, Melody is the subject matter expert while also leading the department that supports compliance, data analytics and training to achieve the smarter food safety era. Melody currently serves Melody serves on the Food Protection Trends (FPT) Management Committee at IAFP and Food Safety Tech Advisory Board. Prior to joining Corvium, Melody was a senior consultant and deputy QA Director with Lidl US where she established the QA department for the US expansion. Melody also worked as the Compliance Manager at SQFI where her responsibilities include overseeing auditing results, stakeholders monitor and code Version 7 and 8 development. Melody started her career being the R&D and Food Safety Director at Beyond Meat. Melody holds both M.S. and B.S. in Food Science and Data Science certification.
Tara Wilson is a creative quick study who loves to learn about business problems and solve them with technology. With over 10 years of experience across both technical and strategic roles, Tara continues to fine-tune the ability to help teams be collaborative, organized, and adaptable. Tara joined the Corvium team to build and launch Insights from ground zero and has since continued to grow with the Product Development team to help Corvium become a leader in food safety.
James Quill is a curious minded individual with a knack for uncovering key client needs and helping to achieve their goals. With over 10 years of experience managing projects and software implementations, James is uniquely positioned to help organizations leverage and scale new technology. Serving as the Director of Customer Success, James and his team leverage Corvium’s technology suite to onboard and support customers through their own digital transformation.
Patricia Donahue brings 10 years of marketing and sales operations experience to Corvium. Her experience has spanned a variety of roles at information security technology and advisory organizations, as well as in food safety technology since 2018 with Corvium.As the Director of Marketing & Sales Operations, Patricia is responsible for managing Corvium’s web and marketing tech stack as well as overseeing sales and marketing operations and channel partner engagement. Patricia is also responsible for setting data standards, reporting key metrics, KPIs, and vendor management.Patricia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Franklin Pierce University and an MS in Management from Lasell University.
Dr. Stephen Bloch is a general partner at Canaan Partners. A former entrepreneur and practicing physician, Steve’s mission is to make healthcare delivery more efficient. In addition to Corvium, he currently serves on the boards of companies in digital health (Genome Medical, Truveris and Ambra Health); biopharma (Envisia and Liquidia) and medical devices (Mitraspan, Onkos Surgical). Before joining Canaan, Steve founded multiple start-ups, including Radiology Management Sciences (RMS), a pioneer in managing radiology benefits for health plans, where he was CEO for 6 years.
Sam Kass is a food entrepreneur, former White House Chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition. Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009 as assistant chef and, in 2010, became food initiative coordinator. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including executive director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and senior White House policy advisor for nutrition. In 2011, Fast Company included Sam in their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, he helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives. He is also the founder of TROVE and is an MIT Media lab fellow.
Dr. Michael Koeris is co-founder of Sample6/Corvium and BiotechStart.org, a non-profit in the Biotech / Lifesciences arena. Michael specializes in development and innovation within biotechnology, startups, venture capital, technology transfer, management consulting, and is an avid basketball fan and master of the pick ‘n roll.
Dr. Timothy Lu is a pioneer in synthetic biology and an associate professor at MIT. He is a co-founder of Sample6/Corvium, Synlogic (NASDAQ: SYBX), Tango Therapeutics, Eligo, BiomX, and Engine Biosciences. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the NIH New Innovator Award, the US President Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and MIT Technology Review’s TR35.
Ralph Rodriguez is an Executive-in-Residence at Summit Partners. Prior to joining Summit, he was a research scientist at Facebook, where he led Applied Identity and Intelligence, and co-founder and CTO of Confirm.io, an ID authentication company, which Facebook acquired in March 2018. Prior to Confirm.io, Mr. Rodriguez founded Blue Hill Research, a global IT market research firm; cybersecurity companies Delfigo Security and Invenio; and NTA, a patent, copyright and trademark licensing and research firm. As the longest-serving ASP Fellow at the MIT, he pioneered research on artificial intelligence, cloud, mobile, neural science and security technologies. He currently serves on the Boards of Corvium, Neogen Corp., and Strategic Cyber Ventures.
Andy Ziolkowski is managing director of Cultivian Sandbox and co-founder and managing partner of Cultivian Ventures. Andy’s 30+ years of experience in investing and merchant banking span a broad range of industries and successful ventures, including DexCom, Biomimetic Pharmaceuticals, FutureHealth, Tessera, i-STAT and The Liposome Company.
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