Competition #1 Judges

We are privileged to work with an expert set of judges who will ensure a fair and rigorous competition. Their professional insight will be imperative as we look to award teams who have successfully demonstrated innovative solutions that will advance essential sensing technologies.



Michael Gillam, MD, FACEP

Michael Gillam is an emergency physician and medical informaticist. He is a former partner level physician executive at Microsoft and Director for Healthcare Innovation for the Microsoft Health Solutions Group. He founded and led the Microsoft Healthcare Innovation Lab for five years which served as an incubation, technology transfer, and prototyping lab for next generation health informatics technologies. He was one of four physician directors for a team and software which was acquired by Microsoft in 2007 and became one of Microsoft's flagship products in healthcare, Microsoft Amalga™.

He is a board certified emergency medicine physician who trained, practiced, and taught at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He has served as Chair of Informatics for both the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He has ten patents awarded or in submission in health information technology and frequently lectures on the topic of the future of healthcare information technology. He has directed projects that span technologies that include: Surface computing; advanced data visualization; biosurveillance; RFID tracking; gesture-based interface control; augmented and virtual reality; and medical robotics. Dr. Gillam is now pursuing work in Silicon Valley in the area of mobile health, consumer fitness and wellness.

Nate Heintzman

Nate Heintzman is an Assistant Professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Biomedical Informatics, where he directs the Diabetes Informatics & Analytics Lab (DIAL). A long-time diabetes advocate, Heintzman combines his research experience in genomics and device technologies to explore quantitative aspects of glycemic control and means by which technology and other interventions can improve health outcomes in the diabetes community. In 2008, Heintzman was named a prestigious UC Discovery Fellow with the San Diego division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and his research has been published in Nature.

In addition to his academic contributions, Heintzman serves as Chair of the Board for Insulin Dependence, a San Diego-based national non-profit organization that he co-founded to provide fitness and recreation programs for people with diabetes. He is also involved with several technology and software start-ups. Heintzman received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UCSD and his BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

Corinna Lathan

Corinna Lathan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AnthroTronix (www.atinc.com), an engineering research and development company. Dr. Lathan was named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and currently serves on their Global Agenda Council for Robotics and Smart Devices. She has been recognized as one of MIT Technology Review’s “Top 100 World Innovators,” and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.”

Lathan is actively involved in educational outreach programs promoting STEM education including the FIRST and VEX robotics programs and is the Founder of the Keys to Empowering Youth program for junior high school girls. She is also on the Board of Engineering World Health, which supports the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world. She received a PhD in Neuroscience and an MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a BA in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College.

Toni Marechaux

Toni Marechaux has 25 years of experience conducting studies and technology assessments across a wide range of science and engineering areas. She is well versed in understanding how things work, how they are made, and what about it that's worth pursuing. Dr. Marechaux' diverse career spans roles in industry, government, science policy advisory boards, and international cooperation.

Toni is currently a Senior Scientist at Strategic Analysis, Inc., a consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to this, she served as staff director for manufacturing and materials issues at the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering.

Dr. Marechaux has previously served as a program manager at the US Department of Energy and at NASA Headquarters, and began her career as a shift supervisor at National Steel Corporation. She holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Robert Matthews, PhD

In his role as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of West Health, Dr. Robert Matthews brings research and engineering development expertise to advance the unique, one-of-a-kind initiative’s mission to lower health care costs through the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center, West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator. All of these entities focus on lowering costs by creating innovative, patient-centered solutions that deliver the right care at the right place at the right time. As a member of the executive leadership team, he identifies and pursues strategic opportunities to advance its mission through the West Health Institute, West Health Policy Center, West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator.

Dr. Matthews brings extensive experience in the research and development of state-of-the-art instrumentation, and solving complex problems in the health care, humanitarian and wellness industries. He has in-depth experience in developing non-invasive medical devices and a broad range of practical experience in developing state of the art EM (electromagnetic) sensing systems. An outstanding inventor and an expert in ultra-low noise electronics, Dr. Matthews is the author and coauthor on many scientific publications and is the inventor and co-inventor of numerous patents. He is also an Executive Board member of the Augmented Condition Society and also belongs to the Human Factor Ergonomic Society. He earned his PhD in Physics from the University of Western Australia.

Gioia Messinger

Gioia Messinger is the Founder and CEO of LinkedObjects, Inc., a newly formed strategy and product development firm specializing in wireless Internet enabled devices. Most recently, she was Founder and CEO of Avaak, Inc. (acquired by NETGEAR), the leader in wire-free video home monitoring products for the consumer market. While at Avaak, Ms. Messinger was the Principal Investigator and managed a project that deployed large-scale sensor networks under a DARPA grant. Prior to Avaak, she founded SUMMIT Design Technologies, Inc., a San Diego based engineering services firm, and was a contributor in the development of the first wireless Endoscopic Capsule or PillCam™ - a revolutionary, patient friendly diagnostic product and one of the first wireless ingestible devices ever conceived. She was also Founder and CEO of MedSmart, Inc. (acquired by Kaiser Permanente), a medical information systems company that developed disruptive patient centric electronic health record software.

Ms. Messinger is a mentor for the San Diego and Los Angeles chapters of the Founder Institute; an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT); a visiting lecturer and mentor at the Rady School of Management at UCSD and serves on the Board of Directors of IQinVision and Fashioning Change. Ms. Messinger received her master's degree Business Administration from the University of California-Irvine and bachelor and master's degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California-San Diego. She has 7 patents granted and 7 pending.

Paul Sonnier

Paul Sonnier is head of Digital Health Strategy at Popper and Company, a management consulting and M&A advisory firm assisting global clients in the life sciences and digital health.

As the founder and curator of the highly respected Digital Health group on LinkedIn, Mr. Sonnier is globally recognized for his social entrepreneurship. The Digital Health group—which is comprised of more than 16,000 members from around the globe—is an online, virtual community that serves to advance knowledge and build relationships between professionals interested in the super-convergence taking place between the digital revolution and health, writ large.

Mr. Sonnier is a mentor at Blueprint Health, the New York City-based accelerator that puts digital health startups through an intensive three-month program to help them fine-tune their products and connect with potential customers and financiers. Blueprint is affiliated with TechStars.

Mr. Sonnier also serves as co-chair of the Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego, a telecommunications industry group that accelerates the formation, growth, and success of communications technology and service companies in the San Diego region.

He received his M.B.A. from Seattle University, and a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Western Washington University.

Eric Van Gieson, PhD

Dr. Van Gieson is presently serving as the Chief of the Diagnostics, Disease Surveillance, and Threat Detection Division within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). In his current role, he is working across industry and the interagency to foster the linkage of home-use and point of care diagnostics with health surveillance capabilities, especially in resource-limited environments.

Prior to serving in DTRA, he has served as a program manager for military diagnostics within the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL). Dr. Van Gieson has Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has worked in both industry and government settings and has publications on topics ranging from genomic analysis to unmanned systems autonomy. He led several technology survey efforts for the DoD in diagnostics and has reviewed for several major diagnostics acquisition and S&T programs.

Noam Ziv

Noam Ziv is the founder of Kesembe Inc., and an innovator and a thought leader in the space of wireless health.

Noam enjoyed a 22 year career at Qualcomm, and was the main inventor and architect of several key wireless health platforms, as well as participating in developing strategies, partnerships, and technologies to successfully engage Qualcomm in the healthcare space.

During his early days at Qualcomm, Noam was a member of the team that invented and implemented the use of CDMA for cellular communications. He contributed to the architecture, design and implementation of ASICs, software, hardware, systems and protocols in various roles, eventually becoming the project engineer for Qualcomm’s cellular infrastructure product.

As Vice President of Engineering, Noam headed Qualcomm’s Research and Development (CR&D) Software group from 1999 to 2008 and was a contributor to virtually all of the projects undertaken by the division.

Noam attended the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, and has been granted over 20 patents.

Michael Wootton (Alternate Judge)

Mike is a senior executive and engineer with 15 years of strategy and operations consulting experience. He is a Managing Partner of Sante Capital Partners, a Healthcare Investment and Advisory Firm. Formerly, Mike was a Vice President and Partner at Celerant Consulting (now Hitachi Consulting), where he led the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice from 2006 to 2010. While at Celerant, Mike held senior roles in the Business Development, Operations, and Analysis functions. Mike has worked with a broad array of Large and Small Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Healthcare organizations to deliver major business transformations including some high profile work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mike has personally partnered with clients to deliver over $1 billion in capital value. Mike received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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