The Founders

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Ahmed Ghouri, M.D.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ahmed Ghouri co-founded Interpreta in 2014 and currently serves as Interpreta’s Chief Executive Officer and as a director. Prior to founding Interpreta, Dr. Ghouri was a founder and Chief Executive Officer at Anvita, a clinical analytics company acquired by Humana in 2011. Dr. Ghouri is the principal author of 70+ peer reviewed scientific publications and lead author on eight granted US Patents in analytics, medical devices and software. He was a co-lead investigator leading to the FDA approval of new drugs Flumazenil (the first Benzodiazepine reversal drug) and Desflurane (the first ultra-rapid general anesthetic). Dr. Ghouri holds an M.D. from Washington University, School of Medicine where he also completed a biomedical engineering fellowship. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist.

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Gary Rayner
Founder and Chairman of the Board

Gary Rayner co-founded Interpreta in 2014 and currently serves as Interpreta’s Chairman of the Board. Prior to founding Interpreta, Mr. Rayner was the founder and Chief Executive Officer at Lifeproof, an all-protective, everyday smartphone and tablet case company acquired by Otterbox in 2013. Prior to Lifeproof, Mr. Rayner was the VP of Business Development at Anvita. Previously, he founded DriveCam (now Lytx) and OpalTech. Mr. Rayner won E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego in 2013 and has authored over 25 granted US patents. He holds an M.S. in Computer & Communication Systems and an MBA from Queensland University of Technology.

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Raghu Sugavanam
Founder and President

Raghu Sugavanam co-founded Interpreta in 2014 and currently serves as Interpreta’s President. Prior to founding Interpreta, Mr. Sugavanam was a founder, Chief Technology Officer and Principal Architect at Anvita, a clinical analytics company acquired by Humana in 2011. Prior to Anvita, he was a founder and President at Mercantile Software Systems, a high-performance database marketing system company acquired by Harte-Hanks in 1997. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.

Senior Management Team

Keith Glassford, Ph.D.
Vice President, Development Operations

Dr. Keith Glassford joined in 2016 and currently serves as Interpreta’s Vice President of Development Operations. Prior to joining Interpreta, Dr. Glassford was Vice President of Solutions Delivery for Anvita Health where he worked on population health solutions. Prior to Anvita, he served as Vice President of Client Services at CliniComp, Intl. which develops electronic medical record solutions for hospitals, integrated delivery networks, and other acute care providers. Prior to CliniComp, Dr. Glassford was Vice President of the Chemicals, Materials, & Manufacturing division for Accelrys Inc., a leading informatics and computational science company. Dr. Glassford is a seasoned scientist, healthcare, and high-tech business executive with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and 20 years of experience as a key player in the growth and profitability of enterprise healthcare and scientific informatics software and services companies.

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Steve Kempf, Jr., MBA
Vice President, Client Solutions

Steve Kempf Jr. joined in 2016 and currently serves as Interpreta's Vice President of Client Solutions. Prior to joining Interpreta, Mr. Kempf was with Humana for 10 years. He was Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Anvita Health, a clinical analytics company acquired by Humana in 2011. Prior to that, he was a Director in Clinical Strategy and Technology at Humana, leading member and provider interventions for the success of Medicare and Commercial LOBs. Before Humana, Mr. Kempf worked for seven years at Norton Healthcare, Kentucky's largest healthcare delivery system, in the Cancer Center and revenue cycle operations. He was also recognized with the “Forty under 40” award from Business First in 2007. Mr. Kempf obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Louisville.

Benjamin Yu, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President, Medical Informatics and Genomics

Dr. Benjamin Yu joined in 2014 and currently serves as Vice President, Clinical Informatics and Genomics. Prior to joining Interpreta, Dr. Yu was a faculty member of the University of California San Diego and Institute for Genomic Medicine. Dr. Yu brings his experience as a leader in human variation and genomics. His publications in Nature, Cell Stem Cell, Developmental Cell and others have received over 2000 citations, and under his leadership his laboratory received more than 10 years of funding from NIH, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Yu received his M.D., Ph.D. and residency training at Washington University. Dr. Yu is board-certified in dermatology and has been licensed to practice medicine in California since 2002. He continues to participate in training new students and residents in dermatology and genetics, and advises on San Diego's Biocom Big Data Committee.