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Pioneering a new approach to innovation in Life Sciences

Today, the urgency for rapid, systematic innovation is more pressing than ever. Time’s might not be on our side. But AI is.

We believe Artificial Intelligence can transform the way we understand health and treat disease. Our mission is to empower R&D teams across Life Sciences and Nutrition to develop therapeutic and preventative assets that improve health, halt disease and increase the lifespan and wellbeing for both humans and animals.

Learn more about our scientific discovery platform, LEAP™, and how it harnesses data and AI to accelerate innovation.

Leadership

Supported by a world-class team of more than 50 data scientists, bioinformaticians,
and business professionals across three offices.

Ilias Tagkopoulos, Ph.D.

Founder and Chairman

Dr. Tagkopoulos is a leading expert in computational science with a focus on biomedical and business applications. He is a tenured associate professor of Computer Science and the Genomic Center, University of California, Davis, and the Director and Principal Investigator for the AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems (AIFS). Before joining the University of California, Ilias was an associate of Credit Suisse, NY office, working on fixed income derivatives models and tools. Ilias holds a B.Sc. from the University of Patras, an M. Sc. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, all in Electrical Engineering.

George Nikolaou

VP, Product

George Nikolaou is our​ VP of Product. Prior to joining PIPA, George was executive director at the NJ Innovation Institute and has been a co-founder and advisor for startups in the fields of Legal Tech, FinTech and eLearning. George has a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from MIT.

Vasilis Vassalos, Ph.D.

VP, Technology

Dr. Vasilis Vassalos is our VP of Technology. Prior to joining PIPA, Vasilis was the Data Science VP at Workable. He is the founder of a data integration startup acquired by a public international company. He holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Stanford University and he is the co-author of more than 70 technical publications. Vasilis has previously led the Information Processing Lab at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), was the post-grad program Director for Data Science at AUEB, and has been a professor at NYU.

Eli Berici

VP, Finance

Eli Berici is responsible for regulatory compliance, contracts and financial management. Prior to joining PIPA, she was the officer for grants and contracts’ at the University of California, Davis. Eli has attended the Seinajoki Business School (Finland) and holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Patras (Greece).

Anestis Taskos

Head of Operations

Anestis Taskos is our Head of Operations. Prior to joining PIPA, Anestis was VP of Operations at PaxeraHealth. Anestis is a Business Administration graduate and holds an MBA from the City University of New York. Anestis is a 3x founder and has previously worked as a Proprietary Trader in New York.

Vladimir Makarov, Ph.D.

Head of Bioinformatics

Dr. Makarov is our Head of Bioinformatics. Prior to joining PIPA, Vladimir worked for large pharmaceutical and biotech firms such as Amgen, Pfizer, Monsanto, and Illumina, as well as a few start-up companies. Vladimir is also a part-time university professor at the Cal State Channel Islands. Vladimir holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the Baylor College of Medicine and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Michail Chourdakis, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisor, Nutrition & Health

Dr. Chourdakis is our Nutrition & Health Scientific Advisor. He is an Associate Professor of Medical Nutrition at the School of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and holds a Master’s in Public Health. He has co-authored more than 100 publications to date and is the coordinator of NutricLab. He has received numerous prizes from the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences in AUTh between 2017-20, for being among the Best Track Records in funded research projects, among the best in overall high/outstanding academic performance (incl. various domains such teaching performance, impact factor of published work per year, and more.)

Poised to transform Life Sciences R&D,
one breakthrough at a time.

 

We are an international, growing team of data scientists, bioinformaticians, software engineers, and commercial experts driven by an unabating passion to apply AI for Good.

We are committed to improving scientific understanding and decision-making through our unique amalgam of biomedical expertise, proprietary science, and ambition for building impactful technologies. Our philosophy permeates everything we do, from the people we hire, the decisions we make, and the partnerships we build.

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