Our Mission, Vision & Values
Mission: To provide the most accurate, predictive and meaningful sickness forecast in the world.
Vision: We envision a world in which Sickweather's responsible and open curation of both clinical and anecdotal sickness data will create a singular, trusted global health surveillance system for the purpose of reducing healthcare costs and decelerating the spread of illness.
Values: To respect each other and our company with transparency and honesty. To never rest on our laurels or make assumptions about things we don't know. To always iterate and evaluate our products and services. To respect our users' privacy and the privacy of the users whose data we collect. And to never use perfect attendance as the measure of good health.
Press & Honors
Sickweather has been honored among "100 Brilliant Companies" by Entrepreneur Magazine, "Top 5 Sites Crowdsourcing For Your Health" by George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services, and has been featured on the Today Show, TIME Magazine, NPR, CTV News, BBC, NBC News, FOX, ABC, CBS, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Lifehacker, CNET, ZDNet, Discovery Channel and Fast Company, to name a few.
Graham Dodge, Co-Founder & CEO
Graham is a leader in digital disease surveillance and has served on boards and technical workgroups for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as providing mentorship to students at Johns Hopkins University's MedHacks program. He has been named a "Social Innovation Rockstar" by Yoxi/BOLD, and featured among Broadband for America's "Faces of Innovation", among other honors. He is a frequent guest/speaker for domestic and international conferences and news programs.
James Sajor, Co-Founder & COO
James is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA. and has held positions in team leadership, marketing, public relations, management, and performance in the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry. In the Aftermarket Automotive Industry, he was COO of ESX Motorsports, which he helped grow from a garage-based business to a multi-million dollar company with national distribution. He was responsible for the daily operations, securing sponsorships for racecars, fund allocations, as well as building, 'The World's Quickest and Fastest Subarus' for Subaru of America.
Michael Belt, Co-Founder & CTO
Michael is a software developer with over 15 years of experience. He has worked on a number of high-profile public projects such as back-end development for Educate.com, Nature.com, and LoanOfficer.com, sites for National Institute of Health and Johns Hopkins University, and intranets for Honda, Acura, BMW, Audi, Mini, as well as boutique sites for several privately owned businesses. Michael has been a featured speaker at several technology events, including Ernst & Young's 2012 Life Sciences Summit.
John Erck, Lead iOS Developer
John is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and former Business Analyst at Cargill. When he's not writing code, he likes to surf.
Bogdan Rau, MPH, Lead Data Scientist & Epidemiologist
Bogdan is a Master of Public Health - Epidemiology graduate from San Diego University. He is well-versed in data analysis, study design, international health, and chronic disease. A techie at heart with solid knowledge of SAS, SPSS, ArcGIS, and distributed GIServices.
Megan Milstein, Lead API Engineer
Megan studied chemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and biomedical engineering at Boston University where she was the class representative for the Biomedical Engineering Society and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. Megan is a software developer with over 15 years of experience.
Kris Kohl, Partnership Director
Kris has over 15 years of experience in the agency world of advertising and design. He was the Project Lead on Johnson & Johnson's Healthy Day app, which used data from Sickweather and IMS Health to create a unique mash-up of anecdotal and clinical data. He is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and has been recognized by Shop Harper's Bazaar as a "Webby Honoree."
Laurel is an executive leader with diverse experience in the healthcare sector; bridging pharma, biotech, device manufacturers and government. She has been instrumental in expanding the use of novel healthcare data assets in public health, including influenza surveillance for a key federal agency. Laurel is published in the areas of influenza and RSV surveillance systems, and she is accredited for developing strategic blueprints to guide leading life sciences companies in developing business practices, policies, and technology solutions. She previously led business development for IMS Government Solutions leveraging healthcare data and informatics to assist Government decision makers in civilian healthcare policy, research, and operations.
Paul is the Co-Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Millennial Media (NYSE:MM). A longtime industry leader and pioneer in the technology ecosystem, Paul Palmieri brings extensive leadership experience, entrepreneurial drive, operational and deep domain knowledge to a broad range of technology industries including mobile, digital media, ad-tech, analytics, software, SAAS, mobile app economy and games. As a market maker, thought leader, mentor, executor, and strategic company builder, he draws on his 20-year career and track record of building businesses and new industries, accessing capital markets, and leading teams globally.
Mark Dredze, PhD
Mark is a research scientist and assistant research professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He works in the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence (COE) and with the Center for Speech and Language Processing (CLSP). Over the years he has worked at a variety of industrial research labs, including Google, IBM and Microsoft. His research focuses on applications of statistical machine learning (artificial intelligence) to natural language processing and medical informatics. His published research with student Michael Paul includes, "You Are What You Tweet: Analyzing Twitter for Public Health" and "A Model for Mining Public Health Topics from Twitter".
Michael Paul, PhD
Michael is an Assistant Professor of Information Science and Computer Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was previously a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University where he was advised by Dr. Mark Dredze, and he has done industry internships at Twitter and Microsoft Research. His background is in machine learning and natural language processing, and he has published several papers on analyzing social media for various public health issues including disease monitoring.
Zephrin is a serial entrepreneur, investor and advisor to startups. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Chatter Commerce, an early stage startup focused on messaging. He is also the founding partner at Edge Drop Labs, an SF-based incubator focused on product development and growth hacking. Previously he was the Head of Mobile and Social Product for Constant Contact at the time of their acquisition by Endurance Intl (EIGI) for $1.1BN. He was also the CEO and Co-founder at Pontiflex, a leading mobile ad platform acquired by Blackstone. Zephrin's background includes operating and investing experience in messaging platforms, digital ads, e-commerce and self-serve systems.