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.
Laurel Edelman, CEO
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 (now IQVIA, NYSE:IQV) leveraging healthcare data and informatics to assist Government decision makers in civilian healthcare policy, research, and operations.
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.
Megan Milstein, VP of Technology
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.
Kevin Quach, Senior Data Scientist & Biostatistician
Kevin is a former Biostatistician at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Research Associate Faculty from the their Department of Health Policy and Management. He holds a Master's in Biostastics and Epidemiology from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto.
Dave Switzer, Director of Client & Media Relations
Dave is a communications leader delivering creative solutions to engage and inform a broad range of stakeholders leading to educated decision making. Emphasis on providing practical solutions which improve knowledge, increase understanding, deepen engagement, promote the brand and empower people. He is experienced in for-profit and non-profit sectors understanding the complexities and opportunities for both, including former senior roles at the Fike Corporation and the PKD Foundation.
Kaitlin Brennan, Marketing Manager
Kaitlin has over 5 years of marketing experience with tech and healthcare companies, startups and nonprofits, including Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. She is an alumni of Techstars and the Sprint Accelerator when she worked with the Australian-based mobile health company, Ollo Wearables.
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.
Bogdan Rau, MPH
Bogdan is the Health Data Project Leader at Kaiser Permanente and a Sickweather alumni, having developed many of Sickweather's early data science platform tools including Sickweather Pro. He 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.
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.
Board of Directors
Zephrin Lasker, Chairman
Zephrin is a serial entrepreneur, investor and advisor to startups. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Chatter Commerce, acquired by Rakuten Viber. 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.
Laurel Edelman, CEO
Michael Belt, Co-Founder & CTO
Graham Dodge, Co-Founder
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
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.