Medicine used to be a one-size fits all model. Disease X meant treatment Y. Doctors made decisions and patients listened. Clinical trials were our only data source. But those days are over. Medicine has gotten personal.
Today, we know that every patient has a unique medical story. The best care requires knowing those stories and the next generation of medical discovery requires compiling those stories into structured data sets.
That's why PicnicHealth works directly with patients to gather and manage complete, up-to-date medical records. That’s also why with our PicnicAI platform, we go beyond serving patients directly, and partner with the most innovative Life Sciences companies to sponsor PicnicHealth accounts for groups of research volunteers. Only by putting patients in control of their own data will we move beyond fragmented, unstructured medical records for both individual patient benefit today and for the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to tomorrow’s medicine.
Noga was inspired to create PicnicHealth while struggling to manage her own health data after a diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. Prior to Picnic, Noga co-founded Lumni USA, where she raised and deployed the first US investment fund to help underserved students access low-risk, equity-style student loan products. Noga studied Human Biology and Economics at Stanford. She can regularly be found spacing out while meditating.
Troy leads PicnicHealth’s data, engineering, and product efforts. Previously, while at SpaceX, he built the company's internal web service for launching, monitoring and analyzing Monte Carlo simulations over mission trajectories. His exposure to health data goes back to his years growing up as the unofficial IT department for his parents’ medical practices. Troy studied Physics, Aerospace Engineering, and Economics at MIT. He loves tennis and drinks the Crossfit Kool-Aid™.
Gillian came to the field of patient-centered medicine through her experience managing a coagulation disorder. She studied at Tulane, Harvard, and Bastyr followed by private practice in integrative primary care and naturopathic medicine. She has a long-standing interest in the relationship between narrative medicine, natural language processing, and clinical informatics, which ultimately led her to leave practice for the world of digital health. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with a good Postgres query and planning her next trip to Iceland.
Lily leads PicnicHealth's operations team. She joins Picnic from Uber, where she wore many hats, including being a founding member of the Community Operations team. She's led teams that have launched new support modalities and new product lines (UberEats, uberPOOL, Uber for Business); built and scaled quality systems for Uber's global agent network (20,000+); and decreased defects that affected customer satisfaction. She loves all things operations - especially building great teams and scalable systems; and using data to drive decisions. She studied Business at the University of Michigan. Outside of work, you can find Lily practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, going to live music shows and meditating.
Pye dropped out of medical school in Myanmar to take a scholarship to study Math and Computer Science at Ripon College, focusing on neural networks. Before joining Picnic, Pye worked on software teams in manufacturing automation and home health software. He's an optimist about technology’s potential to advance medicine and sees the singularity as a goal rather than just a prediction. When he's in the physical world, Pye enjoys swimming and training in Aikido.
Benji makes sure our machines are learning. Before joining Picnic, Benji worked on the machine learning infrastructure for fraud detection at Square. He studied computer science at Stanford and at Cornell, focusing on data science. In his free time he enjoys playing board games, writing bots that play board games, and competing in machine learning competitions on Kaggle. He's also an avid taiko player, percussionist, and composer.
Justin has a healthy relationship with patient care — his dad is a doctor and his mom started a business to help children with special needs. He dual-majored in Management Information Systems and Marketing at Drexel University while studying computer science in his free time. After spending a couple years on the insurance-side of healthcare, Justin joined the product team at Picnic to have a greater impact on the patient experience. When not coding, he enjoys swimming, avocado smoothies, and cooking breakfast food.
Fatma thrives on making great user experiences and making people’s life easier with every product she designs. In her last position, Fatma was the design lead for the ServiceNow support portal. Before becoming a Product Designer, she was a Business Development and Technical Support specialist working for international enterprises like Vodafone and IBM. Having found her true passion in design, Fatma enjoys spreading that passion to high school girls through her volunteering work with ChickTech. Fatma is a big foodie; she enjoys spending her free time trying different cuisines and cooking new recipes.
Sid works at the intersection of the software and operations teams at PicnicHealth, with a focus on keeping our application and data secure. Prior to joining PicnicHealth, he worked at Lockheed Martin developing software for high energy lasers and signal processing applications. Sid studied mechanical engineering at Duke and MIT, researching control system design. Previously a competitive pole vaulter, he now trains to be able to lift heavy things.
Riva has 20 years of experience running finance and operations for companies in industries ranging from fashion to real estate development to environmental consultancy. She previously ran her own photography and life coaching businesses. When she's not at work, Riva pursues her love of photography and works as a life coach at the San Francisco Public Library. Her dog, Bacio, is a core part of the Picnic team.
Shannah loves humans. At PicnicHealth, she makes sure we have the best people in seats where their superpowers can come to life. Prior to joining PicnicHealth, Shannah led Talent & People Development at Teach for America (Bay Area) and helped build, grow and manage a global team at Global Citizen Year. When she’s not thinking about connecting big humans to their next career gig, she’s focused on raising two smaller humans, Lola and Eliana. Shannah has her BA and MA in Anthropology from Stanford.
Luvsandondov studied Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously worked at Airbnb on Dynamic Pricing and Market Intelligence. Luvsandondov enjoys walking, hiking, and running.
Kristine works at the intersection of operations and patient success, tackling some of Picnic's hardest problems to ensure an effortless user experience. As a former EMT and health educator, Kristine has seen first hand the value of making informed medical decisions and is dedicated to arming people with the knowledge to make them. She studied Community Health at Tufts University, which fueled her focus on large-scale healthcare solutions. Outside of work, you’ll probably find her baking, dancing, or getting too invested in Red Sox games.
Aneesh works with Picnic’s partners on finding ways to enable their research and development efforts. Prior, Aneesh worked as a strategy consultant with biopharma clients at Charles River Associates. No stranger to the lab, Aneesh received his PhD in Bioengineering from Caltech, where he built imaging tools to enable biological research. Aneesh reports directly to his cat Murphy, but in his free time loves waking up at 6am on Saturday for Manchester United matches and going to Costco to find new keto-friendly foods.
Michael leads PicnicHealth’s security programs. Through his work at Aptible, Michael helps many startups with their data security and security practices, in particular cloud-based healthcare startups. Previously, Michael spent five years practicing antitrust and healthcare law in New York. He holds a JD from Duke University and a BA from UC Santa Barbara.
Meg joined Picnic to make a substantive change in healthcare, starting with the patient’s relationship to their medical information. Before Picnic, Meg worked with socially conscious start-ups in travel, legal, and health to jumpstart their growth teams. Meg studied Political Science, Public Policy, and Public Health at UC Berkeley. In her free time, Meg is perpetually trying to make a yoga class or catch an international flight.
Kate loves getting to wear many hats in her role supporting Noga, Troy and the Picnic office. She has degrees from Northwestern University in Psychology, Political Science and Musical Theatre, and previously served on the founding team of multiple startups. Current hobbies include yoga, boxing, and coming up with deep philosophical ice-breaker questions.
Akash works on the Patient and Doctor product at PicnicHealth. Previously, he co-founded and led a machine-learning startup called Simple Emotion to produce a voice analytics and quality assurance platform for call centers and a universal music streaming platform with a novel content discovery algorithm. He studied EECS at MIT, and enjoys powerlifting, biohacking, and building things ranging from furniture to electronics to software.
Katja is a big believer in data-driven decision making, and uses data to support PicnicHealth business across the board. Katja received her Master’s in Data Science from the University of San Francisco, and previously worked in Finance Analytics at Bayer. She's a passionate yogi and scuba diver, and can usually be found doing one of these on any given weekend.
Srihita builds systems that scale operations and continuously improve data quality. Prior to joining Picnic, she worked with provider, payer, and biopharma clients on digital health strategy at Deloitte Consulting. Once pre-med, Srihita studied Chemistry and Economics at UNC Chapel Hill, where she researched brain development disorders in mice. As a Tarheel, she's a huge fan of college basketball, and in her spare time, loves hiking, windsurfing, and playing/listening to music.
Nate is a product-focused engineer who wants to solve the healthcare problem for patients. He's grown startup teams from handfuls to dozens at multiple startups. He holds a Math degree from Dartmouth. He won't stop talking about how much he likes motorcycles and wishes for a world where everyone rides.
Xerxes works with Picnic's life sciences partners to help them utilize medical record data for real-world research applications. Prior to joining the team, he was a management consultant advising pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. In his free time, you can find Xerxes playing basketball, golfing, and hiking.
Nick began his bioinformatics career in high school before studying Bioinformatics at UC Santa Cruz. He then spent six years knee deep in genomics and medical informatics at a small startup in San Francisco and later a much larger medical institution in New York City. Nick is especially interested in database technology and it' applications in healthcare.
Sebastien got a Master’s degree in Computer Science and HCI and never stopped learning after that. Inspired by AlphaGO and OpenAI Five, he taught himself video games and machine learning to start building his perfect AI rival. At PicnicHealth, he uses web development and machine learning to improve and maintain our internal tools.You can often find him creating silly things at game jams or practicing his Jedi skills on Beat Saber.
Steve leads PicnicHealth's AI and Machine Learning team, and believes passionately that computer scientists can improve healthcare by understanding the deep relationships among patients, doctors, and scientists. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard, and previously drove efforts at Intel Labs to build chips that use AI & ML to adapt themselves as customers use them.
Faye is a research driven designer who aims to create delightful experiences for Picnic’s internal teams. She studied HCI at Carnegie Mellon University, and cognitive science at UCLA, where she conducted research in human memory and learning behaviors. When she is not working, she loves to dance, practice yoga, and play video + board games with friends.
Andrew works with PicnicHealth’s life sciences partners to help accelerate research. He previously consulted for biopharmaceutical, medtech, and diagnostic innovators across a variety of therapeutic areas. Andrew received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. When not at work, he can be found running with his occasionally reluctant dog, Adelaide.
As a clinical data scientist, Lauren works to ensure that PicnicHealth’s data is used to further research and improve patient care. Prior to joining PicnicHealth, Lauren received her MS in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts University School of Medicine, and gained technical experience at two NYC-based healthcare AI startups. When she’s not thinking about data-backed medicine, Lauren enjoys making charcuterie boards, hiking, and planning her next trip.
Pete leads a talented team focused on delivering the best patient experience in the health care industry. Prior to PicnicHealth, he led development of several breakthrough consumer products, including the best-selling NextEngine 3D Scanner, and TextBlade, the world’s most portable keyboard. At home, Pete loves making things with his 3 amazing kids – everything from circuits to cinnamon rolls.
Melissa studied psychology at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. She went on to become a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, dedicating years to non-profit mental health work and is excited to now be apart of the PicnicHealth team. In her spare time, Melissa also works in private practice, enjoys being active in nature, traveling, and petting dogs.
Alex studied Computer Science and Intelligent Systems at the University of Michigan. He previously worked in diverse fields such as finance and autonomous driving before developing an interest in computational biology and health, and studying Bioinformatics at New York University. Now he works from Berlin and techno interests him.
Andalib manages PicnicHealth's IT security and compliance program, and he joined the team after finishing his computer science degree at Georgia State University. He is passionate about data privacy, cybersecurity and distributed computing. When not working, he enjoys the Bay Area's yoga and meditation offerings, writing, and making new synth sounds, or just binging the Office.
Kieran brings 10 years of analytical experience to lead Picnic’s data science team, which leverages data to understand every aspect of a patient’s personalized health journey. Before coming to Picnic, Kieran was a Real World Data Scientist at Genentech/Roche where he developed models, data quality metrics, and regulatory grade biostatistical methods for Real World Evidence. Kieran loves spending time with his family, taking motorcycle trips up highway 1, and trying new flavors of ice cream.
Sarah loves using data for the greater good and is deeply committed to building systems that reflect our values. That’s why she’s excited to apply her management consulting and startup experience towards building operations at Picnic. She has an MBA + MPH from Yale University and spends her free time enjoying live music, drinking sour beers, and learning Spanish.