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Scientific Advisory Board

We are honored to have assembled a Scientific Advisory Board of this caliber. These leaders in their fields are contributing their expertise to the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE to ensure maximum scientific rigor in guiding this competition.

Shu Chien, MD, PhD

Dr. Shu Chien is University Professor of Bioengineering & Medicine and Director of Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UCSD, where he was Founding Chair of Department of Bioengineering. He received his medical degree from National Taiwan University and his PhD in Physiology from Columbia University, where he was a Professor of Physiology until 1988 when he joined UCSD.

He is a world leader in molecular, cellular and integrative studies on bioengineering and physiology in health and disease. He served as Presidents of Microcirculatory Society, American Physiological Society, Biomedical Engineering Society, International Society of Biorheology, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He is member of National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as Academia Sinica in Taiwan and Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (Foreign Member).

He has received numerous awards and honors, including Landis Award, Zweifach Award, Fahraeus Medal, Melville Medal (twice), Poiseuille Medal, and Founders Award of NAE. In 2009, he received the Presidential Prize in Life Sciences in Taiwan. In 2011, he received from President Obama the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientists and engineers in USA.

Matt Grob

Matt Grob is executive vice president and chief technology officer for Qualcomm Incorporated. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of Qualcomm's technical path, the coordination of R&D activities across the company and the development of next-generation wireless technologies. Grob also leads Corporate R&D and provides oversight to Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services.

Matt joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. His contributions include system design, standardization and project leadership for programs including the early CDMA data services; the Globalstar satellite based mobile voice and data system and later 1x EV-DO high-speed wireless Internet access technology. Matt’s focus on cellular data services led to his assignment as co-project engineer for the HDR (High Data Rate) program starting in 1997. This new high-speed Internet access technology become standardized as 1x EV-DO, and commercialized throughout the world. Innovations and techniques from these programs also benefit UMTS evolution including HSPA. In 1998, Matt became the head of Corporate R&D’s system engineering department.

In 2006, Matt took the role of leading the Corporate R&D division. The division’s mission is to push the boundaries of wireless technology, to innovate and explore new services and technologies - focusing on longer-term and often higher-risk technologies and projects. During the past 5 years, Corporate R&D’s efforts have expanded in scale and scope. While maintaining a very strong focus on core cellular WAN technology, Corporate R&D has broadened its mission to include exciting new areas including Augmented Reality, Wireless Charging, processor and applications enhancements, peer-to-peer technologies, position location, and Wireless LAN.

Matt holds a number of patents in the area of wireless data services and technology and holds a BSEE from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois as well as an MSEE from Stanford University.

Donald Jones

Every Body. Connected. ©

Donald Jones is a globally recognized leader in the field of Digital Medicine (sometimes referred to as Wireless Health, Digital Health, Connected Health, mHealth or eHealth). He is actively sought out as a speaker, advisor and board member. He works with Fortune 500 healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device firms, venture and private equity groups and early stage companies. Jones is Chief Digital Officer of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, working with Eric Topol, MD, on the digital convergence of genomics and wireless health and digital medicine. For 11 years, through February 2014, he led Wireless Health Global Strategy and Business Development for Qualcomm. He is founder and Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (www.wirelesslifesciences.org). Working with the XPRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, Jones was instrumental in conceiving the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE.

Aiman Abdel-Malek, PhD

Dr. Aiman Abdel-Malek joined Qualcomm Life from General Electric's Healthcare Division, where he served as GM and CTO for the Global Services Technology business, a $5 billion division of GE healthcare. There he led a global engineering team responsible for the development of software and systems platforms for predictive remote service technology and healthcare operational efficiency and quality applications. Previously, Dr. Abdel-Malek served was the technology managing director for Pipeline Inspection International, a $400 million global business unit of GE Oil and Gas in the UK. Dr. Abdel-Malek also led the Remote Diagnostics Service business for GE Transportation, delivering a wireless based "Expert on Alert" locomotive information service, which currently runs on over 20,000 locomotives. In 1996, under NIH and Army grants, Dr. Abdel-Malek and team developed the first tele-mammography system for remote breast cancer screening, leveraging satellite technology and digital x-ray detectors in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital. The system was considered state-of-the-art within the telemedicine community. Dr. Abdel-Malek started his career at GE as a systems engineer in the Global R&D group in Albany, NY, leading the development of vision inspired signal processing algorithms for aerospace, industrial and medical applications.

Dr. Abdel-Malek on GE's Corporate Software Board, helping to define GE's software business strategy, and on the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC). Dr. Abdel-Malek was an executive leader for the Image & Signal Processing Technology Council for GE Healthcare and for the GE Foundation Developing Health Community initiative. He earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California, completing post-doctoral research at UCLA in Neurology. He is a senior member of the IEEE and holds over 20 US and international patents.

Richard M. Satava, MD, FACS

Dr. Richard M. Satava is Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle).

He has served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Committee on Health, Food and Safety. He is on numerous committees of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is past-president of many surgical societies, on the editorial board of numerous surgical and scientific journals, and active in numerous engineering societies. He has been continuously active in surgical education and surgical research, with more than 200 publications and book chapters in diverse areas of advanced surgical technology, including Surgery in the Space Environment, Video and 3-D imaging, Plasma Medicine, Telepresence Surgery, Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation, and Objective Assessment of Surgical Competence and Training and the Moral and Ethical Impact of Advanced Technologies.

Eric J. Topol, MD

A practicing Cardiologist at Scripps in La Jolla, California, Dr. Topol is well known for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care. While there he also started a new medical school, led many worldwide clinical trials to advance care for patients with heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks. Since 2006, in La Jolla, he leads the flagship NIH supported Scripps Translational Science Institute and is Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute. He also serves as Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health and is a co-founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. Topol pioneered the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro and was the first physician to raise safety concerns on Vioxx. He has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. In 2009, along with Francis Collins and Harold Varmus, Topol was selected to be one of the country’s 12 “Rock Stars of Science” in GQ Magazine. In 2011, the University of Michigan, where he had served on the faculty, initiated the Eric Topol Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine to recognize his contributions. The University of Rochester, his alma mater medical school, awarded him the Hutchinson Medal, the University’s highest honor. In 2012, he was voted the most influential physician executive in the United States in a poll conducted by Modern Healthcare. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine (Basic Books), was published in 2012.

Robyn Whittaker, MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM

Dr. Robyn Whittaker is the Programme Leader for Health Informatics & Technology at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She also works at the Waitemata District Health Board as a Public Health Physician in Research and Innovation. Her research interests are in mobile health, having developed and trialled many health interventions to be delivered to people directly via their mobile phones. This has included healthy behaviour change (e.g. smoking cessation, depression prevention, alcohol brief intervention, physical activity and healthy eating) and self-management support for people with long term conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease and diabetes). She has implemented text messaging health interventions in New Zealand, and has also worked internationally. In 2010/11 she was a Harkness Fellow in HealthCare Policy & Practice in the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services sponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, where she participated in the Secretary’s Text4Health Taskforce and undertook research into mobile health in the U.S. She is an active consultant to the World Health Organisation and the International Telecommunications Union’s ‘Be Healthy; Be Mobile’ global mWellness initiative.

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