We are venture-backed startup located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, a quick walk to the Caltrain and Philz.


Louis Monier, PhD | The Architect

As the founder and CTO of the AltaVista search engine, Louis is widely considered one of the fathers of Web search. He has held senior positions at Google, eBay and various start-ups. Louis earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Paris in 1980 and worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Xerox PARC, and DEC’s Western Research Laboratory. Recently Louis was a co-founder and CTO of Qwiki, acquired by Yahoo, and Chief Scientist at Proximic, a company in the Internet advertising space.

Noah Zimmerman, PhD | The Data Guy

Noah has a background in computer science with training in statistics, immunology and medicine. Prior to Kyron, he was a Senior Data Scientist at Pivotal where he helped build the data science practice for the healthcare & life-science vertical. He completed his doctoral work in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford, and was a member of the founding team of 2 startups in the healthcare/life-science space. In the spring quarter Noah teaches a course he helped create at the Stanford that explores the intersection of science and design.

Vladimir 'Vlad' Polony | The Technologist

Vlad joins Kyron with over a decade of experience in software engineering, specializing in text mining and machine learning applications. He previously held senior development roles at Proximic and Rockwell Automation. Outside of Kyron Vlad enjoys running, swimming and cycling.

Vlod Kalicun | Software crowbar wielder

Vlod is a senior software engineer/technologist bringing 20 years of experience of forcefully bending technology to his will. He started writing collateral credit risk software for the financial industry before catching the entrepreneur bug and then joined scrappy startups with visions of changing the world. Vlod can be seen brewing craft beer, roasting coffee and drinking vast quantities of tea (as he's British). He stays active by preventing his new labrador puppy from chewing everything. He likes to stay abreast of new technology and is generally buzzword compliant.

Board of Directors

Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH

Dr. Milstein is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford and directs the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. His career and ongoing research is focused on acceleration of clinical service innovations that improve the societal value of health care. Citing his nationally distinguished innovation in health care cost reduction and quality gains, he was selected for the highest annual award of the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and of the American College of Medical Quality. Elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, he chaired the planning committee of its examination of best methods to lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes. He was educated at Harvard (BA‑Economics), Tufts (MD) and (UC‑Berkeley (MPH‑Health Services Evaluation and Planning).

Tammy Tompkins, JD

Tammy serves as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at Khosla Ventures, bringing over 18 years of legal and operational experience to the firm. Tammy is responsible for all legal matters with respect to KVs investments, portfolio management, fund operations and regulatory compliance. Prior to KV, Tammy spent over seven years as the General Counsel of Amyris, Inc., a bio-renewables company based in Emeryville, California. During her tenure at Amyris, Tammy managed six rounds of venture capital financing, helped establish and manage a Brazilian manufacturing subsidiary, negotiated numerous complex cross-border licensing deals, strategic collaborations and joint ventures, and played a critical role in managing the company’s IPO in the fall of 2010. Tammy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in history from Middlebury College.


Nigam Shah, MBBS, PhD | Co-founder

Dr. Nigam H. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Shah's research is focused on combining machine learning and text-mining with knowledge encoded in medical ontologies to learn practice-based evidence from unstructured clinical data. He teaches a graduate class on data-driven medicine. Dr. Shah holds an MBBS from Baroda Medical College, India, a PhD from Penn State University, USA and completed post-doctoral training at the Stanford Medical School.

Chris Longhurst, MD

Dr. Christopher Longhurst is a board-certified pediatric hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also holds an administrative appointment at Packard Children’s as the Chief Medical Information Officer, where he has helped lead the organization through the implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) since 2004. These efforts resulted in national attention when Dr. Longhurst published the first-ever correlation between implementation of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system and a decrease in hospital-wide mortality in 2010. That same year he was honored to be the selected by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the nation.

Bradley Voytek, PhD

Dr. Bradley Voytek is an Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego and Data Evangelist for the on-demand car service company, Uber, Inc. In his neuroscience life, Brad studies cognition and neural network communication using data-mining, lesion experiments, human intracranial recordings, brain-stimulation, brain-computer interfacing, and whatever other tools he can get his hands on. He co-created the meta-analytic neuroscience research aggregation tool and hypothesis generation site with his wife Jessica Bolger Voytek. He's an avid science teacher and outreach advocate and is the world's zombie brain expert (seriously).

Mark A. Musen, MD, PhD

Dr. Musen is Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, where he is Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research. He holds an MD from Brown University and a PhD from Stanford. Dr. Musen conducts research related to intelligent systems, the Semantic Web, reusable ontologies and knowledge representations, and biomedical decision support. His long-standing work on a system known as Protégé has led to an open-source technology now used by thousands of developers around the world to build intelligent computer systems and new computer applications for e-science and the Semantic Web. He is known for his research on the application of intelligent computer systems to assist health-care workers in guideline-directed therapy and in management of clinical trials. He is principal investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, one of the eight National Centers for Biomedical Computing supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He chairs the Health Informatics and Modeling Topic Advisory Group for the World Health Organization’s revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). He is a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.