Sandra Shpilberg is the Founder and CEO of Seeker Health. She founded Seeker Health to harness the power of technology to connect patients to clinical trials and help the biopharmaceutical industry accelerate drug development and innovation. Prior to founding Seeker Health, Sandra was an executive at Nora Therapeutics and at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, where she led commercial launches and product development for treatments for rare diseases. She graduated with a BBA from Pace University and and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Heather Hernandez is passionate about developing health solutions. She has worked managing clinical trials, in all phases, for both medical device and biotech companies for 8+ years, including Menlo Therapeutics, Cytokinetics, FribroGen and Penumbra. Now as a Director of BD for Seeker Health, she’s helping Clinical Ops Leaders accelerate enrollment into their clinical trials, by connecting them to the Seeker Health portal & services. In her free time, Heather enjoys serving as an alumni advisor to the BEAM, Stanford Career Education team, serving on the PHE Next Council, playing volleyball and running marathons. Heather graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Sharon Francis is a seasoned digital marketer with over 10 years of experience in online ad and website design, project and financial management. Sharon previously served as Director of Program Management at Carat and Associate Director at DigitasLBi, where she produced award-winning advertising campaigns. Sharon started her career at Deloitte Consulting as a healthcare consultants. She earned a BA from Barnard College. Sharon has a passion for the growing use of social media and its potential to revolutionize clinical trials.
Nadia Espinoza studied communications with an emphasis in media at University of California, San Diego. Post academics, Nadia returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area, and proceeded to work in a fast, dynamic environment, assuring hands-on experience on startup ground. Passionate about technology, Nadia has since continued to pursue professional development in tech-based startups. Her background includes roles in marketing, media, and operations.
Lee Crawford is Principal at Etherfirma and Chief Architect/VP of Engineering at NerdWallet. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Lee has been instrumental in the development of the Seeker Portal, our proprietary and secure patient lead management system.
Jared Petker is an experienced software engineer. He graduated from University of California, Merced, with a degree in Physics and Computer Science. Jared has been instrumental in the development of the Seeker Portal, our proprietary and secure patient lead management system.
Board of Advisors
Barbara K. Burton, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Clinical Practice Director and Director of the Phenylketonuria (PKU) Treatment Program in the Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her major clinical and research interests are in the area of inborn errors of metabolism. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics. She is the past President of the Chicago Pediatric Society, and past President of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders. She is a member of the Genetic and Metabolic Advisory Committee to the Illinois Department of Public Health and is Chairman of the Lysosomal Storage Disorders Subcommittee. She has contributed over 200 articles and chapters to medical literature, many of them focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism and on the prenatal diagnosis of genetic disorders.
Dan Oppenheimer, Ph.D. is Chief Operating Officer at Reset Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for diseases linked to dysfunctional circadian rhythms. Previously, Dan was Group Vice President, Development and Portfolio Strategy at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, with responsibility for pipeline product development, product strategy, and portfolio planning. He previously served in several roles in Business Development and Product Development at BioMarin. During his fourteen years at BioMarin, Dan was involved in the development and approval of four therapeutics, as well as several other preclinical and clinical stage programs currently in development. Prior to joining BioMarin, Dan was a consultant at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco, advising biotechnology companies. He earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University.
Luke Gelinas is a Fellow in Research Ethics at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Luke earned his PhD in 2014 from the University of Toronto, where he was a graduate fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics; he also has an MA in Religion summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School. Most recently, Luke completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and training in Clinical Ethics at Albany Medical College. Luke’s research interests focus primarily on the concept of informed consent. Currently, his work advances several projects as part of the Harvard Catalyst Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program, with a particular emphasis on the regulatory, ethical, and practical aspects associated with recruitment and retention of research participants.
Kendra Gottsleben is a Marketing Communication Specialist, author, and spokesperson on living a life with a rare disease and disability. Her career blends the two worlds in which she grew up: medicine and education. Kendra provides support to families and children who have severe or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities. She has defined her life by a positive outlook and success in overcoming obstacles, and refuses to be defined by MPS — the rare genetic condition she has had since birth. Watch her inspirational TED talk, "When Life Gives You Lemons."