Ian Cook, MD Chief Executive Officer

Ian A. Cook, MD, is the Chief Executive Officer of HeartCloud. He joined the company in July 2018, bringing formal training in medicine and engineering, a track record of leadership roles in academic medicine, and practical experience in a life sciences start-up.

Ian held multiple positions at UCLA between 1995 and June 2018. These include elected Chair of the Faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine, Chief Translational Innovation Officer at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, founding Director of both the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program (2006) and the TMS Clinical Service (2009), the first Miller Family Endowed Chair in Depression Research, and full Professor in both Psychiatry and Bioengineering Departments.

He advised numerous pharmaceutical and medical device companies while he was at UCLA. From 2014 to 2016, he took a leave of absence from academia to serve as Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of NeuroSigma, Inc, a medical device company that had licensed some of his neuromodulation patents from UCLA for their core products. Clinical R&D, regulatory affairs, physician and patient education, and support for reimbursement and project launch strategies were among his responsibilities, along with serving on the drafting team for SEC S-1 filings for their IPO and being a member of the roadshow team.

Ian was engaged in the use of information technology in health care over the past 25 years at UCLA, and was the Founding Director of the Academic IT Core at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. He was also Chief of Staff at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, where guarding the privacy and security of some of the most sensitive kinds of patient-related data has been a central concern.

He received his B.S.E in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and his M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine; he completed residency and fellowship training in Psychiatry at UCLA before joining the faculty in 1995. He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a member of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry (AATP), Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. Ian was elected to the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society in 2013, the year it was founded. Previously, he had served for many years on the Executive Committee on Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, leading their work in electronic dissemination of evidence-based guidelines in psychiatry.

Alex Podobas, JD Founder and Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Alex leads all software development, infrastructure, and security operations, and technology strategy at HeartCloud.

s With over a decade of experience in information security, web stack infrastructure, and developing scalable web applications with MVC frameworks (particularly Laravel), Alex has worked in the public and private sectors, including for one of the largest and top-ranked healthcare systems on the west coast. He started working at UCLA's Information Security Office as an undergraduate in 2008 and stayed until 2016 (with a consulting role after). His role involved quietly finding vulnerabilities across campus departments, researching and implementing remediations, assisting in e-discovery, and providing pragmatic data protection advice and tools to relevant stakeholders at UCLA and other University of California campuses. After accepting an offer from UCLA's health system for a role more narrowly focused on medical data security, he worked from mid-2016 to early 2018 in its Neuromodulation division at the Semel Institute. There, he developed cloud-based software to manage a large outpatient psychiatric practice, overhauled the division's technical data protection and detection capabilities, especially in implementing sophisticated monitoring tools. Both during and after his time working for the University of California, Alex has also provided cybersecurity services for numerous private sector clients. His consulting engagements have included two law firms, a large institutional investor, a federal defense contractor, a hedge fund, and an industrial manufacturing plant. These involved vulnerability and penetration testing against internal applications and networks and the implementation of defensive technologies to detect anomalous patterns in log, netflow, and system-level events.

Alex earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2011, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from the Honors College. He then earned his law degree (Juris Doctor) in 2017 from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he served on the Law Review and was a member of the Intellectual Property clinic.

Andrew Wilson Software Developer

Andrew Wilson is a consultant and software developer for HeartCloud. His technical specialties include Laravel application development, scientific computing, and other open-source programming languages. Andrew graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science. Subsequently, be began working for the Neuromodulation Division at UCLA, where he conducts system administration for scientific computing projects and specializes in "Big Data" analysis as a research scientist within the division.

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Ross Bollens, Ph.D.Cybersecurity Advisor

Ross Bollens is an information security advisor to HeartCloud. After earning his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics with a focus on space plasma physics from UCLA, he went to work for Lockheed's Skunk Works. There, he designed low observable technologies for several aircraft, most of which are classified. During his academic years at UCLA, he held several system operations roles in Linux research systems, and returned to the University in 2006 as the first campus-wide Chief Information Security Officer. From 2006 - 2015, Ross oversaw all information security operations at UCLA. As a Linux system engineer, he personally helped develop systems that monitor suspicious login activity, retrieve Internet activity for DMCA violation suspects, and help detect whether a servers exhibit indicia of compromise.

At HeartCloud, Ross advises the company on its data protection mechanisms and privacy controls.