Savant is a web-based software platform that allows researchers to gather,
organize, and manage scientific articles while simultaneously allowing the
user to gather the necessary information from the articles and create a
personalized ontology. Savant will ease the data mining process of
previously researched topics and those currently being explored. Savant
will facilitate the experimentation process by cutting the time needed to
conduct preliminary research before beginning experimentation and when
authoring the corresponding publication. The platform will eliminate the
difficulties associated with collaborative projects by employing a
collaborative professional social network. The network will be accessible
to the public free of charge but will be created and maintained by
professional researchers and those with a licensed copy of the software
platform. The personalized ontology a researcher creates and all the
scientific articles used will be accessible to him/her from any computer
with internet access. Upon the discretion of the researcher, their
personalized ontology can be made public for educative purposes or kept
strictly private for collaborative purposes.
Dr. Malcolm Casale is a consummate researcher who holds a Masters in mathematics, a PhD in Engineering and has done post-doctoral work in computer science. Self taught in neurobiology, he initiated a research effort in Huntington’s disease in the lab of Dr. Gary Lynch, a world renowned neuro-scientist, where he has worked as a researcher since 2003. Representing the end-user of the Savant platform is
Dr. Danielle Simmons, who will act as the consumer advocate/consultant for Savant. Working alongside Dr. Casale in Dr. Lynch’s lab, Dr. Simmons’ opinions and consultation on the development of the product will serve to provide the development team with insights into the various needs and wants of the modern day scientific/academic researcher. Dr. Simmons has served as Program
Manager of Drug Development at the Thuris Corporation and Scientist at Cortex Pharmaceuticals. She received her PhD in neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, and is currently researching Huntington’s disease alongside Dr. Casale. She and Dr. Casale, represent the end-user of the Savant platform. Their professional needs and wants were the facilitators of the invention of the product itself by Dr. Casale.
The technical development of the product will be spearheaded by Don Mies, who will act as the Director of Software Development for the Savant platform and the integrated web 2.0 network. Donald Mies, is Senior Computer Scientist of Mies
Ventures, LLC [a leading computer science consulting firm] and Staff Engineer at Networks In Motion [a leading Location Based Services company]. He has over 30 years of experience as a consultant in the computer industry with expertise in the scientific and engineering fields, and a background in the business and financial arenas. He has worked on a wide range of projects in medicine,
engineering, computer operating systems and peripherals, testing systems, telecommunications, and the Internet. He has experience on all types of computer systems from large mainframes to tiny embedded microprocessors, and operating systems from the early Windows systems to Macintosh and Unix. He is an innovative problem solver with a background in physics, chemistry, biology,
optics, electronics, and engineering, and has run both large and small projects.
Debbie Mies is currently product manager for Material Solutions at MSC Software Corporation and will spearhead product development for the Savant project. With over 20 years of experience as chief technical developer of corporate database structures, Debbie will be work alongside her husband Don Mies to produce the Savant application. She will ensure proper development of the GUI for integration with the Savant application and the collaborative professional social network.
Herbert Takhmazyan and Vahe Minasyan are the current acting President and Chief of Operations for Savant, respectively. Recruited by Dr. Casale, Herbert Takhmazyan has completed his B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of California, Irvine and Vahe Minasyan is working towards a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. They bring
to Savant over 6 years of experience working together. They created their own IT management/web development/Business consultancy services for small businesses in the San Fernando Valley, and obtained and maintained over 14 clients throughout a 5 year span, from lending and mortgage brokerages to car dealerships and pet stores. Working together throughout high school and into their years at University, they continue to maintain and consult on IT and web systems for small businesses, spearheading the expansion efforts of 2 of their clients and providing a collective 40 % cut in overhead and expenses, and a collective 80% gain in revenue for their clients overall.
Aki Sano, co-director of marketing, graduated from Rikkyo University in Japan. After graduation, he worked for NTT, a Japanese telecommunications company as an IT consultant for ten years and received an MBA scholarship from the company. Now, as a first year student of the FTMBA program at the Paul Merage School of Business, Aki is bringing his 10+ years experience in IT marketing to team Savant.
Nishtha Chouhan, co-director of marketing, is an engineering graduate from University of Rajasthan in India. She has over 6 years of experience in the technology industries. She is currently an FTMBA student at the Paul Merage School of Business focusing her studies in marketing and strategy.
Savant’ CFO, who cannot yet be named, is an associate of Dr. Casale, and a senior financial executive who will join the Savant team after a career in the Big Five, as well as experience within several start-ups and their subsequent fund raising.