We Put Insights Directly Into the Hands of Business Users
Enabling the rise of the augmented consumer
For too long business users have struggled to access data and insights that are contextual to who they are and what they’re asking at the moment. The mission of WhizAI is to deliver insights directly into the hands of business users empowering decision makers to drive more informed and faster business decisions at lower cost. Welcome to the future of the augmented consumer!
Democratizing business insights
WhizAI is leading the next wave - the rise of the augmented consumer. The days of tedious dashboards, long training hours, and complex analytics software are over. Enterprise analytics is as easy to use as your favorite mobile app. Ask a question, and your journey begins instantly!
Like the top life sciences companies that use our augmented consumer platform, we are data-driven, detail-oriented, and focused on delivering superior, personalized customer experiences and measurable business results. We have embraced a 'customer first' culture and are shifting the analytical power to the decision maker - the augmented consumer.
Our Founding Story
Our founders are blessed with the passion and foresight that enabled them to develop disruptive technology. WhizAI was not the first time our co-founder Amitabh Patil used AI to help people. His earlier work included developing a communication and control system for ALS patients that connected eye movements via a sensor to a position on a map. It gave patients who had severely impaired speech and movement the ability to express themselves.
When Amitabh and co-founder Rohit first met, Rohit was blown away by the technology. They began to explore how AI could benefit others. Amitabh and Rohit chose to develop an AI model for the life sciences industry knowing that by applying augmented capabilities to a specific domain they would significantly alter how consumers of data and analytics operate. Life sciences was ready for WhizAI and is now benefiting from the faster contextual insights we deliver.
Rohit Vashisht is the co-founder and CEO of WhizAI, the Cognitive Insights Platform for Life Sciences. He has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software sales, product management, development, and strategy. As a tech entrepreneur, Rohit has built successful businesses and was CEO and co-founder of Sverve – an influencer marketplace that was acquired by Bloglovin and rebranded as Activate. At Sverve, he led the revenue growth and development of a self-serve platform connecting brands and influencers for marketing campaigns. At Activate, he spearheaded product, sales, and marketing strategy to grow the influencer marketing business.
A seasoned tech entrepreneur, he founded a fintech startup, held leadership roles at an enterprise software startup that grew to a $30M business, and executed profitable strategies at Vista Equity Partners’ product management group. Rohit holds an M.B.A from the NYU Stern School of Business and an engineering degree from I.I.T, Delhi. When Rohit is not in front of his laptop, he can be seen reading non-fiction, playing cricket and golf, or speaking at industry events.
Amitabh is the Co-founder and CTO at WhizAI, the Tech wizard who speaks in seven languages and codes in more. Amitabh has deep experience in building large scale analytics systems for almost 20+ years. Driven by his passion for innovation and creation of AI, WhizAI is not his first stint at disrupting the traditional norms. Amitabh has also built an affordable AI-enabled portable device to allow ALS patients to communicate and control the environment with their eyes and/or head movements and EEG signals. He truly unfolded the potential of technologies like AI, NLP and machine learning and gave patients who had severely impaired speech and movement, the ability to express themselves.
Prior to WhizAI, Amitabh was the Principal Architect for enterprise analytics platform at Vistaar Technologies. Amitabh has completed his M.S. from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine. When not working, Amitabh loves spending time with his family, playing tennis and chess.
Anya T. Schiess
Anya T. Schiess
Anya is an investor and member of WhizAI’s Board of Directors. She is the co-founder and General Partner of Healthy Ventures, an early-stage infrastructure software fund investing in healthcare. Prior to Healthy.vc, Anya led strategy and business development for Cardinal Health’s medical services, distribution, and laboratory businesses following her tenure as a venture capitalist at Thomas, McNerney & Partners, where she focused on life sciences.
Before entering the investing arena, Anya held several sales and marketing leadership roles at Medtronic. Her prior experiences similarly centered on healthcare for the Clinton Foundation and consulting with McKinsey & Company. Additionally, Anya has invested and been a board member/observer in Virdante Pharmaceuticals, Invitae Corp, Celator Pharmaceuticals and Innopharma Inc. Anya earned a B.A. cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA with honors from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bill Beecher is an investor, advisor, and member of WhizAI’s Board of Directors. Most recently, he was the President of Vistaar Technologies, a price management software company. Prior, he was Executive Vice President of i2 Technologies, a leading supply chain software company, and before i2, Bill worked in a variety of operations and finance roles in industry and practiced law. Bill is a graduate of the University at Albany and Cornell Law School.
Before his venture capital career, Dave had a 15-year operating background in engineering management at Lockheed Martin, sales management at Sun Microsystems and executive management at Scopus Technology. At Lockheed, his projects involved guidance and control systems for airplanes and satellites. At Sun he managed a local sales territory in Santa Clara, CA. After his tenure at Sun, he co-founded Scopus Technology, an IPO success story in the CRM space. Scopus was subsequently sold to Siebel Systems in a $500M transaction.
Dave started his venture career at Sierra Ventures where he helped build the Enterprise Software Practice. He also created and managed the CIO Advisory Board to a strength of 75 Fortune 500 CIOs in multiple vertical markets.
At Vertical Venture Partners his focus is vertical CRM, business intelligence applications, mobile, and university commercialization.
Dave currently serves on the boards of Amira, Concert Health, SOCi, and WhizAI.
Dave received his MBA from Harvard Business School, ENG from Stanford University, Aerospace Engineering (Thesis Topic: Control Systems for Large Space Structures), MS from Stanford University, Aerospace Engineering and BA from UC San Diego, Systems Science.
- Amira Learning
- Concert Health
- InBox Health
Notable Past Investments
- Micromuse (NASDAQ: MUSE; sold to IBM)
- Saleslogix (NASDAQ: SLGX; sold to Sage)
- Fatbrain (NASDAQ: CMPL)
- 360Commerce (sold to Oracle)
- Parature (sold to Microsoft)
- Corrigo (sold to JLL)
- On-Link (sold to Siebel Systems)
- Opalis (sold to Microsoft)
- Zipari (sold to PE)
- Profitect (sold to Zebra)
Manesh Naidu has 20+ years of experience in health and life sciences, with much of that experience in strategy, analytics and marketing. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of Althera Pharmaceuticals.
Previously, Manesh headed up Mallinckrodt's analytics, forecasting, commercial operations, and business intelligence functions. He also held a similar role at Ikaria, acquired by Mallinckrodt. He has previously worked in market analytics and commercial operations positions at Novartis and Pfizer. He has also had various roles in a biotechnology startup, in private equity, and in consulting at McKinsey & Co.
Manesh has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a BS and MSc in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, India, respectively.
Most recently, Stuart was the Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of State. As Chief Information Officer, he established technology strategic direction and provided oversight for $ 2.4B of technology programs across the Department. During his tenure, the Department was able to provide all staff to cloud-based resources, supporting the move from less than 10% to 90+% telework to handle the COVID crisis.
Stuart joined the Department of State from Johnson & Johnson where he was responsible for global Information Technology strategy and operations for an organization with 130,000 employees at over 170 overseas and domestic locations. At J&J, Stuart established a global Data Science capability, moved to Agile and Hybrid cloud for all functions and applications, and improved technology costs from 4th to 1st quartile benchmarks.
With an established reputation for rapidly aligning technology innovation with global business needs, Mr. McGuigan brings over 33 year of industry background including experience as Senior Vice President and CIO of CVS Caremark, Senior Vice President and CIO of Liberty Mutual, and Senior Vice President of Information Services for Medco Health Solutions.
Stuart earned Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in the Cognitive Science program at Yale University, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fairfield University. In 2018, Mr. McGuigan was inducted into www.CIO.com’s CIO Hall of Fame, and he is the recipient of the “Lifetime Contribution Award” from NASSCOM—India’s top not-for-profit IT organization, enabling India’s growth of its $154 billion dollar IT-Business Process Management (BPM) industry.
Stuart is currently a Senior Advisor for McKinsey & Co., serves on several boards, and advises healthcare and technology firms on strategy and transformation.
Antonio (Tony) Alvarez
Antonio (Tony) Alvarez
Antonio (Tony) Alvarez has over 40 years of experience in life science, health technology, and specialty chemicals. He serves as an advisor to several health tech companies. Tony is currently chief commercial officer at Ascensus Specialties, a specialty chemical company serving life science and electronic end markets.
Previous to his current role, Tony led various regional and global businesses at Merck & Co., Inc. He served as president of MSD KK, Merck's second largest subsidiary, for 7 years, then became president of the $ 11B global primary care business. He was also responsible for the global commercial operations organization, charged with providing business insights to drive strategic choices for the pharmaceutical business He has extensive commercial experience in key developed and emerging markets globally.
Tony has a degree in pharmacy from St. John's College of Pharmacy.
Clark Golestani has over 30+ years of experience in health, life sciences and technology, and is an active investor, advisor and board member with a key focus on healthcare and technology among other sectors. He currently serves as the managing director of C Sensei Group, LLC an advisory services firm.
He retired from Merck as the President, Emerging Businesses and Global CIO, with responsibilities for Merck’s portfolio of digital health services and solutions companies inclusive of the company’s venture and equity funds – each of which extensively leverages opportunities across the digital health ecosystem. Further, he led the company’s global Information Technology organization, strategy, and execution worldwide, spanning all lines of business.
Prior to this he was responsible for establishing and managing strategic client relationships as a principal with Oracle and he has also served on the board for directors for multiple organizations that were later acquired by Honeywell, OpenText, DocuSign and more.
He has a degree in Management Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, and is a cofounder of Cross Road Technologies, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ajay Prabhughate is the Head of Engineering at WhizAI. He has 25+ years of experience in IT, most of it being in product-based solution delivery space. Ajay spent about 10 years in the supply chain planning space delivering planning solutions across industry verticals – including a stint at i2 Technologies, a pioneer in supply chain planning solutions. Subsequently, he was involved in delivering Pricing and Pricing Analytics solutions at Vistaar Technologies for 8+ years.
Prior to joining WhizAI, Ajay was the Sr. Vice President - Delivery with CitiusTech – a leader in Healthcare Technology Solutions with a focus on the US market. He jointly led the delivery team for the Payer business at CitiusTech and was responsible for driving market growth and customer satisfaction.
Ajay holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay (India) and an MBA from IIM Calcutta (India).
Outside of work, Ajay is passionate about distance running and tries to find time for those de-stressing and liberating long runs, whenever possible.
Rick Clements has been working in the high-tech software industry as a marketing leader for twenty-two years in a variety of roles and in early stage, high growth companies such as SeeBeyond, Initiate Systems and ThoughtSphere.
Most recently, Rick was the Vice President, Digital Transformation for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-MDRX) that provides health information technology. Prior, Rick was Chief Marketing Officer at ThoughtSphere, a cloud-based clinical data and analytics company, and at Novetta, an advanced analytics company.
In these roles he led all aspects of marketing including go-to-market strategy, demand and lead generation, digital strategy, internal and external communications, and press and industry analyst relations. In addition to his professional role as a marketer, Rick is a Board Member for Windows To My Soul, a center for equine assisted psychotherapy. Outside of work, Rick enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid hiker and skier.
Bijal is a success-oriented, strategic business leader with 20+ years of experience in the biopharma and technology industries. Her domain experience in biopharma coupled with a technology background has helped her drive large scale digital and business transformations at Fortune 100 companies. Her strengths and interests are in leveraging Artificial Intelligence and data and analytics-driven capabilities to deliver innovation across a range of therapeutic areas from clinical development to approval and commercialization.
She has held varied leadership roles at Novartis Pharma, Cognizant and Mallinckrodt, defining and executing on digital strategies, enabling change management, managing large P&Ls, and building partnerships. She has proven ability in building and leading geographically diverse large teams and has lived and worked in the US, Switzerland, Egypt, South Africa and India.
Bijal holds a master’s of engineering from North Carolina State University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from University of Mumbai in India. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and gardening.
Pranay brings 10+ years of experience delivering enterprise analytical solutions to large companies and is in his element when working at the intersection of business and technology. His prior experience working with Vistaar Technologies and ThoughtWorks enables Pranay to bring a depth of knowledge to all facets of BI, including business analysis, data analysis, data visualization, data science and much more. He is passionate about all things data. He has a degree in engineering and M.B.A from Mumbai University. He loves spending time with family, watching football, cycling, and reading technical books, articles, and papers.
Chris is senior product executive and business leader, with 20+ years record of success and expertise in the definition and launch of commercial industry-leading augmented analytics software solutions across industries. He excels at building highly effective business teams, guiding organizational change to redefine competitive advantages, and serving as a brand leader and product spokesperson. Beyond expertise, Chris has a passion for innovative thinking and promote teamwork above all-key drivers to consistently take products to market successfully.
Chris has held varied leadership roles at in startups as well as IBM & Qlik defining and executing on product and GTM strategies, enabling organizations to make better decisions. He has proven ability in building and leading diverse teams across the US, Europe, and Asia.
Chris has a Doctorate in Business Administration, a master’s in business administration in accounting, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Additionally, Chris has published several books on analytics and serves on several graduate school boards as an advocate for data literacy.
Sudhanshu is a creative champion, designing BI systems for top pharmaceutical companies, and an expert at guiding technical organizations from strategy and thought leadership to support and account management. Before WhizAI, Sudhanshu worked with ZS Associates for almost 10 years, enabling end-to-end business intelligence systems for biopharma companies. Sudhanshu brings extensive experience in managing syndicated/non-syndicated pharma data, using business intelligence to develop analytics and support data-driven decisions across enterprises (sales, IT, field). He is an expert in designing sleek reports based on UI/UX best practices and is a problem solver. Sudhanshu is an avid poker player, with baking skills and loves hiking.