The Koneksa Team
Our Leadership
Chris Benko
Chief Executive Officer
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Chris Benko
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Benko has twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including implementing the operating model for the translational medicine functions of Merck Research Labs. He subsequently held executive roles spanning the company’s research and commercial divisions, as well as positions at the corporate level as head of global talent management. Chris launched Koneksa as an entrepreneur in residence with Merck’s corporate venture capital fund before establishing Koneksa as an independent company.

Elena Izmailova, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
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Elena Izmailova, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer

Elena Izmailova, Ph.D., leads scientific oversight of strategy and project work at Koneksa. Elena has 25 years of experience in academic and industry research. Her academic appointments include Massey Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital (Boston), Harvard Medical School, and MIT. She worked in various R&D roles at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Elena is a co-founder of the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) and a member of the Editorial Board of Clinical and Translational Science Journal (ASCPT). Elena has a PhD in Biology; her main scientific interest is clinical biomarker development and validation.

Robert Ellis, Ph.D.
Head of Data Science
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Robert Ellis, Ph.D.
Head of Data Science

Robert Ellis, Ph.D., leads Koneksa’s data sciences team. Robert works with an internal team of algorithm developers, data scientists, and statisticians focused on algorithm development, validation activities, and the development of next-generation digital measures. Robert has a Ph.D. in geophysics and more than ten years of experience in enterprise-technology leadership at the SVP/CTO level.

Vik Shah
Chief Operating Officer
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Vik Shah
Chief Operating Officer

Vik Shah spearheads Koneksa’s growth strategy. He has more than twenty years of experience in healthcare IT. Before joining Koneksa, Vik served as a key member of the Medidata executive team, growing the company from fewer than thirty employees through its IPO and fueling its expansion as a leading global clinical trial software platform.

Matt Cantor
Vice President of Customer
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Matt Cantor
Vice President of Customer

Matt Cantor supports all aspects of study execution at Koneksa. His team engages closely with study sponsors, CRO partners, and investigator sites from initial planning through database lock. Matt holds an MBA from Columbia and worked as a pharmaceutical industry consultant with Deloitte before co-founding Koneksa.

Adam Butler
Head of Business Development
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Adam Butler
Head of Business Development

Adam Butler manages new business at Koneksa. Adam has twenty years of experience in the life sciences industry, primarily supporting the development and use of new technologies in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development. Prior to joining Koneksa, Adam worked for sixteen years at Signant Health (formerly Bracket) developing its technology solutions for eCOA clinical supply chain and rater training programs for clinical trials.

Paula Barrios Sanchez
HR Director
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Paula Barrios Sanchez
HR Director

Paula Barrios Sanchez supports people and culture strategy at Koneksa. Paula has more than fifteen years of HR Director experience as a strategic human resources partner and talent consultant across diverse industries and geographies. She holds master’s degrees in human resources management and organizational psychology. Prior to joining Koneksa, Paula founded the consulting practice Positive Human Factor.

Gol Ophir
Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships
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Gol Ophir
Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships

Gol Ophir is responsible for creating new strategic relationships at Koneksa. Gol brings more than twenty years of experience at some of the world’s leading financial institutions, where he managed global technology teams and operations. He has previously served as a divisional COO, a Chief Information Risk Officer at JPMC, and a divisional Chief Risk Officer at Citizens Bank. Prior to joining Koneksa, Gol created and managed innovative relationships for new revenue opportunities, helping to build business development capabilities at both Merck and at Morgan Stanley.

Our Leadership Direct Collaborators
Kelly Alfaro
Executive Coordinator
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Kelly Alfaro
Executive Coordinator
Anna Aronov
Market Development Manager
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Anna Aronov
Market Development Manager
Tristan Basdeo
Technology Support Director
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Tristan Basdeo
Technology Support Director
Michael DeLorenzo
Engineering VP
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Michael DeLorenzo
Engineering VP
Rick Griffin
DevOps VP
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Rick Griffin
DevOps VP
Chengrui Huang
Biostatistics Manager
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Chengrui Huang
Biostatistics Manager
Katy Jones
Client Service Director
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Katy Jones
Client Service Director
Peter Kelly
Senior Scientist
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Peter Kelly
Senior Scientist
Kelly Moran
HR Generalist
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Kelly Moran
HR Generalist
Jennifer O'Driscoll
Controller
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Jennifer O'Driscoll
Controller
Arvind Ramanujam
Senior Data Scientist
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Arvind Ramanujam
Senior Data Scientist
Stan Spagnuolo
Quality Assurance Director
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Stan Spagnuolo
Quality Assurance Director
Juanita Yim
Product Management Director
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Juanita Yim
Product Management Director
Our Advisory Board
Keith M. Gottesdiener
MD
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Keith M. Gottesdiener
MD

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Sachin H. Jain
MD, MBA
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Sachin H. Jain
MD, MBA

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Bernard M. Rosof
MD, MACP
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Bernard M. Rosof
MD, MACP

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William Wood
MD, MPH
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William Wood
MD, MPH

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Theodore F. Reiss
MD, MBE, ATSF
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Theodore F. Reiss
MD, MBE, ATSF

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Bruno Villetelle
MSc, MEng
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Bruno Villetelle
MSc, MEng

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