The company’s name, Medici Technologies, stems from the Medici family who, based in Italy, were prominent in Europe from the 13th through the 17th centuries, and the more recent work of Harvard professor Frans Johansson on the Medici effect. The Medici effect refers to a phenomenon that occurs when a number of talented, creative and productive people from different fields are brought together and are able to collaborate to create something innovative and new. The value of the Medici effect draws on the history of the wealthy Medici family, whose patronage brought poets, philosophers, scientists, painters and other artisans from around Europe to Florence, Italy. Bringing these talented people together and allowing them to collaborate is believed to have kicked off the Renaissance, a period of human history marked by great innovation.
The Medici Technologies team is assembled in a similar manner where scientific expertise from different disciplines are brought together in a collaborative environment to solve difficult analytical problems. The team is composed of experts in machine learning, physiology, feature selection, optical engineering, operation management, chemometrics, spectroscopic data analysis, clinical study design, computing system architecture, biomedical engineering, predictive analytics, parallel processing, complex systems modeling, information mining, parameter identification, and risk analysis. The education spectrum of the team includes mathematics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, biology, and optical engineering at the masters and PhD levels.
Medici Technologies’ team is led by Dr. Ries Robinson. His involvement with complex data began in 1989 when he initiated research into noninvasive blood chemistry monitoring in collaboration with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Sandia National Laboratories. He has co-authored in excess of 30 United States patents and has authored several peer-reviewed technical articles. Dr. Robinson has founded several medical engineering companies including Inlight Solutions (a world leader in developing light measurement systems for life science applications), Lumidigm, VeraLight and TruTouch Technologies. Prior to his efforts with Medici, he served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President for InLight Solutions™.
Dr. Robinson graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a BS/MS degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in controls engineering and received an MD degree from UNM-SOM in 1991 while undertaking additional studies in electrical and systems engineering. He is currently a director for Lumidigm Inc. and serves on the Presbyterian Healthcare Services Board of Directors.