Board of Directors

John Sculley

John Sculley is one of America’s best-known business leaders, with one foot in the storied history of Apple technology and the other planted firmly in 21st century innovations that change the way the world does business. Drawing upon many years of experience as a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, mentor,
and rainmaker, Sculley has become a sought-after global advisor helping experienced entrepreneurs build a new generation of transformative companies.

In his 10 years as Apple CEO he worked together with Steve Jobs to launch the Macintosh computer, desktop publishing, and the first multimedia computers. By the end of his decade as Apple CEO, the Mac had become the largest selling PC in the world and Apple’s revenue had grown over 1000%.

John Sculley has domain expertise in data science innovation, predictive analytics, consumer brand building, supply chain systems, and growth equity investing.

The companies John has advised cover many industries: health-tech (RxAdvance, Rally Health, MDLIVE, FLEXPharma, SleepMed); fin-tech (Lantern Credit); mobile-tech (MetroPCS); and marketing–tech ( Zeta Interactive).

For 15 years John Sculley was on the Board of Overseers of both the MIT Media Lab and Wharton Business School. He received Wharton’s highest honor, The Joseph Wharton Award for Outstanding Leadership. He was selected as marketing CEO of the Decade when he was Apple CEO. John Sculley received an honorary PhD from Johns-Hopkins University and 10 other universities. In 2015 he was awarded The Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

John Sculley is author of “Moonshot “Game Changing Strategies to Build Billion Dollar Businesses”. He is married to Diane Sculley who is also his partner in Sculley Family Office.

Ravi Ika

A noted entrepreneur and an innovator of disruptive business solutions, Ravi Ika founded RxAdvance in 2013 and serves as president and chief executive officer of the full service pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company. He launched RxAdvance to lower pharmacy, specialty and avoidable drug-impacted medical costs and achieve better outcomes, quality and compliance in the new era of value-based health care.

The RxAdvance platform Mr. Ika created from the ground up, the Collaborative PBM Cloud™, provides comprehensive automated services for all PBM administrative, clinical, specialty management, care stakeholder engagement, and compliance management functions. It does so in a way never before imagined in the PBM industry.

The Collaborative PBM Cloud™ combines pharmacy, medical, and lab information to deliver actionable intelligence. Prescribers receive this real time actionable intelligence at the point of care, pharmacists at point of sale, patients via mobile cloud and payers clinical and pharmacy staff engagement through their workflows. Among the valuable results: Lower costs, optimal utilization, better outcomes, higher quality, greater transparency and rigorous compliance.

Mr. Ika envisions a $840 billion PBM market long in need of transformation. The five largest PBMs, which manage over 80% of $370 billion in pharmacy benefit spend, provide limited, siloed services using antiquated, legacy platforms. Their lack of holistic vision introduces an additional $350 billion of avoidable drug-impacted medical costs into U.S. health care. In addition, $120 billion in poorly managed “buy and bill” specialty drug spend needs to be converted to a “Value-Based & Outcome-Driven” model.

More than 15 years ago, Mr. Ika recognized a similar transformational opportunity in health insurance. Industry insiders, challenged to reduce administrative costs by 30% and avoidable medical costs by 20%, saw the goals as unachievable. Mired in paper-based processes, the industry also struggled with a myriad of fragmented, inflexible, and expensive legacy systems.

Mr. Ika responded to this opportunity with ikaSystems, an enterprise payer-platform company. Disrupting obsolete paradigms, he delivered unprecedented change long before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The ikaSystems platform decreased administrative costs for many health insurers by as much as 50% and significantly reduced avoidable medical costs. With these results, ikaSystems raised more than $120mm capital from Providence Equity and Essex Woodland Ventures.

Known for building and inspiring world-class teams, Mr. Ika takes a hands-on approach to ensure his clients’ success. Over the years, healthcare industry leaders have come to rely on his vision and talent for creating enterprise platforms that radically disrupt legacy business paradigms and deliver significant value.

Mr. Ika has a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Old Dominion University and worked as a research scientist at Harvard University prior to his entrepreneurial career.

Jesse Hunter

Jesse Hunter currently serves as Executive Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Chief Strategy Officer for Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 multi-national healthcare enterprise.  Since joining Centene in 2002, he has held multiple positions with increasing responsibility that have contributed significantly to the growth and success of the organization.

Mr. Hunter has over two decades of experience in healthcare finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, strategy and operations. Prior to joining Centene, Mr. Hunter worked in mergers and acquisitions at Humana Inc. and for Healthcare Financial Partners, a publicly-traded specialty finance company.

Mr. Hunter received a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.  In 2014, Mr. Hunter was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni from the Olin Business School.

Mr. Hunter is also committed to community service as evidenced by his leadership role in multiple organizations. Mr. Hunter serves as the President of the Board of Directors at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). He is a member of the Health Economy Forum, a community healthcare initiative lead by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and  advisor to the Community Health in Partnership Services (CHIPS), a free clinic providing services to uninsured individuals in the St. Louis Community. Additionally, he serves as a Trustee for the Forsyth School and is a Board member for American Heritage Trees.

Mr. Hunter is a proud husband to wife Linda and father of Riley (13), Kate (11), and Jackson (9).

Oscar Salazar

Oscar Salazar Gaitan is a seasoned entrepreneur, senior executive, and investor in numerous successful technology firms.

Mr. Salazar was the Founding CTO of Uber. Through Uber he was instrumental in helping to redesign the architecture of on-demand transportation worldwide. Mr. Salazar provides his telecommunications and engineering expertise in the design and architecture of innovative products and systems to make positive impact in people’s lives.

As founder and CEO of Citivox (2010-2013), Mr. Salazar helped create technology to enable non-governmental organizations and individuals to monitor and report electoral fraud, crime and infrastructure problems that needed attention in Mexico.

In 2013, Mr. Salazar co-founded Pager Inc., a telemedicine company that connects patients with high quality care providers through innovative technology applications.

Mr. Salazar has recently launched Ogon LLC, an advisory company through which he provides strategic, technical and marketing advice to entities such as Rubicon Global Inc., ALEX AND ANI, Sontra Cargo and many others, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Salazar sits on the board of many companies and NGOs. He is greatly committed to support philanthropic endeavors on education, fight against extreme poverty and gender equality throughout the world.

Mr. Salazar holds a B.S. in Telematics (University of Colima, Mexico), a M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Calgary, Canada) and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications (Paristech, France).

Devaiah Pagidipati

Devaiah Pagidipati, MD is a serial entrepreneur and investor in healthcare sector for over two decades. Most recently, Dr. Pagidipati is the Chairman and CEO of Physician Partners, a network of over 500 primary care physicians and specialists taking full risk from Medicare health insurance companies. Through a patient-centric care model using an enterprise technology platform, Physician Partners delivers industry leading quality of care with better outcomes and lower healthcare expenditures with revenues exceeding over $200mm.

Prior to Physician Partners, in 2004, Dr. Pagidipati founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Freedom Health, a Medicare Advantage Health Plan. He guided Freedom Health from inception to becoming one of the largest privately held Medicare Advantage plans in the country with over a $1B in revenue and 1,200 employees. Prior to Freedom Health, in 1991, Dr. Pagidipati and his wife Dr. Rudrama Pagidipati founded Suncoast Labs, a clinical laboratory, and grew it to one of the largest independent labs in FL, covering 17 counties, before being acquired by Labcorp in 2008.

Dr. Pagidipati is an active investor in many companies including Clinicast, a predictive analytics company; Rise, direct to consumer mobile app focused on nutrition and weight-loss; and ikaSystems, a managed care enterprise platform company.

Dr. Pagidipati is a pediatric anesthesiologist, who completed fellowship at Harvard University affiliated Children’s Hospital. Before starting private practice, he taught at University of Tennessee and served as Chief of Anesthesia at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Krishna Ika

Krishna Ika is a serial entrepreneur and investor in information technology sector. Currently Mr. Ika is the Founder and CEO of Brainwave Science LLC. End of 2012 Mr. Ika founded Brainwave Science acquiring Brain Fingerprinting Technology and it’s IP from its inventor. Brain Fingerprinting is a leader in retrieving concealed information within human brain and is being implemented in many countries across the world in law enforcement and security areas.

Prior to Brainwave Science, Mr. Ika was also the founder and CEO of Government Works, an information technology company specializing in federal and state government space. Government Works supports large federal departments such as homeland security, department of defense, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others, in custom applications building and hosting. Partnering and collaborating with large integrators like HPES, Lockheed, Northrup, Booz Allen Hamilton, SRA and others Government Works is an established government contractor. Prior to that he cofounded ikaSystems, a leader in enterprise managed care platform company raised over $140 mm in private equity funding. Today ikaSystems platform is used by 35 different health plans serving over 30million lives. Prior to that Mr. Ika cofounded Envitec, software consulting company providing services to investment, financial and insurance industry doubling the growth for five consecutive years. Envitec was recognized as one of the top ten Software consulting companies in New England. Mr. Ika began his entrepreneur career in 1992 with Digital Graph, a GIS software applications company.

Mr. Ika graduated with bachelors in electronics and communication engineering from Mysore University.