Kay Jessel – President & CEO
Kay is a well-versed business economist, with extensive restructuring and reorganization experience in manufacturing, consumer products and brand management. As a financial advisor to corporations, creditors and equity owners, he has raised over 200 million dollars for public and private companies worldwide. Kay earned his MBA from Hamburg University and serves as a director for various companies in Europe and North America. At HeartForce he is responsible for the implementation of consumer driven business strategies and the procurement of equity and debt financings.
Dr. Farzad Khosrow-khavar - CTO
Farzad is a recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of physiological signals deriving from the heart, with a focus on diagnosis and prevention of cardiac disease. With his vast experience in embedded and real-time systems, he is the principal architect of the company’s technology. Farzad earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Faculty of Applied Science at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). At Heart Force he leads the R & D department and is responsible for the company’s IP estate, consisting of patents, trade secrets and scientific publications.
Prof. Dr. Erwin P. Bauer – CMO
Erwin is a renowned heart surgeon and an accomplished medical doctor. He has worked at the University Hospital of Zurich and the Kerckhoff-Klinik of the Max-Planck-Institute, Bad Nauheim as a senior physician and deputy medical director. In the past, he has served as a director for three med-tech companies. He is also the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications. At HeartForce, he guides the design and documentation of our clinical studies, he helps to outline and draft our scientific publications, and he provides his professional medical expertise as needed.
Jennie Choboter, CA - CFO
Jennie is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of international experience in financial management and general corporate governance. She has held many senior financial management positions in a wide range of industries including natural resources, technology, pulp and paper, and insurance. At HeartForce, Jennie is responsible for overseeing all transactions and ensuring all work and financials are completed in accordance with the most recent standards and regulations.
Dr. Parastoo Dehkordi - Director of AI and Algorithm Design
Parastoo received her PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of British Columbia. Her expertise is in the analysis of cardiovascular signals using advanced signal and information processing. Before joining HeartForce, Parastoo worked for start-up companies, universities and hospitals. Currently she focusses on designing clinical studies and developing algorithms for the early detection of cardiac diseases using deep learning approaches.
Dr. Vahid Zakeri - Director of Research & Development
Vahid is a recognized industrial scientist with a PhD in electrical engineering from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. His broad experience in research and development benefits HeartForce’s goal in developing innovative heart-health technologies. Currently he oversees the algorithm development for atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on the evaluation of electromechanical signals deriving from the heart. Vahid has been a recipient of industrial and health research awards from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).
Kiarash Hessami - Director of Finance & Administration
Kiarash has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from Capilano University (North Vancouver, BC). He is currently a candidate in the CPA program at the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB). At HeartForce, he manages all administrative tasks including financial forecasting, budgeting and bookkeeping. Kiarash focuses on the implementation of best business practices and efficiency within the Company.
Dr. Zhen Gang Xiao – Research & Development Engineer
Zhen received his Ph.D. at the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University in 2018. He has board expertise in biomedical signal processing, machine learning, and mechatronic design for rehabilitation robotic applications. During his graduate study period, he co-authored 20+ refereed journal articles and conference papers. At Heart Force, he is focusing on the research and development of the innovative cardio signal acquisition systems.
Teresa Zhao - Research & Development Engineer
Teresa received her master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia and her bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University in Mainland, China. She previously worked as a biomedical engineer (co-op) at the Surgical Technology Lab (UBC), and graduate research assistant at the Human Communication Lab (UBC). She received the Mitacs Accelerate Award for research in biomedical engineering in 2018. At Heart Force, she works as a Research and Development Engineer, designing and implementing algorithms on cardiovascular signals for product development.