Executive Team and Advisory Board

Paul Pyzowski, CEO, is an entrepreneur and executive whose career has spanned healthcare, life sciences, neurotherapeutics, DNA sequencing, and computer science. He founded Altimate: The Precision Psychiatry Company, to apply data science to behavioral health to transform the care of these patients. 

Paul was the founding CEO of Aleva Neurotherapeutics, a Swiss-based company that recently received EU approval for the most advanced deep brain stimulation (DBS) system on the market. He has served as an executive at several MIT spinout companies, including ANDE, which developed the only US government approved field-use product for human DNA identification. He worked closely with the founders of Neuroelectrics, guiding their therapy for pediatric epilepsy through a succesful FDA clinical study.

Paul also has experience in the US healthcare provider market, having managed a hundred-person clinical laboratory assisting physicians treating pain and addiction. He started his career in computational physics as a VP and executive officer at Ansoft (NASDAQ: ANST). He has a BSEE from Carnegie-Mellon, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne.

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Dr. Wasim Q. Malik, PhD, Director, is the Managing Partner at Iaso Ventures. He previously served as Chief Digital Strategist at Roivant Sciences, where he built the digital health strategy and investments business to help accelerate drug development and commercialization across 15+ therapeutic areas. Wasim has served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he built a research program on tech-enabled clinical research in neurology.

Wasim currently serves on the board of directors at Saphetor and Altimate Health, on the business advisory board of the Epilepsy Foundation, as a Senior Advisor at Health Catalyst, and on several startup advisory boards. He has published over 100 research papers and patents. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering from Oxford, postdoctoral training in neuroscience from MIT, and executive education in venture capital and private equity from Harvard Business School.

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Dr. Valerie Photos, PhD, Chief Medical Officer is a pioneer in multiple sectors of behavioral health innovation and translation (Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital). She has extensive experience driving multi-million dollar revenue in specialized cutting-edge treatment programs (Gunderson Residences), community outpatient clinics (Two Brattle Center), and addiction/suicide treatment centers (PsychGarden).

Dr. Photos is a founding member of the American Psychological Association’s Policy Workgroup for Technology and Innovation.

She received her PhD in Clinical Science from Harvard, postdoctoral training in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School, and finance education from the University of Chicago.

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Maurizio Fava, MD, Scientific Advisor, is Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), director, Division of Clinical Research of the MGH Research Institute, and executive director of the Clinical Trials Network and Institute, (MGH), and associate dean for clinical and translational research and the Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fava is a world leader in the field of depression. He has edited eight books and authored or co-authored more than 800 original articles published in medical journals with international circulation, articles which have been cited more than 75,000 times in the literature and with an h index of over 135.

Dr. Fava founded and was director of the hospital’s Depression Clinical and Research Program from 1990 until 2014. In 2007, he also founded and is now the executive director of the MGH Psychiatry Clinical Trials Network and Institute, the first academic CRO specialized in the coordination of multi-center clinical trials in psychiatry. Under Dr. Fava’s direction, the Depression Clinical and Research Program became one of the most highly regarded depression programs in the country, a model for academic programs that link, in a bi-directional fashion, clinical and research work.

Dr. Fava obtained his medical degree from the University of Padova School of Medicine and completed residency training in endocrinology at the same university.


Barbara Herbert, MD, Scientific Advisor, is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and immediate past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of ASAM. She was a member of the first advisory committee of the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program, and the Governor’s Task Force to Address Addiction. Dr. Herbert was Chief of Addiction Medicine for the fourteen hospital Steward Healthcare System that included St. Elizabeth’s Comprehensive Addiction Program (SECAP), Massachusetts’ oldest and most established center focused on the treatment of substance use disorders. She has served in clinical and management roles at Commonwealth Care Alliance and Column Health. Dr. Herbert graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a post doc fellowship at Harvard University.