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  • Uri Blackman, Founder & CEO

    Uri Blackman is founder and CEO of GIDEON Informatics an online medical publishing company he founded with Dr. Berger while in undergrad. The flagship product, GIDEON, is deployed in hundreds of institutions in over 45 countries.

    Uri previously served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Speedbit. In this role, Uri developed and managed strategic relationships for Download Accelerator, a software product whose user base grew from 13 to over 90 million users during his time with the company. Uri also managed a successful M&A process for the company. Uri came to Speedbit after founding Oloop, a venture backed online insurance brokerage firm. Prior to Oloop, Uri managed the computing and download channels on Netscape’s website and was a product manager for two generations of the Netscape browser. Following the AOL-Netscape merger, he worked in Business Development at AOL.

    Uri is the Chairman of the Tech Council of Southern California and has served on the advisory board of a number of technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Uri served as Commander in the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Corp. He received his BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

  • Stephen Berger MD, Founder & Medical Advisor

    Stephen A. Berger, M.D. is affiliated with the Tel Aviv Medical Center, where he has served as Director of both Geographic Medicine and of Clinical Microbiology. He also holds an appointment as Emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tel-Aviv School of Medicine. Dr. Berger co-founded GIDEON Informatics, developers of the GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network) web app and the GIDEON series of ebooks.

    He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in New, and M.D. from New York Medical College. Following Internal Medicine residency training at the New York Medical College Hospitals, he served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet and St. Albans Hospital. He subsequently completed fellowships in Infectious Diseases at the Montefiore / Einstein complex in New York, Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, and the New York V-A Hospital; Clinical Microbiology at Montefiore Hospital; and Operational Methods as a W.H.O. trainee in Brussels, Belgium. He is Board-Certified in both Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology; a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; and a recipient of the Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

    Dr. Berger has published a series of 424 eBooks (120,000 pages) on Geographic Medicine, in addition to 180 standard books and professional papers. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts in his field, and continues to write and lecture widely in the fields of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Geographic Medicine and Computer Expert Technology.