President & Founder:
Alexandru Floares, MD, PhD
He holds an MD and PhD degree in Biophysics, from the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, Romania. Working for several years as a clinical neurologist, he resigned to follow his dream: to work on AI-based solutions for diagnosis and prognosis as well as optimization and individualization of therapeutic strategies. For this purpose, he founded SAIA in 2004.
In 2008, Dr. Floares teamed up with the world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center, starting a project for bladder cancer diagnostic, based on circulating miRNA and AI. The results were impressive, leading to the filling of a Romanian patent application together with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In 2013, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Floares extended their project to include colorectal cancer and the enormous diagnostic potential of the system became clear.
SAIA’s Main Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD
He is Professor at the Department of Experimental Therapeutics and Co-Director of The RNA Interference and Non-coding RNA Center, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. Furthermore, he is Professor at the Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine, within the same institute. Dr. Calin received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Carol Davila University of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania.
Dr. Calin was the first to discover the relationship between microRNA and cancer and published a seminal paper (> 5000 citations) in 2002. He opened and led an entirely new field of research and now is clear that miRNA is causally involved in oncogenesis, and likely to be the most informative molecular category for cancer diagnosis and screening.
SAIA’s Secretary: Dr. Carmen Floares, MD, oncologist
Adrian Zety, bioinformatics & biologist
Larisa Petcu, Project Manager
Prof. Florin Manolache, PhD
Prof. Florin Manolache has an extended experience in parallel computing: numerical algorithms, parallel cluster architectures, optimization using parallel algorithms, AI and data mining.
He also has a vast expertise in computer science: networking design, traffic optimization, network services security.
He is the current Director of Scientific Computing for the Mellon College of Science.
Antonio Ornelas-Soares, PhD
Dr. Ornelas-Soares, is a serial entrepreneur exploring the intersection of Health Sciences and Technology through Business Entrepreneurship. He is a results-driven international Health and Medical Devices Executive and an entrepreneur with a proven track record in strategy development and implementation, business development, and commercial analyses.
He has extensive experience in international settings and in merger & acquisition related issues. He held general management roles at both corporate and business unit levels at top-tier firms and is an experienced CEO for Deep Tech-based start-ups. Dr. Ornelas-Soares advises SAIA & AIE on effective strategic and operational issues.