A competitive Ironman triathlete with a passion for health and wellness, Clayton Lewis loves to win and push the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2014, he partnered with biotech pioneer Dr. Lee Hood to co-found Arivale, a company focused on helping individuals optimize wellness and avoid disease. Lewis’ track record coupled with Hood’s expertise in systems biology, creates a powerful leadership team. Arivale combines personalized data, coaching and action plans that are transforming thousands of lives.
Lewis brings more than three decades of transforming early stage startups into fast-growth companies and has earned a reputation as a focused, inspirational leader. In 2007, Lewis joined consumer-only venture capital firm, Maveron as General Partner. In addition, he served on the executive teams that took Onvia and HouseValues public. Early in his career, Lewis served as one of the youngest chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY), Congress’ only microbiologist, who is credited for championing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Lewis is immediate past President of the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees, where he’s served for 14 years. He also serves on the University of Washington Medicine Board.
Lee Hood, MD, PhD, is a pioneer in the systems approach to biology and medicine. His research has focused on molecular immunology, biotechnology, and genomics. Dr. Hood began his career at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer, which paved the way for mapping the human genome. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding more than fourteen biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Darwin, and Integrated Diagnostics.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has coauthored numerous textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics, as well as a popular book on the Human Genome Project, The Code of Codes. Dr. Hood is the recipient of the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity, the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology, the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology, and the coveted NAE 2011 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize. He has received 17 honorary degrees, has published more than 700 peer-reviewed articles, and currently holds 36 patents. In 2011, he received the National Medal of Science.
Nathan is a leading computational biologist who is passionate about harnessing data to advance individual wellness and drive forward the future of healthcare. He is Professor & Associate Director of the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and is also Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Washington. Nathan has won numerous awards for his scientific work, including a Howard Temin Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a young investigator award from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and he was named as one of the inaugural “Tomorrow’s PIs” by Genome Technology and as a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
Nathan serves on editorial boards for many leading scientific journals including Science Translational Medicine and Cell Systems, and was previously a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Computational Biology. Nathan also serves on advisory boards for a number of companies and institutes including Cleveland Clinic’s Institute for Functional Medicine, the P4 Medicine Institute, the Channing Division for Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School (NIH Training Grant), Trelys, Inc., and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.
Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical researcher focused on obesity and type 2 diabetes. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Clinical and Quality Support at Alere Wellbeing, where she was responsible for clinical protocol development and implementation, as well as quality oversight for wellness, weight management, and tobacco cessation programs. Prior to joining Alere, Jennifer spent 12 years as a faculty member at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University, where she served as a co-investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program and LookAHEAD clinical trials. She served four years as Dean of the School of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University, and she is the past President of the Obesity Society and a founding member of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board.
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and an MS degree and a PhD degree in Biological Psychology from Emory University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Emory University School of Medicine. She has published over 50 articles on obesity and nutrition and is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Sean has spent the past twelve years working in companies that help people achieve better health. Prior to joining Arivale, Sean was the Executive Vice President at Free & Clear, the nation’s leading health coaching company for tobacco cessation and healthy nutrition and activity, where he helped build a business that assisted over 400,000 people per year in living healthier, more productive lives. He was responsible for marketing, product management, information technology, software development, clinical affairs, research, evaluation and training services. Sean’s previous positions include Director of Product Development at Applied Discovery, a venture capital-based legal technology company (sold to LexisNexis in 2003) and product manager at a digital media company, Loudeye.
Sean acts as advisor to several start ups in the health and wellness space, and is an active runner and cyclist. Sean was an Asian Studies major at Bowdoin College, later earning a Masters in Business with Honors from the University of Washington.
Jill joins Arivale as our Chief Human Resources Officer. Jill has twenty years of experience heading up the Human Capital function in fast growth startups including General Assembly, Zulily, MarketLeader and Trupanion. Her B2B and B2C experience spans education, technology/software, e-commerce, and a variety of consumer and enterprise services. Jill’s experience includes overseeing HR for the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. She loves the puzzle of helping put the right people into the right roles at the right time for the phases high growth startups evolve through at lightening pace. Jill really enjoys the nuances in culture from one model to another and how best to structure people support functions to nurture and develop talent along the journey. Prior to joining Arivale, Jill spent four years leading Human Resources for General Assembly, a global education company as it grew from a small team in New York, to a global B2C and B2B brand with employees in 16 locations and 5 countries. Prior to joining General Assembly, Jill spent four years working with Maveron, a venture capital company, where she worked directly with fifteen of the startups they had invested in. Jill was compelled that Arivale is breaking ground in a new category; scientific wellness and very much looks forward to helping us achieve our mission and vision.
Ashley is a multi-disciplined product leader and experimentation enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in design, development, content, and management. As Arivale’s Chief Product Officer, Ashley directs the company’s program vision from roadmap to execution. He leads a team responsible for the company’s digital experience, including our website, mobile app, client dashboard, registration process, and internal tools. He also drives key audience acquisition initiatives, connecting with consumers to shape our vision for disease prevention.
Before joining Arivale, Ashley spent nearly two decades producing content and developing industry-leading user experiences for NBC News and msnbc.com. Most recently, he served as NBC News’ VP of User Experience. Ashley is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where he studied journalism, beginning his career at his small hometown newspaper. He joined Arivale as a member before becoming an employee and credits the program with transforming his diet, shaping his exercise routine, and generally feeling 10 years younger.
Sandi Kaplan and her husband and children all have celiac disease, so she knows firsthand how to help people with nutritional challenges. Sandi has worked as a registered dietitian for the Dean Ornish program at Swedish Medical Center and co-founded a private practice, NutritionWorks, where she spent ten years specializing in eating disorders, weight management, and diabetes care. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2009, Sandi joined Alere Wellbeing (formerly Free & Clear) as the Clinical Director of the weight management and wellness programs. She is also the cofounder of Zing bars (www.zingbars.com).
Sandi completed her undergraduate degree in English literature and applied linguistics at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and earned a graduate degree in education from the University of Sydney in Australia and a master’s degree in nutritional science from Bastyr University.
Andrew Magis leads Arivale’s team of bioinformatics scientists. This group of computational biologists is responsible for developing and implementing cutting-edge approaches to large-scale data analytics and systems modeling with the goal of quantifying wellness. Andrew was recruited from the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, where he served as a key member of biotech pioneer Dr. Lee Hood’s pilot study team on the 2014 Hundred Person Wellness Project. The pilot focused on optimizing wellness through longitudinal data collection and analysis, generating billions of data points for each participant. As a result, ISB spun out Arivale, a company focused on combining personalized data and coaching to bring scientific wellness to consumers.
Prior to joining ISB, Andrew‘s work focused on disease classification algorithms, next-generation sequencing applications, software development, and applied high-performance computing in computational drug discovery. He received his PhD in biophysics and computational biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Rookie Gleich leads Arivale’s Supply Chain and Logistics team, and is focused on building a world class supply chain that will provide fast, high quality data to Pioneers to support their lifelong path to Scientific Wellness. His team is responsible for partnering with gold standard vendors and labs that allow Arivale to rapidly scale operations to support the collection, distribution, and testing of biological samples. He brings 25 years of experience in supply chain and is passionate about continuous improvement that drives customer satisfaction to the highest level.
Prior to joining Arivale in 2015, Rookie was the Director of Operations for Dendreon, a Seattle biotech company that created the first FDA approved immunotherapy treatment for prostate cancer. This sparked Rookie’s interest in personalized medicine, and thus led him to Arivale, a company focused on personalized health and wellness. He also held forecasting, planning, purchasing, and manufacturing positions at Amazon, Starbucks, and Gargoyles. Rookie is a US Army veteran, and played basketball at Seattle University, where he graduated with a BA in Finance. He also has a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell.
Peer-to-peer is here. In a career spanning more than two decades, Alicia Nakamoto has always worked in companies at the forefront of linking the physical and digital worlds. And she has been passionate about building community both offline and online — for as long as she can remember. As director of Arivale’s community, Alicia oversees building and creating a sense of community amongst the pioneers. Alicia first appreciated the power of harnessing an online community while working at Amazon — customers were giving honest and thoughtful feedback on products they had purchased. Alicia realized that relevant and authentic peer-to-peer feedback is just as valuable as feedback from friends and family. She joined the RealSelf team in 2011 where she built, grew and energized the largest global community of people interested in cosmetic procedures.
Alicia and her identical twin participated in the Institute for Systems Biology’s 2014 Hundred Person Wellness Project, a nine-month wellness study of 107 individuals. Her personal experience in the study was so impactful that she joined Arivale to take the lead on building the first online community in the scientific wellness space.
Chris Cappello leads Arivale’s digital acquisition strategy. He brings a decade of industry experience launching and growing brands across multiple consumer verticals including: real estate, fashion, health and beauty, retail e-commerce, sporting goods, finance, and consumer packaged goods. Prior joining Arivale, Chris spent four years as Vice President of Search Marketing at the DuMont Project in Los Angeles, working with clients like Zillow, Bare Minerals, Wilson Sports, Tile, and Digital AARP. Before the consultancy, Chris was the director of online marketing at Lucky Brand Jeans, and helped build the B2C and B2B lead generation efforts for Market Leader, a Kirkland-based startup providing lead generation and content management systems to more than 200,000 customers across the U.S.
Chris holds a BS from the University of Washington in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics. He spent his early career researching lipid profile contributions to diabetes.
Matthew G. Snyder is the Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Counsel for Arivale. He has worked extensively in matters involving public health, clinical trials, human research protections, pharmaceuticals, administrative and corporate law. He has negotiated and structured a number of clinical trial agreements and contracts.
Matt has worked in four branches of government as a state prosecutor, federal agency appellate counsel, law clerk to a U.S. Senator and a judicial stipend clerkship to a state judge. He has written and lectured on legal topics relating primarily to U.S. regulations governing clinical trials. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Washington State and Washington D.C.’s Health Law Sections.
He earned his J.D. from Columbus Law at Catholic University, his B.A. from the University of Delaware, and his M.P.H.c, from Rutgers, where he achieved Honors Society. He is admitted to the bars of Washington State and the District of Columbia.
An avid yogi and international traveler, Kirsten Duncan has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is passionate about improving patient outcomes. At Arivale, she is creating collaborative partnerships with healthcare systems and providers. Throughout her career, Kirsten has worked closely with healthcare practitioners to develop and implement innovative healthcare strategies and solutions. Prior to joining Arivale, Kirsten spent seven years leading a medical affairs team providing strategic medical communications. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to found a consulting and communications firm providing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Kirsten earned her PharmD from University of California, San Francisco and her B.S. from University of California, Davis, where she graduated with honors. She is passionate about connecting to her community through volunteering at homeless shelters and food banks.
Mia Nease joined Arivale from PwC, taking on the role of Head of Commercial. Arivale sits at the crossroads of all of her passions: breakthrough technology, data, science, wellness, and coaching.” Born in Australia and raised in Slovenia, Mia is a global citizen who has spent the last 20 years focused on accelerating top line revenues for the companies she works for. She is a creative client service professional with extensive experience growing diverse businesses while genuinely helping her clients. She is passionate about creating an exceptional sales culture and motivating account teams to exceed their goals. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her from running Dell Computer’s mining, oil and gas operations in the West Australian outback; to pioneering the new client-facing HP Software strategy in New York City; to promoting PwC’s Life Science offerings, across all lines of service in San Francisco Bay.
Mia graduated from Macquarie University and hopes to someday finish her MBA. She is an avid marathon runner, mountaineer and snow skier, who also serves on two non-profit boards, where she furthers her passions around social justice, diversity, and inclusion.
The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is a nonprofit, biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Lee Hood, MD, PhD; immunologist Alan Aderem, PhD; and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold, PhD. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines, where researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. ISB’s core values ensure that it maintains focus on the big ideas that will have the biggest impact on human health. ISB is supported by the National Institutes of Health and other federal government agencies, global strategic partnerships, private philanthropy, and foundations.