Chief Executive Officer
Richard Postrel is the CEO and founder of ViaGenetics where he sets the strategic policy and directs the Intellectual Property development of the firm. Mr. Postrel is a well-known futurist and was selected by the National Academy of Science as one of the leading innovators in America in 2009.
Mr. Postrel is a specialist in Intellectual Property and an expert in Process and Method Patents with one of the highest success ratings (97%+). With well over 100 patents in the fields of Mobile Commerce, Search, Interactive Broadcast, Smart Cards (chip & pin), Loyalty, Payment Solutions, Programmable Circuitry and more. Mr. Postrel designed and built the world’s first dynamic foreign exchange system and has also patented mechanical systems including the first portable device with a touch screen and a hardened computer using a lithium ion battery. Other development projects include: NASA’s Industrialization for Space Program, Matrix Healthcare Solutions and High Temperature Heat Treatment Systems.
Mr. Postrel is also CEO of Signature Systems, founded by him in 2003. Signature Systems is a highly successful Intellectual Property development firm specializing in Global Commerce and has been issued 48 patents (not including foreign) representing over 1,500 issued claims (inventions). The company’s success is attributed to its specialization in long range predictive analysis and abstract relational algorithms with several key (now proven) themes including: User Control, One to Many Relationships, Dynamic Interaction and Multi-Function Technologies.
Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Stephan Züchner is President and Chief Science Officer for ViaGenetics. In 2011, he was honored as Scientist of the Year. A former professor of genetics at Duke University, Dr. Züchner helped to establish the world-class genetics department at the University of Miami. Most significantly, Dr. Züchner both recognized a need and built the world’s first information sharing system for genetic research which became the foundation for ViaGenetics.
Dr. Züchner is a Professor and Chair for the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and Neurology Director for the Center for Human Molecular Genomics at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics. He is a trained neurologist and molecular geneticist with research interests in identifying genetic variation associated with disease.
His lab has identified several genes for Mendelian neurodegenerative disorders and also evaluated risk factors for complex genetic conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. His lab is amongst the pioneering groups that have promoted genome sequencing methods for disease gene identification in humans, mice, and drosophilia.