Bitscopic was founded by two tech industry veterans who were inspired by the opportunity to use advanced software technology to initially mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has development offices in Seattle, WA.

Our team is a collection of talented scientists and engineers with a unique mix of backgrounds from tech giants such as Microsoft, top university research centers, government public health agencies, and the healthcare industry. Our team members are passionate about developing applications that have a great impact on human life and well-being and are gifted in their ability to apply advanced software technologies to solve the real-world challenges such as public health informatics and biosurveillance, infection prevention, and clinical surveillance, to name a few.

Our Team


Payam Etminani, CEO and Co-Founder

Payam has managed groundbreaking IT projects with US government agencies and was instrumental in the successful rollout of a new biosurveillance software platform for the VA’s Healthcare Associated Infection and Influenza Surveillance System (HAIISS) program. He is an accomplished systems engineer with well-rounded tech industry experience. Payam received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering (B.Eng.) from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

Farshid Sedghi

Farshid Sedghi, COO and Co-Founder

Farshid oversaw the creation of several of Microsoft’s Bing search engine’s services and has designed and delivered mission-critical enterprise infrastructure for companies throughout the world. He worked at Microsoft for six years in various roles. Farshid has deep expertise in large scale distributed computing and analytics as well intuitive user experience. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Joel Mewton

Joel Mewton, CTO

Joel oversees core infrastructure and technologies including distributed and serverless computing, machine learning and VistA efforts. Prior to joining Bitscopic, Joel gained wide-ranging experience over many years at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His roles ranged from supporting local OI&T operations at VA Hospitals; to serving as a Special Advisor to the CTO, working directly on core Secretary Initiatives at the highest levels of the Department. 

Russell Ryono

Dr. Russell Ryono, Clinical Application Director

Dr. Ryono provided over 30 years of service within the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he held different positions as an inpatient clinical pharmacist and supervisor as well as Infectious Diseases (ID) Pharmacy Specialist. His responsibilities included managing the antimicrobial stewardship program and teaching pharmacy residents, medical house staff, and ID fellows. He later transitioned on to Infection Prevention and Control and finally Public Health Surveillance and Research before joining Bitscopic. 


Steven Phelps, Ph.D., Director of Data Sciences

Steven leads data science and research at Bitscopic.  He has an academic background in theoretical cosmology, and has authored publications and patents in an exceptionally broad variety of fields, including orbit reconstruction and mass prediction of nearby galaxies; low-temperature experimental physics; UI design; food process engineering; and Arabic and Persian translation.  He brings to Bitscopic expertise in machine learning methods as applied to indoor positioning, clustering of high-dimensional data sets, and the connectivity of the worldwide social network.  He holds bachelors degrees in physics and philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.


Shastri Purushotma, Director of Marketing and International Partnerships

Shastri is driving Bitscopic’s initiatives in Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining Bitsopic, Shastri was a member of the founding team of several companies, including Responsys (acquired by Oracle in 2014) and Engage.Social. He has also worked in government relations for non profits defending human rights. He has written numerous articles published by the Ziff Davis networks, The Huffington Post and the Washington Post.


Bill Maher, Director of Sales and Business Development

Bill leads the Sales and Business Development activity at Bitscopic. With a broad background in Healthcare, he has built out Sales and Marketing functions for organizations serving systemwide IT, tele-health, remote monitoring and multiple inpatient clinical initiatives. At Bitscopic, Bill is tasked with establishing a foundation for the Sales and Business Development effort serving hospitals nationwide.   

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Vafa Bayat, Head, Research & Development

Vafa is a Physician Scientist (MD, PhD), with extensive medical, graduate, and postgraduate training from Baylor College of Medicine and Stanford University, including PhD training in Baylor’s Developmental Biology Program under the guidance of HHMI and now National Academy of Sciences and Arts member  Professor Hugo Bellen and Anatomic Pathology training at Stanford University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has published numerous highly respected and cited papers in journals including Cell, Science, PLoS Biology, Journal of Cell Biology, PNAS, Genome Research, PNAS, and Annual Review of Genetics, with subjects ranging from the identification of novel genetic disease genes to the uncovering of pathological mechanisms for neurodegenerative diseases.