Tetsuyuki (Tetsu) Maruyama, PhD, Executive Director

Tetsu Maruyama is the Executive Director of the ADDI, where he has the pleasure of working with an exceptional team to enable data relevant to Alzheimer’s and related dementias to reach their full potential.

Prior to joining ADDI, Tetsu was the Chief Scientific Officer at the Dementia Discovery Fund, a unique venture capital fund focusing a total investment of $350 million on creating new treatment paradigms for dementia. Before that he was head of Drug Discovery for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Japan, after leading the GlaxoSmithKline Centre for Cognitive and Neurodegenerative Disorders in Singapore. He began his industry career at Merck Sharp and Dohme’s Neuroscience Research Center in the UK, after 15 years as an academic neuroscientist at Cardiff University and the University of Minnesota.

Tetsu has contributed to the promotion of open science, having been Chairperson of the Board of the Structural Genomics Consortium from 2016 through 2020, and of being a member the Board of Directors of Sage Bionetworks. He is also on the Board of Directors or Scientific Advisory Board of a number of privately held biotech companies and is a member of the World Dementia Council. Tetsu received his PhD in behavioral neuroscience Stanford University and did post-doctoral research in neurophysiology at Yale University.

Mukta Phatak, PhD, Director of Data Science

Mukta Phatak joins the ADDI team as Director of Data Science and brings over 12 years of academia and industry experience in the field of data science and big data strategy. She holds a BS in computer science from Pune, India and obtained her PhD in bioinformatics from the University of Cincinnati. Her areas of work include predictive modeling, next-gen sequencing data analysis, developing data portals for integrative analysis of genomics and proteomics data and building enterprise class cloud based data analytics solutions.

Prior to joining Gates Ventures, Mukta was Director, Data and Analytics with the Chief Data Office organization at GE Aviation. Her responsibilities included leading development of cloud based ecosystem to enable enterprise data strategy and scaling self-service POCs to enterprise level products."

Kelly Sparks, Senior IT Architect

Mr. Sparks is a veteran technology executive, with over 30 years of diverse information technology executive level leadership. His experience in large enterprises, mid-tier companies and startups, enables him to bring fresh innovative ideas and strategic thinking into every opportunity and engagement. (www.linkedin.com/in/kellycsparks)

Mr. Sparks has performed in many roles including CEO, CTO, President, Product Marketing and Product Development in small to large firms including 11 years as a decorated sales leader at IBM.

He has developed and authored over 25 patents and patent applications in identity management and digital media, and is currently managing partner at aPersona, Inc., a pioneer in identity management technology developing innovative software to reduce fraud, identity theft and identity misuse.

Mr. Sparks has been a featured speaker on Security and Cloud Services topics the Southern Municipal IT Conference and at CompTel, the leading industry association representing communications service providers and their supplier partners (www.comptel.org).

Mr. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Information Systems) from Southern Polytechnic State University. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC.