Bloodbuy is an internet technology company focused on improving our blood supply. Our online network facilitates the efficient distribution of lifesaving blood products to patients in need. For our breakthrough technologies, Bloodbuy has been recognized and awarded by the Harvard Forum on Healthcare Innovation, RAND Corporation, athenahealth, and TechTitans for our innovative solutions.
Additionally, we have been featured in WIRED, TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, NPR Marketplace, Dallas Business Journal, The Boston Globe, and numerous other notable publications.
Bloodbuy is financially backed by Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), Providence St. Joseph Health, and HealthCap.
Founder & CEO
As the founder and CEO of Bloodbuy, Chris is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of the organization, its technology solutions, and its people. Prior to founding Bloodbuy, he focused on a variety of investment activities within healthcare; spanning the entire care continuum.
Over the course of his career, he has played a principal role in the underwriting, structuring, and closing of numerous healthcare sector, commercial real estate, and technology control investments with an aggregate investment basis in excess of $800 million USD.
Previously, Chris served as SVP and Director of Finance for The Cirrus Group, where he chaired its Investment Committee. Prior to Cirrus, he held positions with Hillwood Capital, Macfarlan Capital Partners, and J.P. Morgan.
He has been included on the Dallas Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Healthcare, recognized by the Harvard Forum on Healthcare Innovation as the winner of the Harvard Health Acceleration Challenge in 2016, and serves as the protagonist of a Harvard Business School Case Study.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in finance and real estate from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a Master's in Healthcare Leadership from Brown University, where he was the recipient of the Brown University Graduate School Master's Award for Professional Excellence.
RYAN deutschendorf, esq.
As the Operations Manager of Bloodbuy, Ryan is responsible for general legal and due diligence requirements relating to the establishment and maintenance of contractual and/or strategic relationships with healthcare provider organizations, blood centers, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), distributors, and other technology companies. He also interfaces with clients to provide product support and technical assistance relating to the implementation and general use of Bloodbuy's technology solutions.
Prior to joining Bloodbuy, Ryan served as an attorney for a healthcare law firm where his practice focused on health law and healthcare regulatory compliance, as well as administrative law and civil litigation. In his previous roles, Ryan used his business background to help clients achieve cost effective solutions to legal, compliance, and operational issues being faced.
Ryan holds Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is member of the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association.
director of business development
As the Director of Business Development at Bloodbuy, Jarrian is responsible for building a sophisticated sales and marketing engine that drives Bloodbuy's growth and scalability.
Jarrian is an experienced leader in sales and marketing - bringing with him a successful track record from Forrester, MD Buyline, and The Scotts Company. Before Bloodbuy, Jarrian served as an award-winning sales leader at Forrester, a research and consulting firm that focuses on business strategy, marketing, customer experience, and technology. At Forrester, Jarrian helped to shape Forrester's outbound lead-generation function, establish new service offerings, and evolve the enterprise's sales and service processes.
During his time at MD Buyline, Jarrian helped to rebuild the sales and marketing function for the company's return to prominence as a leader in healthcare supply chain and medical technology insight. Jarrian began his career with The Scotts Company, where he managed the company's sales and marketing efforts with Home Depot and Lowe's in Northeast Texas.
Jarrian holds Bachelors of Arts and Science degrees in Marketing and Economics from Southern Methodist University.
Lead UX Designer
Poornima is the Lead UX Designer at Bloodbuy. As the UX lead, Poornima is responsible for defining and detailing the user experience, UI, and visual design of the Bloodbuy platform. Before Bloodbuy, Poornima was the UX Designer for Qualvu in Colorado where she was responsible for the design of Qualvu's cloud-based qualitative research platform and mobile application. During her time at Qualvu, her work focused on conducting user research, usability tests, defining interaction models and UI specifications, creating low and high fidelity prototypes and maintaining all visual assets of Qualvu’s platform.
Poornima holds a Master's in Interaction Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Master's in Product Design from National Institute of Design in India.
As a Web Developer at Bloodbuy, Ashton is responsible for development, maintenance, and feature enhancement of the Bloodbuy platform. Previously, Ashton was the Programmer Analyst for the Wichita Falls Independent School District and a freelance web applications developer. Ashton specializes in full-stack, highly scalable, real-time applications and web APIs.
Ashton holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Minor in Mathematics from Midwestern State University.
heath alls, MLS (ASCP)
CustomeR Success manager
As a Customer Success Manager at Bloodbuy, Heath uses his experience and expertise in Transfusion Medicine to bring value to our customers. Given his deep experience in blood banking, he can understand the needs of our customers and provide support as they implement and use Bloodbuy’s cloud-based software platform.
Heath joined Bloodbuy from Texas Health Resources in Dallas, where he was the Technical Supervisor for blood and tissue bank at their flagship facility, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He also benefits from years of experience in an academic pediatric setting, from his time spent as a member of the blood bank team at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
Heath brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and technical expertise, as an experienced clinical laboratory scientist with a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Over the course of his 10+ years in a hospital setting, he has served in various roles focused on patient testing, and as a lead technologist/technical supervisor. Additionally, Heath has become well-versed in the regulatory requirements relating to the blood industry through his interactions with regulatory and accrediting agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration, College of American Pathologists, and AABB.
Heath holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Colorado Technical University, and a Master of Science in Management in Organizational Leadership and Change, also from Colorado Technical University.
Brian witte, ph.D.
Brian develops software tools to illuminate patterns in blood product supply and demand. He also works on research projects highlighting the history and complexity of the biologics industry. With over 15 years of research and teaching in micro- and molecular biology, Brian brings a deep understanding to the challenges of ensuring a safe blood supply.
Before joining Bloodbuy, Brian taught at several Dallas-area universities as a Professor of Microbiology. He has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as in leading education-focused blogs. After teaching himself to code, he has focused on projects that have a significant positive impact on society.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Ohio State University.
Paul is a web developer focused on improving the Bloodbuy platform. Prior to joining Bloodbuy, he was a Senior Software Engineer at RewardStyle where he helped launch the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and scale it to more than a million users.
Paul has been building web apps professionally for more than 5 years. Previously, he worked at Ericsson where he built web applications to assist with the deployment of 4G cell sites. He got his start in the tech industry by doing tech support while he worked on getting his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science.
W. L. Hutchison, Jr.
As Co-Founder and CEO of The Cirrus Group, Mr. Hutchison has focused on healthcare-related developments since 1996. Prior to forming Cirrus, Mr. Hutchison worked for Southland Real Estate Resources at its Las Colinas development where he served as project manager for the 400 rooms, 24-story Mandalay Four Seasons Hotel (now the Omni Mandalay). Later, Mr. Hutchison formed Trans Texas Investment Properties with which he developed over 1,000,000 sf of commercial office and retail space across the DFW Metroplex. Notable during this time was Mr. Hutchison’s landmark 500,000 sf, 24-story Trans Texas Tower (now Occidental Tower) in Dallas.
During his leadership at Cirrus, Mr. Hutchison guided approximately 100 healthcare development projects in 15 states, including ambulatory surgery centers, multi-specialty surgical hospitals, general acute care hospitals, post-acute facilities, acute rehab facilites, long-term care facilities, medical office buildings, primary care clinics and other complex medical facility ventures. Included in this list are notable projects Park Cities Medical Plaza in University Park, Texas; Trophy Club Medical Center in Trophy Club, Texas; North Texas Medical Center in Denton, Texas; North Central Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; and several hospital and MOB projects in Southern California.
Mr. Hutchison earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas in Austin and an Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University's Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
As the former President of Premier Supply Chain Improvement, Inc., a consolidated subsidiary of Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), Mr. Gilbert led Premier's core supply chain business. His administrative purview included sourcing, contract management, operations and business analytics. Mr. Gilbert also oversaw Premier's integrated pharmacy offerings, including specialty pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management, and direct sourcing.
Joining Premier in 2006, Mr. Gilbert previously served as Senior Vice President of supply chain emerging services, where he led the development of Premier's pharmacy offerings while identifying emerging supply chain and clinical opportunities.
Mr. Gilbert has more than 25 years of experience in business operations, procurement, and risk management with a resume that includes leadership positions at BDS Management, Marsh, Learning Station, and Wachovia Securities. He is involved in many industry organizations including Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA), where he currently serves as secretary and on the Board of Directors; SVS, LLC where he serves on the Board of Directors and Commcare Pharmacy, where he serves as Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors.
A native of North Carolina, Mr. Gilbert earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into the UNC-CH's Order of the Golden Fleece.
Ms. Denny is Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy at Premier with responsibility for strategy development and implementation for Premier’s core supply chain business. In addition, she has responsibility for the clinical sourcing team, sourcing committees, and Premier’s Diversity and EPP programs. Denny also serves on the board of two Premier minority investments, PharmaPoint and Bloodbuy.
Ms. Denny joined Premier in 2008 to lead the contract management team responsible for managing medical/surgical contracts within Premier’s $50 billion portfolio. In 2013, she accepted the supply chain strategy role which was created to lead M&A integration in conjunction with Premier’s IPO. She has over 25 years of leadership experience, with more than 15 years in healthcare.
Before joining Premier, Ms. Denny worked at LendingTree for eight years in various leadership roles in finance and operations. She received her MBA and BS in business from Wake Forest University.
Mr. Galles is a Partner at Providence Ventures in the San Francisco bay area, where he focuses on investments in the healthcare information technology, healthcare services, and medical device sectors.
He has been investing in and partnering with management teams of early and growth stage companies in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Providence, Mr. Galles was a Partner at HLM Venture Partners where he led or co-led investments in 14 companies including: Redbrick Health, ClearData, Confluent Surgical, Change Healthcare, and CBR Systems. Prior to HLM, He was an Associate at venture capital firm J.H. Whitney and Company and an Analyst in the healthcare investment banking group at Alex. Brown & Sons.
Mr. Galles has a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Boone Powell, Jr.
Mr. Powell is the former President and Chief Executive Officer at Baylor Healthcare System, where he served in such a capacity from 1980 to 2000, and then as Chairman until 2001. He received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. After completing a year of residency in hospital administration in Memphis, Tennessee, he went to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, rising at age 33 to president and CEO of that medical center. In 1980, at age 43, he became president and CEO of the Baylor Health Care System, which he created by expanding Baylor from a single facility into a network of facilities.
Mr. Powell has received a number of honors for his work and a leader and pioneer within healthcare. He was recognized by Business Week in 1990 as one of the 5 best health care executives in the U.S. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Abilene Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, and the University of Manila and an honorary doctor of law degree from Baylor University. He was a recipient of Baylor University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991.
Mr. Powell is the past chairman of the board of trustees of the national Young Life organization, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a past member of the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories and United Surgical Partners, and past chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council. In 1999, Mr. Powell was appointed by Governor George Bush to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the uninsured. He was named chairman of the Health Industry Council, Dallas/Fort Worth region, in February 2000.
RONALD GILCHER, M.D., FACP
Dr. Gilcher is the Founder and Medical Director Emeritus of the Sylvan Goldman Institute, Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Dr. Gilcher has served as Medical Director Emeritus at OBI since 2007 and is a current member of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Blood Products Advisory Committee. Prior to 2011, Dr. Gilcher served OBI as Medical Director, then President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his roles at OBI, Dr. Gilcher was Assistant Medical Director and then Medical Director at the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh.
Previously, Dr. Gilcher was a Major in the U.S. Army and served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Department of Hematology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.
He received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Gilcher is recognized as one of the foremost experts of Transfusion Medicine and has received numerous awards and honors related to his contribution to Transfusion Medicine and the management of Transfusion Services. A few of those honors include; The Bernice Hemphill Award of AABB for Outstanding Blood Center Administrator – 1995, The Thomas F. Zuck Lifetime Achievement Award by the America’s Blood Centers -2003, State of Oklahoma 1st Session of the 50th Legislature House Resolution 1023. A Resolution honoring the contributions and leadership of Dr. Ronald O. Gilcher; expressing sincere appreciation; and directing distribution – 2005, recipient of The Don F. Rhinehart, M.D., Medical Service Award at the Oklahoma County Medical Society Inaugural Dinner – 2007.
Ms. Sapinsky is a Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital and is responsible for the technical and administrative operations of three transfusion services in Houston, Texas. Ms. Sapinsky is an expert in her field and brings over 40 years of hands-on experience in the field of Blood Bank management, with over 30 years in the specialty of pediatric transfusion medicine.
With respect to blood banking and transfusion medicine, Ms. Sapinsky has worked as an adviser in computer software development, educator in the field of medical technology, and lecturer.
Ms. Sapinsky received her BS in medical technology from the Pennsylvania State University, graduating with honors. She works with hospitals across the country, advising on advanced technical and administrative procedures within the field of transfusion medicine and blood banking.
Mr. Linke is President and Chief Executive Officer of Embera NeuroTherapeutics, a clinical stage specialty pharma company developing novel treatments for smoking cessation and cocaine dependence. Mr. Linke’s 28 years in the healthcare industry has been focused on developing and commercializing new products primarily in pharma and biotech. After 12 years Baxter International, in their pharmaceutical & drug delivery systems division and the healthcare services spinout from Baxter, Caremark, Mr. Linke became an entrepreneur, building and leading a biotech company, Periodontix, a diagnostic company, Rapid MicroBiosystems, and now directs Embera as they prepare for a Phase 1 study in 2014. Mr. Linke has raised over $40 million in private equity to fund these companies.
Mr. Linke holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Albion College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Linke also serves on the Board of IonSense, Inc., a manufacturer of rapid, open-air mass spectrometry solutions to the food safety, forensics, drug development, and chemical analysis markets and as Adjunct Lecturer of Health Care Leadership for Brown University’s Master of Healthcare Leadership Program.
Mr. Welch is founder and Principal of Welch Consulting. He works with executives and teams to improve performance, collaboration and organizational engagement. Mr. Welch is a member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board, advising two healthcare startups. He also is an advisor to two stealth startups in cybertechnology and life sciences. He sits on the board of the HBS Association of Boston and the HBS Healthcare Alumni Association.
Mr. Welch was a senior manager in the healthcare and life sciences practice at CFAR (The Center for Applied Research) a boutique consulting firm that draws on its academic roots in business and the social sciences to help clients transform their organizations and implement strategic and organizational change. His clients included large academic medical centers, healthcare providers, universities, national associations, and non-profits.
For the first 18 years of his career, Mr. Welch helped build and lead two small, high-performing technology startups where he was responsible for managing sales, marketing, client management, and business development.
Mr. Welch has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He lives in Concord, MA with his wife, 3 dogs and occasionally up to four children (including a US Marine).