Guru Banavar

Guru Banavar

Founding CTO, Head of Discovery, AI & Engineering, GM of Diagnostics, Viome

Guru is a recognized leader who delivered the 2017 Turing Lecture, and has spoken on prestigious stages including the Nobel Prize (twice), the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Milken Conference, and President Obama’s Frontiers Conference. Recent talks include the National Academies of Science, Precision Medicine World Conference, and Exponential Medicine. His awards include a Leadership in Technology Management Award and a National Innovation Award from the President of India. He has served on NY Governor’s commission for state resiliency, and was an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He has published extensively and holds more than 35 US patents. His work has been featured in major international media including the New York Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and NPR.

Guru is driven to develop and apply deep science and technology innovations to solve the big challenges of humanity, especially in health and education. He has founded many successful initiatives, and is known for his work on Host/Microbe Molecular Data Analysis, IBM Watson AI Systems, Smarter Cities, Services Innovation, Mobile Computing, and Distributed Systems. He has a PhD in Computer Science and an MBA (accelerated).

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