The leadership team of Force Diagnostics includes executives with significant experience in science, financial services and health care, as well as a proven track record of commercializing and scaling market-leading products and services.
Tedd Determan, Founder and Chairman
Tedd Determan is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a proven track record of starting and developing new companies that deliver high-impact solutions within the financial services sector. As founder and co-founder of a multitude of successful ventures spanning 35 years, Determan has strategically applied next-generation approaches to effectively address unmet consumer and market needs.
As co-founder of IntelliScript, acquired by Milliman, Determan pioneered the use of electronic prescription profiles within the risk assessment industry to enable an evolution in underwriting methods. In founding Nations CareLink, he created a cognitive assessment technique now considered an industry standard for Alzheimers.
When the Internet ushered in the possibility of straight through processing (STP) for business applications, Determan co-founded Realtime Data Bureau and Quick Life Center to provide STP solutions. He pioneered and commercialized the use of electronic signatures in the insurance industry with the founding of NxLight.
When the financial services industry was looking for new distribution models, Determan helped multi-level marketing pioneer A.L. Williams and Associates, now known as Primerica, to change the way insurance was marketed. He later co-founded Capital Choice Financial Services, using the same model and has grown the company to more than 4,000 agents across the country. Determan also co-founded what has become the largest insurance direct marketing company in the U.S., Matrix Direct, Inc., acquired by AIG (NYSE:AIG).
Scott Filer, CEO
Scott Filer is a healthcare and population health innovator whose nearly 30 years of experience aligns perfectly with the goals of Force Diagnostics.
In the fast-moving world of nanotechnology, Scott's extensive background of executive leadership and strategy in clinical care, bench research and biotechnology drive Force Diagnostics' continued commitment to discovery and deployment of the most current point-of-care tests in the marketplace. He has led several entrepreneurial enterprises; all with a focus on enhancing quality and value for their clients and stakeholders.
Scott was Cofounder and Managing Director of Durham Lakeshore Strategy Partners (which provides business and strategic finance consulting in the health and human services space; both domestically and abroad). Scott has also served as President & CEO of two large behavioral health and ambulatory care organizations; one headquartered in Chicago and the other in Washington, DC. He was the Founder and Principal Architect of the Potomac Impact Initiative; a program funded by the British Embassy in Washington with a mission of bringing together college students from around the world to pitch novel technologies-- all targeted toward improving the lives of disabled children. Scott also served as Executive Director of the Health Research Institute in Chicago. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years at Argonne National Laboratory, serving as Staff Scientist and Program Manager in both the Chemistry and the Decision and Information Sciences Divisions.
Scott presently serves as an editor for the DePaul University Health Law Journal, and previously served nearly a decade as adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the JB Grant Society for International Health. Scott also currently serves as a board member of both Public Health Foundation Enterprises (in Los Angeles) and the Chicago Health Executives Forum.
Scott graduated from Benedictine University with a BS in Health Sciences (molecular biology and biomedical ethics concentrations) and earned two masters degrees: the first, in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health; and the second, in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. Additionally, Scott is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Program for Leading High Performance Health Care, and of the MIT Executive Program for Biosecurity.
Jim W. Jacobson, Ph.D., Acting Chief Science Officer
Dr. Jacobson has over 30 years of experience in research, development and commercialization of research and medical products and services. He is currently Laboratory Director for Biophysical Corporation, a high complexity CLIA-accredited laboratory, in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Jacobson was previously Chief Scientific Officer, and Vice President at LabNow, Inc. in Austin, Texas. He was at Luminex Corporation in Austin, Texas for ten years in a variety of positions including Chief Scientific Officer where he founded and chaired the Luminex Scientific Advisory Board, directed external research collaborations with academic and industry key thought leaders, established an external content licensing program and directed strategic initiatives in personalized medicine and biomarker development. As Vice President of Research and Development at Luminex, Dr. Jacobson directed the integrated research and development activities of more than 80 engineers, chemists and biologists resulting in the development and commercial release of hardware, software and consumable products in research and clinical markets. As Vice President of Technical Operations, he established world-wide field service, training and support for Luminex products.
Before joining Luminex, Dr. Jacobson directed high-complexity, CLIA-accredited laboratories in Houston, Texas. At SpectraCell Laboratories, Virus Reference Laboratories and Cytastar Laboratories, he directed all clinical laboratory operations including quality, regulatory compliance, certification, research, development and implementation for flow cytometry, immunology, microbiology, virology and molecular diagnostics. Dr. Jacobson was also a faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Houston.
Dr. Jacobson has a Ph.D. in Population Biology (Genetics) from Washington University in St. Louis where he was a National Institute of Health Pre-Doctoral Trainee. He completed postdoctoral training at North Carolina State University, where he was a National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral Trainee, and at Duke University. Dr. Jacobson holds MS and BS degrees in Biology from Utah State University. He is an inventor on five patents and is the author of publications in genetics, molecular biology, medical devices, and laboratory science.
Brian G. Mulconrey, Co-Founder and Advisor
Brian's 30 years of life and health insurance industry experience includes serving as COO for the Global Life Sciences team at AIG (NYSE:AIG) and VP of Individual Financial Services marketing for Mutual of Omaha. As a management consultant he has advised a diverse cross-section of financial services and technology companies including USAA, Dell, IBM, and Pacific Life. Brian also served as director of marketing for what is today the largest core systems software company serving the insurance industry CSC’s Financial Services Division (NYSE:CSC). Brian holds an MS in Financial Services from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA along with numerous insurance (FLMI, CLU, ChFC), six sigma (CSSBB), agile software development, and project management professional certifications.
Chuck Ritzke, FSA, MAAA, Chief Actuarial Advisor
Chuck brings over 30 years of actuarial, insurance marketing, consulting, and startup experience. Before founding Problem Solving Enterprises Inc. he served as both Chief Actuary and Chief Marketing Officer for Zurich Life of America. Chuck was co-founder of Internet loyalty points pioneer MyPoints.com and has worked as an actuarial consultant to innovative insurance startups in developing and patenting breakthrough product designs. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Rockford University and Masters of Science in Mathematics from University of Illinois. Chuck is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).
Phil Spokas, CTO
Phil has over 25 years of experience as a CTO, tech visionary and agile software development pioneer. As CTO of Force Diagnostics, Phil led the team that built the cloud-based Health Index Exam Software platform. His accomplishments include strategy, architecture and design of several innovative Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) solutions in application software, healthcare, insurance, supply chain, and manufacturing. He led teams that developed innovative claims management software with a powerful medical record extraction feature for Brahma Holdings. In a major project for Chubb Surety he led a team that created a new surety bond system. In addition to Scrum and several other tech certifications, Phil holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Benedictine University.
Debbie Itter, Director of Administration
Debbie Itter brings more than 25 years of office management and executive assistant experience to Force Diagnostics. She has provided exceptional support to executives in marketing, finance, investments, real estate, and human resource management businesses. Debbie serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Company and serves as a liaison to the board of directors and senior management team; organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts; and oversees all special projects.
Debbie is also a proven entrepreneur and business owner, and has operated and managed a successful retail and service business for more than 25 years.
Debbie studied business and management at Harper College.
Angela Mathew, Retail Clinic Operations Advisor
Angela brings over 20 years of healthcare experience including 15 years with the Mayo Clinic as an operations administrator, operations manager, and process improvement coordinator. As Operations Administrator for the Mayo Clinic’s 42 hospital Affiliated Practice Network (APN) she provided sales, management, implementation, and relationship management services for Mayo Clinic Care Network member organizations. This involved building relationships with senior executives (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.) in member network organizations while contributing to the strategic development of the APN business model. Angela also developed the Cancer Service Line and eTumor Boards across the Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Care Network. She holds both an MBA from the University of Minnesota and an RN, BSN from Viterbo University.