Dedicated to making medical care available to the billions who have access to mobile phones, but not to physicians. Before co-founding MobileODT, Ariel co-founded and served as the Global CEO of the PresenTense Group from 2005 – 2013, an accelerator for social ventures that has launched over 1000 ventures from franchise operations in sixteen cities around the world. Ariel has a B.A in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University, an MPA (Masters in Public Administration) from New York University (NYU) in Management, and an MA from NYU in Jewish Studies. Ariel teaches at the Inter-Disciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC), and lectures in workshops about social business and startup development around the world.
Dr. Levitz has 17+ years of experience in tissue analysis using biomedical optical methods, with specialty in OCT and spectral imaging. In addition to his roles at MobileODT, Dr. Levitz also chairs the “Optics and Biophotonics in Low Resource Settings” conference at SPIE’s annual Photonics West meetings. Dr. Levitz got a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering/optics from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY, USA) in 2002. He then spent 3 years working with Risø National Laboratory (Roskilde, Denmark), and Lund University (Lund, Sweden) developing an image-processing algorithm to measure optical scattering properties from optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. Using this method, Dr. Levitz identified differences between normal and atherosclerotic arterial tissues. Dr. Levitz was awarded a Whitaker scholarship for a postdoctoral fellowship in Israel.