About Winterlight Labs

We want to improve the lives of people with dementia and psychiatric illness. To do this, we’re building better, more sensitive tools that will allow us to track, screen for and predict the onset of these diseases more accurately.

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Winterlight Labs was founded in 2015 in Toronto, Canada by Frank Rudzicz, Katie Fraser, Liam Kaufman and Maria Yancheva. Our team of experts specializes in computational linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and machine learning. We have developed a proprietary, tablet-based technology that assesses cognitive health (including memory, thinking, and reasoning) by analysing hundreds of language markers from short snippets of speech.

Meet the team

Aparna Balagopalan
Software Engineer, Research

Andrea Nava-Barrios
Office Manager

Ben Eyre
Intern Software Engineer

Bill Simpson
Director Clinical Operations

Celia Fidalgo
Product Lead

Fariya Mostafa
Group Product Manager

Ian Loblaw
Senior Software Engineer, DevOps/Compliance

Jekaterina Novikova
Director of Machine Learning

Jessica Robin
Scientist, Neurodegeneration

Jordan Ponn
Software Engineer

Liam Kaufman
CEO & Cofounder

Maria Yancheva
CTO & Cofounder

Mengdan Xu

Sasha Sirotkin
Lead Software Engineer

Valerie Closson
Research Coordinator

Meet the Advisors

Andrea Iaboni
Scientific Advisor

Geriatric Psychiatrist and Clinician-Scientist, Toronto Rehab Institute

Frank Rudzicz
Cofounder & Scientific Advisor

Scientist, St Michael's Hospital

Jed Meltzer
Scientific Advisor

Neurorehabilitation Scientist, Baycrest Centre