Basil Leaf Technologies was formed by two brothers who grew up on healthy doses of science fiction and computers. Basil Leaf Tech is proud to be a finalist competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. The competition team name is Final Frontier Medical Devices.
Basil Leaf Tech and the team have grown and are working to bring the first iteration of the medical Tricorder from science fiction to science reality. And, who knows? Perhaps in the not so distant future the next model will be on a star ship near you.
Basil M Harris, MD, PhD, FACEP
Founder and President of Basil Leaf Technologies
Team Leader and Medical Director of Final Frontier Medical Devices
Basil is a physician with a PhD in engineering. He has been actively practicing emergency medicine for more than eleven years at Lankenau Medical Center of Main Line Health and was named a 2013 Top Doctor by Main Line Today. Despite his daily regimen of chaos in the ER, his engineering training is ever present. Basil's years at Drexel and Cornell hardwired him to think like an engineer and he is a constant tinkerer. He has research experience in medicine and engineering with over a dozen publications. He and his co-founder, George Harris, are brothers who grew up in the Philadelphia region.
George C Harris
Founder and Vice-President of Basil Leaf Technologies
Chief Engineer of Final Frontier Medical Devices
George is a network engineer with a background in computer science. George manages a team of nine technical professionals that deliver support, guidance, planning, purchasing and integration of technology to seven school districts in Northern New Jersey. George has become adept at delivering small-scale test environments via large-scale deployments, as his team supports 9,000 students and 1,000 staff members. His path with computers and engineering started in 1978, while working with his father in a structural engineering models laboratory and he has been fascinated with how things work ever since. His studies have taken him through Drexel University, and systems engineering certifications with 3COM, Cisco, Apple, Microsoft and, most recently, with EMC and VMWare.
Julia D Harris, MPH, MIA
Health Policy Expert and Chief of Communications
Julia is a Health Policy Associate with the Strategic Planning and Innovation Group at the Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance and Administration. Julia has expertise in value-based payment and delivery system reforms, public and private health insurance Marketplaces, and the Affordable Care Act. She joined the State in January 2013 after working as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington DC, where she tracked and analyzed the implementation of federal health reform across states. She completed a Master of Public Health and a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2011 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in Human Development.
Philip J Charron, MEd
User Experience Design Expert
Phil is a Vice President of Experience Design at Think Brownstone and a member of the company's leadership team. He has an MEd in Educational Media, a BA in English Literature from Temple University, and has been an adjunct faculty member for the Digital Design program at Philadelphia University since 1996. He has been consulting, teaching, writing and guest lecturing about experience design, data visualization, instructional design, and emerging media since 1992.
Phil specializes in designing and developing interactive digital assets for highly regulated industries. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and finance. In recent years, he has been researching, analyzing and developing solutions to help healthcare professionals use digital tools in their clinical practice. He has also been working with clients to develop consistent data visualization techniques. Many of his projects involve the design and development of digital products.
Andrew D Singer, MPA
Health Policy Expert and CFO
Andy is currently the Director of Supply Chain at Boston Children’s Hospital. For the last 15+ years, Andy has been helping hospitals and other healthcare organizations to better understand and control their costs. He specializes in restructuring Supply Chain organizations by recruiting top talent, implementing progressive systems, negotiating major contracts, and modernizing policies and procedures. Previously, he was Director of Supply Chain for a suburban teaching hospital in Connecticut and for a large New York City Integrated Delivery Network, as well as serving as Chief Financial Officer for a New Jersey-based healthcare consulting firm. Andy earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Constantine "Gus" F Harris, MD, FACS
Hardware / Sensor / Signal Processing Specialist, and Physician Advisor
Gus is a physician and electrical engineer with a rich background in signal and image processing and medical technology. After earning his BS in electrical engineering from Drexel University, he enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he completed a Master of Science in E.E. in 1992. He then worked at General Electric R&D on numerous projects including image processing for diagnostic ultrasound. In 1999 he earned his MD at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a practicing urologist near Reading PA, where he has an interest in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.
Edward "Ed" L Hepler, PhD
Electrical Engineer and Hardware Specialist
Ed is a technology leader with a broad range of experience in product and embedded system specification, design, and implementation. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering, over 35 years of hands-on experience and holds numerous patents. Ed's career has included work with InterDigital Communications, VLSI Concepts, Villanova University, Commodore Business Machines / Commodore Amiga, General Electric Space Systems Division, and Bell Telephone Laboratories. Ed has specific interest and expertise in: Computer/System Architecture; Product Design; Implementation Architecture; Modeling and Simulation; Hardware-Software partitioning; Hardware Development; Software Development; VHDL/ASIC/SoC/VLSI Design; and Wireless Implementation.