Company 2018-01-26T15:08:54+00:00

The Quertle Team

A Passion for Bio-specific Artificial Intelligence (BioAI)

Understanding the biomedical literature and other text content is critical to the $5T healthcare industry. Traditional approaches are not able to deal with the volume of data and eliminate the noise. More bells and whistles on legacy technologies just can’t solve the problem. Even NLP, semantics, and “ordinary” AI have not delivered as expected.

We have lived this pain, and in response created a comprehensive easy-to-use solution and are highly motivated to continue the revolution in relevant discovery and insight.

Officers & Board of Directors

Jeffrey D. Saffer Ph.D.

President & CEO Chairman

Jeff Saffer, a molecular biologist by training, became an informaticist out of necessity after encountering many Big Data problems. In 2000, he founded his first company, focusing on visualization of biomedical data. Now, as a co-founder of Quertle, he has been a leader in modern discovery and analytics for the literature.

Vicki L. Burnett Ph.D.

Exec VP & COO Director

Vicki Burnett received her doctorate in molecular toxicology from the North Carolina Integrated Toxicology Program, did research at NIEHS and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and on the faculty at University of Arizona. She is co-founder of Quertle, helping to create more intelligent use of information.

John Compton Ph.D.


John Compton received his Ph.D. from the UC- Berkeley, and did postdoctoral work at the Baylor College of Medicine. He was a principal investigator at The Jackson Laboratory and a senior staff scientist at NIH. John was a co-founder of GeneDx (now part of BioReference). He has served as an advisor and director for several startups.

Other Team Leaders


Janet Delicata

Head of Marketing



Lynne Fox

Consulting Librarian



Peter Nikolla

Head of Development


Quertle Advisors

James Canton, Ph.D.

CEO & Chairman,
Institute for Global Futures

World-renowned futurist, visionary business advisor.

Peter van der Spek, Ph.D.

Erasmus Medical Center

A world-leading bioinformatician.

Tamjidul Hoque, Ph.D.

University of New Orleans

Artificial intelligence & machine learning expert.

Tony Trippe, M.S.

Founder & CEO,

Named one of the top 300 patent strategists in the world.

Julie Glanville, M.Sc.

Medical Librarian,
York Health Economics Consortium

Leading medical literature search and analysis expert.


NutmegNutmeg is our “hidden” team leader. Her role is to alert all dogs of the world when a delivery truck goes by.