Team Biographies

John Erbey

John is the founder of the Strataca Group and President of 3ive Labs. He has spent the past 20 years bringing innovative therapeutics and medical devices to the market. Prior to founding Strataca Systems, he held roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, portfolio planning, pricing, health economics and epidemiology at St Jude Medical, Bristol Myers Squibb, Schering Plough and SmithKline Beecham. He earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in 1998. His dissertation on the cardiovascular risk associated with insulin resistance in adults with type 1 diabetes (double diabetes) earned him induction into Delta Omega (the National Honor Society for Public Health). In addition, he has published 17 peer reviewed articles, and has delivered dozens of conference presentations and invited lectures. 

Jacob Upperco

Jacob is the team’s director of research and development. His background bridges anatomy and physiology research with device design and development across numerous medical specialties. He earned a BS in biomedical engineering from Tulane University and earned a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Master of Biomedical Innovation and Development program supported by Georgia Tech College of Engineering and Emory School of Medicine. He has co-authored multiple patents, one manuscript, and several journal articles in foci that span from nosocomial infection reduction to cancer detection, and has also conceptualized, built, and tested research medical devices for use by doctors and scientists across various clinical applications including biomechanical diagnostics, medical image processing, and interventional cardiology.

Bryan Tucker

Bryan serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Applied Science.  He has had many roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry including Regulatory and Clinical Vice President positions at BD, Tripath Imaging, and LinguaFlex, CEO at CAC Health Fitness, COO at Neurognostics, and R&D positions in both start up and mid-level companies.  In addition, he consults to the medical device and pharmaceutical industry.  During the course of his career, he created and was head of Clinical Research at Aurora Health Care, a major health care organization in Wisconsin.  Bryan started his career at the University of California, where he joined the faculty in the Dept. of Medicine focused in renal pathophysiology and volume homeostasis, published over 55 peer-reviewed papers, 3 book chapters, more than 75 abstracts, and was PI on research grants from NIH, NASA, and pharmaceutical companies.  Bryan has a MS in Bioengineering and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology).