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About Gem

Gem is a Los Angeles based start up specializing in blockchain solutions in healthcare and supply chain.
Gem's CEO and founder is Micah Winkelspecht.

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Chitra Ragavan
Chief Communications Officer

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GemOS Technical Whitepaper

GemOS seeks to present a scalable,​ flexible,​ and extensible​ platform for building, deploying, and managing distributed applications.

Medical Claims Processing: Blockchain Solutions

Blockchain solutions are making the future happen now. A special report on healthcare issues by Gem and Capital One.

Unlocking Your Health Data with Blockchain

GemOS seeks to present a scalable,​ flexible,​ and extensible​ platform for building, deploying, and managing distributed applications.

Recent Press

November 1, 2017   |   Epicenter

Gem – The Enterprise Platform That Powers Data-Driven Applications

We are joined by Micah Winkelspecht, CEO and Founder of Gem. What started as a Bitcoin API in 2014 has evolved into a leading provider of blockchain solutions for enterprise. Gem addresses the problem of digital data silos and the complexities they introduce when companies and individuals collaborate and share information. Their product, GemOS, provides a full-stack blockchain middleware platform which allows companies to build applications on top of blockchains protocols like Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric.

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October 9, 2017   |   CoinDesk

Better Off Abroad? Blockchain Health Firms Gain Ground Outside the US

Frustrated by the red tape of the U.S. healthcare system, blockchain startups founded to improve the sharing of patient data are looking abroad to prove their use cases.

The moves by Gem, which has partnered with a Scandinavian company, and, which is scouting opportunities in Canada, underscore the challenges blockchain technology faces in any heavily regulated market with powerful incumbents and resistance to change.

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October 2, 2017   |   CB Insights

Healthcare Horizons: Startups And Technologies Poised To Have The Greatest Impact On Healthcare

Healthcare is changing around the world. The very definition of medicine is now up for debate. Across digital health, biotechnology, and the medical device sector, startups are finally bringing medicine into the 21st century. In this report we take a look at cutting edge developments in healthcare, and the startups behind them that are just beginning to impact the world.

October 2, 2017   |   International Business Times

CDC Explores Blockchain Solutions To Streamline Public Health, Collect Data

Floods and hurricanes don’t just destroy infrastructure. Diseases, viruses, and all kinds of nasty critters often spread after a natural disaster, especially ones that leave lots of stagnant water behind. Public health officials collect and analyze medical data to squelch outbreaks before they spread. But the process is still highly disjointed. Additionally, it involves a lot of manual paperwork.

October 2, 2017   |   Futurism

The CDC Wants to Use Blockchain as a Weapon Against Deadly Epidemics

Blockchain technology is already revolutionizing the world of finance, and it’s set to do the same for various other industries, too. One of those industries is healthcare, and now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking into ways to utilize the technology.

Leadership Bios

Micah Winkelspecht

Founder, CEO

Micah Winkelspecht

Founder, CEO

Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem. Micah has been active in bitcoin since 2012. In the early days, Micah established an active Bitcoin community in Los Angeles and grew it to over 1,000 members. Micah is also a significant contributor to the blockchain developer community as the author of MoneyTree, a popular open-source library used to create blockchain wallets and the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Prior to his contributions to blockchain technology, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.

When it was founded, Gem offered security-as-a-service for developers building on top of Bitcoin. As blockchain technology popularized, Gem was increasingly approached by financial institutions to apply our security to other digital assets. We designed GemOS to expand security beyond digital assets, to apply it to identity, data, and logic frameworks that can be implemented on a blockchain. Today, Gem works with leaders in finance, healthcare, insurance and beyond.

Chitra Ragavan

Chief Communications Officer

Chitra Ragavan

Chief Communications Officer

Chitra Ragavan is the Chief Communications Officer at Gem. She works closely with the CEO and with Gem’s teams to communicate Gem’s technology, product, brand, and culture to customers, press, and investors.
Prior to Gem, Chitra served for eight years as senior strategic advisor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies, the $20 billion dollar Silicon Valley unicorn. Chitra brought unique qualifications to her role as a strategic advisor: her wealth of long-term trusted relationships; the ability to wrestle complex issues to the ground; and a national reputation for integrity and excellence.
Prior to joining Palantir, Chitra was a nationally recognized reporter. Her credentials include: chief legal affairs correspondent, U.S. News & World Report, and correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR). Chitra has a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelors degree in biochemistry and biology from the University of Mumbai, India.

Chitra’s Road to Gem:

University of Mumbai –> University of Georgia –>  WTTW-Chicago –> NPR –> U.S.News & World Report–> Palantir–> Gem

Siva Kannan

VP, Engineering

Siva Kannan

VP, Engineering

Born in Hyderabad, India, Siva’s formative years with math and physics included solving logic problems with his mathematician grandfather, sticking a math instrument into an electric socket to discover what electricity felt like, and outrunning a cyclist crossing his path by calculating their mutual velocities. After graduating from the University of Madras, Siva worked at  Microsoft, Symantec, and myDevices. Siva thrives on running, skydiving, bungee jumping, and teaching driving to new Indian immigrants. The low point of that experience occurred on Seattle’s SR 520 Floating Bridge during a torrential downpour, when Siva realized that his panicked student driver suffered from aquaphobia. Siva joined Gem to combine his passions for building operating systems, securing operating systems and platforms, and creating IoT platforms.

Siva’s Road to Gem:

University of Madras –> Microsoft –> Symantec –> myDevices –> Gem