Our Mission

At LuminaCare, our mission is to help advance the diagnosis and treatment of patients with bacterial infections.  We aim to integrate knowled from infectious disease reasearch, drug discovery, data analytics and modeling with software development to improve patient outcomes at the point of care.

Our Team

Our team brings in extensive experience in diverse backgrounds from modeling and simulation of drug exposures and outcomes, data analytics, clinical infectious disease management and software development in pharmaceutical and health care industries.

Dr. David Howe, Ph.D.


As CEO and co-founder of LuminaCare Solutions, Dr. Howe is responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic business direction and driving the scientific and technical vision for the company. With more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Howe has held leadership positions at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca. In these positions, he has led teams guiding drug discovery and development efforts through expertise on drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacokinetic/ pharmacodynamics for antibacterial programs and various disease areas. He has experience in the design and support of preclinical and clinical trials through Phase III for antibacterials. Dr. Howe holds his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Michigan where he investigated the enzymatic mechanisms of novel biological targets to design new antibacterials for gram-negative bacteria. He has his B.S.E in Aerospace Engineering.

Stephen Chiricosta


As COO and co-founder of LuminaCare Solutions, Mr. Chiricosta is responsible for overseeing the company’s business operations, including corporate strategy, market segmentation, communication and operations. Since co-founding LCS in January 2013, Mr. Chiricosta has secured acceptance for the company into WilmerHale’s QuickStart Program, The Venture Development Center at the University of Massachusetts, The StartUp Health Academy and IBM’s Global Entrepreneurship Program. Prior to LuminaCare solutions, Mr. Chiricosta held various positions in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, including Senior Business Development Executive at BioPharma Technology LLC. As an experienced business professional, Mr. Chiricosta has a strong track record of results, execution and excellence. He has his B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Karthik Santhanam


As CTO of LuminaCare Solutions, Mr. Santhanam is responsible for implementing the company’s strategic vision, via its technology platform and further driving its technology focus.  Karthik was co-founder and CTO of Cloud Kinetics Tech, a Cloud platform & services company. Prior, he worked with Citrix & Biogen among others, in Technology infrastructure, security and SaaS product delivery.  Karthik has over 15 years experience in IT and developing cloud services for companies in various industries.


Kenneth Getz


Mr. Getz is a serial entrepreneur of several ventures serving clinical research stakeholder with expertise in quantitative analysis of clinical research and healthcare market trends and practices. He is Director of Sponsored Research Programs and Research Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Mr. Getz received his MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Steven Schmidt


Mr. Schmidt is a seasoned senior level executive and serial entrepreneur. Mr. Schmidt has 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry where he has held senior executive positions and Chief Information Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.  Mr. Schmidt has expertise in starting and growing businesses, informatics and healthcare information technology.  Mr. Schmidt received his MS in Organic Chemistry from the San Diego State University – California State University and B.S. for University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Tawanda Gumbo, MD


Dr. Gumbo is the Director of the Center of Infectious Diseases and Experimental Therapeutics at the Baylor Research Institute. Previously, Dr. Gumbo was the Administrative Director of Research Program in Global Health and Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Gumbo has led efforts to understand antibiotic selection and dosing for TB and other bacterial infections. He was a Fellow in Infectious Disease at Cleveland Clinic and trained in Pharmacometrics at Ordway Research Institute in Albany, NY.

David McFarlane


Mr. McFarlane has over 25 year’s experience in operations, global sales and marketing, business development and information technology. Prior to Litmus, he has held multiple C level positions overseeing early stage companies through scaled execution to successful IPOs and M& A exits.

Dr. Jahan Ali, Ph.D


Dr. Jahan Ali is a founder of Octane Ventures, which helps bioscience and health IT companies grow their businesses and meet milestones. Jahan has spent the last 16 years on various sides of early stage biotechnology commercialization and startups. Most recently, she was the Senior Vice President at the Partnership Fund for New York City Investment Fund, a private economic development fund founded by Henry Kravis, where she managed the fund’s investments in the health care sector. While there, Jahan led the BioAccelerate NYC.

John Hamilton


John Hamilton is an accomplished executive with over 25+ years’ experience managing early stage startups to large company IPOs. Hamilton has vast sales and marketing expertise that has spanned several well-known Boston based companies from Stratus Computer, EMC, FTP Software, Concord Communications, Phase Forward, XKoto and Viewfinity. His ability to prepare companies for acquisition and or IPO has yielded significant returns for shareholders across the board.