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Jay Kunin, PhD

Jay Kunin has focused on commercialization of medical and pharmaceutical information technology since his work as a graduate research assistant in the Laboratory of Computer Science at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he worked on the original COSTAR electronic medical record system.

He was most recently President of BenSoft, Inc., a SaaS firm in Consumer-Directed Healthcare, which was acquired by a public company in 2008. He co-founded and served as President of RxSys International, a producer of electronic products for the pharmaceutical industry, which he led through an IPO in 1988. He was a principal of Securities Industry Software Corp., where he served as VP of International Business when the company was acquired by Citicorp. He was later Director of I.T. at Scios, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company now owned by J&J. He has also been an executive of several startup software companies in the financial and Internet industries, and CIO for three firms in the biotech and clinical trials business.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tech Coast Angels, where he heads the BioMed Track. He has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous privately-funded entrepreneurial firms in the software, tissue engineering, genomics, and health I.T. industries, and is also a founding Board Member of the Life Sciences I.T. Global Institute.

He has served as a senior consultant to the International Centre for Entrepreneurship in Auckland and Incubators New Zealand (NZ Ministry of Economic Development), where he has lectured on early-stage capital formation and angel investing, and has been a Visiting Fellow with the Australian Institute for Commericalisation. He has also served as a grant evaluator and advisor for the Von Liebig Center at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering.

As a consultant in strategic technology management and commercialization, he focuses on medical, pharmaceutical, and medical device Information Technology. He was a co-developer of "business process re-engineering" and started his consulting career as a practice manager with Hammer & Co., Inc., a BPR and technology strategy firm, where clients included health-care, technology, financial and manufacturing companies in the US, Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Kunin is a faculty member in the Graduate Business Program at San Diego State University, where he teaches “Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation.” He has also taught "IT Management in FDA-Regulated Industries" at UCSD Extension.


  • PhD, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS, Physical Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • UCLA Anderson School Corporate Directors training program