Cirrus uses the latest advancements in information science to help our customers in the defense, healthcare & life sciences, and energy & environment sectors maintain state-of-the-art capabilities. Our team has decades of experience in these fields and has worked in, and with, federal and state governments in both classified and unclassified settings. We are a forward leaning organization that makes scientific advances come to life in deployed solutions.
Anthony C. Hess, PhD
Dr. Hess has over 30 years of experience working in the government and private sectors in the fields of life sciences, healthcare, energy, and fundamental scientific research. He has served as the senior vice president and market sector leader for CACI’s and SAIC’s Global Healthcare & Life Sciences business units and Unisys Corporations civilian organization, each composed of between 1,500-2,000 staff members. He has also been the president and COO of Capital Technology Information Services, served as the CEO of HealthcareIT, and led IBM’s Federal Healthcare & Social Services organization. Dr. Hess spent 12 years in scientific and executive roles at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Serving in capacities such as Science & Technology and Computational and Information Sciences director, Tony has led large scientific organizations performing research in the fields of physics, chemistry, material science, and information technology. He earned his a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Arizona State University after which he performed a year of postdoctoral work in Theoretical Physics followed by an additional one year postdoctoral fellowship in Theoretical Chemistry. Tony has published 47 peer-reviewed scientific publications, primarily in condensed matter quantum mechanics, advised eight postdoctoral research fellows, served as an adjunct faculty member at Washington State University, and delivered a large number of invited lectures on scientific, healthcare, life sciences, and information sciences related topics over his career.
Michael R Thompson, PhD
Chief Science & Technology Officer, Senior Vice President
Dr. Thompson has more than 34 years of experience in research and research management in both the industrial and government sectors, principally in the fundamental chemical and materials sciences, energy technology, and computational science. He has served in a series of senior management positions at the DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory including Deputy Associate Laboratory Director and COO of both the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate and of the Energy Sciences and Technology Directorate, Division Director for Materials Science, Division Director for Advanced Computing and Applied Mathematics. In these roles, Dr. Thompson has held management responsibilities for up to 600 staff and associated laboratory facilities, and responsibility for program execution and project management of the research portfolios managed within these organizations. The research conducted within these Directorates has included fundamental science in chemistry, catalysis, energy conversion and storage, materials science, atmospheric science, computational science and applied mathematics. In addition, Dr. Thompson has chaired institution-wide standing-committees tasked with performance evaluation and management of contract and operating requirements implemented through the Laboratory’s management and operations programs. Dr. Thompson earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and Crystallography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and performed postdoctoral research in synthetic chemistry at the University of California-Los Angeles. He subsequently joined the staff at Monsanto Corporate Research Laboratories in Saint Louis to perform research in chemical structure and catalysis. Dr. Thompson has authored 38 peer-reviewed scientific publications, primarily in structural chemistry, molecular and heterogeneous catalysis.
Klaus O. Schafer, MD, MS, MPH, Brigadier General (USAF Ret.)
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President
Dr. Schafer has 35+ years of healthcare leadership experience, including senior positions in government and industry. Prior positions include Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for chemical and biological defense, where he oversaw the Department’s $1.0 billion program for vaccine, therapeutics, medical device and sensor development against biothreats. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Brigadier General in the role of Assistant Surgeon General, for medical readiness, science and technology, where he managed all aspects of large integrated health care delivery systems, from clinical care, to running clinics and hospitals, managing budgets, professional staffs and large science and technology portfolios. In the private sector he has served as the CEO and co-founder of TessArae LLC, a biotech medical device company, Chief Medical Officer and VP, for Healthcare operating unit at CACI International. In addition he has served as an advisory board member to several biotech, life sciences, and healthcare companies. He is currently an active board director and audit committee member of Altimmune Inc. (NASDAQ-ALT). Dr. Schafer earned his Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Iowa, took his medical boards in family practice and aerospace medicine while in the Air Force. He also holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas, a Master of Science at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy and served as an Assocoiate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Adviser, Applied Technology
Josh is an entrepreneur who has over two-decades of experience with the commercialization of applied technologies and automation methods that improve secure data liquidity to regulated industries such as healthcare, banking, finance, and government. Josh began his career as an analyst and trader for Northwestern Mutual and then Merrill Lynch, developing contrarian strategies and proprietary algorithms for global stock and high-yield bond portfolios. Since then he has served as the chief operating office for Serge, IT a healthcare managed service provider and the CFO of Zaphne, Inc., a software startup that uses robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to assist humans in the research and analysis of data at scale. Josh has a long history of both starting companies and assisting early stage companies achieve success. He has founded several companies that provide outsourced operational and financial management for technology startups, entrepreneurs, and growth stage companies. Josh currently serves as the Executive Director of I Heart Hungry Kids, an organization that strives to ensure children are provided meals. Currently over 200,000 meals and over 80,000 food bags have been delivered by a team of 5000 volunteers under his leadership. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Services of America. In his role with Cirrus, Josh acts as a adviser in the development of strategic partnerships as well as capturing and deploying technologies for government solutions and scientific research. Josh holds a Master’s degree from Williams College and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.