About Us

Our Mission

At Root Health, we are driven to transform how researchers and participants connect and engage in clinical research by improving communication, collaboration, and trust. Our mission is to enable a seamless participant and study team experience and to allow anyone to participate by simply raising their hand.

Our Vision

At Root Health, we believe in the power of conversation to form relationships. That’s why we designed a break-through technology that has personalized human-like conversations about clinical research around the world to increase awareness, access, and engagement. Our vision is to directly connect investigators and participants to increase efficiency, access, and most importantly quality of care.

Our Story

Root Health is the culmination of years of experience from Raj Sharma – a digital health innovator from Carnegie Mellon University and Eric Ghildyal – a computer scientist from the University of Pittsburgh. 
Raj and Eric met at UPMC Enterprises, the health system’s venture capital arm, where they discovered firsthand the power of conversational AI to both form relationships with patients and drive healthcare operations for medication adherence. After seeing their adherence solution rapidly adopted by hospitals in the network, they left UPMC and noticed the gap between clinical care and clinical research. 
They interviewed hundreds of world-class research teams across the United States to discuss the challenges in clinical studies. The conversation always came back to study recruitment and retention because, without participation, there is no research.
They discovered the solution to increasing participation and retention was shockingly simple: more personalized one-on-one conversations. One world-class investigator they now work with said it best, “Clinical studies start with conversations.” And that’s how Root was born – an AI virtual assistant who has interactive human-like conversations with participants and supports meaningful Study Team to Participant interaction, in person or virtually.  The Root Assistant helps participants every step in their journey while automating workflows and reporting for study teams, so they can focus on what’s most important – the human connection.

Our Leadership

Raj Sharma MBA

Co-Founder & CEO

Eric Ghildyal

Co-Founder & CTO

Dom DiPasquale

VP of Product Development

Jeff Ingram

VP of Strategic Partnerships
Our Advisors

Alethea Wieland

Founder and President - Clinical Research Strategies