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Nir Kalkstein

Founder, Senior Researcher

Making


My Impact

Ten years ago, I decided to be a 100% impact investor, putting my resources, time, and skills to work for only those activities that help people and humanity.

Nir is a researcher and an algorithm developer, focusing on COVID-19 projects and developing tools to measure the effects of lifestyle habits on our health. He founded KI in 2019 as an independent, self-funded, non-profit organization. KI focuses on big data academic research in the field of computational health, mainly analyzing electronic health record (EHR) data.

Before founding KI Research Institute, Nir worked as a researcher and as an algorithm developer in diverse research industries and founded several companies. He founded the algo-trading company Final in 2001. Eight years later, he founded Medial Research, which performed medical research on large databases, leading to personalized medicine. In 2013, he founded Medial EarlySign where he developed machine learning-based decision support tools, exposing a hidden layer of information in standard medical data. These new insights enable personal and outcome-based interpretation of medical data, yielding individualized predictions and treatment options as well as early prediction of life-threatening conditions.

Nir received his BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

When He is


Not at Work

Nir is an avid orienteer, running in the woods with a compass and a map, in this highly versatile and always exciting sport that combines physical fitness together with cognitive skills and mental acuity. A surfer, Nir catches the waves in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. He believes “pain is inevitable; suffering is optional” and aspires to help reduce suffering using Buddhism and mindfulness techniques.

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