John Chi, MBt
Chief Executive Officer

John Chi is CEO and Founder of Synova Life Sciences. He has served in both the private and public sectors and has led in corporate and academic environments. Prior to founding Synova, John led the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Cal State Fullerton as its expert IT analyst from 2004-2010. He piloted a database application to connect professors with industry and served on several committees to direct University policy in online standards, regulatory mandates, and graduate recruitment. Before joining the University, Chi was CTO and co-founder of post-production company, Digital Quest, Inc. until its acquisition in 2004. At Digital Quest, Chi established a one-stop DVD authoring shop that incorporated 3D animation and visual effects. He also pioneered an interactive 3D animation and live-dance performance with the Electrical Engineering and Dance departments at the University of California, Irvine. Chi received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his Master’s in Biotechnology (MBt) with an emphasis in Business at Cal State Fullerton, Cal State LA and Cal Poly Pomona. At Synova, Chi has authored two patents pending on the matter of stem cell harvesting. In the lab, Chi has directed stem cell differentiation to create both fat (adipocytes) and bone (osteocytes). He has also worked with recombinant DNA techniques in bacteria to splice and study genes for antibiotic resistance and drug discovery.


Ray Raven, MD, MBA, FAAOS
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Raven is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. He has Certificates of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in both Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – one of only a few surgeons in California with this distinction. Dr. Raven has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He is currently the CEO andManaging Partner of Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists, a large private orthopaedic group, serving the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Raven is a leader in digital health and serves on the advisory board for several companies. He has developed and patented several medical devices used to treat hand and upper extremity conditions. As the Managing Director of Buena Vista Surgery Center, Dr. Raven oversees the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery for patients undergoing outpatient surgery. Dr. Raven serves on the board of directors for the California Orthopaedic Association and plays an active role on several committees for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.


Mark Richman, MD, MPH, FACP
Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Richman is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a physician innovator, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine Physician, and Medical Director of Employee Health at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He previously worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Clinical Resource Management Program, leveraging information technology to develop novel inpatient and outpatient pathways and protocols, and was Patient Safety Officer, Performance Improvement Officer, and Clinical Information Technology Officer at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. After completing his Bachelor’s in English Literature at Stanford, Dr. Richman obtained his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his Emergency Medicine training at Emory University and a Master’s of Public Health in International Health/Humanitarian Relief at Johns Hopkins University. After serving as medical advisor for a maternal-child nutrition research project in Bangladesh, Dr. Richman completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.