Meet Our World-Class Team

At TORTUS, we believe that a world-class team is the foundation of transformative healthcare technology. Our diverse group of clinicians, engineers, and AI scientists was brought together by a shared mission to revolutionize healthcare communication.

Dr Dom Pimenta MD


Internal Medicine Physician
MBBS (UCL) MRCP (RCPLondon) with sixteen years clinical experience, previous founder, author and AI healthcare academic

Christopher Tan MEng


MEng (UCL), ML Engineer, previous applied AI founder and ML in Healthcare researcher.

Sal Khalil MEng

Founding Engineer

Mathematical Computation MEng (UCL), Software Engineer, former Data Scientist at the Financial Conduct Authority

Davide Locatelli MRes MSc

Founding ML Engineer

MRes (UPF), MSc (ICL), ML Engineer, former ERC Graduate Research Fellow at UPC Barcelona

Jasmine Balloch MSc

Chief of Staff

Biochemist (UCL & LSHTM) specialised in commercialisation, formerly Product at Entrepreneur First

Justin Windle BA

Principal Engineer

Creative Technologist, Software Engineer, UX/UI Lead Developer, formerly Google Creative Lab and Spotify

Merton Lansley MSc

Software Engineer

Artificial Intelligence and Adaptive Systems MSc, Full stack Engineer, formerly at Otta and Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Hafsa Ahmedi MEng

Product Manager

Background in product and operations management in health tech startups and management consultancy, Chemical Engineering (MEng)

Nina Montaña Brown MSci

Machine Learning Engineer

PhD candidate (UCL) in AI for Surgery (NeurIPS, MICCAI), formerly Research Scientist in various health-tech startups

Magda Dubois PhD

Data Scientist

Computational cognitive neuroscientist (UCL PhD) and biomedical engineer (Imperial College MSc, EPFL BSc).

Micaela Dato BA (Hons)

Personal Assistant to the CEO

Over 10 years experience in office management and PA within both established companies and startups.

Ellie Asgari PhD

Clinician in Residence

Consultant Nephrologist in the NHS, PhD in transplant immunology (KCL), Angel investor, Topol Digital Fellow, MSc in Explainable AI in Healthcare Management

Victor Oliveira

Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer

Computer Engineering (USP-BR), Software Engineer, formerly GoCardless, Glassdoor and OLX

Tiago Tristao

Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer

BEng (First Class), Software Engineer, formerly at Thought Machine, Huddlestock

Dr Oliver Thompson

Clinical Research Fellow

Anaesthetics and Intensive Care doctor and Expedition Medicine instructor with 8 years' clinical experience. Former Healthtech and Innovation Fellow at Bitelabs.

Dr Sukh Bansal

Clinical Research Fellow

MBBS and BSc Management (First Class), Anaesthetics and intensive care doctor, formerly NIHR academic fellow.

Eric Jang

Chief Scientific Advisor

VP of AI at 1X Technologies. Former senior machine learning research scientist at Google Brain. Co-lead for the Google Brain Moonshot team that produced SayCan.

Chris Mairs, CBE

Board Advisor

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Churchill College, Cambridge. Co-founder and CTO of Metaswitch Network. Former chairman of Magic Pony Technology, acquired by Twitter in 2016.

Rob Bishop

Board Advisor

Founder of Magic Pony Technology, acquired by Twitter in 2016. Ex-director of ML at Twitter. Venture partner at Entrepreneur First.

Lord David Prior


Former parliamentary under-secretary for Health. Former chair of NHS England. Member of the House of Lords.

Dr Sarah Gebauer MD

Clinical Advisor

US-based experienced hospital leader and health tech consultant with a background in AI and informatics

Sir David Sloman

Board Advisor

Former Chief Operating Officer at NHS England. Previously NHS Regional Director for London & CEO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Knighted in 2017 for services to the NHS.

Dr Keith Grimes

Clinical Advisor

UK-based GP, Clinical Innovation Consultant, and Founder of Curistica. Former Director of Digital Health & Innovation at Babylon. Fellow of the British Computer Society and expert panelist on the Topol Review of the NHS(2019)


Our story so far:

TORTUS is born...

Tortus was founded by Dr. Dom Pimenta and Christopher Tan at Europe's leading accelerator, Entrepreneur First. Chris was working on computer-controlling agents for professional work, and Dom was exploring use cases to improve healthcare with AI.

At a chance meeting Chris said "Don't doctors do a lot of computer work?" and so TORTUS was born.

Backing from the world's best investors and hospitals

Seed 2023 Funding: After building a prototype and securing initial partnerships with one of the world's best children's hospitals TORTUS raised a $4.4m investment led by San Francisco-based Khosla Ventures.

Continued Growth: TORTUS hired it's first employees, and started the long road to product launch, developing the AI and clinical toolsets and developing commercial partnerships.

"As fast as we can, as slow as we need"

Raise to revenue in under 12 months: Less than a year after funding, TORTUS became the first ambient AI company to achieve DTAC NHS compliance and deploy in an NHS hospital, launching in Feb 2024 to UK primary care

Research Pioneers: TORTUS launched an expansive research programme with Great Ormond St Hospital publishing several papers and setting the standard for clinical evaluation of LLMs in healthcare.

AI for every clinician.

AI-Clinician co-working: Today, we are pioneering the future of clinician-AI co-working, representing the UK on the international stage, and working across our NHS partners and US colleagues to define a new paradigm of healthcare for the 21st century.

Team Tortus

A Culture To Be Proud Of: We are extremely proud of the culture we have built at TORTUS; mission-driven, empathic and relentless executors.

A Team Built to Deliver the Future: Today, TORTUS is one-third clinicians, one-third engineers and one-third AI scientists - fusing several disciplines to deliver state of the art AI designed for healthcare.

Join us in shaping the future of healthcare with AI, a kinder, better, safer world for all of us.


We are always looking for kind, super-talented and future-thinking individuals who are passionate about leveraging Al to revolutionise healthcare, and save lives.

Do you share our values?


Kindness is at the core of our culture. We foster an environment of empathy, collaboration, and support.

Patient First

Do No Harm. We’re committed to putting the patients at the forefront of everything we develop.


We are scientists at heart. Our curiosity fuels innovation, exploration, and continuous learning. 

Kick Ass

We aspire to change the world on a massive scale and we are relentless in making that vision a reality.

If you don’t see an open role for you but are interested in exploring joining the TORTUS team, please send us your CV and a note to [email protected]