Uri Blackman is the founder and CEO of GIDEON Informatics an online medical publishing company he founded with Dr. Berger while in undergrad. The flagship product, GIDEON, is deployed in hundreds of institutions in over 45 countries.

Previously, Uri was Senior Vice President of Applications at UberMedia, where he led the growth of the mobile apps group and tripled annual revenue. Prior to that, Uri was Vice President of Corporate Development at Speedbit, creators of Download Accelerator. There he managed a successful M&A process while developing and managing strategic and revenue relationships.

Uri founded a venture-backed online homeowners insurance firm. He was also a Product Manager for two generations of the Netscape browser and later managed the computing and download channels on Netscape’s website and business development at AOL.

Uri is a member of Tech Coast Angels has invested in a number of technology companies around the world. He was a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces 8200 unit and received his BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Stephen A. Berger, M.D. is affiliated with the Tel Aviv Medical Center, where he has served as Director of both Geographic Medicine and of Clinical Microbiology. He also holds an appointment as Emeritus Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tel-Aviv School of Medicine. Dr. Berger co-founded GIDEON Informatics, developers of the GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network) web app, and the GIDEON series of ebooks.

He received his B.A. from Brooklyn College in New, and M.D. from New York Medical College. Following Internal Medicine residency training at the New York Medical College Hospitals, he served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet and St. Albans Hospital. He subsequently completed fellowships in Infectious Diseases at the Montefiore / Einstein complex in New York, Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, and the New York V-A Hospital; Clinical Microbiology at Montefiore Hospital; and Operational Methods as a W.H.O. trainee in Brussels, Belgium. He is Board-Certified in both Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology; a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; and a recipient of the Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Dr. Berger has published a series of 424 eBooks (120,000 pages) on Geographic Medicine, in addition to 180 standard books and professional papers. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts in his field and continues to write and lecture widely in the fields of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Geographic Medicine, and Computer Expert Technology.

Learn about Dr. Berger and the story of GIDEON here:  From the desert to the lab: Dr. Berger.