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Laura and Iliyan met at Babylon Health - where they were writing the code that makes the AI doctor scalable to millions of people. They also co-authored a paper on this method together, but what they really bonded over was their weird snacks, biology chat and biohacks.
Laura's story: My relationship with food has been complex and, to be honest, quite painful. I used to diet a lot. I was always restricting myself and feeling hungry - otherwise I'd put on weight. Understanding my body better has been a revelation for me and has completely changed my relationship with food. If I get food cravings now, rather than blaming myself and my "lack of self control", I know to blame my sugar levels as the food that spiked them. I'm much more at peace with my body and can see food for what it really is. I love discovering small tweaks- like have an IPA rather than lager, or strawberries rather than grapes - that mean I can eat foods I love without any guilt.
Bio: I've always worked in a technical field, but been drawn to the more human elements. While studying maths and economics at UCL and Cambridge, I was drawn to behavioural economics and took a job in trading at Morgan Stanley. In 2015 I got fascinated by AI and the impact it could have in healthcare and so went into Machine Learning research. My main research focus has been in Probabilistic, Generative and Bayesian Machine Learning - and particularly applications in healthcare. I've worked on 5 different AI health projects, including predicting personalised medication and the AI doctor at Babylon Health, but it has become clear now that the biggest opportunity for AI is going to come in preventative health.
Iliyan's story: I used to look like your stereotypical beer-loving protruding belly engineer. With my wedding approaching I decided it’s high time I got in shape. I set myself a target of getting a 6-pack in 9 months. I found an amazing personal trainer who deemed the goal realistic, provided I drastically changed what I eat. Laura was on the same type of diet and we started talking and trying to understand together how our bodies are affected by the food we consume. 9 months later I was sporting a 4-pack (a 6-pack proved too hard in less than a year!) and I now feel in full control of my weight and fitness.
Bio: I went through different stages in my journey through tech, getting into coding, security, networks, sensors, fintech and then health tech. In a roundabout way I got my first engineering job when I was 15 in my hometown in Bulgaria. I did my undergrad in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Jacobs University in Germany, and while working, a part-time masters in financial maths from Cass Business School in London. I have over 15 years of engineering experience, 9 of which I spent in finance at a fintech firm and a hedge fund. I find market dynamics fascinating, but eventually came to see my work as too ephemeral and without a broad impact. I finally found my calling in health tech when I joined Babylon Health as an AI research engineer. There I met Laura and realised this is it - I am now fortunate to have the perfect co-founder and the chance to work on an idea that is for everyone and if successful can make a positive impact.