Qualcomm Life Background

Our wireless health team

Changing the game in health care

With a team that has the experience and the know-how to make the enormous complexities of a wireless connection simple, Qualcomm Life is defining and connecting the wireless health network.

Rick Valencia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Qualcomm Life

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S.., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Aiman Abdel-Malek, PhD, Vice President, Engineering

Laurent Vandebrouck, Senior Director of Business Development, Europe

Chris Talbot, Senior Director, Business Development

Greg LePeter, Senior Director, Legal Counsel

Ilene Klein, MD, FAAFP, Chair, Qualcomm Life Advisory Council


Rick Valencia

Rick Valencia

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Rick has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial innovation and executive leadership experience in rapid-growth, technology-enabled businesses along with a proven track record in market disruption, strategy execution and value creation. As the founder and leader of Qualcomm’s health care subsidiary, Qualcomm Life he directs Qualcomm’s product, technology and M&A strategy in the wireless health market. Rick also has a hand in driving wireless health innovation outside the company through his involvement with organizations such as the World Economic Forum’s Health Systems Initiative, business accelerators such as Rock Health and through his oversight of the $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund which makes direct venture investments in digital health startups. Rick is an active member of ACHE, HIMSS and mHIMSS.

Earlier in Rick’s career, as founder and CEO of ProfitLine, he cultivated his business savvy building the company from a one-man consulting firm into a 200 person, multi-million dollar enterprise that is now the West Coast arm of Tangoe Inc. (TNGO). During Rick’s tenure as CEO, ProfitLine was one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in America for three years and on Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 50 companies four years in a row. Rick was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2003.

Rick is a native San Diegan, committed to the community. He uses his business building know-how to help fellow entrepreneurs launch enduring technology companies as a mentor at the Founder Institute and a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum. He also supports student entrepreneurs as a member of the Board of Advisors at the University of San Diego School of Business. He is a board member of Pedal the Cause, a cancer research fundraising organization, a former chairman and long-time board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County and actively supports Rady Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center at UCSD.

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James R. Mault

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life as a result of their April 2013 acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Software Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault since 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, Dr. Mault was the Director of New Products and Business Development for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. Dr. Mault has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive positions in the Health IT and Medical Device industry as well as clinical medicine. Dr. Mault has founded five Health IT and medical device companies, leading these companies to develop novel devices and software technologies, FDA approvals, and strategic partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies. He is the named inventor of over 80 issued and pending US Patents for a variety of novel health information and medical device innovations. He has been board-certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, having specialized in heart and lung transplantation, thoracic oncology and critical care. He has conducted academic medical research under numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. He is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, chapters and books in the published medical literature. Dr. Mault holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, and conducted his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center.
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Aiman Abdel-Malek, PhD

Aiman Abdel-Malek, PhD

Vice President, Engineering

Aiman joined Qualcomm Life from General Electric's Healthcare Division, where he served as GM and CTO for the Global Services Technology business, a $5 billion division of GE healthcare. There he led a global engineering team responsible for the development of software and systems platforms for predictive remote service technology and healthcare operational efficiency and quality applications. Previously, Aiman was the technology managing director for Pipeline Inspection International, a $400 million global business unit of GE Oil and Gas in the UK. Aiman also led the Remote Diagnostics Service business for GE Transportation, delivering a wireless based "Expert on Alert" locomotive information service, which currently runs on over 20,000 locomotives. In 1996, under NIH and Army grants, Aiman and team developed the first tele-mammography system for remote breast cancer screening, leveraging satellite technology and digital x-ray detectors in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital. The system was considered state-of-the-art within the telemedicine community. Aiman started his career at GE as a systems engineer in the Global R&D group in Albany, N.Y., leading the development of vision inspired signal processing algorithms for aerospace, industrial and medical applications.

Aiman served on GE's Corporate Software Board, helping to define GE's software business strategy, and on the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC). Aiman was an executive leader for the Image & Signal Processing Technology Council for GE Healthcare and for the GE Foundation Developing Health Community initiative. He earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Southern California, completing post-doctoral research at UCLA in neurology. He is a senior member of the IEEE and holds over 20 US and international patents.
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Laurent Vanderbrouck

Laurent Vandebrouck

Senior Director of Business Development, Europe

Laurent is senior director of business development for Qualcomm Life in Europe, bringing to the role 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Laurent joined Qualcomm in 2003, taking a position as sales director for Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions Europe. There he focused on the commercial development of EutelTRACS in Europe and North-Africa. He subsequently took a number of roles within Qualcomm and its subsidiaries, including managing director, GlobalTRACS Europe, and director EMEA, Carrier Strategy & New Business Development, Qualcomm Enterprise Services. He specialises in strategic business planning, commercial development and the assessment and pursuit of new business opportunities in the telecommunications sector. Prior to working with Qualcomm, Laurent held a variety of roles within the telecommunications industry. He holds a major in marketing from the Institut Européen des Affaires and a major in management from IEA-CERFIA. He is fluent in French and English with an understanding of Italian.
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Chris Talbot

Chris Talbot

Senior Director, Business Development

Chris is senior director of business development for Qualcomm Life. In this role, Chris leads the team responsible for the development of the 2net™ Ecosystem, which consists of medical device companies, healthcare services businesses, application companies, informatics alliances, wireless operators, technology partners, and physician and healthcare provider networks. Chris founded the 2net Platform at Qualcomm Labs, leading the team that created the core products and services that set the foundation for the Qualcomm Life business. With 20 years of business development and marketing leadership, Chris has spent his career starting new domestic and international businesses within and outside Qualcomm across various sectors spanning machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications, commercial space missions, defense surveillance systems and telehealth systems and services. Prior to Qualcomm, Chris spent 10 years at MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates, helping grow the company into Canada's leading space and information services company, from annual revenues of $60 million to $1 billion by creating new commercial space missions, leading the company into new market segments, and developing international business in Europe, Asia and the US. Chris holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor's degree in commerce from McGill University.
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Greg LePeter

Greg LePeter

Senior Director, Legal Counsel

Greg serves as senior director and legal counsel for Qualcomm Life. Prior to Qualcomm Life, Greg served in the Americas as associate general counsel, assistant corporate secretary, ethics and compliance director and privacy officer for ResMed, a global leader in regulated medical devices used to treat respiratory disorders and sleep-disordered breathing. While at ResMed, Greg provided primary legal support for corporate and commercial operations in the region, advised on regulatory matters in product safety, device marketing and information privacy, and served as lead internal counsel in the acquisition of new technologies. Prior to joining ResMed, Greg served as corporate counsel to Premier, Inc., a group purchasing organization that currently serves more than 2,500 US hospitals and 76,000+ other healthcare sites, where he assisted the healthcare informatics product lines and negotiated contracts for clinical, biomedical device and other capital equipment supplies. Greg holds a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctor from Washington University, a master's in health administration from the Washington University School of Medicine and a professional certificate in regulatory affairs in the biologic industry from the University of California, San Diego.
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Ilene Klein, MD, FAAFP

Ilene J. Klein, MD, FAAFP

Chair, Qualcomm Life Advisory Council and Director of Global Employee Health Services, Qualcomm Incorporated

Dr. Ilene Klein serves as Qualcomm’s Director of Global Employee Health Services where she leads Qualcomm’s corporate strategy for health and wellness, including the expansion of onsite clinical services and the innovative use of Qualcomm enabled wireless technology to improve employee health. Ilene serves as the Chair of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Council. In 2007, she opened Qualcomm’s first on-site employee health center as its medical director. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr .Klein worked for many years as a public health care administrator most notably working to create a city-wide network of pediatric primary care medical homes, including medical homes for children with asthma for New York City’s Bureau of Child Health. She is a board certified Family Physician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and holds degrees in Music Therapy from New York University.


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