About Us

Cebron Group’s professional team includes entrepreneurs, scientists, executives, venture capitalists, and investors with extensive experience in developing and building businesses.

We identify opportunities to develop technologies that have the potential to disrupt industries and create significant value for investors. We invest in companies developing technologies that have the potential to be sold to strategic investors or taken public in an IPO.

Team

Joe Barr, PhD.

Venture Partner

Joseph Barr, Ph.D. is the Chief Technology Officer of EntelMed, Inc. Since 2017, Mr. Barr has served as the Chief Data Scientist and Managing Director of Barr Analytics LLC, where he engages with customers on projects relating to data science, cybersecurity, optimization, and econometrics. His clients span a wide range of industries, including software, entertainment, financial services, and manufacturing. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Barr was Chief Analytics Officer of Home Union, an investment company specializing in an alternate class of assets, with annual revenue of $15 million. Mr. Barr reported directly to the CEO of Home Union and built the new data practices for the company, which included big data technologies, data science practice, and data science governance practices. Mr. Barr has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of New Mexico, an M.S. in Mathematics from Florida State University, and a B.A. in Mathematics & Statistics from University of Haifa (Israel).

Vagelis Hristidis, Ph.D.

Venture Partner

Vagelis Hristidis, PhD., is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Riverside. He is the president of SmartBot360. SmartBot 360 is a platform to easily create, manage, and share AI chatbots. It empowers customer agents to increase their user interactions by offloading routine tasks to the AI powered chatbots. In addition, Vagelis is the founder of PatentSearcher.com.

Peter Shaw, PhD.

Venture Partner

Peter Shaw, PhD. Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Nanjing University, Former Senior Lecturer at Massey University, Former Senior Lecturer at Charles Darwin University, PhD. in Computer Science from Newcastle University

Daniella D’Auria, PhD.

Venture Partner

Daniella D’Auria, PhD. is a Scientist at EntelMed, Inc. Since 2020, Ms. D’Auria has been an Assistant Professor of Medical Devices and Robotics at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). Since 2011, Ms. De’Auria has been involved in the organization of a variety of conferences relating to artificial intelligence, robotics, and engineering. Ms. D’Auria is the author of dozens of articles published or presented in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Ms. D’Auria holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Automation Engineering from University of Naples Federico II (Italy), and a Laurea degree (equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree) in Biomedical Engineering from University of Naples Federico II (Italy).

Fabio Persia, PhD.

Venture Partner

Fabio Persia, Ph.D. is a Scientist at EntelMed, Inc. Since 2015, Mr. Persia has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). Mr. Persia is the author of dozens of articles published or presented in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Mr. Persia holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Naples (Italy), an M.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Naples (Italy), and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Naples (Italy).

Itzel Moncada

Analyst

Itzel Moncada is a Private Equity Analyst with Cebron Group and has years of experience in finance, research, and international economic development. Her area of expertise are research and development-intensive companies including life sciences, technology, and advanced manufacturing. Prior to joining Cebron Group, she worked with World Trade Center San Diego where she led on foreign direct investment and strategy initiatives along the CaliBaja region. She holds a BA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and an MBA from the University of San Diego.