About

OKRA is an artificial intelligence data analytics company for healthcare. We provide a platform that allows healthcare professionals to combine multiple complex data sets and generate evidence-based insights in real time – to save and improve human lives.

Our story starts in 2007, when our CEO Dr Loubna Bouarfa researched how artificial intelligence could be used to predict surgical error in real time. She applied her research directly to the operating table – alerting surgeons to potential errors in order to prevent them, and producing the most cited study in this field. OKRA Technologies was born out of a vision to apply this accuracy of prediction on a wider scale.

And the name? OKRA means “ladies’ fingers”, which is no coincidence since our female CEO coded much of our tech with her own hands.

Meet the team

As OKRANs we are on a mission to build the world’s most trustworthy artificial intelligence analytics engine for healthcare. We inspire results to improve human lives.

Loubna Bouarfa

CEO and Founder

Loubna Bouarfa

CEO and Founder

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Rasim Shah

Chief Revenue Officer

Rasim Shah

Chief Revenue Officer

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Jeroen Prins

Director

Jeroen Prins

Director

Our history

In the age of Artificial Intelligence, the past is the training ground for the future. This is a glimpse of our past and present. Curious to know more?

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2018

Our CEO is appointed to the EU High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence

Dr Loubna Bouarfa is enlisted to advise on the ethics and regulation of AI across the EU. She discusses social, legal and societal issues in the European Parliament, mirroring her longstanding commitment to responsibility and transparency at OKRA.

2018

Opening new offices in Leiden, Netherlands

We open new offices in Leiden (Netherlands), joining L​eiden Bio Science Park​ – the leading biomedical hotspot in Europe. The park hosts over 100 dedicated biomedical companies, including several large pharmaceutical entities of the Johnson & Johnson Group, as well as dozens of innovative startups.

2018

Growing fast: wins, challenges and awards

Loubna is nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year at the global Women in IT Awards. OKRA wins the Sanofi Viva Tech 2018 challenge. We demonstrate our work at the IIeX Insight Innovation Competition in Atlanta, and are selected as finalists in Sanofi’s Rare Diseases Innovation Challenge in Boston.

We are invited to present our methodology at world-renowned human outcomes conference ISPOR, and join alumni like Uber, Trello and Waze at the WebSummit 2018 Growth Programme – the world’s biggest tech event.

2018

From conceptual work to product delivery

The OKRA platforms moves from a proof of concept to being live in market. We work with top 10 pharma companies to improve patient outcomes, and Foster Care Associates to improve the placement success for children in care.

2018

Growing the team

OKRA grows from 4 to 14, including a Chief Revenue Officer, Product Designer, Data Scientist, Office Manager and Communication Specialist. Our CEO shows her commitment to diversity: OKRA’s new hires have impressive backgrounds in everything from filmmaking to music to academia and finance.

2018

We raise $4.1 million in Series A funding 

In March 2018, OKRA raises £3m ($4.1m) in growth equity, led by investor and entrepreneur Jim Cockburn.

2017

Gaining momentum

We work with top 10 biopharma and FMCG companies. Dr Loubna Bouarfa and OKRA Technologies is named a Top Innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review, and a top 10 start-up in Europe.

2016

OKRA Technologies is born

Our mission: supporting healthcare professionals to save and improve human lives. We enable faster and more accurate decisions, by combining multiple complex data sets in one real-time analytics platform. We start working closely with healthcare brands and other global brands on their journey of change.

2014–2015

Ready for the real world

Dr Loubna Bouarfa’s pioneers further real-world applications for machine learning. Her methodologies are applied to predict card fraud, automate outcome predictions, social media listening and to drive business KPIs.

2012

The ultimate test: validating our accuracy in the operating room

Dr Loubna Bouarfa validates her research in the live environment of the surgical theatre. Her work is featured in multiple journals, including the IEEE Biomedical Engineering magazine where it’s named the best biomedical article of the year.

2007–2012

Can tech save lives?
Preventing surgical error in real time

Our founder and CEO Dr Loubna Bouarfa develops methodologies that use machine learning (a subset of artificial intelligence, our expertise) to track surgical error in real time. Her tools track the surgeon’s operative workflow and predict patient outcomes – before, during and post-intervention.

Who we work with

We work in sectors that are driven to impact human lives in the real world environment. This currently includes global healthcare organisations and Top 10 Pharma, as well as the UK social care system.

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Download our thought leadership on the impact of AI on Patient Trust

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Jeroen Prins joins OKRA as Chief Operating Officer

We have made a new C-suite hire in Jeroen Prins, joining as COO in the Cambridge office this week. Jeroen

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Forbes Top 50 Women In Tech: CEO Dr Loubna Bouarfa featured on first-ever list

  This week, OKRA’s CEO Dr Loubna Bouarfa was featured on Forbes’s first-ever Top 50 Women In Tech list. We

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