Why I Joined Overjet: To Productize Machine Learning Capabilities and Use Them to Improve Oral Health

By: Misha Rutman, VP of Engineering at Overjet

Full disclosure: I don’t have a background in dentistry. The closest thing I have to experience is when I’m sitting in a dentist’s chair during my appointments, looking up at the lights while soft jazz plays in the background.

I’ve been lucky enough to have an engineering career that has spanned 25 years. I’ve solved problems centered around analytics, data visualization, and e-commerce for companies like Workday, Endeca, and Oracle. One of my main strengths is taking what an organization is good at, then empowering them to build products (and a business) around it. I like solving intellectually stimulating problems while being surrounded by really smart people.

That’s why I’m here.

In 2019, after our return to Boston from Silicon Valley, my partner attended a talk given by the E14 fund, the investment arm of the MIT Media Lab. When she came home I asked her about it, and she said it was a good high-tech talk, but one presentation stood out. It was by a company with a real problem that needed to be solved: how to use visual data around people’s teeth — and machine learning — to improve oral health for patients. It sounded interesting. I logged it into my brain.

A little over a year later, I was mulling over what I wanted to do next in my career. Serendipitously, I received a LinkedIn message from Wardah Inam, Overjet’s CEO. As I was reading her note, I connected it to that talk at MIT my partner had attended, and our conversation about practical people solving practical problems. That dental artificial intelligence company she had described turned out to be Overjet. And now, its CEO was contacting me.

I researched the space and the company, and understood there was indeed a business here, that it could improve patient oral health, and that I was uniquely positioned to help. I got excited, because the intellectually stimulating problems this practical company was trying to solve for fell directly into my wheelhouse. What more could I want?

When you strip away everything else, Overjet is a company that has tons of visual data about people’s dental health. Traditionally, this visual data would have been interpreted by humans. Dentists would look at a scan, then make a diagnosis, treat the patient, and file for insurance reimbursement. Insurance companies would receive the insurance claim, have their own dentists visually review the same data, and, sometimes, question if the patient’s condition warranted treatment. But Overjet uses machine learning to streamline and quantify this process. If done well, Overjet can create a win-win for patient care. Patients and dentists can have confidence procedures will be reimbursed and have less back and forth with insurers. Insurance companies can save money on insurance claims review and only pay medically necessary claims. Overall, this should support high-quality patient care, lower costs, and lessen hassle throughout the whole system.

I am excited because Overjet is a data company with tremendous dentistry expertise and machine learning capabilities. Our biggest engineering opportunities are to glue these things together — the expertise and machine learning — and build a high-quality product development organization.

This is exactly the kind of problem that I want to solve.

I am looking to grow the team and if you want to join me in this journey apply at overjet.ai/careers.

More about Misha:

Misha is the VP of Engineering at Overjet. He has led development teams and organizations at Platfora (acq. by NASDAQ: WDAY), Workday, Turn (acq. by Amobee), Endeca (acq. by NYSE:ORCL), and Oracle. He has worked on a variety of technical problems ranging from consumer electronic games to large scale enterprise systems. Misha holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon.

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