About | Management | QbDVision


The QbDVision project was started by two serial entrepreneurs and pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality experts. Our mission is to provide software solutions for the simple application of quality-by-design principles to the development of therapeutics and medical devices reducing development time and reducing the risk of encountering a systemic failure later in the development life cycle.  

Management Team

Yash Sabharwal

Yash Sabharwal is an accomplished inventor, entrepreneur, and executive specializing in the funding and growth of early stage technology companies focused on life science applications.

After completing his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, Yash co-founded Optical Insights, a company focused on the commercialization of imaging platforms and analytical software for fluorescence microscopy, medical imaging and drug discovery applications. He also served as CFO of the company where he successfully negotiated the sale of the company to Roper Industries in 2005.


In 2011, Yash co-founded his second startup, Xeris Pharmaceuticals  and served as their COO/CFO.  His primary responsibilities included oversight of drug development and manufacturing operations including implementation of Quality-By-Design methodologies, supply chain management, quality system implementation.  As a key member of the founding management team, Yash helped Xeris raised over $75M in private and non-dilutive funding rounds including numerous SBIR awards from NIH. 

As Chief Operating Officer at Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Yash realized he had a problem. He wanted to manage the development of the drug manufacturing process for their lead product using a quality-by-design framework.  But, there weren't any integrated software tools available to specifically do this.  Yash left Xeris in 2016 to start CherryCircle Software and the QbDVision project.

Ryan Shillington

Ryan Shillington is a seasoned CTO with decades of experience in software development, process refinement, architecture, and quality control. He is a master wizard with technology - especially anything Java / SAAS. There's very little about building software applications that he doesn't understand at every layer. He has been building software professionally for over 20 years and his software has been used by hundreds of thousands of people in over 80 countries.  Ryan graduated from the University of Waterloo with Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and IT and he has considerable expertise in Java/SAAS, hardware, databases, networks, app servers, HTML.  His career highlights include:

• Serving as Chief Architect for Trilogy managing a team of architects responsible for the technical direction of the companies products.  Ryan also oversaw the conversion of 3 data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

• Serving as CTO of Oventio (purchased by Redbooks) where he owned the architected, designed and built several web portals and SAS products.

• Serving as a Development & QA Manager at IBM managing a team of 17 developers in the US and India. 

Kevin Schifrin

Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur and business executive having successfully built companies over the past three decades. As a member of our management team and as our Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), he oversees business development and strategic partnerships.


From 1995 to 2005, he was President of Stegner Foods where he oversaw all aspects of operations for a 200 employee USDA/FDA manufacturing facility. In 2006, Kevin started Sterling Buying Group which was an Independent Sales Organization (ISO) in the electronic payments industry. The business grew to process over $3 billion of Visa/MasterCard merchant revenues before it was acquired by Sterling Payment Technologies in August of 2014.  At Sterling Payment Technologies, Kevin managed all facets of B2B Business Development. Including ECO System Development, ERP Integrations, Strategic Partnerships, and Large Client/Prospective Client Relationships. Kevin has continued in this role even after the acquisition of Sterling Payment Technologies by EVO International. 

Luke Guerrero
SVP, Operations

Luke is an experienced technology leader with a focus on growing teams, developing software products, and managing business operations. As a member of our management team, he’ll lead operations, marketing, and product management. He brings a depth of experience, methods, and excitement from outside industries into life sciences. 

Prior to joining the team, Luke was responsible for technology development and management at Brand Networks, overseeing product management, engineering and IT. In his six-year tenure at Brand Networks, he developed and grew key practices of the business including media and professional services, project management, and partner engineering. Prior to Brand Networks, he spent six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company’s CIO Advisory consulting unit. There he was responsible for deploying technology and business strategies within the financial services industry across both North America and Asia.


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