Robert Lord

Co-Founder & CEO
Protenus, Inc.
Robert Lord is the co-founder and President of Protenus, a health data security platform that protects patient data in the electronic health record (EHR) for some of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals. As a medical student, Robert saw first-hand how the EHR systems could be used to improve patient care and share clinical data more efficiently, but also observed that this technology created a whole new slate of serious security and privacy concerns. In 2014, Robert and his cofounder Nick Culbertson developed the initial prototype and algorithms that launched Protenus, fulfilling a critical need to better protect patient data. Prior to co-founding Protenus and his time at medical school, Robert worked at the world’s most successful hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, where he designed and managed systems to analyze global markets. Bringing this quantitative and systems-based background to tackle the problem of health data security was a natural transition. Robert is an advocate for the improvement of Maryland’s business ecosystem, a published clinical researcher, and a teacher at Johns Hopkins. He is a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on Health IT, cybersecurity, patient privacy, analytical systems, and entrepreneurship. Robert holds an AB in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.