Rick Weiss founded Viocare, a digital healthcare company in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1993 to develop innovative and scientifically-proven dietary assessment and behavioral modification systems to help providers help their patients eat better to prevent disease.
Mr. Weiss has been the Principal Investigator on 26 National Institutes of Health grants and contracts, valued at almost $12 million. Viocare’s key product, VioScreen, funded by several NIH awards, was the first web-based food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) and first to add food portion size pictures, over 1,200 pictures. This self-administered tool collects a complete diet history in about 25 minutes and is used by numerous research and clinical organizations such as NIH, UCSD (American Gut project), Mayo Clinic, Ohio State, Geisinger, the US Army, and many others. A unique feature includes an automated food feedback engine based on the USDA’s Healthy Eating Index, a dietary quality score that measures an individual’s diet against the US Dietary Recommendations. Rick also led the development of a mobile diet tracker that used voice and image recognition to automatically identify foods on a plate and accurately estimate their portion size.
Mr. Weiss has received numerous awards including Princeton’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the U.S. Small Business Association Tibbetts Award which honors companies that have made an important and definable difference in advancing technological innovation and economic growth through the stimulus of Small Business Innovation Research funding. Rick also received the New Jersey Small Business Development Center’s success award twice, the YMCA Healthcare Centennial award, and the New Jersey Technology Council’s Mobile Health App award. Mr. Weiss has presented at numerous major healthcare conferences and published in peer review journals about new techniques for dietary assessments and personalized nutrition feedback technology. Rick started his career as an Applied Researcher at Bell Laboratories after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Math with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.