Values & Mission
Praxis AI is an award-winning digital education & research company dedicated to solving many of the world’s toughest problems, including climate change, inequality in education, cancer, hunger, cultural resilience, and global digital transformation. In 2022, Praxis AI won three Stevie AwardsTM including Startup of the Year, Educator of the Year (Alex Feltus), and the nation’s best hackathon for the Meharry Paseman Cancer BioHackathon.
Founded in 2019, Praxis AI revolutionized learning at a U.S. university, built a virtual institute for indigenous health research, designed a Digital Learning standard for the International Standards Organization (ISO), and hosted a cancer BioHackathon.
Praxis AI solutions accomplish sustained personal and global change by empowering underserved students (HBCU and AIHEC, for example) with experiential online science education and data-intensive research. At the heart of the programs are digital credentials, employment assistance, and the popular BioHackers podcast. In partnership with Avaya, Praxis AI has built an integrated Spaces Learning platform for onboarding and reskilling contact center agents throughout the world.
From a technology perspective, Praxis AI pioneered the application and integration of automated machine learning curation, cloud-based supercomputing, asynchronous learning journeys, synchronous virtual classrooms, and social collaboration for the purpose of skilling, research, and workforce development. Spaces Learning incorporates the world-class Avaya Spaces API for virtual classroom and collaboration.
From an operations perspective, the self-funded Praxis AI team comprises ed tech innovators, world-class engineers, and award-winning professors while connecting education institutions, government agencies (NSF and NIH), and employers with cohorts of underserved, amazing, smart students. The Praxis + Avaya Spaces Learning Experience Platform (LXP) is hosted in the highly secure, global AWS cloud.
Praxis AI is a sustainable, mission-driven, technology and service organization.
Alex Feltus, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist Officer
Alex is a world-renowned professor and researcher in artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, cyberinfrastructure, high-performance computing, network biology, tumor biology, agrigenomics, genome assembly, systems genetics, paleogenomics, and bioenergy feedstock genetics. As Chief Science Officer of Praxis AI, he runs the Praxis Open Discovery (POD) labs and drives product innovation, data-intensive computing research, and biohackathons.
Alex received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Auburn University in 1992, served two years in the Peace Corps in the Fiji Islands, and then completed advanced training in biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt and Emory. Currently, Feltus is Professor in Clemson University’s Dept. of Genetics & Biochemistry. Feltus has published over one-hundred scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, released open-source software, and taught undergrad and PhD students in bioinformatics, biochemistry, and genetics. Alex’s work has been cited over 10,000 times. He is funded by multiple NSF grants and is engaged in tethering together extremely smart people from diverse technical backgrounds to propel genomics research from the Excel-scale into the Exascale.
David James Clarke IV
Global Managing Partner
David has been a digital learning pioneer for more than 25 years. As Global Managing Partner of Praxis AI, he leads a world-class team of ed tech innovators, talented engineers, and award-winning professors in a mission to connect education institutions, non-profit stakeholders (NSF and NIH), and employers with cohorts of underserved, amazing, smart students (aka, BioHackers). He is also best-selling author, patented Innovator, podcaster, and genetics graduate from the University of California, Berkeley.
David works with the executive leadership of educational institutions and Fortune 500 enterprises to drive their strategic digital transformation initiatives. To meet clients’ rapidly evolving digital needs, he has always kept at the leading edge of innovation. Driven by a passion for helping students achieve their dreams and enterprises engage and retain talent, Clarke was the primary architect of the Praxis AI / Spaces Learning LXP. The platform’s Hyper Engagement features include micro-learning, personalized learning plans, video collaboration, spaced repetition, experiential assessment, gamification, and real-time analytics.
David’s track record of success includes numerous projects that have helped some of the world’s largest companies and learning institutions achieve measurable results using innovative digital learning products and the Praxis LXP / Spaces Learning teaching and learning experience platform.