Company Profile







Arlington, VA


Shavini Fernando





OxiWear is committed to reducing patient vulnerability to hypoxic injury through wearable, continuous oxygen monitoring, to increase safety and security for those prone to silent hypoxia, to help reduce healthcare costs, and to save lives.



  • StartOut – Next Generation Awardee
  • CTIA Wireless Foundation, Catalyst 2022 – 3rd Place Winner
  • Washington Business Journal (WBJ) – 40 Under 40


  • leAD Sports and Health Tech Accelerator, Lake Nona
  • MassMEDIC Medtech IGNITE cohort (3rd place overall)
  • CIT GAP Fund recipient
  • Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Innovation Works Hardware Safety (Kicker Prize Winner)
  • SXSW Pitch: Health, Wearables, & Well-being (Alternate)


  •, Technical Leader of the Year
  • Mistletoe Research Fellowship Startup Fellow, Momental Foundation
  • Washington Life, Top Tech 25 Leaders
  •  Mindshare Cohort
  • Children’s National Pediatric Medical Device Competition (Finalist)
  • RealList Startups (Honoree)
  • SXSW Pediatric Device Pitch(Finalist)


  • Halcyon Incubator, Fall Fellow
  • Georgetown University, Exceptional Master’s Student Award
  • DCFemtech Award


  • Georgetown University Entrepreneurship Competition – Bark Tank (Winner)
  • Global Impact Pitch Competition, CitiVentures, and Georgetown University School of Foreign Services

Board of Directors


Rose Carter, President, Paul and Rose Carter Foundation


Hemant Kanakia, Chairman, EtaCompute

Board of Advisors


Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment


Jeff Reid, Founding Director, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

Peter Mellen

Peter Mellen, Founder, Netcito.  President,  Riverhead Solutions



Greg Erman, President & CEO of EmpiraMed


Asa Tapley, MD, Senior Infectious Disease Fellow, University of Washington – School of Medicine


Yolandra Hancock, MD,MPH, Pediatrician & Public Health Expert

Fitness & Wellness


Michael Ledecky, Sports Tech Advisor  


Andres Cruz, Sports Tech Advisor

Our Team


Shavini Fernando –  Founder and CEO, OxiWear

Ms. Fernando is a video game, VR & web designer and developer. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth in the UK, an MBA from Edith Cowan University in Australia, and an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University. Ms. Fernando has 15+ years of experience in project management and software development. As a patient with Pulmonary Hypertension, she brings greater insight into product design and achieving product-market fit.


Todd Kolb, MD, Ph.D. – Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Kolb is a specialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of all forms of chronic pulmonary hypertension and has special interests in the peri-operative and ICU management of pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Kolb brings more than 15 years of extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of all forms of acute respiratory failure and other life-threatening conditions including shock, gastrointestinal bleeding, pulmonary embolism, diabetic ketoacidosis, and hyperosmolar states, and acute kidney and liver failure. He plays a vital role in clinical testing OxiWear with multiple chronic disease communities.


Ben Salthouse Lead Designer

Mr. Salthouse holds an undergraduate degree in industrial design from Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University) and brings more than a decade of work experience as a design consultant for leading companies including Most Modest, Pfeiffer Lab, Peter Stathis & Virtual Studio, Under Armour, Ear Peace, and Frog. Through synthesizing the needs of the end-user, manufacturing and business, Ben utilizes his industrial design skills to create products that delight.


Michael BoncaldoSenior Software Engineer

Mr. Boncaldo holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and brings more than 25 years of professional experience from a wide variety of industries, from media & entertainment to agriculture, including projects in highly regulated industries such as banking, aerospace and defense, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices in biometric algorithm development, machine learning, and deep neural networks. Mr. Boncaldo has expertise in a myriad of technologies and platforms, from desktop development to distributed systems and cloud-based software. Areas of specialization directly applicable to the OxiWear project include embedded software development, integration of software and hardware systems, and data acquisition and analysis.


Ya Zhang – Senior UX Designer

Ms. Zhang holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Zhengzhou
University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of
Warwick, and a master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology
(CCT) from Georgetown University. Her professional experience focuses on
product design and management, user experience design, and data analysis.
Her qualitative research titled: Virtual Learning and University Students’
Reduced Concentration during Covid-19: Causes, Responses, and Impacts was
published in GNOVIS, Georgetown’s peer-reviewed journal and academic blog
for graduate students, exploring “relationships among technology, culture,
media, politics, and the arts.”


Ian Holder – Scientific Officer

Mr. Holder has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and was a graduate researcher for integrative exercise physiology at Ball State University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University in sports medicine, was a Division 1 water polo player, and has extensive experience in clinical research related to exercise and hypoxia.