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.
Rose Carter, President, Paul and Rose Carter Foundation
Hemant Kanakia, Chairman, EtaCompute
Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Jeff Reid, Founding Director, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative
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
Michael Ledecky, Sports Tech Advisor
Andres Cruz, Sports Tech Advisor
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.
George Beckstein – Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Mr. Beckstein holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo and brings more than a decade of experience in wearable device engineering and pulse oximetry sensor development. Mr. Beckstein has held positions at Embedded Planet, SomaDetect, and Intel’s wearable devices group. Mr. Beckstein holds a patent for a battery current monitoring system for low power and wearable electronics and helped to improve the performance of optical heart rate monitoring systems at Intel.
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 Boncaldo – Biometric Algorithms 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.
James Carter – Software Engineer
Mr. Carter holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Youngstown State University and brings experience in digital signal processing and radio frequency design. Mr. Carter has held positions at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace), Cisco Systems, and Embedded Planet. Mr. Carter’s previous modem design is currently being fielded and is in production for a major agricultural chemical company. Mr. Carter is focused on algorithm development and testing, taking raw sensor data and processing it into biometric data.
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.”
Daria Fish – Head of Corporate Communications
Ms. Fish has more than twenty years of professional experience in pharmaceuticals and corporate communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in public relations and corporate communications.
Ian Holder – Clinical Researcher
Mr. Holder is a master’s candidate in exercise physiology and 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.