CellScope’s Mission is to create the world's first smartphone-enabled digital tool kit. Our products are designed to be accessible and easy to use tools that can capture diagnostic-quality data. CellScope is also building data-driven services to improve delivery and expand access of care. CellScope was part of Rock Health's inaugural class of healthcare startups and is primarily funded by Khosla Ventures.
Founders Erik and Amy met in Professor Dan Fletcher's bioengineering lab at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2009. The Fletcher lab pioneered cellphone microscopy, creating mobile microscopes for remote diagnosis of infectious diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. Pilots were demonstrated in India, Uganda and Vietnam and the work was funded by the Gates Foundation, Vodafone, Microsoft and Intel. Inspired by the impact of their work and realizing that they could do a lot closer to home, Amy and Erik spun out CellScope, Inc. They joined Rock Health's inaugural class of healthcare startups and from there, raised funding from Khosla Ventures and started building the team.
Erik is a scientist and hardware hacker turned entrepreneur as co-founder and CEO of CellScope. His work has focused on taking advanced diagnostic tools out of the clinic and into the world, from single cells to whole systems. He loves research, but likes making products even better. He is happiest on skis and knows all the words to Subterranean Homesick Blues.
Amy cofounded CellScope and leads product operations. Her path into the medical device world went from working on an artificial heart to an automated imaging and classification analyzer for blood cells to smartphone-enabled diagnostic tools. Amy is a big fan of redwood forests, farmers markets and public libraries.
Cori brings her experience in both Public Health as well as in managing successful, early-stage startups to her role as CellScope's project manager and user engagement specialist. Known for handing out inventive Spanish nicknames and busting out spontaneous dance moves, Cori loves blind, energetic dogs (one in particular) and recreating Argentine asados.
Chris is the engineer responsible for bringing CellScope's amazing inventions to life on the iPhone. He jumped into iOS development back in 2010 because he believed smartphones and tablets would change the world. Four years later he's more convinced than ever. Chris is a published novelist, accomplished speaker and self-avowed geek.
Dan works on image processing and machine learning at CellScope with the aim of imbuing the CellScope Oto with the intelligence that it needs to not only capture otoscopic images but also to interpret them. When not anthropomorphizing medical devices, he enjoys cycling, receiving harsh critiques of his rudimentary guitar playing from his 2-year old son, and getting 100% of his recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber.
Tom is the Senior Mechanical Engineer responsible for CellScope's hardware. Prior to working at CellScope Tom helped make the world a more beautiful place by making devices to reduce people's fat without breaking the skin. Outside of work he is a runner and concert-goer who saw Rammstein and Rihanna live within a month of each other.
Allie is the operations guru that keeps CellScope running smoothly. Her background in public health and love for health innovation brought her to CellScope. When she is away from work, Allie enjoys hiking coastal trails, running in Golden Gate park and the rush of finding a great piece at Alameda flea market.
Crockett is the software engineer responsible for ensuring our systems run smoothly and scale to support our rapidly growing community of smartphone ear examiners. Growing up in rural Arkansas, Crockett got his first glimpse of computers and robots at the technology exhibit hall while showing a hog at the state fair. This led to BASIC programming on a T/S 1000, and the rest is history.
Divya is responsible for designing a fantastic experience for CellScope users. Previously, she has designed apps for users ranging from rural health workers to marketing professionals. She brings together her empathy for all types of users and lightning quick wireframing skills to help build products that people love. When not otherwise occupied, she can be found performing animal sounds for a rapt audience (her son) or piling every available condiment on her sandwich.
Janak develops algorithms for extracting and utilizing meaningful information from CellScope's database of images. He brings in experience from both federal research laboratories and industry in the fields of computer vision and biomedical imaging. In his free time he enjoys gardening, hiking and gazing at the night sky through his telescope.
Melissa is CellScope's business development lead responsible for strategic planning and key partnership development. Having worked in the healthcare space with her own startup and at large established companies, she is always motivated and inspired to impact positive change in patients' health. Outside of work, she takes every opportunity to travel and explore the world. And she has a special love for German gummy bears and Three Twins ice cream.
Vimal works on bringing CellScope's computer vision and image processing algorithms to our products. He enjoys working at the intersection of algorithms R&D and authoring production quality code. Vimal is also a disciplined fitness buff who is up at 5:30am each morning pursuing fitness-related goals. During the college football season, he spends his weekends rooting for his beloved Aggies.
Janaki is the Quality Assurance engineer responsible for software quality. She has over 5 years of experience in startups and healthcare. Having lived in India previously and now here in the United States, she is assimilating the best of both worlds. She is a board game addict, and in her spare time she loves to read anything and everything. Janaki's stress free mantra is cooking.
Eliza is making sure that Oto users feel supported and confident in our products. She believes that the intersection between technology and healthcare is the future, which is why she’s so jazzed about CellScope. When not communicating with customers and the team she enjoys traveling (literally anywhere), eating copious amounts of ice cream and hanging with her puppy.
Cordelia is Cellscope's marketing manager ensuring we get the Oto into the hands of the folks who need it the most. Cordelia brings to the team her digital and product marketing background within the consumer & enterprise software space. As a big health and tech enthusiast, she is very excited to meld her two interests into building the future of mobile health. When not keeping up with digital trends, she can be found watching crime shows, running or drinking way too much coffee (hopefully, not all at the same time.)
Dan is a professor of bioengineering and biophysics at UC Berkeley. He has extensive experience developing high-resolution optical imaging systems and other medical devices. Dan has also helped to commercialize previous work in his lab on needle-free injection technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Dr. Lam is a physician (pediatric hematology/oncology) at Emory University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. He also holds a PhD in bioengineering, providing the team with vital medical expertise as well as valuable contributions to the technology development.
Gupta is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a specific interest in disruptive innovations in healthcare. He advises numerous early-stage ventures and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader community. Gupta holds an MBA from Oxford and did his undergraduate work in Philosophy and Bioethics at Georgetown University.