is to create the world's first smartphone-enabled digital first aid kit, giving parents access to easy-to-use, at-home tools in order to capture diagnostic-quality data for a remote diagnosis and get peace of mind. CellScope is currently building a suite of optical attachments for smartphones.
Founders Erik and Amy met in Professor Dan Fletcher's bioengineering lab at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2009. The Fletcher lab pioneered cell phone 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 organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Vodafone, Microsoft and Intel. Inspired by the impact of their work and realizing that there was a lot they could do closer to home, the founders decided to spin out CellScope, Inc from the lab. Next they joined Rock Health's inaugural class of healthcare startups and from there they raised a seed investment from Khosla Ventures and started building the team.
Meet the Team
Erik is a scientist and hardware hacker turned entrepreneur and co-founder 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.
CellScope's Project Manager Extraordinaire and User Engagement Specialist, Cori brings her experience in both Public Health as well as in managing successful, early-stage startups to the team. Known for handing out inventive Spanish nicknames and busting out spontaneous dance moves, Cori loves blind, defenseless dogs (one in particular) and fine (and some not-so-fine) wine.
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 fantasy author, 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.
Diana joined CellScope as the company's Quality Engineer. She is responsible for the company's quality systems and software quality assurance. Having previously mastered suturing skills in surgical robotics and neurosurgical instruments, Diana can eat lunch and review graphic medical images simultaneously.
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 Vander Molen
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.
Prof. Daniel Fletcher
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. Wilbur Lam
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.