The Protxx Team

Protxx is a highly skilled and accomplished team of neuro-sensing and neuro-imaging researchers, IoT device and data platform engineers, and digital healthcare business professionals. Many of us are also parents of very active young athletes, avid sports fans and participants ourselves, or both.

And we are all truly passionate about reversing the declining trend in sports participation that has been triggered by a combination of well-founded concerns about the risks of concussions and related head injuries, and a lack of widely accessible tools to effectively address those concerns.

We have built the first system designed from the ground up to proactively reduce the incidence and severity of many of the head injuries that occur in sports, and to help better manage those that do occur.

Leadership

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Leveraging advances in neuro-imaging, wearable devices, and data analytics, John has collaborated with teams working to reduce concussion risks in youth, collegiate, and professional athletics, and in the US Armed forces. John founded Protxx to accelerate innovation and commercialization of solutions that can help limit head impact exposures to levels below neural tissue damage thresholds. A member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), John earned B.Sc. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and the MSc degree in Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Business.

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Rick brings to Protxx 20 years of experience in healthcare businesses that have provided services to Fortune 500 clients, covering millions of employees in over 50 countries. He previously developed and led sales teams and channel partnerships at Briotix, a global leader in ergonomics, industrial injury prevention, and worker’s compensation risk management, acquired in 2017 by US Physical Therapy, Inc. Rick also has extensive experience with early stage companies as a founder, board member, advisor, and M&A manager. He holds BS and MS degrees in Psychology from California Lutheran University.

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Saj has over 15 years of experience setting technology and product vision, and bringing more than a dozen innovative web, mobile, IoT, and wearable device products to market with millions of users. Prior to joining Protxx, he co-founded, served as CTO, and built the complete software stack (iOS / Android / cloud-based backend) for an innovative wearable tracking platform providing digital therapy and recovery monitoring following surgical repair of joint injuries. Saj also has extensive experience building, developing, and managing remote and local multidisciplinary engineering teams, as well as collaborating closely with UX and product teams. He holds an MS degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

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Jim is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with over 30 years of executive management experience in various technology fields as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He brings to Protxx strong leadership and management experience in small, medium and large companies, spanning a wide range of technologies, including thirteen years as Chief Financial Officer of three mid-sized venture capital funded technology companies that all went through Initial Public Offerings and acquisitions by larger firms. Jim holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from San Jose State University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Adhir is a seasoned technology startup veteran, having worked as an IoT Product Manager, as a mobile app Co-Founder and COO, and as an Analyst focused on business and product development in FinTech and Venture Capital. As a Wide Receiver at the University of San Diego, Adhir was mentored by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Stanford coach David Shaw, before continuing his playing career and studies at Northeastern University completing his B.Sc. degree in biochemistry. As the Head Football Coach at Menlo-Atherton High School, Adhir was selected as a SF Bay Area Chapter Winner and National Award Winner of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach Award, which recognizes youth and high school coaches who excel at helping their athletes succeed both on and off the field.

Advisors

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  • Bedrosian-Coyne Presidential Chair in Neuroscience, Co-Director, Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies, Director, UCSB Brain Imaging Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Recipient of GE/NFL “Head Health Challenge Award” to develop MRI analysis tools for characterizing the severity of white matter injury following mild traumatic brain injury

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  • Co-Founder and former EVP Global Development, Silver Spring Networks (NYSE: SSNI), expert in industrial IoT devices, data platforms, and services
  • 30 years of experience building great companies across a range of industries
  • Former high school and NCAA football player, passionate about creating safe and sustainable environments for athletics

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  • Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Mississippi
  • Expert on low-power sensors, secure wireless sensor networks
  • Creator of award-winning “Heads in the Game” concussion safety research / STEM programs

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  • Blue Shield of California, driving digital data and customer experience portfolio and platform
  • 20+ years in preventative health-care, traumatic brain-injuries, population health management, healthcare analytics, nation-wide provider and partner networks

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  • NYU Sports and Society, attorney and senior researcher studying intersection of sports and social issues
  • Research spans healthcare and data privacy challenges driven by new technologies in sports, sports concussions, and improved access to health services
  • Previously worked for Government of Canada in policy, programs and investigations

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