Vital Start is a University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) digital therapeutics company focused on virtual medicine solutions for optimal mental health.

We successfully completed a clinical study at a leading Children’s Hospital  Neonatal ICU.



Our vision is to be –the– virtual medicine company for optimal mental health. Beyond maternal mental health, we will focus on other acute and chronic conditions including oncology mental health.

Core Principles


Science backed, Safety, Privacy, Security HIPAA,HITRUST


Targeted, engaging, patient-centered treatment


Smart, innovative, AI enabled, addressing current barriers

Passion to Succeed

“Close to a million women each year suffer from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression but less than half get any treatment at all. I know because I was one of them.  I am passionate about this issue and want to address this through Vital Start”  

Kirthika Parmeswaran
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

“I have been a doctor for 25 years and a neonatologist for the last 15 years. I have seen firsthand how the wellbeing of the parents can impact the outcomes of the child. I am interested in addressing this and I think we have a great product to do this at Vital Start

— Dr. John Chuo
Founder & Chief Scientific Advisor

Key Awards & Accomplishments