TEAM

Founder Information    

Carrie Hufnal, MD is a neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Associate Director of the CHOP Newborn Care Network. She has expertise in Quality Improvement and has led several QI initiatives across the Network. She helped to create the newborn blood sugar screening guideline at CHOP and led its implementation at hospitals throughout the CHOP Newborn Care Network.

Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD is a fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and is a fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She is a fellow of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, through which she is receiving training in Quality Improvement. Her current research focuses on hypoglycemic disorders in infants and children.

CEO Information

Kirthika Parmeswaran is a award-winning, technology innovation executive with extensive experience in products, solutions and strategy.   She holds an Executive Masters in Technology Management degree from University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business and a Masters in Computer Science from Washington University in St.Louis.

Advisor Information

Lisa Wittmer, PhD is the COO & Head of Portfolio Development at AMO Pharma with extensive experience in pharmaceutical products. She is currently the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at PCI Ventures*. She has a doctorate from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at Duke University School of Medicine.

Ryan Mendoza manages a portfolio of IT, physical sciences, and hardware companies at PCI Ventures and advises on growth, business strategy, and fundraising. Prior to PCI Ventures, Ryan was SVP of Engineering and co-founder of Graphene Frontiers, a nanotechnology startup company. He has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on nanoscale electronic systems from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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