Jonathan W. Gunn, JD, PhD
CEO & Co-founder
Jonathan earned Doctoral degrees in Biomaterials Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington and a JD from Northwestern Law (cum laude). Jonathan's training in intellectual property law coupled with a decade of experience in the biomedical engineering field provides the Briteseed team with unique expert insights into our legal and patent strategies. Jonathan has published over 15 peer-reviewed articles in the biomedical engineering field and earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
Hariharan Subramanian, PhD
VP of Research and Development
Hariharan received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University where he currently serves as a Research Professor. His work has led to significant advancements in the fields of optical sensing systems and modern optical microscopy, which in turn played a crucial role in the development of SafeSnips. Hariharan received his Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University and has authored over 15 peer-reviewed articles.
David M. Mahvi, MD
VP of Clinical Medicine
David is the James R. Hines Professor and Vice Chair of Surgery and Chief of Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an international authority in the field of hepatobiliary cancer, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and was recently appointed as Director of the American Board of Surgery. Widely regarded as a thought leader in the development of new biomedical devices, David holds five patents and is currently bringing several revolutionary devices to market including Briteseed.
Head of Business Development and Operations & Co-founder
Mayank is directing the bench-top development of SafeSnips. He brings a wealth of experience guiding reimbursement strategies at a Florida-based medical equipment company coupled with a graduate-level training in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Briteseed, he co-invented a device for magnetic resonance elastography to non-invasive diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Mayank oversaw the development of the device from computational modeling through animal and clinical feasibility studies at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Shetha Shukair, PhD
Lead Research Scientist
Shetha oversees Briteseed’s tissue phantom development and animal testing utilizing her expertise in translational research. She has co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed articles, conducted research side-by-side with clinicians, and also served as adjunct faculty at Loyola University for more than 5 years. Shetha received her doctorate in Life and Biomedical Sciences from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Amal Chaturvedi, PhD
Lead Signal Processing and Systems Engineer
Amal runs Briteseed's algorithm and signal processing development. He has designed and developed novel algorithms using compressed sensing for wideband signals and performed research that makes MRI scanning faster. Amal completed his doctorate in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Paul Le Rolland
Lead Hardware Engineer
Paul comes to Briteseed having simultaneously earned a Master's degree in Engineering from the ESME-Sudria and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. With a strong foundation in medical device hardware, including previous experience developing physiological sensors as well as low-cost prosthetics and robotics, Paul leads our hardware development efforts.
Anna Lisa Somera, MS, MBA, MPH
VP Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Anna Lisa brings over a decade of serial start-up experience to Briteseed as a former venture capitalist, technology transfer specialist, biomedical researcher, and medical device consultant. She has held senior management positions in multiple start-ups and also played pivotal roles in securing significant dilutive and non-dilutive funding for several ventures. She currently leads the quality and regulatory activities for Briteseed.
Ronald A. Matricaria
Former Chairman and CEO, St. Jude Medical
Hanson S. Gifford, III
Managing Partner, The Foundry
David M. Clapper
Former CEO, SurgRx
Current CEO, Minerva Surgical
Robert E. Shaw
Former President, Milex Products
Subhash C. Sahai, MD, ABFP
Chief of Staff, Van Diest Medical Center in Iowa
Former President, Webster City Medical Clinic