Founder
Maria Artunduaga is a Colombian-born physician-scientist and inventor with 50+ prizes and publications in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). 
She decided to leave a career in plastic surgery to found Respira Labs. She's raised $3M in non-dilutive and VC funds to bring Sylvee to market.
About us
Inspiration
The inspiration behind Respira Labs was our founder’s abuela, Sylvia. Maria witnessed her struggles to understand when her COPD was exacerbating. After she died, Maria decided to switch careers, so that no one else dies because of misdiagnosis.

Team

Maria Artunduaga
Founder & CEO
MD, MPH, MTM
(PUJ, Harvard, UW, Berkeley)
15+ years medicine/bioengineering/ public health, published in Nature, NEJM, PNAS, 40+ awards, ~$2M in NSF/NIH grants, $1M in VC (pre-seed)
Amateur Flamenco dancer and singer, language/culture buff.
Ricardo Garcia
Tech Lead Advisor
MS, MAS
(UMiami, MIT)
Audio Architect for Pixel Software. Creator of Sound Amplifier and Adaptive Sound (Google), 40+ patents, his code runs in over 3B devices, build and lead 5+ engineering teams Former musician and keyboard player.
Diana Valencia
Physics and Data
Lead Advisor | MS, PhD
(Harvard, MIT)
Co-discovered super-Earths, former NASA Sagan Fellow, 10+ pubs and awards, UToronto Associate Professor Varsity Volleyball player/athlete.
Santiago Alfaro
Industrial Designer
MID, MS, PhD
(RISD, MIT)
15+ years industry experience (Intel VR Labs Lead Designer), can prototype anything in any media
Maria Artunduaga
Founder & CEO
MD, MPH, MTM
(Harvard, UW, Berkeley)
15+ years medicine/bioengineering/ public health, published in Nature, NEJM, PNAS, 40+ awards, ~$2M in NSF/NIH grants, $1M in VC (pre-seed)

Amateur Flamenco dancer and singer, language/culture buff.
Ricardo Garcia
Tech Lead Advisor
MS, MAS
(UMiami, MIT)
Audio architect for Pixel Software. Creator of Sound Amplifier and Adaptive Sound (Google), 40+ patents. His code runs in over 3B devices. He builds and leads 5+ engineering teams. Former musician and keyboard player.
Diana Valencia
Physics and Data
Lead Advisor | MS, PhD
(Harvard, MIT)
Co-discovered super-Earths, former NASA Sagan Fellow. 10+ publications and awards. UToronto associate professor.

Varsity Volleyball player/athlete.
Santiago Alfaro
Industrial Designer
MID, MS, PhD
(RISD, MIT)
Master prototyper in any material. Lead VR Designer, Intel Corporation. Holds six patents. Woodworker and knitter.
Santiago Martínez
Clinical Operations Lead,
MD
Medical doctor from Colombia’s top Medical doctor from Colombia's top medical school, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.Former intensive care unit hospitalist at one of Colombia’s top three private clinics.Culinary enthusiast and former competitive tennis player.
Jorge Ríos
Clinical Operations Lead,
MD
Physician from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Published in Neurology and Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. Self-taught data science and R programmer. Amateur accordion and guitar player, ex-soccer player.
Sebastian Rivera
Clinical Operations Lead,
MD
MD from Universidad de Los Andes with 2+ years of research
experience at Fundación Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia's top hospital. Has published posters and papers (BMJ).

Amateur Tennis and Soccer player.
Amateur League of Legends player.  Former horse riding competitor.
Liz Jaramillo
Machine Learning Engineer
Electronics engineer from Colombia’s premier public university, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Has published in IEEE. Worked in STEM education projects for the Colombian government. Piano player and traveler.
Adrián Vélez
Machine Learning Engineer
Electronics engineer from Colombia's top public university, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Has published in IEEE. Co-developed technology based on artificial intelligence for education and mental health care. Guitar player, video gamer and avid reader.
Felipe Villalba
Flutter Developer
Flutter developer for iOS and Android OS. Created 10+ apps for mobility and transport, e-commerce, online stores, music, and health. Former sustainability entrepreneur/ founder

Rock climber, mountain biker, skateboarder and extreme sports fan.
Andres Heredia
Software QA Engineer
4+ years of software Q/A and electronic invoicing. Creator of 16 products in augmented reality and mobile apps for dental anatomy. Swimmer, cyclist, and self-defense practitioner.
Gerardo Cordero
AWS Engineer
AWS certified solutions architect, former Teach lead for Orometro. Named third fastest growing company in Colombia and 103th in the world by theThe Financial Times 2019. Leads +3 developer teams. Family man, cinephile, and traveler.
Daniel Martínez
Angular Developer
Multimedia engineer with an emphasis in software development (Angular, Ionic, and Reactjs) +4, with experience in the development of transactional portals, legal tech platforms, e-commerce in multiple sectors, service delivery, and management platforms. Passionate street foodie and runner.
Julieta Roqueblave
UI Designer
Visual communications designer from National University of La Plata, Argentina. UX UI and UX writer. 6+ years in branding, political campaigning and graphic design. Loves to travel and photograph her adventures
Gina Salazar
UX Researcher
Electronics engineer and designer from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. More than 15 certifications in UX Design. Winner of Hult Prize on Campus and Fresh Design at ASME IAM3D Competition. Volunteer, table tennis enthusiast, and crocheter.
Maria Artunduaga
Founder & CEO
MD, MPH, MTM
(Harvard, UW, Berkeley)
15+ years medicine/bioengineering/ public health, published in Nature, NEJM, PNAS, 40+ awards, ~$2M in NSF/NIH grants, $1M in VC (pre-seed)

Amateur Flamenco dancer and singer, language/culture buff.
Ricardo Garcia
Tech Lead Advisor
MS, MAS
(UMiami, MIT)
Audio Architect for Pixel Software. Creator of Sound Amplifier and Adaptive Sound (Google),
40+ patents, his code runs in over 3B devices, build and lead 5+ engineering teams
Former musician and keyboard player.
Diana Valencia
Physics and Data
Lead Advisor | MS, PhD
(Harvard, MIT)
Co-discovered super-Earths, former NASA Sagan Fellow, 10+ pubs and awards, UToronto Associate Professor

Varsity Volleyball player/athlete.
Santiago Alfaro
Industrial Designer
MID, MS, PhD
(RISD, MIT)
15+ years industry experience
(Intel VR Labs Lead Designer), can prototype anything in any media
Santiago Martínez
Clinical Operations Lead,
MD
Medical doctor from Colombia’s top medical school, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Former Intensive Care Unit Hospitalist at one of the top 3 private clinics in Colombia.Cook enthusiast. Former competitive tennis player.
Jorge Ríos
Clinical Operations Lead,
MD
Medical doctor from Universidad
de los Andes in Colombia.
Has published in "Neurology" and "Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders". Self-taught data science and R programming.
Amateur musician and League of Legends player. Former competitive soccer player. Science enthusiast.
Sebastian Rivera
Clinical Operations Lead,
MD
MD from Universidad de Los Andes with 2+ years of research
experience at Fundación Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia's top hospital. Has published posters and papers (BMJ).

Amateur Tennis and Soccer player.
Amateur League of Legends player.  Former horse riding competitor.
Liz Jaramillo
Machine Learning Engineer
Electronics Engineer from Colombia’s number 1 public university, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Published in IEEE. Has worked in STEM education projects for the Colombian government.
Adrián Vélez
Machine Learning Engineer
Electronics Engineer from Colombia's number 1 public university. Published in IEEE. Co-developed technology based on artificial inteligence for education and mental health care.
Felipe Villalba
Flutter Developer
Flutter developer for iOS and
Android OS. Has created 10+ Apps for mobility and transport, ecommerce, online stores, music and  health. Former sustainability entrepreneur/founder.

Rock climber, mountain biker, skateboarder and extreme sports fan.
Andres Heredia
Software QA Engineer
4+ years managing Quality processes for the software industry, implementer of more than 15 companies in electronic invoicing, Creator of 16 OVAs in augmented reality and mobile app for dental anatomy study.
Gerardo Cordero
AWS Engineer
AWS Certified Solutions Architect, former Teach lead for Orometro SAS the 3th company with more growth in Colombia and 103th in the world in 2019 according to Financial Times, lead +3 developers teams.
Daniel Martínez
Angular Developer
Multimedia Engineer with emphasis in software developer (Angular, Ionic and reactjs) +4, with experience in development of transactional portals, legaltech platforms, ecommerce in multiple sectors service delivery and management platforms.
Julieta Roqueblave
UI Designer
Visual Communication Designer at the National University of La Plata, Argentina.UX
UI and UX writing at Coder House.
+6 years of experience in
branding, political campaign, photography and graphic design.
Gina Salazar
UX Researcher
Electronics Engineer and Designer from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. With more than 15 certifications of UX Design.
Winner of Hult Prize on Campus and Fresh Design at ASME IAM3D Competition
Tatiana Parra
Project Manager
Civil Engineer/Architect turned project manager (Masters) from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia's top 1 university. 2+ years of tech startup experience

Consultants/Advisors

Allison Komiyama
PhD
(Stanford, Berkeley)
Regulatory consultant for RQM+, Founder of AcKnowledge Regulatory Strategies, former FDA reviewer, 10+ years experience in consulting with implantable/patient-contacting devices companies; developing strategies, and helping medical device companies enter the market.
Will Burke
Design/Marketing
(Berkeley, UUtah)
Founder & CEO of PINK, 25+ years of experience in branding in the areas of strategy and design for startups and Fortune 100 companies. Currently SKYDECK advisor and CIO of CBA Design. Formerly Axion Design, Lister-Butler, Landor Associates.
Cezar Morun
PhD
Senior Hardware Architect for Cloud DX & Senior R&D Engineer (sensing) for ScanVibe. 20+ years experience in R&D of wearable computing and human-machine interfacing, bio-measurements and bio-sensing, portable test and measurement equipment, and web-enabled devices.
Alejandro Comellas
MD
Medical doctor from Central University of Venezuela. Completed an internal medicine residency and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Northwestern University. Currently director of the ICTS Clinical Research Unit and associate professor at University of Iowa.
Pierre Bounaud
PhD
Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Ecole Superieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon. PhD in Chemistry from Stony Brook University. Post-doctoral scientist from The Scripps Research Institute. Currently the principal consultant at RQM+.
Xavier Soler
MD
Medical doctor and PhD from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. Twenty+ years’ experience in pulmonary care. Currently the medical director of the COPD Foundation and of Immunology and Respiratory at Regeneron.
Michael Hess
RRT,MPH
15+ years’ experience in pulmonary care. Currently senior director of patient outreach and education at the COPD Foundation and host of COPD Navigator live shows, including BreatheTV and House Call, connecting people in the COPD community.
Jimmy Slover
MD
California State University-Sacramento’s alumnus. 20+ years’ experience in pulmonary care. Currently California State Captain at the COPD Foundation; COPD advocate since 2001.
Angela Macfarlane
JD
10+ years’ experience as chief executive officer at several companies. Currently chief executive officer at Voyan Biotherapeutics, LLC; managing member at forSight Labs, LLC.
Luis Javier Peña
MD
Medical doctor from PUJ Colombia. Completed internal medicine residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Detroit's Henry Ford Health System. 20+ years’ experience in lung health and care. Currently a pulmonologist and intensivist at Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Institute of South Florida
Deborah Kilpatrick
PhD
(Georgia Tech)
Bioengineer and co-CEO & executive chair of the board at Evidation Health. Member of the board of directors at The Task Force for Global Health and Sleep Number Corporation. Co-founder & director at MedtechWomen and the MedtechVision Conference.
Gabrielle Leblanc
PhD
(Harvard, Stanford)
Freelance grant consultant and science writer with extensive experience as a funded academic PI and an NIH program directo
José Padilla
JD
(Harvard, Penn Law)
A responsive attorney with expertise in healthcare, private equity, and corporate law. Skilled in negotiations, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), and litigation management. Currently a managing attorney at Padilla Law PLLC and adjunct professor at New York University.
Joel Brill
MD
Medical doctor from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin U-Med & Science. Completed a certification program in management of healthcare organizations at the University of California. Currently a consultant for FAIR Health, Inc. and chief medical officer at Predictive Health LLC.
Bo Gong
MD, PhD
Physician turned ML scientist from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. with 8+ years of experience in signal processing and medical data analysis. First authorships in 3+ peer-reviewed journals.
Allison Komiyama
PhD
Will Burke
Design/Marketing
Cezar Morun
PhD
Alejandro Comellas
MD
Pierre Bounaud
PhD
Xavier Soler
MD
Michael Hess
RRT, MPH
Jimmy Slover
MD
Angela Macfarlane
JD
Luis Javier Peña
MD
Deborah
Kilpatrick
PhD
Gabrielle LeBlanc
PhD
José Padilla
JD
Joel Brill
MD
Bo Gong
MD, PhD
Physician turned ML scientist from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. with 8+ years of experience in signal processing and medical data analysis. First authorships in 3+ peer-reviewed journals.
Maria Artunduaga
Founder & CEO
Ricardo Garcia
Tech Lead Advisor
Diana Valencia
Physics and Data
Lead Advisor
Santiago Alfaro
Industrial Designer
Santiago Martínez
MD
Sebastian Rivera
MD
Jorge Ríos
MD
Bo Gong
MD, PhD
Liz Jaramillo
Machine Learning Engineer
Felipe Villalba
Flutter Developer
Andres Heredia
Software QA Engineer
Gerardo Cordero
AWS Engineer
Daniel Martinez
Industrial Designer
Julieta Roqueblave
UI Designer
Gina Salazar
UX Researcher
Oscar Rendón
Industrial Designer
Will Burke
Design/Marketing
Cezar Morun
PhD
Allison Komiyama
PhD
Pierre Bounaud
PhD
Xavier Soler
MD
Alejandro Comellas
MD
Michael Hess
RRT, MPH
Jimmy Slover
Ganesh Krishna
MD
Luis Javier Peña
MD
Deborah Kilpatrick
PhD
Angela Macfarlane
JD
José Padilla
JD
Joel Brill
MD
Gabrielle LeBlanc
PhD

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