Years of research, applied.

The History

2017

SyncThink upgrades hardware version 2.0 to Gear VR with built-in eye trackers.

SyncThink works with Shire to apply SyncThink technology to clinical models.

2016

SyncThink awarded FDA clearance for EYE-SYNC, and its 10th patent.

2015

Stanford adopts and develops protocol around EYE-SYNC.

2014

SyncThink integrates eye tracking assessments onto emerging VR platform, called EYE-SYNC.

 

2013

SyncThink is awarded Department of Defense grant to develop lightweight platform for field use.

2012

SyncThink develops head-mounted eye tracking platform using clam shell design.

Brain Trauma Foundation awarded $25M grant to pursue largest-ever ocular-motor clinical study. 

2010

First prototype headset developed.

Dr. Ghajar, Dr. Jun Maruta, and study link of predictive eye tracking impairment.

 

2009

SyncThink founded to develop mobile eye tracking technology and analytics in support of research with Department of Defense.

 

2006-2008

In 2006, Dr. Jam Ghajar and Dr. Minah Suh publish an investigation into predictive eye tracking and mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) for Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF).

Two years later, Dr. Ghajar and Dr. Richard Ivry publish a new theory of Predictive Brain State – a mechanism for attention that is affected by injury.

2003

First study of timing impairments funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, conducted in a collaboration between University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley, and Weill Cornell Medical College. The study was led by Dr. Jam Ghajar, Principal Investigator.

Our Team

Laura Yecies

CEO

Laura Yecies is the CEO of SyncThink, a neurotechnology company with foundational IP in eye tracking.  A Silicon Valley veteran, she has successfully led multiple startups and top brands.

Yecies was previously the CEO of two venture-backed startups.  As CEO of SugarSync, she led the company for four years through an aggressive business and product growth phase growing from zero to $25M in revenue and signed several strategic partnerships leading to significant valuation increases. SugarSync was later acquired by J2Global. She joined the Catch.com team as acting CEO to help develop the company’s business model, where they expanded the product footprint and built strategic alliances, before successfully selling the company to Apple in 2013.  

For the six years after leaving Informix, she was the Vice President of the Netscape browser division at AOL where she was responsible for the development of Netscape 7.0 and the launch of the Netscape browser in 23 languages. After leaving NetScape, she joined Yahoo where she served as the Global General Manager for the Yahoo Mail division. Following her time at Yahoo, Yecies was the VP of Marketing at Check Point Software where she served for three years.  Prior to the aforementioned, Yecies led marketing programs and Latin American sales at Informix Software Corp for six years.

Yecies received her MBA from Harvard and an MSFS from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She received her A.B. Magna Cum Laude in Government from Dartmouth.

She’s been the recipient of many awards such as the 2011 Gold Medal and 2012 Silver Medal for Female Executive of the Year for the Stevie Award for Women in Business, the Inc. 500 — Top Female CEO of 2012, and was a previous U.S. Department of State TechWoman Mentor.

Jamshid Ghajar, MD

Founder & Chief Scientific Adviser

Dr. Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS, is a board certified neurosurgeon, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, and President of the Brain Trauma Foundation in New York City and Palo Alto.

Daniel Beeler

CTO

Mr. Beeler joined SyncThink in 2010 and serves as CTO. He was recruited for his expertise in image analysis and carries three patents. Dan has worked closely with Dr. Ghajar for over five years to invent and implement new technologies for SyncThink.

Scott Anderson

CCO

Scott joined SyncThink in 2017 after 10 years of distinguished leadership of the Sports Medicine program at Stanford University. It was there he met and subsequently worked alongside Dr. Ghajar as part of a multidisciplinary research collaborative studying the natural history of head injuries. Over a three year period, Scott worked closely with Dr. Ghajar to roll out investigational studies into the EYE-SYNC technology, integrate the technology into the clinical care of athletes, and develop a comprehensive treatment algorithm for concussion emphasizing the key role of eye tracking as a clinical subtype.
In addition to deep product knowledge of the EYE-SYNC technology, Scott also brings market expertise in domestic and international sports organizations. He holds numerous clinical specialty certifications, and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topic of head injury management. Scott currently serves as a consultant to the National Football League, and prior to joining the team at SyncThink, he served as Chair of the Pac 12 Sports Medicine Committee.
Doug Appleton

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Doug joined SyncThink as the SVP, Business Development in June 2018. Prior to SyncThink, Doug was the CEO/founder of SNYPR, Inc., a sports technology company that tracked and gamified sports practice in youth athletes using wearable technology. Prior to that he was the general manager of the lacrosse division at Easton-Bell Sports and the CEO/founder of Talon Lacrosse, a developer of innovative lacrosse equipment. In his previous career, Doug was a corporate lawyer where he served as general counsel for public and private companies including Shutterfly, CBS MarketWatch and Handspring, as well as in private practice with Morrison & Foerster.

Jay Stevens

Director of Sales

Jay Stevens is a successful Medical Device Business Owner and Sales Manager. Jay attended Oklahoma State University, BS. Prior to joining the SyncThink team, he spent 15 years with DJO Global a World Leader in Medical Devices. During the time with DJO, he led a very successful sales team that set the standard for DJO. Jay Stevens lives in San Diego, CA.

Lee Martin

Director of Customer Success

Lee Martin MA, ATC joined SyncThink in 2018 after a 7-year tenure at Stanford University, most recently as Associate Athletic Trainer. Her clinical expertise spans multiple sports, settings, and athletes, including 8+ years in the Division-I football setting. She has extensive experience in utilizing the SyncThink platform as a clinician and worked closely with Stanford Sports Medicine Staff and Dr. Ghajar to help implement technological solutions in the care of student-athletes at Stanford.

Rob Tow

Technical Lead

Rob Tow joined SyncThink in 2018 as Technical Lead. He has forty years of computer science and engineering experience, including stints at Xerox PARC, Interval Research, AT&T Labs, Sun Labs, and Texas Instruments. He has worked in VR and AR since 1993, and has 14 patents granted and 1 pending in color scanning, steganography, video processing, robotics, wireless sensor networks, gesture UI, AR, and affective computing.

Umesh Rajashekar

Senior Data Scientist

Umesh Rajashekar received the B.E. degree in electronics and communication engineering from The Karnataka Regional Engineering College, India, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and 2005, respectively. His dissertation involved an analysis of the impact of low-level image features on human eye movements. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Computational Vision, New York University from 2006 to 2011 working on the perceptual quality assessment of images. He worked as a Scientist at the Brain Trauma Foundation in New York from 2011 to 2017 investigating the utility of eye movement metrics as potential indicators of attention. He has worked closely with SyncThink since 2011 assisting in the development of eye movement metrics.

Michelle Kafka

Public Relations

A born and raised Floridian, Michelle Kafka is the co-founder of Kafka Media Group and a PR professional. She graduated from Florida State University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is an avid Seminoles fan. Kafka is passionate about sports technology and works with SyncThink to help spread the word about their role in the advancement of eye-tracking technology and concussion awareness.

Allison Kumar

FDA/Regulatory Specialist

Allison has more than 15 years of regulatory experience, with 10 years at the FDA and over 5 years in the medical device and biotech industry. At FDA, Allison provided specialized and strategic direction to academia, industry and government partners for alignment of novel, innovative medical device development efforts with regulatory expectations. Allison served as a policy and scientific adviser in several product areas including traumatic brain injury, IVDs, mobile medical apps, advanced physiological monitoring, critical care devices and conducted pre-market reviews for cardiovascular devices and combination products. Allison is currently using the valuable experience and knowledge gained at FDA to advise medical device companies on their regulatory strategies as they pursue marketing approval. Allison has a biomedical engineering degree from Virginia Tech, a graduate degree from Georgetown University in Biothreats and Emerging Infectious Disease, and graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute.

Jon Allen

Senior Data Scientist

Jon Allen has spent over a decade working in the theoretical physics, healthcare, hardware, computation, and data science spaces. As a researcher in relativity at the University of Texas at Austin, Jon worked on numerical stability for gauge theories and numerical computations of gravitational radiation from galactic collisions. After leaving academia, Jon worked closely with a hardware team from MIT’s Media Lab and developed novel AI solutions taking inertial moment unit sensor data to automate lameness detection in horses, solutions he later applied to surface electromyography wearables for performance athletes. As an entrepreneur, Jon co-founded a company, later sold to W2O group, using large-scale data analysis techniques to optimize marketing for web-scale platforms, techniques later utilized while at Grockit. While at Health 2047, a subsidiary of the American Medical Association, Jon worked on outcome-based medicine payment models to replace aspects of CPT, HIPAA data storage platforms, and patient ownership, and streamlining, of electronic medical records. At Habit, Jon designed and implemented data pipelines to maintain both security and access to data for computation while building models to help identify optimal nutrition paths for end users.

Solaris Nite

VR Engineer

Solaris is an experienced technical lead that specializes in frontier technologies. He has helped numerous companies to fully realize software projects utilizing emerging tools and hardware. His most notable clients include Google, Microsoft, Warner Bros, Airbnb, Within, Lifeproof, Spaces, and Upload. Throughout his career, Solaris has assumed the roles of developer, project manager, founder, educator, and advisor.

Jan Van Merkensteijn

Project Manager

Jan is thoroughly addicted to Virtual Reality. Originally from New York City, Jan obtained his B.A. from Boston College in both Philosophy and Medical Humanities while also working on the Virtual Reality retelling of Joyce’s Ulysses, Joycestick. Concurrently, Jan conducted his undergraduate research at the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, where again technology and humanity intersected through VR. It is precisely this nexus of humanity and science that Jan works to explore, promote, and propagate. Technology for Humanity!

 

Lenore Herget, PT

Neuro Rehabilitation Specialist

Dr. Herget is a Senior Physical Therapist, Sports Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor and Certified Emergency Medical Responder at the MGH Sports Medicine Center and serves as the Rehabilitation Consultant to the MGH Sports Concussion Clinic and Boston Bruins and is a member of the New England Patriots Medical Staff. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Psychology from Wheaton College in 2000, her Masters in Education degree from SUNY in 2005 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.

Dr Herget’s practice includes rehabilitating athletes who have sustained a sports concussion, most specifically evaluating and treating high school through professional level athletes with concussions and assisting in their safe return to play. Her research has focused on management of athletes with post-concussion syndrome and the efficacy of pre-season and post-season visuo-vestibular testing to aid in return to play decision making as well as managing care for the female athlete triad diagnosis. She has lectured nationally on the topics of concussion and the non-acute management of athletes with post-concussive syndrome. Her clinical expertise is in the cervicogenic contributions and visuo-vestibular treatment of athletes who sustain concussions as well as the progression of exercise through exertional protocols. Additionally, Dr. Herget focuses her orthopaedic practice on the biomechanical assessment and management of lower quarter injuries.

Marie Boo, PT

Neuro Rehabilitation Specialist

Marie Boo, DPT, SCS, CSCS joined SyncThink as an advisor in 2018. As a physical therapist at Stanford University in the Department of Sports Medicine, she utilizes the SyncThink platform as a critical tool in her vestibular-ocular assessment and treatment. She also works closely with Dr. Ghajar as part of a multidisciplinary team managing Stanford student-athletes after sports-related concussions, and she advises the company on the growing use cases for how the technology can treat various conditions.

Our Board

Alan Quasha

Chairman and CEO, Quadrant Management

Kevin Quinn

Partner, Genki Advisory LLC

John H. van Merkensteijn, III

Managing Director, Rossi Technologies LLC

Jamshid Ghajar, MD

Founder & Chief Scientific Adviser

Laura Yecies

CEO

Ernie Santin

Board Member