Years of research, applied.

Our History

2019

SyncThink selected by Magic Leap to develop next generation eye tracking platform.

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

Kevin Quinn

Interim CEO

Kevin is the founder of Genki Advisory, an advisory and investment firm focused on early stage
companies. With a portfolio of over 30 companies, Genki Advisory has invested across the tech,
consumer and healthcare sectors. Representative investments include: Skillz and Sentilink (tech);
BarkBox and Thursday Boot Co. (consumer); and SyncThink and ViiMed (healthcare). Kevin has been a
board member of and an investor in SyncThink since 2014.

For over 20 years, Kevin was employed at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he worked with high tech
companies in the firm’s investment banking division. Kevin served in a number of senior roles in
Goldman Sachs’ New York, San Francisco and Tokyo offices. In 2012, he retired as a Partner and Co-
Head of the Global Technology Banking business. Prior to his time at Goldman Sachs, Kevin worked as a
consultant at Bain & Co. in its Boston office.

Kevin is the Board Chair of Brady, one of the nation’s leading gun violence prevention organizations.
Brady actively partners with national and local organizations to work cooperatively to combat gun
violence. In April 2019, he was appointed by New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, to Chair the New
Jersey Economic Development Authority, an independent state agency, which oversees the state’s tax
incentive programs as well as other economic and community development programs.
He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Business School (from 2013 to 2017, Kevin was an
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Eugene Lang Center of Columbia Business School). He resides in Short
Hills, NJ with his wife, Jane and their three children.

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.

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.

Virginia Bethoney

Director of Sales

Virginia is a Boston native and a graduate of Suffolk University. She comes to Syncthink with over 15 years of medical sales experience with a focus in Neurology and Neurosurgery. She has be instrumental in launching and growing novel products in pharmaceutical and medical device sales industry, over the course of her career.  She is an award winning top sales performer and looks to leverage her sales experience with Synthink. and the eyesync technology to assist patients and athletes in their journey to recovery!

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.

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.

Jay Stevens

Sales Distribution Manager

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.

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.

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!

 

Our Advisors

Jeffrey Kutcher MD, FAAN

Neurology

Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN is the founder and Global Director of The Sports Neurology Clinic. With offices in Michigan and Utah, Dr. Kutcher specializes in the diagnosis and management of concussion, post-concussion syndrome and neurological conditions in athletes. Dr. Kutcher was a member and co-author of the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich (2012) and Berlin (2016.) Prior to launching The Sports Neurology Clinic, Dr. Kutcher founded and directed the University of Michigan NeuroSport Program where he established the first fellowship in Sports Neurology in 2012. He has also founded the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), serving as the section’s first chair, and established and co-directed the annual Sports Concussion Conference for the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Kutcher is currently a Team Physician for US Ski and Snowboard and served as the Team Neurologist for the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games. He also serves as the Director of the NBA concussion program and works as an advisor to the National Football League (NFL) Players’ Association and National Hockey League (NHL) Players’ Association.

Kristen Steenerson, MD

ENT Neurology/Vestibular Disorders

Kristen Steenerson, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Neurology at Stanford University. She specializes in otoneurology and brings unique expertise in the study of the relationship between the inner ear and brain disorders. Additionally, Dr. Steenerson’s clinical focus includes vertigo, vestibular migraines, postural-perceptual dizziness, and Ménière’s Disease. Dr. Steenerson is a board-certified Neurologist, and completed her Neurology Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, which is where she first found her interest in balance disorders. She also completed an Otoneurology fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Gordon Matheson MD, PhD

Primary Care/Sports Medicine

Gordon Matheson MD, Ph.D. is a world-renowned primary care sports medicine physician, thought leader, and academic. He has authored more than 200 publications and given more than 250 lectures in 16 countries. He founded the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, chaired the Board Governance Committee for the International Justice Mission, served as an expert for the World Anti-Doping Agency, and headed the International Olympic Committee Disease Prevention Working Group. Dr. Matheson has also been a past President of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, team physician for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. As Professor and Director of Sports Medicine at Stanford University from 1994-2016, he established the first Head Division of Sports Medicine in the medical school and was a member of the Medical Senate. Dr. Matheson also taught many undergraduate courses at Stanford to students in Human Biology and established the fellowship program in primary care sports medicine. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for Worldplay, a video technology company.

Lenore Herget PT, DPT, SCS, MEd, CSCS

Physical Therapy/Neuro Rehabilitation

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 DPT, PT, SCS, CSCS

Physical Therapy/Neuro Rehabilitation

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.

Maya Yutsis PhD, ABPP-CN

Neuropsychology

Maya Yutsis, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is an Associate Director of the Clinical Core at the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease research center, a Team Neuropsychologist for San Francisco 49ers, attending neuropsychologist for Stanford Concussion and Sports Medicine Clinic and Neuropsychology Centers. She specializes in sport-related concussions and their acute and late-life effects and brings unique expertise in the study of sport-related concussions and cognitive aging. Additionally, Dr. Yutsis’ clinical focus includes cognitive functioning in age-associated neurodegenerative conditions such as
Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, and developmental disorders such as ADHD. Dr. Yutsis is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who completed her post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, clinical internship at the Minnesota VA Medical Center, and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Palo Alto University, in Palo Alto CA. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was the lead neuropsychologist at the VA Palo Alto Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program and for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center Telehealth Neuropsychology clinic.

Our Board

Alan Quasha

Chairman and CEO, Quadrant Management

Raul Fernandez

Vice Chairman and Owner, Monumental Sports and Entertainment

Kevin Quinn

Interim CEO

John H. van Merkensteijn, III

Managing Director, Rossi Technologies LLC

Jamshid Ghajar, MD

Founder & Chief Scientific Adviser

Ernie Santin

Board Member