The Lumis team brings decades of technology innovation experience and healthcare solutions knowledge.
Nehal Bhojak has been an early investor, EIR, and board member at Lumis since its inception in 2017 and brings over 20 years of experience in early-stage investment, new venture creation, technology commercialization and corporate innovation to the company.
Prior to joining Lumis, she ran Silicon Valley -based OneValley's innovation center in Pittsburgh. She continues to be engaged with the group as Senior Advisor, assisting them with strategic ecosystem development activities. She is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering teaching Medical Product Entrepreneurship.
From 2017 to 2021, she was the Managing Director of Pittsburgh CREATES, an industry facing innovation center at the intersection of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh that helped established and emerging medical device companies build, validate, and commercialize the next generation of their technologies. From 2003 through 2017, Nehal was part of the leadership team at Idea Foundry, a technology - based economic development and investment organization. As its Director of Innovation, she led the creation, growth and operational management of their Healthcare & Life Sciences Accelerator and Investment programs where she was EIR to 177 new ventures across diverse industry verticals that cumulatively raised $435M in follow-on capital, generated $300M in revenue and led to acquisitions by Fortune 500 companies. In her role as EIR, she worked closely with the management teams of emerging companies to help them address critical business needs including product strategy, sales, marketing, fundraising and strategic planning. She was also responsible for managing Idea Foundry's university and corporate partnering initiatives.
Nehal has deep roots in Pittsburgh's innovation ecosystem and is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and advisor to several start-ups. She has held positions as Senior Consulting Engineer at i2 Technologies, Dallas and Whittman-Hart, Chicago in the areas of management consulting, optimization, supply chain management and product strategy.
Nehal holds a Master's degree from the Heinz College of Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
John has 20+ years of experience in simulation education and teaches simulation around the world. He is a CRNA and received his DrPH from Pitt's School of Public Health. John is the Department Chair and Director of the nationally recognized Nurse Anesthesia Program at Pitt. He sits on the PA State Board of Nursing, the National Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and is Treasurer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. John is the Associate Director and Director of Research for the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER), a world-renown simulation center. He is also a retired US Army Nurse Corps Officer.
Joe has 20+ years of experience in patient safety and healthcare simulation. He received his PhD in Medical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He was previously a researcher in the Simulation Group at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. At the SimGroup, he coinvented and was systems engineer for the COMETS Combat Medic Training System, currently commercialized by CAE Healthcare as the CAE Caesar Trauma Training Simulator. He is also faculty at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.
Hope has been working in the educational technology and instructional design industry for over 10 years. She earned an MFA in Communication Media Arts at Ohio University with a focus in Virtual and Augmented Reality and Digital Games and Animation. Hope has spent the past five years creating interactive learning and social environments, looking at how the added dimension of depth in immersive technologies changes the way people interact with digital and physical media. She strives to contribute to an evolving understanding of what an educational space can be.
Upon graduation from University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Psychology, Alexandra worked in mental health services for eight years. During this time, she repeatedly saw instances where her clients struggled to navigate the healthcare system or receive adequate care. Craving a way to differently effect change, she decided to pursue training as a full stack software developer and has been happily sharing Lumis Corp's mission to create better training systems and improve patient care ever since.
When Ryan was first introduced to Lumis's work, his immediate reaction was a wish that he had access to similar resources during his time as a student. He began work with Lumis as an intern, and after graduating with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, he transitioned into a software developer role and has been working with Lumis to provide students with accessible healthcare simulation ever since.
Brittnee graduated from Duquesne University in May of 2021 with her BA in Marketing and minors in Legal Studies and International Business.
During her time at Duquesne she held board positions within multiple organizations and spent a lot of time marketing for different brands and organizations. She served as the Vice President of the Duquesne Hockey team where she was the first female on the board and also implemented an internship program. While studying as a full time student Brittnee also worked multiple jobs and helped in Marketing and Business Development for her family's company, Warner Design & Build.
Following her graduation Brittnee began working as an Insurance Marketing Intern before joining the Lumis team.
She is currently pursuing a Professional MBA and Entrepreneurship Certificate at Duquesne and independently working towards becoming a licensed real estate agent.
Sai is currently pursuing her bachelor's in marketing and studying French, Chinese, and international business at the University of Pittsburgh. On campus, she has served as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair of a social sorority and Recruitment Chair for a professional business fraternity. Outside of school, Sai operates a small business fulfilling custom tie-dye orders to clients.
Sai was interested in working for Lumis to expand her marketing skills to the field of MedTech. She enjoys promoting Lumis' mission to innovate and illuminate the healthcare training sphere.