Team

Meet the team behind the idea.

Dr. Francesco Maria Petrini, Co-founder and CEO.

Francesco has a PhD in neural engineering, and 10+ years of research experience in the field. He was awarded with several prizes and grants: Brain Forum start-up award (2015), Best 3 IROS start-up award (2015), Innogrant (2014), IMD award (2015), Spin-fund (2015), Venture Kick (2016), top 25 Venture (2016), Top 100 Swiss startup (2017), EU FET Launchpad (2017), EIT Health Headstart (2018), EU FTI (2019), DIH-HERO TTE (2021). He holds 2 patent applications. He was nominated among the 35 innovators under 35 from MIT technology review, in 2019.

Guy Siman, COO

Guy is a seasoned executive manager with over 16 years of experience at international companies in the Med-Tech and industrial fields. Leader of multidisciplinary teams in product development from ideation in various technology sectors, with emphasis on the life-cycle of class III medical devices including quality, regulatory and clinical considerations. Medical device companies include Samsara Vision (developing an implantable miniature telescope for patients with advanced-age macular degeneration), Nyxoah (developing an implantable neurostimulator for patients with obstructive sleep apnea) and Indigo Diabetes (developing an implantable continuous glucose measuring system for people with diabetes). Guy has successfully led the products through CE mark registrations and IDE submissions. Guy served as the lead technical leader in 2 successful financial rounds of over $30 million.
Guy holds an BSc. in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude) and an MBA and holds 4 granted patent applications.

Dr. Dan Merrill, CSO

Dan received his B.S. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell. He spent 11 years in industry before returning to academia, then earned his PhD at Case Western Reserve studying neural stimulation with Prof. Tom Mortimer, with an emphasis on the mechanisms of charge injection at the electrode/tissue interface. He was Chief Scientist at the Alfred Mann Foundation and Chief Clinical Scientist at Ripple. Dan joined SensArs in 2019 as Chief Science Officer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Prof. Stanisa Raspopovic, Co-founder and scientific advisor

Stanisa has over 10 years of experience in neuroprosthetic field, especially in the algorithms development, modelling, animal and clinical experimentation. He was in charge of several relevant EU projects (Cyberhand, TIME, EPIONE, NEBIAS). Stanisa graduated at University of Pisa (Italy) with honours in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and got the PhD at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy) in Neuroengineering and Robotics. He was scientist at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH, Switzerland) and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), and visiting at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). He holds 3 patent applications. He guided the first EU human implant for sensory restoration in 2013.

Prof. Silvestro Micera, Co-founder and scientific advisor.

Silvestro is currently Full Professor of Neural Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy) and Full Professor of Neural Engineering at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) where he holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering. His research interests are in the areas of development of neuroprosthetic and robotic solutions to restore sensory-motor functions in disabled people. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of “bionic” hand prostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces.

Gerda P. Resch, Regulatory Affairs Professional

Gerda Resch has over 30 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, domestic and international, with companies marketing Class II and Class III medical devices and biologics for orthopedic, ophthalmologic and diabetic indications. Ms. Resch holds a BA from Rutgers University and a BS from University of Tennessee. In particular she developed her experience working in companies such as Wright MedicalTechnologies/BioMimetics, Biomimetic Therapeutics, Al Mann Foundation, MiniMed/Medtronic Diabetes, Ioptex /Allergan.