Team (full-time, contractors, and IP contributors)
Alexander is the CEO of Somaxis Incorporated, a California corporation that he started in 2005 in partnership with his mother Violetta Georgiou, PhD. Though he was still in college at the time, together they developed prototypes that were proof-of-concept as research-grade electrophysiology signal acquisition systems.They secured angel funding in 2008 and formally incorporated the company. In 2015, Alexander also became the Chief Product Officer of Suzhou Chaoku Electronic Technology Ltd, an Asia-Pacific joint venture company that is in partnership with Somaxis and licensed to bring Somaxis technology into the Asia-Pacific region.
Alexander’s mission is to bring people together from all over the world to work together to improve health and quality of life. He believes in empowering people to take control of their bodies, their minds, and their environments.
Alexander enjoys participating in Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Yelp. He has personal social media profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook, and maintains the Somaxis social media pages on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter. He also manages the Somaxis website which hosts the Somaxis Vlog and Blog. He enjoys public speaking. His product designs have won awards. He has authored numerous patents.
He enjoys archery, reading books, watching movies, electric skateboards, classical guitar, learning (anything), theater, fine arts, recreational eating, hang gliding, motorcycles, hiking, camping, travel, conversation, kung fu, tai chi, and spending time with friends and family. He is certified in Acupressure and Massage. He loves being a dad more than anything else, and is actively trying to shape the world into something that his daughter Athena can live in safely and happily.
Violetta Georgiou, PhD emigrated from Greece to Italy in 1972 where she studied Architecture at the prestigious Universita di Firenze. There, she met her husband Dennis Ettare who was attending the same University in the College of Medicine. Despite getting recruited to be the head of all architectural restoration for the city of Florence, she voluntarily gave it up to move to America with Dennis in order to start Biofeedback Associates of California together.
Architects sometimes design chairs, desks, and objects we interact with on a daily basis. Violetta became fascinated by the lack of consideration for human physiology and behavior in the design of these objects. Her husband Dennis was fascinated by the lack of training to learn how to use our bodies (and environments) correctly so as to avoid injury. Together, at Biofeedback Associates of California, they developed a groundbreaking protocol “Muscle Learning Therapy” which taught people how to use their bodies and environments (including chairs, desks, keyboards, mice, and work tools) in such a way as to avoid injury, and to accelerate recovery from existing injuries such as Cumulative Trauma Disorders (RSI, TMD, Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis), tension headaches, car accidents, and even gunshot wounds. Their business grew and they served individuals as well as companies such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Chevron, the San Jose Police, and many others. Studies she helped design and run at a major electronics manufacturing facility and independently for longitudinal efficacy of Muscle Learning Therapy have been published on the Journal of Applied Ergonomics and the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (respectively) and are available today on PubMed. Their protocols were also used in the creation of ergonomic chairs that were built by Soma Ergonomics – and which are still in use and extremely effective to this day.
In 2005, four years after Dennis passed away, she and her son Alexander Grey started working on designing a research device that measured sEMG data accurately and cost-effectively. They secured angel funding in 2008 and formally incorporated the company, which is today Somaxis Incorporated. She serves as COO of the company, and is responsible for securing the first high volume distribution order for Somaxis. Her passion is to create comprehensively healthy, holistic environments that bias us towards success. She believes that smart products are the best way to do this. She is responsible for the physical design requirements of Cricket, and has leveraged her many years of experience with biofeedback and human factors into its creation.Though she contributes to the logistical and operational mechanics of the company, her free time is spent designing the next generation of wearable sensors, including textiles, smart-home monitors, and an exciting new product category that is completely groundbreaking but still in stealth mode.
She enjoys reading books, watching movies, learning (anything), theater, fine arts, recreational eating, hiking, travel, conversation, tai chi, and spending time with friends and family. She is certified in Pilates, Acupressure, and Massage. She loves spending time with her granddaughter Athena and her son Alexander. She reads The New Yorker and Harper’s religiously, and supports public radio and grass-roots political causes. She is an optimistic humanitarian. She wants to empower people to live stress-free, safely, in optimum health and happiness by being in harmony with their environments – whatever they may be.
Yan Zhang got her Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Santa Cruz. She has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and at conferences. This includes being awarded IEEE’s “Best Paper” in 2002. She was also the author or coauthor of over 30 international patents. She has worked for many years for Siemens, Tessera and other renowned international companies as Lead R&D Engineer. She later was promoted to Regional Marketing Director for Asia. In 2010, she returned to China and cofounded BeiAng Air Tech Ltd. Through all this prior work, she has accumulated extensive product and marketing experience in healthcare electronics and smart home products. In 2015, she cofounded Suzhou Chaoku Electronics Tech Ltd. together with Alexander Grey, which is a significant milestone of international operations for Somaxis.
Dr. Lin received her MD from Harvard and completed her residency at Stanford University Hospital. She is dual American Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She brings extensive experience in clinical research including in electromyography (EMG) and has published and presented her research in international medical journals and conferences.
Sebastian Guth, PhD
Dr. Guth received his Doctorate in Management Science from the Berlin University of Technology, and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer and Global head Strategic Marketing General Medicine at Bayer HealthCare. He brings a wealth of marketing know-how and an interest in the intersection of health data, wearable sensors, and smarthome sensors.
Alexandra is a serial entrepreneur in the health technology space with two profitable exits. Alexandra co-developed Visual Cloning software to help life science researchers organize, analyze, and visualize genetic information; this first startup was acquired by Hitachi. She then co-founded CureTogether, a data-driven online community where patients compare notes; it was acquired by 23andMe in 2012. Alexandra was one of the co-founders of the popular Quantified Self movement.
Ben is an experienced technology manager with deep technical knowledge and the ability to inspire and the proven ability to create a global technology delivery organization. He is currently the VP of Technology for a smart energy storage company, and has successfully developed vast distributed multilayer sensor networks operating with low latency.