Who we are

We envision a world where medical technology enables access
to healthcare for each person in their own community. 

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Carolyn has raised nearly $3M of investment from investors including Steve Case, Camden Partners and Keiretsu Capital. She has received numerous awards including awards like Maryland’s Innovator of the Year, Baltimore Business Journal Tech 10, and Baltimore’s Top 10 BioHealth CEO as well as features in USA Today and Entrepreneur Magazine. Prior to Sisu, Carolyn founded a medical device non-profit working with rural mobile clinics in India. She raised over $100k in cash and in-kind services and was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Business Insider. While getting her Chemical Engineering Degree at the University of Michigan, Carolyn was named Entrepreneur of the Year for her first company.

Carolyn Yarina,
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Gillian is the primary inventor of Hemafuse and several other portfolio products. She has directed Hemafuse’s development from an idea to commercial launch. Gillian previously founded a medical device design firm for Ghana. She has been published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has presented at the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Career Conference and Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries Seminar in London, and was named Baltimore Technologist of the Year.

Gillian Henker,
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Sajju was formerly on Sisu’s advisory board and transitioned to the role of Sisu’s COO late in 2016. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, mentor, and board member with over twenty years of senior management experience in industries such as computers, polymers, outsourcing services, renewable energy, healthcare among others. Ventures Sajju has helped in their early days have grown to deliver large-scale global social impact. D.light has impacted 90+million people, Embrace reached 300,000+ babies, and Chirag has illuminated over 400 villages. His ventures have been featured on BBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets across the world. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (ExecEd) and has an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Sajju Jain, MBA
Chief Operating Officer

 

Ulka manages Sisu’s production and supply chain operations. Prior to Sisu, Ulka launched her career at Pfizer in the R&D clinical space. She held responsibilities in manufacturing of solid oral dosage forms, where she focused on establishing GMP documentation for new platform technology of multiparticulates, as well as managing supply chain operations of raw materials for manufacture of biologics. She has earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ulka Dandekar,
Operations Manager

Kevin Lee first teamed up with Sisu through his consulting business back in 2015. Kevin immediately recognized the great mission that Sisu is working towards and saw the value in what we are trying to accomplish, so he provided several months of consulting work pro bono. Fast-forward three years to April 2018, we were looking to hire someone we could trust with the demands of our expanding production and operations. We asked Kevin to come back to Sisu full-time to spearhead the scale-up of our production processes and supply chain and we are excited to have him on board! Kevin has nearly 20 years of experience in production, process improvements and program management for technical teams.

Kevin Lee first teamed up with Sisu through his consulting business back in 2015. Kevin immediately recognized the great mission that Sisu is working towards and saw the value in what we are trying to accomplish, so he provided several months of consulting work pro bono. Fast-forward three years to April 2018, we were looking to hire someone we could trust with the demands of our expanding production and operations. We asked Kevin to come back to Sisu full-time to spearhead the scale-up of our production processes and supply chain and we are excited to have him on board! Kevin has nearly 20 years of experience in production, process improvements and program management for technical teams.

Kevin Lee,
Director Of Operations

Mihir is Sisu’s first employee. While earning a Master’s in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, he worked on developing several biomedical devices, including a device to convert the eye’s motions into electrical energy, a joystick that non-invasively measured chimpanzee’s vital signs and a hybrid infant incubator/kangaroo-care pouch. He was named as the University of Michigan’s Quiet Influencer of the Year in 2015.

Mihir Sheth,
Project Engineer

 

Jack serves as Quality Specialist for Sisu Global Health. Jack is an experienced medical device executive with significant prior work leading companies in efforts to deliver novel technology and positively impact patient care. In his most recent endeavor, Jack directed 6 product development projects from concept to delivery. These products are now available in the United States, the European Union, and Canada. His team successfully navigated FDA reviews, CE Mark reviews, FDA inspections, and ISO 13485 Notified Body audits – among other activities. Jack has worked with diverse product types, ranging in specialty (e.g., IR, GI, ORTH), use (therapeutic/diagnostic), and other characteristics (e.g., electrical, single-use vs. reusable, sterile/nonsterile, software).

Additionally, Jack has focused his career on assisting start-up companies navigate the complex environment surrounding medical devices. Jack also hopes to foster economic growth in Maryland through the development of novel technologies. To this end, he studied innovation and entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University, earning two masters degrees (in business and public health). Jack previously served as Managing Director, Innovative Healthcare Products, at Becker & Associates Consulting, a boutique consulting firm located in Washington, D.C. Jack holds a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the Univ. of Pennsylvania, as well as MBA and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Jack Kent, MBA MPH,
Quality Specialist

Tim is Sisu’s Senior Product and Training Specialist. Tim joined Sisu after a chance meeting with our Product Engineer, Mihir, and was brought on as the sales intern in Kenya. He quickly joined the team as our full time Research and Training Analyst in 2018. Prior to joining Sisu, Tim worked as the director and guide of a canoe trip program in Northern Canada managing a staff of over 90 employees and leading 40 day tours to Hudson Bay. Tim has contributed his experience in logistics of managing multiple ongoing projects and draws on his experience as a certified Wilderness First Responder to help him succeed in his roles at Sisu. During his time at Wake Forest University, Tim completed the pre-medical school track and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

Tim is Sisu’s Senior Product and Training Specialist. Tim joined Sisu after a chance meeting with our Product Engineer, Mihir, and was brought on as the sales intern in Kenya. He quickly joined the team as our full time Research and Training Analyst in 2018. Prior to joining Sisu, Tim worked as the director and guide of a canoe trip program in Northern Canada managing a staff of over 90 employees and leading 40 day tours to Hudson Bay. Tim has contributed his experience in logistics of managing multiple ongoing projects and draws on his experience as a certified Wilderness First Responder to help him succeed in his roles at Sisu. During his time at Wake Forest University, Tim completed the pre-medical school track and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

Tim Goodwin,
Sr. Product and Training Specialist

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Virginia Peters-Rodbell,
Graphic Designer

 
 

Awards & Features

2019

The Star

Business Today

The East African Business Times Magazine

The Standard

Capital FM News

Baltimore Business Journal’s Tech 10 Award

Baltimore’s Top 10 BioHealth Startup CEOs

NATA Conference 2nd Place in Best Poster

60 Minutes: The Rise of the Rest

Technical.ly Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

2018

USA Today

Technical.ly Baltimore

Baltimore Business Journal

MedGadget

GE healthymagination + Santa Clara University’s Miller Center, Presented at Sankalp Africa

Named Amongst the Top 55 Companies in Laudato ‘Si Challenge

Women Business Leaders in Healthcare (WBL), Panelist

RampMD Speaker, Advances in Medical Device R&D

Named International Business Champion by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland

RESI Innovation Challenge Finalist

Keynote Speaker, Michigan Women Forward and Ford Motor Foundation EmpowerHER Summit

MedTech Innovator Military Pitch Competition, Runner-up

2017

USAID

TEDxMidAtlantic Speaker, New Rules

Economic Times (India)

Technical.ly Baltimore 

Hindu Business Line

E27

First Mile Innovation Challenge,
CAMTech/Mass General Hospital/GE

Maryland Women’s Business Center,
Innovator of the Year

2016

SXSW Eco, Social Impact Award

TEDCO ICE Award

Powerful Women in HealthTech, Spark Newsletter

Technical.ly Baltimore

MedCity News

Durable Human

2015

Forbes

Smithsonian

Technical.ly Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun

Rise of the Rest Baltimore
(Steve Case of AOL)

Financial Times

Fast Company

Engineering for Change

Mashable

The Latest Medical Device Startups You Need to Know, MedReps.com

50 on Fire Winner in Healthcare & Medicine

Named “Most Viable Company” by TechBuzz

TechCon Innovation Marketplace Winner

Grand Rapids Business Journal, Newsmaker of the Year

Annual Bloodless Surgery Conference in Nigeria, Speaker

The Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Conference in China, Panelist

2014

Entrepreneur Magazine  

MichBio Emerging Biosciences Showcase Runner up

Yahoo Finance

Patents

Four Patents

Incubators

Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) from the Miller Center to Social Entrepreneurship, 2017

Open Hands Initiative Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs in Amman, Jordan, 2015

DreamIt Health Accelerator, Spring 2015

 
 

Defining Success

We will achieve $100M in revenue and impact 1M lives within 5 years by designing medical technologies with & for emerging markets.

In order to achieve this goal we reinvest a majority of our profits to continuously develop and innovate new products in our portfolio and to grow our organization

 
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