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Niraxx, a neurotech innovation company

Empowering individuals to take charge of their brain health for life. 

Our Story

As a mental health clinician, I have seen firsthand the inadequacy for current treatment options to serve every patient. While medications are the first-line treatment for depression, there is a huge unmet need to go beyond the one-size-fits-all approach. Since 2009, I have led multiple translational studies focused on treating patients with near-infrared light for mood and anxiety disorders. It’s tremendous that we can now make this effective, safe therapy available for anyone.

Dr. Paolo Cassano, MD, PhD

Co-Founder & Chair of SBA

Brain health is a huge 21st century public health challenge. And I believe that any effective, meaningful solution must start by making care accessible. We have successfully translated our wearable from device form factor to clothing form factor, that is only the beginning. Now, we look to further advance our digital health solution to make our personalized wearable digital therapeutics vision a reality.

Joshua Chen

CEO & Co-Founder

Niraxx was founded in Nov. 2016 BY Co-founders JOSHUA Chen and Dr. Paolo cassano.

We aim to create a new category of wearable digital therapeutics for brain health and related disorders. We have made the conscious decision to integrate Light Therapy into Clothing because we believe that the form factor—which is universal and versatile—offers an unprecedented opportunity to transform the embodied care delivery experience.

Niraxx Launched its first product and app in 2020.

It’s time to evolve beyond the one-size-fits-all approach addressing brain health. We have spent the last three years translating Photobiomodulation, the latest neuromodulation technology, from bulky device form to comfortable, portable e-textile form suitable for everyday wear. The Bluetooth-controlled device enables individuals to take control of their brain health effortlessly at their fingertips. Anytime, Any-Wear.

future: AI-based, Personalized predictive clothing form systems.

We have only just started our work. In the future, we envision a system that will provide brain state monitoring, live feedback reporting and real-time light dosage adjustment. We continue to work with top researchers and data scientists to develop our clinical pipeline and strengthen our algorithms. We also plan to scale our fashion partnerships to develop stylish wellness wear.

Executive Team

Joshua Chen

CO-FOUNDER & CEO 

With 20+ years of entrepreneurial experience, with a focus on light therapy, Joshua is the founder and chairman of two companies. In 2001, he founded his other company, Nature Bright Co., which makes and distributes light therapy products. Joshua has been nominated “Innovator of the Year” by the Orange County Business Journal for two consecutive years.

Paolo Cassano, MD, PhD

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR OF SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Cassano is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Photobiomodulaiton at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Division of Neuropsychiatry and MGH Depression and Clinical Research Program. Dr. Cassano has over 10 years of experience in treatment of neuropsychiatric and mood and anxiety disorders with low level laser therapy and brain bioenergetics.

Meg Burich

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Meg is a leader in the field of wearable technology for fitness and health. She was instrumental in commercializing the first wearable sensor garments while at Textronics, a startup later acquired by Adidas where she spent 10 years as Sr. Marketing Director, Commercial Development for digital products. Meg holds five patents in the area of connected wearable for sports and fitness. 

Beth Rogozinski

DIGITAL HEALTH ADVISOR

Beth is a serial entrepreneur, technology professional, and business strategist who has spent the last several years focused on digital medicine. She has 20+ years of technology executive experience, and is currently CEO of Signal 2 Health, a digital medicine product and strategy firm.

Dean STATHAKIS, PHD, JD

PATENT ADVISOR 

Dean has substantial experience in patent procurement, portfolio development, and life cycle management of intellectual property for clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, life sciences, and high technology industries. His expertise include capital raising, new business/product launch and intellectual property licensing. 

Michael DRUES, PhD

FDA ADVISOR 

Michael is President of Vascular Sciences, an education, training, & consulting company offering a broad range of services to medical device, pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

Scientific Advisory Board

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PHD

Dr. Pascual-Leone is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Berenson-Allen Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His research aims at understanding the mechanisms that control brain plasticity across the life to prevent age-related cognitive decline, reduce the risk for dementia, and minimize the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Maurizio Fava, MD

Dr. Fava founded and was Director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP), one of the most highly regarded depression programs in the U.S. He is a world leader in the field of depression and has authored and co-authored more than 800 original articles published in medical journals with international circulation.

Michael Hamblin, Phd

Dr. Hamblin is a Principal Investigator at MGH’s Wellman Center for Photomedicine, the world’s largest academic research facility dedicated to investigating the effects of light on human biology and to the development of photothearpy for multiple diseases. He is a world leader in the field of photomedicine.

Maria A. Franceschini, PHD

Dr. Franceschini is an Associate Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She is a pioneer in the field of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), or the use of near-infrared light to quantify changes  in hemoglobin concentration. Her research focuses on developing NIRS for brain health

Jacek Dmochowski, PhD

Jacek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the City College of New York.  His research is focused on developing novel non-invasive techniques for sensing and modulating brain activity with the overall goal of improving brain function in health and disease. He leverages his expertise in machine learning to optimize interventions and decode the brain.

Andre, R. Brunoni, Md, Phd

Dr. Brunoni is Director of two clinical and research centers at the University of Sao Paulo. His research focuses on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to treat multiple brain diseases.

Our Research Partners