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The Cipher Skin Team

A growing team of dedicated scientists, experts, and curious & passionate humans!

Phillip Bogdanovich

Co-founder and CEO
Former USMC Recon Corpsman (medic), former Tactical Medical Chief for the Department of State, Harvard Business School, founded two prior technology startups and took them to several million dollars in revenue.

Shaka Bahadu

Co-founder and COO
Harvard College, Weill Cornell Medical College MD, Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA. Healthcare operations expert, clinical informaticist and business generalist for two digital health (Y Combinator) startups (pre- and post-Series A).
James Heathers, PhD

James Heathers

Chief Scientific Officer
James has 15 years of experience in physiology, biosignal methodology, signal analysis, and wearable device design. He managed a biosignal lab during his Ph.D. on heart rate variability methodology (USYD, '15), then spent four years offloading, processing and interpreting biosignal data from wearable monitors as a research scientist (NEU). He has the usual coterie of scientific research articles, global conference presentations, and awards. His alternate career as a meta-scientist primarily involves fighting bad research design and various forms of scientific dishonesty, and winning.

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Rachel Hoeffner

Business Operations Manager
Rachel has spent the majority of her career helping others keep their professional lives organized. Her attention to detail and ability to plan effectively stem from her Performance Arts Management degree from Kansas Wesleyan University.

Because of her prior experience wearing many hats, taking on the role of a Business Operations Manager is a perfect fit. When Rachel is off the clock, you can find her playing music, spending time in her garden, or trying to find new ways to tire out her puppy, Hemi.

Guido Gioberto

Head of Engineering
Dr. Gioberto is an expert in wearable technology. He is a leader in the industry and was essential in building a groundbreaking smart garment capable of measuring human performance.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2006, a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy) in 2009, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 2011 and his Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 2015.

Tim Gouin

Mechanical Engineer
Tim was born and raised in Denver, Colorado with a love for sports and the outdoors. Combining those joys with a passion for engineering, Tim has pursued studies and work that involve quantifying and advancing human performance. Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder and a Master’s Degree in Sports Engineering from Sheffield Hallam University.

Josh Altabet

Electrical Engineer
Josh was born and raised in San Jose, California. Combining his love for sports with his exposure to technology and consumer electronics in the heart of Silicon Valley, he developed a natural passion for sports engineering. Before joining Cipher Skin, he held positions at Lockheed Martin as an Electrical Engineer as well as at the NY Sports Science Lab as a Software Engineer. Josh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Claire Apuan

Mechanical Engineer
Claire is a curious engineer who works with users to find novel, elegant solutions to unique problems. Claire believes in a data-driven solutions for purposeful, user-based impacts. Previously, Claire has innovated various medical devices including inflatable penile implants and robotic surgical systems. Claire holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
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Erik Heinz

Digital Marketing Manager
Erik started his career in B2B marketing and holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Management from the University of Montana, Erik has excelled at growing businesses through digital marketing strategies and campaign developments. He has a proven track record of improving the performance of digital assets for a myriad of companies across workforce services, healthcare valuation, and software industries.
When he is not in front of his computer analyzing marketing trends and looking for innovative ways to optimize marketing efforts, you can find him in the mountains, kayaking the lakes, or fly fishing the rivers of Colorado.
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Yasmin Mounajed

VP of Marketing
Yasmin is a growth marketer with 15 years of experience across domestic and international markets. She led marketing strategies for fortune companies as well as startups and drove multiple award-winning campaigns. She is a global marketer who managed a diverse portfolio of brands targeting the Americas, APAC, and EMEA markets. Yasmin was born and raised in Syria with a Master's Degree from the University of London.

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Laura Saracho

Product Marketing Manager
Laura is a marketer and writer with over 10 years of experience working with digital health companies and global health nonprofits. She's passionate about the power of creative and data-driven messaging to spur authentic engagement, create empathy, and fuel smart business. Originally from New York, she successfully escaped big cities and now lives in the mountains of Colorado where she trains for trail ultras with her two dogs. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College.

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