About Us


Dr. Dennis A. Grahn, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Consultant

Dr. Grahn is a senior research scientist in the Biological Sciences Department at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University in 1989, and spent two years there as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He has been a research scientist at Stanford since 1991. Prior to coming to Stanford, Dr. Grahn earned a Masters degree from the Department of Biology, Portland State University where he studied thermoregulation in fish, frogs, and lizards. Dr. Grahn’s current research interests are in mammalian thermoregulation, hibernation, sleep, and circadian rhythms. He has authored numerous research papers on these topics.

Dr. H. Craig Heller, Co-founder and Chairman

He is also the Lorry I. Lokey/Business Wire Professor of Biological Sciences and Human Biology, and the Chairman of the Biological Sciences Department at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at Yale University in 1970, and then spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has taught at Stanford since 1972, served as Director of the Program in Human Biology, Chairman of the Academic Senate, Chairman of the Stanford University Committee on Research, and as Associate Dean of Research. Dr. Heller’s research is in the areas of the neurobiology of sleep and circadian rhythms and the regulation of body temperature. He is an author of many research papers and a leading college textbook on Biology.

Chuck Hixson, MBA, President

Mr. Hixson has successfully managed another technology-based start-up company as President. In the automotive and industrial market places, Mr. Hixson served as a top marketing and operations executive for both privately held and publicly traded corporations. Mr. Hixson obtained both his MBA and BS degree in Marketing from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Allen Dumont, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director

He is a Pediatrician with a private practice, and currently holds positions as President of United Pediatric Society, President of Allied Primary Care, Board Member of Allcroft Consulting, Referring Physician Advisory Council at University of Michigan, and Medical Consultant at Aventis Pasteur. Dr. Dumont is also a former Board Member of Rimform Industries, Fiber Optic Sensor Technology, and Health Care Solutions. He was the former Head of Pediatrics at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and is listed in “America’s Top Physicians” and “Detroit Metro’s Best Physicians.”

Stephen E. Bartlinski ATC, PTA, CKTP, Sports Advisory Board

Steve Bartlinski was appointed to the position of Head Football Athletic Trainer at Stanford University in 2007. Prior to coming to Stanford, Bartlinski served on the athletic training staff of the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League for 12 seasons. After working as an assistant trainer for the SaberCats during the 1995 and ’96 campaigns, Bartlinski was promoted to the head athletic trainer position and served in that capacity for the next 10 seasons. Bartlinski received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training/exercise science from Ithaca College in 1994. He later attended classes at San Jose State in pursuit of a master’s degree in kinesiology. He is a member of Ithaca College alumni Advisory Board and is an approved clinical instructor with the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at San Jose State. Steve is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) as well as a certified Kinesio Taping Practioner (CKTP) and also a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA).

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