About Us

About Us

About Us

Health Care Originals, Inc. (HCO) is an upstate New York start-up commercializing patented University of Rochester technology. HCO develops products for the management of chronic respiratory diseases. HCO’s first product, ADAMM, with its three-part solution comprising a wearable, smartphone app and web portal, will benefit the 300 million people globally who have asthma. ADAMM provides Intelligent Asthma ManagementTM —automating management, increasing adherence and identifying precursor symptoms much earlier – giving caregivers peace of mind and improving asthmatics’ quality of life.

We’ve been recognized globally as an innovator in the field of wearables, and have been called disruptive health care tech. A unique, innovative product must, of necessity, have taken a different path.

ADAMM’s Journey

ADAMM started in 2009, in the mind of co-inventor Dr. Hyekyun Rhee, based at the School of Nursing, University of Rochester, in upstate New York, USA. Dr. Rhee’s program of research focuses on improving asthma outcomes in adolescents. Since 2003 she’s worked on 10 studies with this focus. She’s also been lead or co-author on 33 papers in this space, and made over 16 presentations on asthma. That wealth of experience was unique enough, but in an exemplary demonstration of inter-disciplinary cooperation, she then started working with co-inventor Mark Bocko, Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. Aptly, Professor Bocko is also Technical Director, the Center for Future Health. Together, they did a series of 3 studies, involving more than 84 adolescents, and developed this proprietary technology that was patented in July 2014.

Our Team’s Journey

How do you make something truly disruptive that challenges the status quo? Assemble a team that’s just a little different – very competent, but characterized by thinking beyond traditional boundaries. We are very well equipped to fulfil the promise of our technology. However, we want you to get to know us better.

So, picture this: August 2013 – a bright summer day in Rochester, NY (we didn’t yet understand how rare that was!) – Ran, Prinson and Sharon, newly enrolled in the MS Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) program at the University of Rochester, meet for the first time. A unique program featuring interdepartmental disciplines between engineering and management, TEAM’s focus is preparing entrepreneurs to launch high-tech start-ups. Within a few weeks, the team came up with guiding-light principles for all future projects together – always have fun; always be open; always be honest.

Fast forward a few months later, and the team, now with the addition of Jared, coalesced around ADAMM – an asthma solution so unique that we just had to bring it to market. Sharon, an asthmatic from birth, uniquely understood the power of this solution.. In September 2014, we were awarded an exclusive license to this technology.

Many awards, much recognition, and several late nights later, we remain energized and passionate about the prospect of making a meaningful difference in so many lives – with Intelligent Asthma Management™. And we haven’t forgotten our guiding principles – we still have fun, we’re open to suggestions and are always honest. In that spirit, we’ve included some fun facts about us in our profiles.

Jared Dwarika, MBA
CO-FOUNDER

Jared has 22 years’ experience in product design, sales and engineering leadership. Jared has never met anything (equipment, gadgets, electronics, cars, barges) he couldn’t fix given enough time, and as a result, can’t bear to throw things away!

Salman Bakht, PhD
CTO

Salman has more than 10 years’ experience in digital signal processing, algorithmic art and communications engineering. Salman created an experimental ambient all-mandolin Taylor Swift tribute album. No, we didn’t make that up.

Meg Burton-Tudman, MBA
Program Manager – Corporate Health & Wellness

Meg has more than 10 years’ experience in sales and marketing and most recently translated those skills into the health and wellness industry as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Meg really likes Beyoncé and has seen her multiple times in concert, though never in her home country of the US.

Sharon Samjitsingh, MS, PMP
CO-FOUNDER

Sharon has 23 years’ manufacturing, project management and executive leadership experience. Sharon loves Minions and has several of them on display on her desk (that’s Minions with a capital M).

Prinson Dsouza, MS
CO-FOUNDER

Prinson has 6 years’ experience in IT, programming and Information Management Systems. He is an aspiring chef and eventually wants to go to culinary school, although strangely, we’ve never tasted his cooking…

Ran Gao, MS
CO-FOUNDER

Ran has 4 years’ experience in supply chain, coupled with Computer Science and Business Management. Ran got pancaked the first time he played football. Now, he plays basketball.

Latika Yadav, MS
Social Media Marketing Strategist

Latika has a unique combination of skills in electronics and telecommunications engineering (IT/data analytics), combined with a creative flair and passion for marketing. A serious shoe addict, she’s mesmerized by polka dots. We’re just waiting to see what happens the first time we see someone with polka-dot shoes …

Board of Directors

Keith Wilson, Managing Partner, Cranberry Capital
Jared Dwarika, MBA
Sharon Samjitsingh, MS, PMP

Board of Advisors

Ron Goettler

Professor Goettler is the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and the James N. Doyle, Sr. Professor of Entrepreneurship at Simon Business School, University of Rochester, Professor of Economics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Ron first met the team while they were TEAM students and became interested in the promise of ADAMM. Ron provides able marketing and strategy for the team.

Dr. Mary Maida

Dr. Maida leads the Medingen Group, specialists in the commercialization of Life Sciences IP. Dr. Maida has a medical research position at the Department of Neurobiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her laboratory investigates the molecular processes involved in neuroinflammation related to neurodegenerative disease, radiation and cancer. Dr. Maida has been a great coach and mentor for the team since inception.

Mike B. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in cardiorespiratory monitoring technology working as a researcher, patent agent, and regulatory affairs professional for such companies as Beckman Instruments, Sensormedics, Respironics and Philips. He is an author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications, coeditor of a text on capnography, an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patent families in patient monitoring and a member of several standards committees relating to respiratory technologies and medical device interoperability.

Our Investors

Our Milestones

About Us

Health Care Originals, Inc. (HCO) is an upstate New York start-up commercializing patented University of Rochester technology. HCO develops products for the management of chronic respiratory diseases. HCO’s first product, ADAMM, with its three-part solution comprising a wearable, smartphone app and web portal, will benefit the 300 million people globally who have asthma. ADAMM provides Intelligent Asthma ManagementTM —automating management, increasing adherence and identifying precursor symptoms much earlier – giving caregivers peace of mind and improving asthmatics’ quality of life.

We’ve been recognized globally as an innovator in the field of wearables, and have been called disruptive health care tech. A unique, innovative product must, of necessity, have taken a different path.

ADAMM’s Journey

ADAMM started in 2009, in the mind of co-inventor Dr. Hyekyun Rhee, based at the School of Nursing, University of Rochester, in upstate New York, USA. Dr. Rhee’s program of research focuses on improving asthma outcomes in adolescents. Since 2003 she’s worked on 10 studies with this focus. She’s also been lead or co-author on 33 papers in this space, and made over 16 presentations on asthma. That wealth of experience was unique enough, but in an exemplary demonstration of inter-disciplinary cooperation, she then started working with co-inventor Mark Bocko, Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA. Aptly, Professor Bocko is also Technical Director, the Center for Future Health. Together, they did a series of 3 studies, involving more than 84 adolescents, and developed this proprietary technology that was patented in July 2014.

Our Team’s Journey

How do you make something truly disruptive that challenges the status quo? Assemble a team that’s just a little different – very competent, but characterized by thinking beyond traditional boundaries. We are very well equipped to fulfil the promise of our technology. However, we want you to get to know us better.

So, picture this: August 2013 – a bright summer day in Rochester, NY (we didn’t yet understand how rare that was!) – Ran, Prinson and Sharon, newly enrolled in the MS Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) program at the University of Rochester, meet for the first time. A unique program featuring interdepartmental disciplines between engineering and management, TEAM’s focus is preparing entrepreneurs to launch high-tech start-ups. Within a few weeks, the team came up with guiding-light principles for all future projects together – always have fun; always be open; always be honest.

Fast forward a few months later, and the team, now with the addition of Jared, coalesced around ADAMM – an asthma solution so unique that we just had to bring it to market. Sharon, an asthmatic from birth, uniquely understood the power of this solution.. In September 2014, we were awarded an exclusive license to this technology.

Many awards, much recognition, and several late nights later, we remain energized and passionate about the prospect of making a meaningful difference in so many lives – with Intelligent Asthma Management™. And we haven’t forgotten our guiding principles – we still have fun, we’re open to suggestions and are always honest. In that spirit, we’ve included some fun facts about us in our profiles.

Jared Dwarika, MBA
CO-FOUNDER

Jared has 22 years’ experience in product design, sales and engineering leadership. Jared has never met anything (equipment, gadgets, electronics, cars, barges) he couldn’t fix given enough time, and as a result, can’t bear to throw things away!

Salman Bakht, PhD
CTO

Salman has more than 10 years’ experience in digital signal processing, algorithmic art and communications engineering. Salman created an experimental ambient all-mandolin Taylor Swift tribute album. No, we didn’t make that up.

Meg Burton-Tudman, MBA
Program Manager – Corporate Health & Wellness

Meg has more than 10 years’ experience in sales and marketing and most recently translated those skills into the health and wellness industry as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Meg really likes Beyoncé and has seen her multiple times in concert, though never in her home country of the US.

Sharon Samjitsingh, MS, PMP
CO-FOUNDER

Sharon has 23 years’ manufacturing, project management and executive leadership experience. Sharon loves Minions and has several of them on display on her desk (that’s Minions with a capital M).

Prinson Dsouza, MS
CO-FOUNDER

Prinson has 6 years’ experience in IT, programming and Information Management Systems. He is an aspiring chef and eventually wants to go to culinary school, although strangely, we’ve never tasted his cooking…

Ran Gao, MS
CO-FOUNDER

Ran has 4 years’ experience in supply chain, coupled with Computer Science and Business Management. Ran got pancaked the first time he played football. Now, he plays basketball.

Latika Yadav, MS
Social Media Marketing Strategist

Latika has a unique combination of skills in electronics and telecommunications engineering (IT/data analytics), combined with a creative flair and passion for marketing. A serious shoe addict, she’s mesmerized by polka dots. We’re just waiting to see what happens the first time we see someone with polka-dot shoes …

Board of Directors

Keith Wilson, Managing Partner, Cranberry Capital
Jared Dwarika, MBA
Sharon Samjitsingh, MS, PMP

Board of Advisors

Ron Goettler

Professor Goettler is the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and the James N. Doyle, Sr. Professor of Entrepreneurship at Simon Business School, University of Rochester, Professor of Economics, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Ron first met the team while they were TEAM students and became interested in the promise of ADAMM. Ron provides able marketing and strategy for the team.

Dr. Mary Maida

Dr. Maida leads the Medingen Group, specialists in the commercialization of Life Sciences IP. Dr. Maida has a medical research position at the Department of Neurobiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Her laboratory investigates the molecular processes involved in neuroinflammation related to neurodegenerative disease, radiation and cancer. Dr. Maida has been a great coach and mentor for the team since inception.

Mike B. Jaffe, Ph.D.

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in cardiorespiratory monitoring technology working as a researcher, patent agent, and regulatory affairs professional for such companies as Beckman Instruments, Sensormedics, Respironics and Philips. He is an author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications, coeditor of a text on capnography, an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patent families in patient monitoring and a member of several standards committees relating to respiratory technologies and medical device interoperability.

Our Investors

Our Milestones