Meet the Kenzen Management Team 

 
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Nora Levinson
Chief Executive Officer

Formerly with Harman, Skullcandy and Jawbone, and a background in mechanical engineering, Nora has extensive experience with product management of wearable devices, including supply chain and contract manufacturing.  

 

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Heidi Lehmann
Chief Commercialization Officer

Ms. Lehmann is a mobile platform and media entrepreneur with two exits, one to AOL over $100M and serves as an advisor to several wearable VC funds.

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Steve Pecko
Co-Founder & Board Advisor

Steve has extensive product and UX design experience at LinkedIn and two medical device start-ups with an IPO + acquisition. A Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis at the age of three. 

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Jim McDonnell
Board Advisor

Mr. McDonnell created and built Cisco’s Healthcare Data & Analytics business and Services IoT Platform group. He served as President, Americas of Gartner Cloud Cool Vendor SolveDirect with a successful exit to Cisco.

 

About Our Founders

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Driven by her brother's sudden diagnosis of a rare cancer, in 2013, Dr. Sonia Sousa was looking for a novel way to predict and prevent avoidable health conditions by using wearable devices and machine learning. "How could someone who was always so healthy and athletic suddenly become ill?," she wondered. With a background in medical devices, life science and analytics, and a PhD in Spectroscopy and Neural Networks, Sonia had held leadership positions at DuPont, Thermo-Fisher and Agilent. Sonia knew that through open innovation and research partners, a revolutionary health monitoring technology could be quickly commercialized, and ultimately disrupt healthcare. 

Dr. Sousa was introduced to Steve Pecko, a Type 1 Diabetic, who had worked as a user experience and design lead in medical device companies and numerous Silicon Valley startups. Steve shared some of his day-to-day experience managing low blood sugars, and believed that detectable changes in his physiology leading up to hypoglycemia could be measured without the need for an absolute blood glucose measure. They agreed single-function, wrist-worn fitness trackers weren't reliable or accurate enough to truly be predictive. The two hit-it-off immediately, blending a unique balance of science, business and design thinking.

In 2018, Sonia suffered an acute health event that ultimately cost her her life. But her mission lives on. Sonia will always be remembered for her passion, dedication and commitment to helping the lives of others. A visionary, a technologist, a hyper-connector: she was all of these things, but most importantly, Sonia was an inspiration to not only the entire Kenzen team, but also to other female founders, entrepreneurs and women in science and technology. You can read more about Dr. Sonia Sousa's legacy here in our blog post »