ABOUT US

Our mission

We combine science and engineering ingenuity to develop unique photobiomodulation devices. Our goal is to improve one’s quality of life by continuously pushing the boundaries through innovation of the delivery of light energy into the brain and inner systems.

We are committed to exploring new theories and research that lead to the development of home-use personal devices that are safe, practical and effective for everyone. To achieve this end, we collaborate with knowledge leaders and major universities world-wide.

Who we are

The technology of Vielight dates back to 1995 in the Silicon Valley – when the founders, Dr. Lew Lim and a group of engineers explored the potential of intranasal photobiomodulation. Intranasal photobiomodulation devices were commercially developed in 2003, which were later trademarked as “Vielight” when the company was incorporated in 2011.

Over the years, our focus shifted towards the development of unique photobiomodulation devices which enhance cognition and performance, among other things.

Today, our team has since evolved into a formidable team of engineers, scientists and business professionals dedicated towards taking the technology to as many people as possible.

Research and Development division

Dr. Alison Smith, PhD, MSc Neuroscience
Manager of Performance Science and Research

Dr. Gena Loheswaran, PhD, MSc Pharmacology
Research Manager

Dr. Janine Liburd, PhD, MSc Biochemistry
Clinical Trial Manager and Research Scientist

Dr. Mahroo Karimpoor, PhD, Pharmaceutical Engineering
Biomaterials Research Scientist

Dr. Nazanin Hosseinkhah, PhD, MSc Medical Biophysics
Manager for Special Research Projects

Dr. Neda Rashidi-Ranjbar, MSc Neuroscience, Medical Doctor
Research Scientist – Neuroimaging

Dr. Zara Abbaspour, MBBS, Medical Doctor
Research Physician

Teng Howe, BSc Mechanical Engineering
Chief Engineer, Mechanical & Manufacturing

Kam Yip, MBA, BSc Electrical Engineering
Electronics & Software Engineer

Mingyang Chen, MSc, Materials Engineering
Quality and Product Engineer

Administration division

Dr. Lew Lim, PhD, DNM, MBA, FCMA, Grad.Cert.Eng.
Founder & CEO

Peter Adams
VP, Business Development

Dr. Hilary Au, PhD, MSc Biochemistry
VP, Science, Materials & Logistics

Glynn Jones, CPA, CA, B Commerce
Chief Financial Officer

Liyao Ji, MSc. Biochemistry
Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Gennady Lemud, CIM, MBA, BFA
Communications and Marketing Director

Dominic Jake King Lim, BSc Comp Math.
Operations Director

Austin Ganesh, BSc, MMgt.
Product Coordinator

Peter Kusiak, BSc 
Data Analytics Developer

Stacey Phelan, BA Public Admin.
Customer Service and Administration

Ciara Ross, BA Philosophy
Customer Service and Administration

Liz Currie, BCom Human Resources.
Customer Service and Administration

We appreciate and recognize our esteemed research collaborators:

• Reza Zomorrodi, PhD (Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention at CAMH, University of Toronto)
• Margaret Naeser, PhD (Boston University School of Medicine, Boston VA Medical Center)
• Paula Martin, PhD (Boston University School of Medicine, Boston VA Medical Center)
• Michael Ho, PHD (Boston University School of Medicine, Boston VA Medical Center)
• Peter Juni, MD, FESC (University of Toronto)
• Corinne Fischer, MD (St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto)
• Jack Tuszynski, PhD (University of Alberta)
• Michael Staelens, PhD (Universty of Alberta)
• Aarat Kalra, PhD (Princeton University)
• David Tate, PhD (University of Utah)
• Elisabeth Wilde, PhD (University of Utah)
• Michael Hamblin, PhD (Harvard Medical School and University of Johannesburg)
• Praveen Arany, PhD, DDS (University at Bufallo)
• Jean Chen, PhD (Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto)
• Linda Chao, PhD (University of California San Francisco)
• Julio C Rojas, MD, PhD (University of California San Francisco)
• Vincent Clark, PhD (University of New Mexico)
• Jay Sanguinetti, PhD (University of Arizona)
• Richard Gevirtz, PhD (Alliant International University)
• John Mitrofanis, PhD (University of Sydney)
• Shima Fardad, PhD (University of Kansas)

Management

Lew Lim
Lew LimFounder & CEO
Dr. Lew Lim is an engineer with additional diplomas in Medical Neuroscience and Business and Accountancy. He obtained his degrees and diplomas from the University of California at Berkeley, University of Sheffield, Duke University and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
Glynn Jones
Glynn JonesChief Financial Officer
Glynn is a Chartered Professional Accountant who trained at Ernst & Whinney and KPMG, and has many years experience in public practice and in senior financial positions at private and public companies, as well as in the University and non-profit sectors in British Columbia. He moved to Toronto and joined Vielight in 2013.
Peter Adams
Peter AdamsVP, Business Development
Peter has worked in executive, consulting and management positions both internationally and in Canada, in large corporations and startups. He has also worked as a consultant at Fortune 500 companies. His current focus is on early-market development for Vielight Inc.

Research and Engineering

Dr. Lew Lim
Dr. Lew LimFounder & CEO
Lew is a recognized expert in the field of photobiomodulation. He has a passion for designing unique photobiomodulation devices which improve one’s quality of life. He has given lectures for professors from major universities and health practitioners.

Lew is an engineer with an interest in quantum mechanics. He holds diplomas in Medical Neuroscience and Business and Accountancy. He obtained his degrees and diplomas from the University of California at Berkeley, University of Sheffield, Duke University and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.

Dr. Genane Loheswaran
Dr. Genane LoheswaranResearch Manager
Genane manages Vielight’s research projects in collaboration with various organizations. She holds a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, a MSc in Neuroscience from McMaster University and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto.

Genane conducted research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health using transcranial magnetic stimulation and EEG to study the effects of commonly abused drugs on the brain.

Dr. Alison Smith
Dr. Alison SmithManager of Performance Science
Alison is leading the development of a new Vielight research initiative investigating the effects of Vielight photobiomodulation (PBM) devices in high performance athletics, brain training/biohacking, and meditation.

Alison received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and was affiliated with the Sunnybrook: Centre for Stroke Recovery. She is also a senior medical writer, former University of Waterloo adjunct faculty member, and public speaker with over 15 years experience in the field of neuroscience.

Dr. Nazanin Hosseinkhah
Dr. Nazanin HosseinkhahManager for Special Research Projects
Nazanin is a Research Scientist and Physicist at VieLight. She has a BSc in Physics from Sharif University. Her MSc was in Optics and completed her PhD in Medical Biophysics from University of Toronto located at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Nazanin’s PhD project was on circulating microbubbles and ultrasound effects on the brain in the focused ultrasound laboratory. She took several scientific and management rolls following her PhD. At Elekta (former Acumyn Inc.), Nazanin led the physics team to develop an MR-Linac Unity QA software.

Dr. Mahroo Karimpoor
Dr. Mahroo KarimpoorResearch Scientist and Cell Therapist
Mahroo is a Research Scientist and Cell therapist at VieLight. She obtained her MSc in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterial Sciences from University College London UK, and worked on a brain tumour detection project using photoacoustic imaging.

Mahroo holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical and Biomaterial Science from University College London UK. Her PhD project was on Leukaemia cancer drug screening studies. She was involved in the research on novel drug resistant Leukaemia cancer therapy at Imperial College London Hammersmith Hospital.

Dr. Abbaspour is involved in the research of the interactions of neurons with NIR energy and the corresponding effects on memory and mental acuity.

Dr. Neda Rashidi-Ranjbar
Dr. Neda Rashidi-RanjbarResearch Scientist – Neuroimaging
Neda is a clinician-scientist at Vielight. She is a medical doctor (MD) by training from Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS), and currently a PhD candidate in Medical Science at University of Toronto. She received her master’s (MSc) in Cognitive Neuroscience from Trento University, Italy, and the Donders Institute, the Netherlands.

Neda is conducting her PhD project at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), as part of the largest-ever funded study for Alzheimer’s in Canada. She investigates MRI and fMRI scans in the Alzheimer’s and at-risk population. Neda has received the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) Doctoral Award for her studies.

Dr. Zara Abbaspour, MD
Dr. Zara Abbaspour, MDResearch Physician
Dr. Zara Abbaspour is a research physician at Vielight. After completing her medical training at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Dr. Abbaspour attended a post-doctoral fellowship at the Psychosomatic Research Center, Psychiatry Department at the Isfahan University of Medical science in collaboration with Freiburg University of Medical Science, Psychiatry department.

Dr. Abbaspour is involved in the research of the interactions of neurons with NIR energy and the corresponding effects on memory and mental acuity.

Dr. Janine Liburd
Dr. Janine LiburdClinical Trial Manager and Research Scientist
Janine is a Clinical Trial Manager and Research Scientist at Vielight. She holds a PhD from Queens University, Ontario.

Janine has been a part of Vielight since its founding. She conducted and published research on the structure of the single-lobe myosin Light chain C in complex with the Light chain-binding Domains of Myosin-1C, providing insights into divergent IQ motif recognition.

Liyao Ji
Liyao JiManager, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Liyao is the Manager, Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Vielight. She takes the lead in quality assurance and regulatory projects. She has a master of science degree from McGill University with a focus on biotechnology.

Liyao is a certified Regulatory Affairs professional and holds the Regulatory Affairs Certificate (RAC-Device) issued by Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS).

Mingyang Chen
Mingyang ChenQuality and Product Technologist
Mingyang is a Quality and Product Engineer at Vielight. He holds a BEng and a MEng in Materials Engineering from McGill University.

Mingyang conducted research at the McGill Additive Manufacturing Laboratory applying Laser Powder Bed Fusion technology on aircraft components. He has expertise in engineering design, materials characterization, and Lean Six Sigma.

Marketing and Analytics

Gennady Lemud
Gennady LemudCommunications Director
With a MBA from Schulich and a BFA in Visual Arts and Design, the left and the right parts of Gennady’s brain are functioning on the same wavelength. He also has a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation and an understanding of markets, a novel fit for a growing tech company. His extensive marketing experience ranges from large multinationals to startups, covering areas from brand strategy to new product launches and more. This diverse and impressive resume and unique creative talent makes Gennady a valuable part of the Vielight team.
Dominic Jake King Lim
Dominic Jake King LimOperations Director
Dominic’s responsibilities range from project management, business and digital analytics to back-end web development. He graduated with a BSc. in Computational Mathematics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Having been a part of Vielight since its founding, he applies his education to problem solving across a wide range of fields.

Peter Kusiak
Peter KusiakData Analytics Developer
Peter is a Data Analytics Developer at Vielight working with product and quality teams to address regulatory projects. He currently has a HBSc from University of Toronto, and Graduate Certificate in A.I. from Durham College.

Peter has worked in both medical technology and pharmaceutical companies in roles encompassing project management, quality assurance regulation, software integration and data analytics.

Austin Ganesh
Austin GaneshProduct Coordinator
Austin’s responsibilities as the Product Coordinator at Vielight include facilitating operational plans, providing backend support, and supporting business development.

With an HBSc from the University of Toronto and an MMgt from the Schulich School of Business, Austin is highly knowledgeable in both neuroscience and business acumen.

Prior to joining Vielight, Austin worked in the financial services industry where he developed expertise in client services and data analytics.

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