Revolutionizing the recovery of the human brain
It begins with the human experience. Tens of millions suffer from some type of brain injury or neurological or speech disorder.
Despite this staggering burden, innovation in cognitive rehabilitation is notoriously slow, and the healthcare system that patients rely on is riddled with obstacles and shortcomings.
As a result, many patients in need of long-term speech and cognitive rehabilitation receive short-term therapy and are left with no therapy options once insurance runs out. Meanwhile, clinicians struggle under heavy patient workloads and are inhibited in their ability to care for patients after they leave the clinic.
These are often limitations on the number of therapy sessions available to patients. Therefore, many patients who complete their sessions still require additional rehabilitation, but many may never return to therapy.
Advancing speech and cognitive rehabilitation
The Learning Corp was founded on the idea that digitizing therapy can transform this reality, finally providing a sufficient answer to the demand that brain rehabilitation represents to both patients and providers.
By using adaptive technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to collect real-time, real-world evidence, we can continuously optimize and improve in lockstep with an ever-evolving understanding of brain recovery.
“I love the reports and analytics we get from the app. An average clinician should save 30-45 mins in paperwork time per patient visit due to the Constant Therapy app.”
Bob D., MA, CCC-SLP
Accelerating the rate of knowledge
The Learning Corp is home to one of the world’s largest brain rehabilitation databases.
And we’re learning more every moment.
100,000,000+ exercises completed.
Our award-winning speech, language and cognitive rehabilitation app, Constant Therapy, collects real-time, real-world evidence of tens of thousands of users with a range of brain injuries and neurological disorders. Every day, more learnings are added to this already unprecedented body of evidence.
In addition to quantitative evidence, The Learning Corp partners with clinicians and institutions around the world to perform controlled clinical trials, using Constant Therapy as the basis of clinical investigation.
These data put The Learning Corp in a unique position to accelerate the speed of knowledge, innovation, and adoption across treatment categories and settings.
Who we are
_CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Michael Evers is the Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Corp, chartered with leading the next generation digital therapeutics company as it scales operations and develops and delivers new apps for people living post stroke, with traumatic brain injuries, or with other neurological conditions like dementia.
Before joining The Learning Corp, Michael was Global Executive Vice President of Marketing, Operations and Product for PatientsLikeMe. In that position he led teams across marketing, UX/Design, product management, strategic partnerships and business intelligence as the company expanded after its $100m+ investment by digital health pioneer iCarbonX. Under his leadership the company tripled its member base, significantly increased member engagement, expanded from a 30-person startup into a 180-person industry leader, and strengthened its global impact with strategic business partnerships. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Michael was President of BroadMap, a provider of industry-leading geographic data products that were later acquired by Apple. His geospatial industry experience started at TomTom in 2005, where he was the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the company’s Tele Atlas business unit. Michael has also held senior marketing positions at Motorola and AOL Time Warner.
Veera Anantha, PhD
_PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER, AND CTO
Veera is a hands-on technology executive and business leader with a passion to bring positive change through the power of data and AI. At the Learning Corp, he oversees the development and delivery of an expanding line of next generation digital therapeutics products and services. He created Constant Therapy, an award-winning mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to help tens of thousands of people living with neurological conditions regain essential life skills.
Veera also successfully built a number of innovative products at other startups, including at a company acquired by Apple that developed the world’s fastest digital signal processor. He began his career as a Lead Engineer at Motorola developing mobile software and hardware products, and later, as Vice President of Engineering at a startup acquired by Motorola, developed software products that are now used worldwide to manage wireless networks. Veera has six technology patents and recently won TiE Boston’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is an expert mentor at MassChallenge HealthTech and Insight Data Sciences, is a Charter Member of TiE Boston, and is a guest lecturer for Entrepreneurship at Questrom School of Business. Veera holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering and a master of science degree in physics from Northwestern University, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.
_CO-FOUNDER, VICE PRESIDENT, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND DATA SCIENCE
Mahendra is a seasoned technologist with expertise in building and managing distributed software systems. A co-founder of the company, he architected the current version of the Constant Therapy product. He is currently responsible for designing our next generation products including the patented NeuroPerformance Engine, the revolutionary AI at the core of Constant Therapy and all of The Learning Corp’s products. He also oversees our data science function and IP development activities.
Before joining The Learning Corp, Mahendra spent two decades in the semiconductor manufacturing automation space. He was last at Applied Materials, where, as Member of Technical Staff, he designed and developed framework and infrastructure components for the company’s enterprise apps. Mahendra holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.
_VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Rishi is a seasoned executive with 15+ years of experience building and scaling teams, creating operational infrastructure, and raising venture funds. His responsibilities at The Learning Corp span business and financial planning, capital strategy, business intelligence, and people operations.
Before joining The Learning Corp, Rishi led program management and operations at PatientsLikeMe, where he managed service delivery operations for life sciences clients and established and developed the company’s first program and operations team. Before that he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and at Innosight, a firm founded by Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen. Rishi holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Pune. He is a Board Member at World Education, Inc. a global non-profit dedicated to promoting education, and a Charter Member of TiE Boston. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including TEDx, MedicineX, and Health 2.0.
Margot Carlson Delogne
_VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Margot has held senior marketing and communications positions across a range of high tech companies, including some of the world’s most innovative startups and publicly-traded companies in healthcare, consumer electronics and enterprise computing.
Before joining The Learning Corp, Margot was Vice President at PatientsLikeMe, where she directed strategic communications for the world’s first patient network and real world research platform. Before that she was Vice President, Global Communications for TomTom, where she developed and managed the communications strategy for TomTom’s €2 billion acquisition of digital mapping company Tele Atlas. Earlier in her career Margot consulted with or worked for companies undergoing transitions and acquisitions, including DigitalGlobe, Progress Software and Dun & Bradstreet Software.
_VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKET INTELLIGENCE
Brad directs our sales and customer support functions and is responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships and new business initiatives. He joined The Learning Corp with an impressive track record of forging strategic partnerships that have created a new wave of progressive developments in healthcare.
Previously Brad was Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at PatientsLikeMe, where he rebuilt the company’s commercial strategy and pipeline, created new approaches to use patient reported health data to facilitate interactions between patients and providers, and led the integration of sales and partnership functions. Brad initially joined PatientsLikeMe in 2013 as Director, Strategic Partnerships and was later promoted to Senior Director, Care Solutions and Strategic Partnerships, during which time he formed the company’s first strategic partnerships with Walgreens, Partners Healthcare, Aetna and Medscape/WebMD. Before that Brad was a Product Manager at McKesson Specialty Health in San Francisco, where he originated and managed the company’s oncology loyalty and promotions programs. Brad began his career as a market research consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) directing teams working on a range of consumer goods companies.
Brad is a board member on the U.S. government’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC). He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
_VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT AND DESIGN
Kim leads our product and design functions, and is focused on developing and delivering products that have the greatest positive impact on people whose lives have been affected by brain injuries or other neurological conditions. Kim’s design acumen has made her one of the most distinguished UX experts in the world. She is the author of the bestseller Designing for the Digital Age, which is heralded as the most comprehensive how-to guide in the field. She is also a regular teacher and speaker at conferences around the world, and a past member of the California Governor’s Advisory Committee for Precision Medicine.
Kim has spent more than 20 years leading product and design teams. Her healthcare experience includes leading teams working on consumer products, medical devices, enterprise healthcare, and other highly regulated industries. Before joining The Learning Corp, Kim was Vice President of Product and User Experience at PatientsLikeMe, where she guided designers and product managers working to combine a patient support network with a medical research platform. Before that, as Vice President of Design and General Manager at Cooper, a leading design and strategy agency in San Francisco, Kim led a multidisciplinary team and developed the design education curriculum that became the company’s flagship offering. Her work at Cooper benefited clients including Lexus, Cardinal Health, Abbott, Medtronic Diabetes, Boeing, Cisco and Best Buy.
Kim holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
_VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE
Kristin joined The Learning Corp as Vice President of Finance with over 12 years of experience in finance and accounting. She oversees daily accounting operations for the company, manages the preparation of all financial reports, and prepares annual budgets and financial forecasts.
Before joining The Learning Corp she served in senior positions at two other early stage digital health companies, as the Vice President of Finance and Controller for Seven Bridges Genomics, Inc. and as the Corporate Controller for PatientsLikeMe, Inc. Prior to that Kristin was the Senior Accounting Manager of Revenue at EnerNOC, a publicly-held energy management company in Boston. Kristin began her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young. Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting, both from the University of New Hampshire.
_HEAD OF ENGINEERING
Deepak leads a growing team of engineers responsible for developing and delivering our consumer and enterprise products, which are helping tens of thousands of people reignite their brains and regain their essential skills. His technical experience over two decades includes scaling and leading engineering teams and delivering cloud-based mobile SaaS products in high growth enterprise and consumer environments, including in telecom, gaming, auction, and retail companies.
Before joining The Learning Corp, Deepak was Director of Engineering at ThirdChannel, where he was responsible for designing and delivering the company’s mobile product line and all the technologies that supported it. Before that he was the Mobile Architect and Engineering Manager at Invaluable, where he led the transition of iOS native app development in-house and revamped the app, resulting in double digit revenue increases.
Deepak has held other lead engineering positions at a wide range of companies, including Game Show Network, Wave2Wave Communications, Vivox, Inc., Soundbite and NMS Communications.
Deepak holds a master of science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) a master’s degree in general management from Harvard University’s Extension School, and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Joseph Smith, MD, PhD, FACC
With a background in health care and biochemical engineering, Dr. Joseph (Joe) Smith’s passion lies in exploring the intersection of medicine and technology. He is the chief executive officer of Digital Health Corp, which owns Reflexion Health and The Learning Corp. Previously, Dr. Smith served as the founding chief medical and science officer at the West Health Institute, president of the West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and the manager of the West Health Investment Fund. Prior to that, Dr. Smith was vice president of emerging technologies for Johnson & Johnson, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Guidant/Boston Scientific’s Cardiac Rhythm Management division, and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.
Before entering leadership roles in the industry, Dr. Smith was a practicing cardiologist for almost twenty years, training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, with subsequent sub-specialty training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, and with faculty appointments at Washington University in St Louis and Johns Hopkins University.
An international speaker on healthcare innovation, Dr. Smith has testified before various Congressional committees on the value of healthcare technology and has served on the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup. He maintains advisory and board roles in an array of start-up companies, foundations, and universities. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School.
Swathi Kiran, PhD, CCC-SLP
A world-renowned expert in aphasia rehabilitation and brain plasticity, Dr. Kiran is a scientific advisor to and co-founder of The Learning Corp. She is also the Associate Dean for Research at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Director of the Aphasia Research Laboratory, the Research Director of the Aphasia Resource Center, and a Faculty Member of the Neurophotonics Center (NPC), all affiliated with Boston University.
Dr. Kiran’s research focuses on aphasia patients, particularly on treatment efficacy, experiments in language processing and functional neuroimaging, with the goal to understand the mechanisms underlying brain plasticity and how treatments can help patients with language recovery.
Dr. Kiran has been honored throughout her career with a number of prestigious appointments, including as an Invited Attendee on the White House Initiative on Precision Medicine, a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and a Faculty Mentor at the ASHA Clinical Practice Research Institute (CPRI). Her professional affiliations are numerous and include serving as conference chair of several international and national conferences as well as editor or editorial board member of scientific journals such as Frontiers in Neurology; Stroke, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and the Journal of Neurolinguistics. Dr. Kiran is the author or co-author of more than 90 scientific journal articles, several book chapters, and an invited speaker at, to date, more than 50 national and international level scientific conferences.
A certified speech language pathologist and a member of ASHA and Academy of Aphasia, Dr. Kiran holds a PhD and a master’s degree in speech language pathology from Northwestern University.
Paul Wicks, PhD
Paul Wicks is a neuropsychologist and an expert in digital health, clinical trials, and patient centricity. He developed and led the research and development team at PatientsLikeMe, an online patient network and research platform with more than 700,000 members. Specializing in clinical research using the Internet, Paul shaped the scientific validity of the platform in generating insights from patient-generated health data. That work led to more than 110 studies, including a patient-driven observational trial of lithium in ALS, numerous patient-reported outcome measures, a “dose-response” curve for the benefits of friendship between patients, and methods for patient-centered and virtual clinical trial designs.
Paul sits on the editorial boards of the BMJ, BMC Medicine, JMIR, Digital Biomarkers and The Patient. Prior to joining PatientsLikeMe, Paul worked at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College London) studying cognition and neuroimaging in ALS, with a postdoc in psychological consequences of Parkinson’s disease. His work has been profiled by the BBC, NPR, CNN, BBC Radio 4, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
In 2011 Paul was awarded MIT Technology Review’s TR35 “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has also been recognized as a TED Fellow (2012) and recently joined the inaugural FLIER Program at the Academy of Medical Sciences.
A world-class programmer with a passion for mobile computing and cloud-based solutions, Ehsan co-founded the company with Veera Anantha and Dr. Swathi Kiran in 2013 and helped to develop its award winning Constant Therapy app, which launched later that year. Ehsan is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University School of Engineering, using optogenetics and functional MRI to study and treat various neurodegenerative diseases.
Simultaneously he continues to work with The Learning Corp, as a main developer on the Constant Therapy platform and mobile app and as a data scientist and machine learning engineer helping to build new models of patient performance. Ehsan holds a master of science degree in bioengineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from Boston College.