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About

Our story started when Dr. Nao J. Gamo and Dr. Amir Manbachi met at the local I-Corps program at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gamo was a Postdoctoral Fellow, looking to jump headfirst into translational research and build something that directly helped patients with brain disorders. Dr. Manbachi, as the only Biomedical Engineer in the Department of Neurosurgery, was turning cutting edge research and ideas from neurosurgeons into reality. Based on Dr. Manbachi’s invention, we founded NeuroSonics Medical, Inc. in 2018.

NeuroSonics Medical, Inc. is a portfolio company at the Maryland Development Center, a startup studio founded by surgeons and biomedical engineers with the goal of helping to realize the commercial value of the rich intellectual property in Maryland. The Maryland Development Center is located in an Opportunity Zone in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Our Team

Nao J. Gamo, PhD

Nao J. Gamo, PhD

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer:

Dr. Nao J. Gamo is a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroSonics Medical, Inc. Before becoming an entrepreneur in 2017, she spent over ten years as an academic researcher in neuroscience and psychiatry. She completed undergraduate degrees in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a PhD in Neurobiology from Yale University, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Molecular Psychiatry Program at the Johns Hopkins University. Along with Dr. Manbachi, she has raised over $500,000 in non-dilutive funding to develop the technology.
Amir Manbachi, PhD

Amir Manbachi, PhD

Technical Consultant:

Dr. Amir Manbachi is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, and an inventor of the technology. He is the former Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spinesonics Medical Inc., in which he commercialized an ultrasound-guided device for spine surgery based on his PhD thesis. His is passion is in translating research into life-changing surgical tools, and training the next generation of biomedical engineers in medical device design.
Gil Blankenship, PhD

Gil Blankenship, PhD

Co-founder and Business Advisor:

Dr. Gil Blankenship is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Maryland Development Center, where he develops and commercializes intellectual property with surgeons and engineers, and is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. Over his career, he has built several technology companies, including TRX Systems, E14 Technologies, and Techno-Sciences, which have taken numerous products to market.
Stephen Restaino, PhD

Stephen Restaino, PhD

Technical Advisor:

Dr. Stephen Restaino is the Director of Engineering at the Maryland Development Center, where he manages and develops an array of medical devices, including ultrasound devices to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Prior to graduate school, he worked at the US Food and Drug Administration, studying the physiological and regulatory implications of implantable nerve stimulators. Thus, he has gained a broad skillset in biomedical engineering, as well as experience throughout the biomedical product development pathway.
Brian Hwang, MD

Brian Hwang, MD

Clinical Advisor:

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Joon Kang, MD

Joon Kang, MD

Clinical Advisor:

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