Brain-focused: human-centered

Timeline

November 2013

FDA approves Neuropace RNS system, the world’s first responsive deep brain stimulation device

October 2018

Rune Labs is founded in San Francisco

JUNE 2020

Medtronic announces Percept DBS, the first DBS device for Parkinson’s to directly record brain signals

JUNE 2020

Medtronic announces Percept DBS, the first DBS device for Parkinson’s to directly record brain signals

October 2020

Rune Labs closes $5M Seed Financing round lead by DigiTx Partners

SEPTEMBER 2021

Rune Labs closes $22.8M 
Series A round led by 
Eclipse Ventures

Our Values

It’s a simple motto: know thyself. At Rune Labs, we never forget the fact that we are our brains, and that along our journey we have been, and still are, subconsciously absorbing the cultural and behavioral patterns around us. Talent or privilege are never a justification for cruelty and exclusion.

Taking a moment to talk about our habits, biases, and previous experiences before making decisions keeps us on our toes. Whether it’s recruiting, engineering, data science, or business development, we strive to balance our gut instincts with objective markers and input from others. We realize that there’s no perfect science to growing a team or a business, but we trust every single person at Rune to point out our lapses and mistakes and humbly admit their own.

  • Eliminating gendered pronouns when referring to groups or speaking generically
  • Taking the time to learn and respect how our peers work, solve problems, and self-identify differently than us
  • Establishing a consistent and objective job interview process, where all candidate feedback can be corroborated
  • Zero tolerance for hate speech or discrimination in any of its forms
  • Insisting that final decisions are backed up by objective markers and data, not gut feelings or social capital

Rune Labs is tackling completely new kinds of challenges in a strange and exciting new space of science and technology. We founded Rune Labs upon the core belief that the best solution arises from integrating every possible viewpoint, every experience, every background, and every person. For us, a welcoming, safe, diverse, and inclusive environment is not just a responsibility, it’s a necessity.

We believe no question should ever be turned away, nobody should have to wonder about their progress, and no company decision should be made behind closed doors. Trust is the only thing that scales Rune Labs, and we extend that same trust and communication to the communities, clinicians, neuroscientists, and business partners that we work with.

  • Making all documentation and information available to every employee
  • Encouraging communication on public channels over closed-door discussion
  • Investing the time and resources necessary to ensure no group is excluded or underrepresented from our hiring pipeline
  • Always providing honest but kind performance feedback and opportunities for career growth for every employee
  • Allocating time each week to learning, teaching, and unblocking others

Many of us here at Rune Labs have been affected directly or indirectly by neurological complications. We realize that, over our lifetime, anyone is at risk. While it is our single-minded mission to bring new treatments and therapies to our communities and loved ones, we don’t believe any end can justify the means.

At Rune, empathy for the patients we engage with fuels not only our drive and passion, but our deep-felt respect of their privacy, dignity, rights, and humanity. We realize we live in a world where data is used just as often for profit as it is for good. There are always opportunities, advantages, shortcuts, and angles. At the end of the day, we always remind ourselves that if we don’t draw a line in the sand, nobody will do it for us.

  • Always being honest and upfront with users about how we use, share, and protect their PHI
  • Purposefully designing legal agreements as to remove both possibility and incentive for misuse of patient data, now or at any point in the future
  • Discussing and evaluating patient risk in every phase of our engineering process, regardless of whether regulation obligates us or not
  • Not taking shortcuts when it comes to security and safety of health data
  • Insisting on user experience that is mindful of the patient’s personal time and factors associated with their diagnosis

We recognize that every organization has a choice of being practical or being idealistic. At Rune Labs, our identity is firmly grounded on the process of learning how to balance between them: aiming for the stars but always having a plan to get there.

We believe strongly in work-life balance, having fun along the way, and maintaining a workplace that people are excited to return to every morning. We also want to deliver the best product and experience to our patients, researchers, and partners when they need us most. Our process, structure, and priorities guide us to be responsible to both ourselves and those that depend on our efforts. We keep the communication lines open and proactively adjust our methods to make sure push never has to come to shove in the first place.

  • We never ask anyone to work after hours or weekends. Burning out helps no one
  • We ensure end results by distributing workload, readjusting task priorities, and always delivering in small iterations
  • We invest heavily in automation and instrumentation. It’s an environment where it’s safe to try new things and make mistakes
  • Measure thrice and code once. Our architectural discussions always precede implementation so there’s no surprises in the 11th hour
  • Regular product meetings, stand-ups, and group retrospectives to decide what works and what doesn’t

team

The humans behind the platform

We’re a team of curious, driven individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills, but we’re all passionate about using brain data to improve patients' lives.

Abhinav Pottabathula
Backend Software Engineer
I am deeply fascinated by the intersection of the human mind and technology, and strive to leverage modern tools to help those who are suffering from neurological disorders. In my free time I enjoy dancing, listening to music, and reading a good book!
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Brian Pepin
CEO
I love learning and am always trying to get perspective on problems at hand, so I’m reading all the time, ask a ton of questions, and am a Google Search power user. I adore San Francisco and its battle-tested values of diversity and authenticity.
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Bruce Daniel
Senior Mobile Engineer
Resident Apple coolaid mixer, I am super excited about building medical-grade ecosystems on consumer technology. When I’m not working on the mobile experience, I am on the Willamette river or at a food truck.
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Carolyn Ranti
Engineering Manager
I’m excited to work on interesting technical problems that are related to my undergraduate degree (in neuroscience!). Outside of work, I can usually be found hiking, reading, or searching for the best breakfast sandwich in the city.
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Christopher Spahr
Senior Backend Engineer
Before working in tech I did a PhD in Linguistics. Now I use my abstract problem solving skills to build software and (hopefully) make the world a better place. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, learning languages, meeting new people, and listening to ska.
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Dave Samuelson
Director of Business Development
I am passionate about building partnerships that drive innovation and bring health technology to a wider audience. Outside of work, I love hiking, swimming (ideally with tropical fish) and listening to true crime podcasts.
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Dwight Townsend
Senior DevOps Engineer
As a creative problem solver, I enjoy exploring processes in depth and developing better, more efficient, and practical ones that simultaneously minimize effort and maximize impact. I’m excited to be part of a team building new capabilities for neurological and psychiatric disease research and therapy!
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Elizabeth Val Haste
Senior Technical PM
Ever an advocate for inclusive design, I’m psyched about our mission to improve clinical research and standards of care for users of brain machine technology. In my free time, I write about critical theory, niche video games, and LGBTQIA+ issues.
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Gavin Philips
Head of Therapy Developer Relations
My life’s work is to help people with disabilities and neuropsychiatric disorders to do whatever they want to do. Often that involves neural signal processing. Sometimes it involves wiring wheelchair-mounted Nerf machine guns to be fired by head movements.
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Girish Nanda
Lead Backend Engineer
I love building things that haven’t been built before. It’s exciting to start a journey where the end is unknown. In my free time I try to pick up my guitar which spends most of its time as wall art and play a few tunes.
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Ian Lockwood
Senior Frontend Engineer
I love building beautiful things and solving puzzles, especially at the same time. Using my skills to improve the world is icing on the cake. When I’m not building I’m buying plants, writing music, interior decorating, or making funny videos.
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Juan Ansó
Head of Therapy Developer Relations EU
I love to be part of a mission that will bring value to those who suffer from neurologic disease. To do so, nothing better than being part of a great team of persons and minds. When I am not working, I like to go out with my family and meet the nature; otherwise I will be cooking while listening Spanish music and drinking beer with a friend.
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Lowry Kirkby
Senior Neuroscientist
I’m in my happy place when I’m digging through brain data, trying to understand how the brain works. My other happy (happiest) place is being outdoors with my family — skiing, hiking, or just watching my toddler play. And trying to understand how her brain works.
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Luke Gilson
Senior Backend Engineer
I'm a Philosophy major who stumbled into software development, so finding the root problems and how things work drives me. Getting to help people while I do that is all the better. In my free time, you can find me skiing, learning how to rock climb, or going to Dunkin Donuts.
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Miro Kotzev
CTO
There’s only two things I enjoy more than solving a hard problem: improving people’s lives with the solution, and solving it together with incredibly smart and kind people. If somehow 90’s music is involved, even better.
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Natalie Cleaver
Director of People
The problems I care about revolve around how we can better live and work together. I think we ought to build teams with human well-being at the center and create work environments like it’s the 21st century. For fun, I do a lot of eating, cooking, and eating.
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Nikhil Tumne
Senior Frontend Engineer
I'm passionate about web technology and the endless possibilities this field offers. It's important for me to build out projects that seek a greater purpose, positively impacting the world we live in. I take that same philosophy into my daily life too. As a bit of a health advocate, I enjoy exercising, meditating, eating well and occasionally hurling myself down a powdered hill strapped to a snowboard.
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Patrick Mutuku
Backend Engineer
I love taking on novel and meaningful challenges, and I am excited to be working with a great team building products that facilitate precision medicine in neuroscience. I spend my free time biking, rollerblading, reading non-fiction, tinkering with electronics, or trying an extreme sport.
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Poorvi Acharya
Data Engineer
I like building things that help people, and cultivating and applying my skills to serve those neglected by society. My favorite things to talk about are linguistics, history, and ideologies. In my free time, I code and read books about people and their vast experiences.
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Ro'ee Gilron
Lead Neuroscientist
When I am not in the lab developing adaptive DBS for the control of tremor, I am off abusing my mountain bike, or being abused by my 1.5 year old. I’m also an avid podcast enthusiast.
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Ryan Gaspar
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
I love working with large amounts of data to discover patterns and insights. Even better if I can help people in the process. When I'm not deep-diving into data, I like to spend my time running, roller skating, reading, and learning new skills.
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Vinnci Lou
Lead Product Designer
I love seeking elegant and intuitive solutions to a complex and meaningful problem. To make it more enjoyable, I get to do it with a team of passionate people who are also talented and collaborative. Outside of work, I like trying new cuisines, hanging out with friends, or diving into the fictional world. To compensate with all the eating and drinking, I enjoy hiking and doing yoga.
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William Newby
VP of Product
Building solutions for patients and their families is the passion that was cemented in my early days as an engineer and continues to drive me. For me, there is nothing better than being part of a highly talented and unified team capable of making real change.
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Witney Chen
Lead Neuroscientist
When I’m not being a neuronerd, I’m thinking about where to take my dog on his next adventure. Or I’m brainstorming what’s for dinner.
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our Board of Directors

Brian Pepin

CEO and Founder at Rune Labs

Justin Butler

Partner at Eclipse Ventures

David J. Kim, M.D.

Managing Director at DigiTx Partners

Florian Haupt

Partner at TruVenturo GmbH

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