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Hi, we are Janica and Jeffery Alvarez! We co-founded Naya Health, a company focused on improving nutritional health through reimagined consumer technology for mom and baby.
We are the inventors of the Naya Smart Breast Pump. After struggling to provide breast milk for my three sons using leading consumer breast pumps, my husband, Jeff, and I realized that a water-based system, instead of air, could transform the breast pump to make it efficient, comfortable, and quiet.
A little bit about Janica: Before Naya Health, Janica spent over a decade in clinical research at top tier pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead Sciences and Genentech, where she led cross-functional teams and clinical trial efforts contributing to the review and approval of life-saving oncology and HIV therapies by the FDA. She also spent five years performing clinical work at Intermountain Health Care in a critical care unit.
Janica studied clinical bioethics in the Masters of Science program at Union Graduate College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their three rambunctious sons.
A little bit about Jeff: Before Naya Health, Jeff spent over a decade in medical device and consumer design. Jeff was previously Director of Product Development at Auris Surgical Robotics, which he helped grow from seed funding to a venture-backed company valued at $130 million. His responsibilities included product development, engineering oversight, market analysis and business strategy. Before that, Jeff was a Lead Technical Manager at Hansen Medical, the world leader in flexible robotics, where he was the mind and force behind the high-performing Magellan Robotic Catheter design and engineering team.
Jeff received his MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He and Janica currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area with their three rambunctious sons.
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Naya Health is a company focused on improving nutritional health through reimagined consumer technology for mom and baby. After Janica Alvarez struggled to provide breast milk for her three sons using leading consumer breast pumps, she and her husband, Jeff, realized that hydraulics could [...]