Management Team & Advisors
Rajiv Doshi, MD
Raj is the founder and CEO of Piper Biosciences. A physician and engineer by training, he serves as a Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Business at Stanford University, where his research focuses on health technology innovation. He is also the US Executive Director of Stanford-India Biodesign, a collaboration between Stanford and the Government of India to create novel medical products for India’s underprivileged. Raj serves as a Sr. Advisor to LUNAR Design and McKinsey & Co., helping to guide foundations and healthcare companies in the creation of new medical products. Previously, Raj founded and was CEO of Ventus Medical where he was the core inventor of its products to treat obstructive sleep apnea (Provent) and snoring (Theravent). He is an inventor on over 70 issued or pending patents in the fields of pulmonary medicine, cardiology, general surgery, sleep medicine and wound care.
Raj received his BS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Biomechanical Engineering, and an MD from Stanford University. He is also the recipient of the Soros Fellowship.
Maya Adam, MD
Maya leads the creation of digital medical content for Piper Biosciences. She also teaches at the Stanford School of Medicine where she creates online educational content for the Re-imagining Medical Education Project, and lectures on child health and nutrition at the Stanford University Program in Human Biology. Maya developed Stanford Child Nutrition and Cooking, a public health education outreach effort that has reached more than 300,000 students globally. She also pioneered the development of novel digital teaching tools to support the work of international community health workers in such locations as South Africa and Guatemala. Maya is the author of Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition and founder of Just Cook for Kids, a non-profit organization.
Maya received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford and her MD from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to her post-secondary studies, she spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer with the State Theater of Saxony in Germany.
Mike leads R&D and operations at Piper Biosciences. Mike has over 25 years of R&D, engineering, and operations experience in the medical device industry, including as COO of Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics and Managing Director at KCK Group. Mike was also COO of Sonitus Medical, Senior VP of Science, Technology and Operations for Ventus Medical, and VP of R&D and Operations for the cardiac surgery unit of Guidant/Boston Scientific/Maquet.
Mike received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.
Eric has been a marketing and sales advisor to Piper Biosciences since its inception. He has helped emerging-stage companies launch novel prescription and OTC health products across a broad range of categories including sleep medicine, respiratory, diabetes, hypertension, hearing and skin care. He previously served as CEO of TrafficGauge, and VP of Marketing/Sr. VP R&D for Optiva Corporation, makers of the Sonicare sonic toothbrush, from pre-launch through exit to Philips Electronics. His experience also includes senior marketing and sales roles at LifeScan, where he launched the OneTouch blood glucose monitor. Eric serves as a board member of Vapore, and previously served on the boards of Advanced H20, Ventus Medical and Orahealth.
Eric received a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a BA of General Studies from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Leslie oversees digital engagement and manages the Piper Biosciences brand. Leslie also serves as an advisor and board member to several startups at the convergence of health and technology, and is the cofounder of Bitty Foods, a company introducing edible insects to the western world. Previously, she was part of the founding team at Rock Health, an incubator focused on digital health, serving primarily as the firm’s creative director and chief evangelist. Earlier in her career, she worked in advertising as an art director at McCann Erickson and Tribal DDB. Leslie speaks internationally on health, design and technology, most recently at SXSW, Chicago Ideas Week, WIRED and CES, and has been featured in publications including Fast Company, NPR, Time, GQ, Entrepreneur, Inc, Vogue and The New York Times.
Leslie received her BS in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
Board of Directors
Rajiv Doshi, MD
Srini Akkaraju, MD, PhD
Srini is a senior advisor to Sofinnova Ventures. Previously, he was a general partner of Sofinnova Ventures, managing director of New Leaf Venture Partners, and cofounder and managing director at Panorama Capital, a private equity firm founded by the former venture capital investment team of J.P. Morgan Partners. Srini previously was a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners and worked in business and corporate development at Genentech. Srini serves on the boards of Seattle Genetics, Varsartis, Intercept Pharmaceuticals and aTyr Pharma. He previously served on the boards of Barrier Therapeutics, Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Synageva Biopharma Corp. and ZS Pharma, all publicly traded biotechnology companies, and Amarin Corporation plc, a foreign publicly traded biotechnology company.
Srini received his MD and PhD in Immunology from Stanford University, and undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Computer Science from Rice University.
Yogen Dalal, PhD
Yogen co-founded and seed funded Glooko, a diabetes management company, and currently serves on its board. He spent over 20 years at Mayfield Fund investing in communications, enterprise software, and internet consumer and infrastructure. His investments include AudienceScience, BeVocal, BroadVision, Concur, Nuance, Packet Engines, TIBCO, Vantive and Zenprise. Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Yogen was a founding member of two startups, Claris Corporation and Metaphor Computer Systems. He was an original member of the Star and Ethernet development teams at Xerox, and a co-author of the TCP Specification in 1974. Yogen also serves on the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a nationally acclaimed professional non-profit theater company.
Yogen received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where he was honored as a distinguished alum.