Like many great adventures, Aluna started out as a small mission among friends. After Aluna CEO Charvi Shetty took a course in Biodesign during her senior year at UC Berkeley, she recruited two pals, Huyson Lam and Inderjit Jutla, to help turn her research into a state of the art portable tool for pediatric asthma management.
From the beginning, Charvi and her co-founders made a conscious choice to focus on kids.
Children are only a quarter of the total asthmatic population yet they account for almost half of the asthma emergencies and hospitalizations
“Kids have a harder time communicating what they’re feeling and what they need,” says Huyson, who serves as Aluna’s CTO. By the time kids can tell a parent something’s wrong, their symptoms have often progressed to the point that a (stressful, scary, expensive) ER visit is inevitable.
Both Huyson and Indy suffered from asthma when they were younger, and though Charvi wouldn’t discover her own asthma until she tested out the Aluna prototype (true story!), she had witnessed how one of her closest friends was affected by not only the disease itself but by the uncertainty and fear that comes along with it. The team theorized that gathering data daily and relaying it in real time could greatly improve quality of life, not just for kids but also for anxious parents and the healthcare providers who might only see patients during routine checkups or dire emergencies.
Someday the team hopes to be a major player in the management of other chronic diseases, but for now one thing is crystal clear:
With dedication, curiosity, and communication
we can all breathe a little easier
Meet the Alunians
Fearless leader and data fiend.
Charvi holds a BA in bioengineering from UC Berkeley and a Master's in biomedical imaging from UC San Francisco.
Software sage in charge of tech and game development.
Huyson holds a degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley.
The science guy. Problem-solver and physics fanatic.
Inderjit ("Indy") has double degrees in Material Science and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.