The 2016 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


Ketki Karanam, PhD
Senior Associate at PureTech, Co-founder & Head of Science at the Sync Project
Ketki Karanam, PhDGrowing up in India, Ketki Karanam was fascinated by both biology and computer science. She chose to study biology, but her latest venture, The Sync Project, has allowed her to pursue both fields.

“It’s almost coming full circle – being able to work with computer scientists and applying technology to health care even though my choice long ago was to enter medicine,” says Karanam. “I’m glad both my worlds are coming together now at this stage.”

At The Sync Project she studies the effects of music on human physiology and harnesses those results to produce therapeutic solutions for people suffering from Parkinson’s, dementia, or autism. Their next step is to produce a platform for large-scale data collection, inviting the general public to participate in studies so they can track how different kinds of music impacts them.

To other young entrepreneurs, she would say to never be afraid to step out of your immediate area of expertise.

“Don’t be siloed,” she says. “Surround yourself with smart people from many, many different areas. Be collaborative, brainstorm together, and come up with truly innovative solutions that are interdisciplinary or even anti-disciplinary because that’s what’s going to create the innovation that’s going to disrupt the existing ecosystem.”

MedTech Boston Staff

    Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.

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