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The 2017 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators

34. Ryan Haynes, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO at Osmosis

Ryan Haynes, PhDShortly after entering medical school, Ryan Haynes PhD. realized that future medical professionals were expected to learn large amounts of changing information with strategies that are not natural to the brain’s retention processes.

So Haynes decided to build Osmosis, a medical learning platform that addressed the problems he encountered while studying in medical school.

The Co-Founder and CTO explained, “My co-founder Shiv Gaglani and I were in the same anatomy learning group in med school. We knew every detail of anatomy at the end of the course, but a few weeks after the course was over Shiv asked me a basic question about innervation of the leg, and I was shocked to realize that I couldn’t come up with the answer … We texted five of our friends the same questions and only one knew the correct answer.”

Osmosis began as a mobile application which sent trivia questions to medical students through notifications. Since then, the app has expanded to offering “memory anchors,” or strategies that help information stick in your mind. “One example of how we do this is through creating clinical case questions based on celebrities who have dealt with a particular disease,” he explained.

Haynes says the most rewarding part of his job is working with his team. “I’m always amazed by the creativity that I see from our team and am fortunate to work with them,” he added.

The company head says running a startup is time consuming, but when he gets free time, he enjoys running or hiking while listening to Audible. While he enjoys catching up with friends and family, he’s also likes to follow neuroscience, philosophy, and works of fiction.

40 Under 40 Contributors

James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year's 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the "About the Authors" section!


  1. kian firouzbakht says:

    Dear Omid keep going on I liked your achievement .
    I wish all the best to you and your family members.

  2. Karen Smith Vanderburgh says:

    One in a series of amazing achievements for Brian Harris and his wonderful company!

  3. Akari says:

    Thank you for writing about my big brother Daniel! I loved what you wrote. 🙂

  4. Congratulations to a true innovator and an organization that is already seeing around corners!

  5. Sudip Mukherjee says:

    Excellent sir…keep going…. Lucky to be his first student…

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