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We love new technology and discovering new opportunities to do something that matters—something meaningful for the world. Creating thoughtful applications that can be appreciated equally for its clever engineering and its outstanding beauty is deeply ingrained in our DNA.

Our Team

Just like our community, we’re a growing network of great people looking to build amazing products that enrich people’s lives. Explore Bionym HQ below to learn more about our team or see everyone here:

Engineering + Product Management

Engineering + Product Management

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Abhishek Ranjan

Biometrics Scientist

My passion in life is helping others through technology. I believe that can be done by making computers smarter, and technology more widely available. For me, Nymi represents this next step. I am a Biometric applications scientist with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. When I’m not working on Nymi, I’m practicing my Muay-Thai or dancing Tango. You can visit my personal website at www.aranjan.com.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Chuan Ye

Software Engineer

Biometric technology has always kept me enthralled, so I am excited to be contributing to the next generation of biometrics with the Nymi. I graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Toronto and have since worked on a project that allows users to control technology through brainwaves. I always love a good movie or video game, and I am on a perpetual hunt for the best food in town.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Daniel Eisner

Software Developer

The first time I programmed a computer was in grade 10. I was hooked instantaneously. For my thesis in my final year of Engineering Science at U of T, I worked on a program that would analyze music and compose songs in a similar style. After graduating, I worked as a compiler developer for IBM. A year later I started working for myself as an iOS developer. But making great things is hard, and you need a great team to do it. That’s what brought me to Bionym. When I’m not developing, I compose, play, and listen to all sorts of music.

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Engineering + Product Management

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David Shpil

Embedded Systems Architect

Bionym is clearly one of the most exciting start-ups in town. Its technology and products will change forever the way people perceive security and identity. For last 15 years I was developing mobile products and wireless communication solutions, so it was totally natural for me to join the team that works on Nymi. I’m truly excited to be at the cutting edge of wearable and security technologies. My passion outside of the work is mountain biking, canoeing and hiking that I enjoy very much with my family and friends.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Gregor Simeonov

Hardware Engineer

I’m an entrepreneur at heart. After receiving my Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, I co-founded the green energy start-up ARDA Power. Although I applied to be an astronaut for the CSA, my passion for electronics and technology led me to the Nymi. While interested in all things ECE, I love tinkering with FPGAs, micro-controllers and hacking old video game systems.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Hanieh Bastani

Software Engineer

Working on challenging problems relevant to our lives is what motivates me. Having an awesome team around is what excites me. I am a Software Engineer with a passion for expressing creative ideas through code. At Bionym, we’re not only developing innovating technical solutions, but doing so in a framework that addresses the larger issues of identity and security in our modern world. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, engaging in interesting conversations, and keeping active. I run, snowboard, and (as of recently) climb.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Jonathan Scobbie

Software Engineer

Technology, computers and problem solving has always interested me. The things we can accomplish with technology are almost like magic, so as a software engineer I often feel like a wizard. I graduated with a B.A.Sc degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, and began putting my skills to the test. I’m excited about all of the great, new challenges and opportunities that working with the Nymi will present.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Justin Oliver

Research Assistant

I grew up in Toronto, so I’m happy to be home for the summer, and to have the opportunity to work with a startup like Bionym. I am currently pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics with a focus in Biology at Harvard University. When I’m not working at Bionym, or in school, I love to go biking, or play the steelpan (or really any percussion instrument I can get my hands on).

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Engineering + Product Management

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Kris Misquitta

Mechatronics Engineer

While currently a Mechatronics Engineering student at University of Waterloo, I’ve joined Bionym to lend my software and hardware design skills to the Nymi. I’m hoping that by expanding my biomechanical design experience, I’ll be able to one day construct my own innovative tech-toy. When I’m not immersed in engineering, I find, listen to, and create music.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Lauren Long

Applications Engineer

What gets me up every morning is the magnitude of impact that the Nymi will have on lives and industries. Prior to Bionym, I co-founded Boxit – a Dropbox for Real Life that continues to serve Torontonians. I received my B.Cmp. in Biomedical Computing from Queen’s University, and honed my company-building skills at The Next 36 – Canada’s premier entrepreneurship institute. I love to dance, read, and travel. My wanderlust has led me to head up a literacy camp in Nunavut and conduct medical imaging research in Germany.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Mark Johansson

Hardware Co-op

I’m a 3rd year Mechatronics Engineering student at the University of Waterloo with experience electronic circuits and programming. I joined Bionym because I strongly believe that wearables and transparent technology are the devices of the future. We are in a time where technology is becoming an extension of the human body and the Nymi is a perfect example. In my spare time I enjoy producing electronic music as well as creating DIY music instruments and synthesizers. I am extremely interested in the manner in which electronic circuits can create abnormal sounds.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Marla Shaver

Human Factors Engineer

My interests in the sciences and how things work led me to McMaster University where I studied electrical and biomedical engineering. There, my M.A.Sc. thesis on processing biological magnetic resonance signals gave me an appreciation of how human interactions can add to the complexity of technological design. I am excited to have a part in making the Nymi into a seamless interface between the individual and their world.

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Engineering + Product Management

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SiMing Zhang

Algorithm Scientist

I have always been driven by curiosity and ingenuity, which is what led to me to working at Bionym. I believe that the Nymi is an elegant solution to a timeless problem. After graduating from The University of Toronto with an Honours B.Sc in Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematics, I worked as a Research Assistant in a Biophysics lab at UofT using novel techniques to explore the fundamentals of how bacteria sense temperature. When I’m not hacking away at the Nymi, I like to work on my time machine, consume good food, and ponder if anyone is reading this.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Stephen Oung

Systems Engineer

Designing technology that can improve the quality of life in others is my life goal, so I am thrilled to be working on the Nymi. I graduated from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, and hold a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering from Germany. While I’m thrilled by everything between software and mechanical engineering, I like to stay active through sports and photography. Check out some of my photography work here.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Stuart Maclean

Senior Software/Firmware Developer

My big passion is embedded systems and data, so I’m excited to see the possibilities the Nymi will open for the future of ‘Embedded Everywhere’. I have a PhD in Computer Science from York University where I studied wireless sensor networks. I enjoy running and hiking when I have free time.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Wesley George

Senior Software Engineer

Technology that aims at empowering individuals is an exciting project to be part of. I’m excited to be assembling a rock-solid foundation for a new world of digital identity. Before joining Bionym, I studied at the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto, engineered for companies including Google and Business Objects, provided technical consulting for a variety of groups in Toronto, and founded the financial web startup stocktargetprices.com. If we’ve met outside of Bionym, it may have been at a PyCon, one of Couchiching’s conversations, or on an Ultimate Frisbee pitch.

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Engineering + Product Management

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Yevgeniy Vahlis

Chief Cryptographer

Before I decided to join Bionym to advance the cryptography work on the Nymi, I was a senior researcher at AT&T Labs in New York City. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and went on to Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow. My passion for cryptography and security architecture aligned perfectly with what the Nymi is looking to accomplish in the field of security and privacy. When I’m not creating protocols for the Nymi, I enjoy staying active through hiking, rock climbing and biking.

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Executive

Executive

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Andrew D’Souza

President

I became an entrepreneur at the age of 10 by starting my neighbourhood’s first paper-delivery / lawn-mowing / dog-walking / tutoring service. I studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo before catching the startup bug and moving to Silicon Valley. The Nymi has the potential to change lives, and I’m excited to create the next transformative company right here in Toronto. When I’m not building the Bionym business, I’m an amateur improv actor and travel-addict. I’ve also recently gotten into hang-gliding and scuba diving.

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Executive

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Karl Martin

Founder, CEO

I like to create things. From rigging up spring-loaded pull toys as a toddler, to building circuits and robots in school. Most recently it’s been developing biometric and cryptographic systems as part of Bionym. My ultimate goal is to build things that people never thought possible. I have a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science, and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, all from the University of Toronto. My passion to create extends to photography, which I post to www.ethervizion.com.

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Finance + Operations

Finance + Operations

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Lin Zheng

Office Manager

My interest in people and management is probably what’s leading me to study Human Resources at Seneca College, where I plan to graduate in 2 years. I enjoy learning and exposing myself to new and different experiences. Which is why working at Bionym has been such a great experience. I am excited to see how it will grow and develop, as well as the impact of the Nymi.

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Marketing + Design

Marketing + Design

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David Myers

UX/Graphic Design Lead

As a visual person, everywhere I go I see the potential of better design. With a diverse education and background in graphic design and illustration, I’ve always sought to make complex ideas accessible through clean, beautiful design. My excitement to work with impactful technology and to become part of a ‘Deus Ex’ reality brought me to Bionym as their UX & graphic design lead.

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Marketing + Design

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Ellen Li

User Experience Designer

I am passionate about intuitive design and life-changing technologies. For that reason, I am thrilled to be part of the Nymi team as a user experience designer. My diverse background in philosophy, psychology, web design and computational biology have shaped my interdisciplinary systems approach to design, which I also apply to my love of acting, writing, and web development. I also enjoy hikes and travels.

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Marketing + Design

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Kurt Bartlett

Marketing & Public Relations Manager

I believe that the strongest way to communicate is to create a story. After I received my Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, I immediately dove into a world of writing, public relations and marketing. Something about our modern approach to communications has always intrigued me, so I’m always trying to stay one step ahead.

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Marketing + Design

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Mark Kowalski

Marketing Intern

I recently just graduated from the marketing program at Conestoga College and landed an internship for the summer at Bionym. My interest in marketing comes from being able to exercise my mind, trying to come up with new and creative solutions in the business world. My passion for marketing has led me to pursue a marketing degree from the University of South Wales this September. When I’m not at work I can be found in the gym or getting caught up on the latest games.

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Mechanical + Manufacturing

Mechanical + Manufacturing

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James Elson

Vice-President Manufacturing

I’ve been a tinkerer-builder-creator my entire life. From building electric motors in the basement as kid to power a homebuilt go-kart, to remote control cars and planes. After completing an Aerospace Engineering Degree I got hooked by consumer product development and was responsible for many iconic toys. For me, the Nymi is a unique opportunity to build something that will be a paradigm shift in how people interact with technology. I like to challenge myself following my passions for recreational flying, adventure travel, and ballroom dancing.

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Mechanical + Manufacturing

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Nicholas Ho

Lead Mechanical Engineer

As I’ve grown up, I taught myself how to operate, weld and fix a variety of farm machinery, the ability to grasp how things work and improve things better, led me to pursue my career as a Mechanical Engineer at Carleton University. Throughout my career, I have gained many years of experience in space/aerospace/telecommunications and consumer products. I joined Bionym because I believe Nymi has a huge potential impact in our lives. With my diversified experience and passion, together we can bring Nymi from concept to reality. When I’m not solving technical problems, I hang out and enjoy playing beach volleyball with my family and friends.

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Platform + Business Development

Platform + Business Development

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Balaji Gopalan

Director of Platform

I’m proud to have spent my 20-year career helping busy people connect, be it between countries through next-generation aircraft, through the airwaves with the product that sparked the smartphone revolution, or across the classroom with a cloud-based online learning platform. Fittingly, my successes have always been based on a strong passion for partnerships and creative collaboration. The Nymi, to me, represents the next evolution in the way that we will create, think and work with the things, systems and people around us, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be leading our platform efforts in achieving this vision. Outside of all this, I work on other kinds of harmony as a Dad and a musician too.

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Platform + Business Development

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Nikita Tarakanov

Developer Community Manager

I believe that technology should focus on what really matters, whether that’s building relationships, making dreams a reality, or taking a power nap! Having graduated from the Computer Engineering program from the University of Toronto, I went onto the Next 36 program to improve my relationship management skills. The Nymi as both an idea, and as a startup immediately enthralled me. When I’m not working, I’m either on my guitar, camping or practicing martial arts.

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We're Hiring!

Bionym is a dynamic, energetic and dedicated startup that is always looking to push the boundaries of innovation through our technology. We are growing, and growing fast so we are always looking for talented, hardworking team members who love what they do.

If you are interested in joining Bionym we would encourage you to check out our job availabilities.

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Nymi is developed by the team at Bionym Inc., a leader in cutting edge biometric recognition systems. Bionym is funded by Nigel Stokes, Dennis Bennie, Relay Ventures, Lee Lau, Greg Wolfond (Kili Corp), Dan Debow, Erik Lithopoulos, Nick Koudas, Nilesh Bansal, and Ajay Agrawal.

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