Meet Our Team
We are parents, scientists, allergists, nurses, technologists and allergy and asthma sufferers, working together to change the way parents and doctors solve the problem of allergies/asthma in the home.
Co-Founder and Chief Exhaler
Co-Founder and Chief ExhalerA compassionate and energetic business leader, Prasanthi has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an MPH (Master’s in Public Health) from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She has more than a decade of experience leading startup ventures and established organizations in product innovation and general management. What makes Exhale personally meaningful to Prasanthi is her own of experience with allergies/asthma. She has been asthmatic her whole life, and her two children are as well. “I want people dealing with allergies and asthma to have access to tools and knowledge that empower them to live their healthiest, best lives,” Prasanthi explains. “That’s what Exhale is all about.”
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Co-founder and Chief Scientific OfficerJulian is a world renowned serial inventor who has made groundbreaking contributions to multiple fields of science. His group at Abbott Labs was responsible for developing lateral flow immunoassay technology, which led to the first home pregnancy tests. Prior to Abbott Labs, Julian’s group at Novartis (then CIBA-GEIGY) was responsible for inventing the Western Blot, an important method used today in molecular biology, biochemistry and immunogenetics for the characterization and detection of proteins. As a scientist, Julian is passionate about using evidence-based data to prevent human suffering. As he explains, “I know of no greater suffering than a mother in anguish about her child not being able to breathe normally – and not knowing what to do about it. I feel so fortunate to be part of an incredible team working to solve this problem”.
Dr. Paul Detjen
Dr. Paul Detjen
Medical AdvisorAsk a Chicago North Shore mom for an allergist, and she’s very likely to refer you to Dr. Paul Detjen. He has been a practicing allergist-immunologist for over 20 years after receiving his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completing his residency and fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Detjen is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Chicagoland area, including NorthShore Evanston Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has helped thousands of families address allergies and asthma to live healthier, better lives. Dr. Detjen believes in Exhale – the product and the passionate team behind it. “I’m so thrilled that there’s finally a science-based solution for detecting allergens that trigger allergies and asthma,” Dr. Detjen says. “I know how stressful it is when your child can’t breathe easily. That’s why I am excited to be professionally involved with Exhale.”
Dr. Priya Bansal
Dr. Priya Bansal
Medical AdvisorDr. Priya Bansal attended a six-year BS/MD program with Penn State University and Thomas Jefferson Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Illinois in Chicago and was board certified in both specialties. She then became board certified in Allergy and Immunology after her fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Bansal served as President for the Illinois Society of Allergy and is currently a RSLAAIS governor for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). Dr. Bansal joined the Exhale team to continue her mission of aiding in the alleviation of suffering for children and adults with allergies and asthma. “As a doctor and a mom of two children with food allergies, I could not be more excited about the incredible difference we are making in the lives of our clients,” Dr. Bansal explains.
Lab ManagerRachel oversees our lab, where we analyze air that has been sampled from our clients’ homes. She has 10+ years of laboratory and management experience from top institutions, including the University of Chicago and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Rachel’s professional passion is ensuring that we are using the best systems and processes in order to provide our clients with accurate and actionable data. “What excites me the most about my work is seeing the difference our data makes in our clients’ lives,” she explains. Rachel lives in Chicago with her fiancé and two cats, Ernie and Spanky, who suffer from feline allergies.
Director of Business Development
Director of Business DevelopmentHaving an MBA with a focus in social entrepreneurship from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Craig is passionate about the potential impact that technological advancements can have on our society. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has worked with multiple start-ups that have looked to disrupt the status quo. “I have helped grow businesses in the past, but Inspirotec’s mission and incredible achievements in the area of allergies/asthma makes this a very special endeavor,” Williamson says.
Director of Customer Experience
Director of Customer Experience
Backed by Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs Program of the Thiel Foundation
Inspirotec received seed funding from Paypal Co-Founder and Facebook early investor Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs Program of the Thiel Foundation. Breakout Labs selected the company for their innovative work in science and technology.
Our Co-Founder and CEO Prasanthi Gandhi has suffered with asthma and allergies her whole life, taking medications for well over thirty years. When her children started showing signs of allergy and asthma, she started treating their symptoms with a similar traditional approach.
Then one day, Prasanthi changed her thinking. “I hit a point where I no longer wanted to solely rely on medication for asthma and allergy management,” Prasanthi explains. “And I didn’t want my children to feel that their lives were limited by asthma and allergies the way I’d felt as a child.”
Prasanthi took it upon herself to learn everything she could about asthma and allergy prevention and management. She realized that medication could be part of a broader holistic approach to asthma and allergy care. And she began wondering how she could help others suffering with asthma and allergies.
Fast forward several years. Prasanthi, a seasoned entrepreneur, engages Julian Gordon, the globally renowned scientist behind the first home pregnancy test, among other significant medical innovations. Together, Prasanthi and Julian develop a home allergy asthma air test, a science-based solution for detecting allergens that trigger asthma and allergies in the home.
However, Prasanthi and Julian did not rush to market. Rather, they clinically, scientifically, and painstakingly validated Exhale in hundreds of homes and other locations in collaboration with leading allergists, researchers and institutions, including University of Chicago and Argonne National Labs. They also sought endorsement from leading allergists worldwide, including Dr. Paul Detjen and Dr. Priya Bansal, who both now serve as Exhale’s Resident Allergists and Medical Advisors.
Today Exhale is the only proven and patented* solution for detecting allergens that trigger allergies and asthma in the home. The only home allergy asthma air test. Our growing team is capable and committed. And most importantly, each week, more and more children and parents are sleeping through the night because we were able to help solve allergies/asthma in their homes.
Inspirotec’s products are protected by issued patents US 9360402, US 8038944, US 9216421 as well as other patents issued and pending in the US and foreign jurisdictions.
To help families live their healthiest, best lives.
Five things we passionately believe
- Everyone deserves to be able to breathe normally.
- Parents should take a more holistic and preventative approach to treating children’s allergies/asthma.
- Parents working to solve asthma in the home need more than a website or a product. They need and deserve a knowledgeable and compassionate ally to answer their questions and provide reassurance. That ally is us.
- Our job goes beyond advising you as to what’s triggering allergies/asthma in your home. We must also tell you what to do about it. That data we provide to you must be actionable.
- Our job isn’t complete until your children are breathing normally at home. We must be tenaciously solution-focused in every aspect of our work.