Like many great adventures, Aluna started out as a mission among friends. After Charvi Shetty took a course in Biodesign during her senior year at UC Berkeley, she recruited Huyson Lam and Inderjit Jutla, the two friends she knew could help turn her research into a state of the art portable tool for pediatric respiratory 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
Both Huyson and Indy suffered from asthma when they were younger, so the team understood that respiratory diseases carry a level of uncertainty and fear that can be crippling. It was clear that gathering critical 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.
Interestingly, after building and testing the first Aluna prototype, Charvi discovered that she also has limited respiratory function and was diagnosed with asthma soon after.
The Aluna team is sharply focused on enabling the management of asthma and other chronic diseases, and one thing is crystal clear:
With dedication, curiosity, and communication
we can all breathe a little easier
Meet the Founders
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.
The science guy. Problem-solver and physics fanatic.
Inderjit ("Indy") has double degrees in Material Science and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.