“Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul.”

— François Rabelais

Our Mission

Shade’s mission is to give lupus warriors peace of mind by empowering them to monitor their UV exposure and enjoy their time outside with peace of mind.

While researching wearable UV technology at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in 2014, Dr. Emmanuel Dumont learned of the difficulties lupus patients face in trying to prevent flares triggered by sunlight. What he previously viewed as a scientific and engineering challenge — making UV measurement mobile and affordable — turned into a pursuit with more personal implications: He saw an opportunity to empower lupus patients with technology that could change their lives.
In 2015, Shannon Boxx — a FIFA World Cup Champion who lives with lupus — met with Emmanuel to discuss the ways in which his work could benefit lupus warriors. Shannon shared her own experiences fighting lupus and offered invaluable input on the development of Emmanuel’s prototype UV sensor and app. Soon after, Emmanuel founded Shade to make this technology available to help lupus warriors everywhere take control, stress less, and live fully.

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Our Team

Emmanuel Dumont, PhD

Emmanuel Dumont, PhD

Founder and CEO

PhD in Biophysics from Columbia University.

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Shayak Banerjee, PhD

Shayak Banerjee, PhD

CTO

PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Michael Pica

Michael Pica

VP of Hardware & Manufacturing

MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College.

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Peter Kaplan, PhD

Peter Kaplan, PhD

Clinical Program Director

PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sevan Gatsby

Sevan Gatsby

Design Director

BA in Architecture from Barnard College.

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Henry Wu

Henry Wu

Head of Manufacturing

MS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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Eli Hoch

Eli Hoch

Mechanical Engineer

BS in Mechanical Engineering from The City College of New York.

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Philip Connor

Philip Connor

Software Engineer

Attended Southern Methodist University.

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Steven Eisinger

Steven Eisinger

Firmware Engineer

BE in Computer Engineering from The City College of New York.

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Medical Advisory Board

Diane Kamen, MD

Diane Kamen, MD

Professor of Medicine Medical University of South Carolina. 

Member of the Lupus Foundation of America Medical-Scientific Advisory Board.

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Alana Levine, MD

Alana Levine, MD

Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Gary Gilkeson, MD

Gary Gilkeson, MD

Professor of Immunology at Medical University of South Carolina. 

Chairman of the Lupus Foundation of America Medical-Scientific Advisory Council.

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Laurent Chiche, MD PhD

Laurent Chiche, MD PhD

Rheumatologist at Hopital Europeen de Marseille.

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Catherine Do, MD PhD

Catherine Do, MD PhD

Expert in epigenetic-genetic interactions.

Over 10 years of experience as a reviewer for the European Medicines Agency. 

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Jonathan Zippin, MD, PhD

Jonathan Zippin, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Weill-Cornell Medicine. Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Our Partners

Top medical institutions have been using or plan to use our sensors for their research.
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