Meet the Team


Leadership

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Patrick J. Yam

CEO & Co-Founder

Patrick Yam is the CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder of Somnology, Inc. He joined founder Dr. Melissa Lim in early 2015 to build a premier medical enterprise focused on providing a comprehensive digital healthcare program for the remediation of sleep disorders.  Sleep disorders, declared by the CDC in 2018 as an epidemic, affect a global population of 1B people. Prior to teaming with Dr. Lim he was the CEO of Sensei Partners LLC, a Menlo Park, CA based private investment firm. His career includes responsibilities as a macro-economist, financial and technology executive, investment banker, and Institutional Investor with significant experience in company-building—his main passion. He has been a senior advisor to two sovereign nations on innovation and, entrepreneurship. A professional speaker and published author, he teaches and lectures on entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, where he is a SCU Regent. Previously, he served as the first Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and was a former faculty member of the Venture Capital Institute. He is associated with the University of California, Santa Barbara, where, as a UC Trustee, he was a founding member of the endowment investment committee as well as a senior director of the Economic Forecast Project and a senior adviser to Beacon Economics, a national economic consulting firm. In 2019, Mr. Yam was appointed as an advisor to UCSF’s Innovation Catalyst Program to focus on digital healthcare and medical devices and in April 2020, was appointed by UCSF Health Hub as a ‘Chief Business Mentor”. In 2022, he was acknowledged as one of top five global entrepreneurs by Enterprise World. He has been responsible as the Chief Executive Officer in building and operating enterprises in the investment, financial, technology, and medical sectors. He received his MBA with distinction from Santa Clara University.

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Dr. Melissa Lim

CMO & Co-Founder

Dr. Lim the is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Somnology, Inc. She is a board-certified sleep specialist with her own busy private practice in Redwood City, CA. She is the Medical Director of Redwood Pulmonary Medical Associates and Redwood Sleep Center, Inc. She is the clinical architect of the internet-based sleep center management software now hosted in many sleep labs across the globe, called Sleep Workflow. She attended Ohio State University College of Medicine, completed her internship and residency at Boston City Hospital/Boston University, and conducted her fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospitals and the University of California, San Francisco. Realizing the magnitude of sleep problems worldwide, she created the first version of MobileSleepDoc Pro mobile app in 2012 as a tool to help not only her own patients, but anyone with a smartphone who has trouble sleeping. A brand new version of the app was released in 2014, with continuous upgrades in store. She joined forces with business leader Patrick Yam in 2015 to create Somnology, Inc.


Management

Brian Yam

Director of Business Operations &
Deputy Legal Counsel

Brian has utilized his deep interest in international business and sports law to assist Somnology. He is engaged as Somnology’s Director of Business Operations with legal responsibilities. His interest has been instrumental in the development of Somnology’s Performance Enhancement division. At Santa Clara University, Brian gained international and entertainment experience while serving as the Vice President of Santa Clara’s Sports & Entertainment Law Organization and the Asian Pacific American Student Law Organization. Internationally, Brian has spent summers living and working in Tokyo for a law firm that represented professional athletes playing in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Organization and in Beijing. He also lived and studied at China’s prestigious National University in Beijing where Brian studied Mandarin. Prior to law school Brian worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (“WSGR”) in IP for the Patent Prosecution Team and gained valuable experience with patents and trademarks. Brian graduated with a Minor in Sports Management, BA in Philosophy, and a JD from Santa Clara University.

Lee Hamilton

Director of Engineering

Lee provides technology leadership to enterprises and ventures commercializing innovative new web services, mobile apps, and streaming media workflows emphasizing digital health, education, cause, and sports. Lee is an expert in the architecture and deployment of massively scalable SaaS/PaaS cloud architectures, data acquisition and storage models, streaming media workflows, and the emerging application of cloud-based AI services.

Lee has held technology leadership roles at large enterprises such as Stanford Research Institute, Siemens Medical and Pixar-Phillips Medical. Lee was the CTO founder of Wyndstorm – a company that pioneered the integration of social media with web video streaming of live events. Lee has served as CTO and COO, and is on the advisory board, of several recent ventures in digital health, streaming media, services for veterans, and personal wellness.

Lee holds an MS in Computer Science from CSU Chico and an MA in Biology from CSU Humboldt.

Vivian Nikolich

Director of Design & Social Media

For Viv, animation was a hobby that started at the young age of five, making stop-motion Lego short films nonstop. Over the years, this hobby grew into a career after learning from leading industry professionals at the Academy of Art University and The Animation Collaborative in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating award-winning computer animated shorts in the process. While at Encyclopedia Pictura in San Francisco, Viv worked on innovative vibrant and whimsical music video projects. His past experiences also include robotic animation and design work for Postmates, creating detailed geographic animations for several documentaries, and developing promotional presentation materials for many biotech companies. He also had the opportunity to pass along his artistic learnings by training at DreamWorks, as well as creating and teaching a workshop curriculum at a local high school. As Somnology’s Director of Design and Social Media, Viv now brings his diverse and refined art and animation background to the Somnology team by leading video, web, and social media projects.


Isaiah Donnell

Finance Associate & Controller

Isaiah is a Finance Associate and the Controller at Somnology. He oversees all financial and accounting operations such as forecasting, modeling, and the preparation of internal and external financial statements. Isaiah has maintained a curiosity for how businesses are structured and how they generate revenue since he was young. He received his bachelor’s degree majoring in Finance with an Accounting minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a member of the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and was responsible as VP of Finance position as well as VP of Fundraising. Isaiah will be graduating from Santa Clara University with a MSFA (Master of Finance and Analytics) in early 2022.

Lisa Jin

Biomedical Data Scientist & Engineer

Lisa is Somnology’s Biomedical Data Scientist and Engineer. Her responsibilities encompass developing and characterizing with granularity Somnology’s wealth of sleep data. She joined Somnology in June 2021. A graduate of Santa Clara University with a master’s degree in bio-medical engineering, she is active and integral with Somnology’s commitment to better comprehend the adversities of sleep disorders. Along with other members of Somnology, Lisa is focused on the commitment to develop a foremost medical-grade comprehensive sleepcare program. Her earlier experience and knowledge gained from working at a pharmaceutical consulting company is helpful as Somnology effectively grows and captures its commitment to be the leading digital healthcare enterprise to remediate sleep disorders.