Meet the Team


Leadership

sleep specialist

Patrick J. Yam,
President & CEO

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 the evaluation, continuous monitoring and care of sleep disorders; a problem affecting 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. In April 2020, he was appointed by UCSF Health Hub as a ‘Chief Business Mentor”. 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.

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.

Jesse Byrd

Director of Communications

Jesse Byrd is the youngest NPR Foundation Board Member and an award-winning writer and editor. After graduating from UCSB, Jesse went to work for Google where he rose to oversee the second-largest territory on his project in 18 months. Jesse then moved to Dubai and took over as Editor-in-Chief for Ernst & Young (Middle East and North Africa Region). In 2019, he returned to California where he joined the Somnology team as Director of Communications, helping to translate Somnology’s sleepcare enterprise’s value to corporate clients via content and marketing. Jesse graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010.