Meet the Team
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 sleep monitoring device enterprise assisting a global population affected by sleep disorders. Prior to teaming with Dr. Lim he was the CEO of Sensei Partners LLC, a Menlo Park, CA based private investment firm. His 25+ year 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 an 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 member of the 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. 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. Melissa Lim,
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
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.
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.
More bios are coming, as we introduce members of the team each month. Be sure to check back soon!