Our Mission

Beneufit's mission is to empower people to improve their medical condition through exercise, while supporting vital public health research in an open and ongoing fashion. Our approach is unique in that we prescribe disease-specific exercise interventions and track outcomes through a series of objective measures.

  • Backed by Science
  • Patient-Centric
  • Mobile Engagement
  • Wireless Sensors
  • Precise Outome Measures

We believe that everyone has the ability to alter their disease course with effective behavior change. What we do is enable people to tap into the power of mind and body to achieve positive outcomes.

CEO Jeff Broderick

The Beneufit Story

Meet Our Team

Jeff Broderick Chief Executive Officer

Product development entrepreneur with over 20 years experience founding technology startups. Jeff is an innovator who utilizes emerging technologies to start companies that creatively fill gaps in existing markets. He specializes in startup environments at the conception stage where ideas become products and teams are assembled to bring those products to market. Companies include CrowdOptic, LoanHounds (acquired by QuinStreet), StockPoint (acquired by Pinnacor)..

Doug Van Blaricom Chief Technology Officer

Doug is a system-level engineer with over 20 years experience developing products from the microprocessor on up. In addition to being a master of iOS and Android development, Doug is one of those rare people who understands programming at the machine level, ensuring hardware and software systems work well together. Projects at VISA, BART, Oakland Airport, Kaiser Permanente..

Shelley Batts, Ph.D Director of Research

Shelley is an award-winning researcher and science communicator, publishing numerous studies and scientific web sites. Specialties include biomedical engineering, cellular and molecular biology, gene therapy, stem cells, in vivo imaging, medical writing and grantsmanship. Neuroscience PhD University of Michigan, Research Fellow Stanford University, Senior Research Fellow Harvard Medical School..

Juan Gargiulo, MS Director of Engineering

Juan has been developing consumer oriented software in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for more than ten years. During the last six years, Juan has been involved in several projects focused towards finding innovative solutions to improving people's health worldwide. Juan played an important role in the creation of DataDonors.org, a platform that collects and distributes health data over entire lifetimes, providing individuals and the global scientific community with unprecedented access to detailed records of health and lifestyle activity.

Jerome Lisk, MD Movement Disorder Strategist

Dr. Lisk is board certified neurologist with a fellowship in movement disorders. He is involved in many ongoing national clinical research trials in Parkinson’s disease. Memberships include The American Academy of Neurology, Association of Ring Side Physicians, The Movement Disorder Society and a member of the medical advisory board for the California State Athletic Commission. Dr. Lisk has been on the board of directors of the American Heart Association African-American Task Force for the Western States, Alzheimer’s Association Board Member and received the 2010 NAACP Man of Valor Award.

Ken Kubota Data Scientist

Ken is an executive improving healthcare through the development of new products and services by integrating technology, big data, and advanced data analytics. Developed and launched first electronic home based motor test battery trial for Parkinson’s disease in partnership with Intel and scientists worldwide. University of California, Berkeley. Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Director of Data Science The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Managing Director Kinetics Foundation

John Schneider Pharma Partnerhip Advisor

John is an accomplished member of the pharmaceutical community and has held many leadership positions in many top 10 pharmaceutical organizations. His extensive experience in neurodegenerative diseases has helped many brands become leaders in their markets and help drive patient outcomes. The most rewarding aspect of his career is being able to enhance patients' lives living with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. This passion for the patient has helped him receive many honors the APDA and the MS nursing society.

Sam Carney Director of Operations

Sam is an accomplished manager and leader with experience in the Department of Defense and Technology Start-Up community. He has specifically focused on Technology Innovation, from concept through implementation. In addition, Sam has developed extensive experience leading in high tempo/stress environments as a U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Officer. Booz Allen Hamilton, Office of Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fleet Cyber Command, Central Command.

Meet Our Advisors

Jay L. Alberts, Ph.D. President and Founder, Pedaling for Parkinson's

Dr. Alberts' research is aimed at understanding the structure-function relationships within the central nervous system that underlie skilled upper extremity motor performance and determine the impact of behavioral and surgical interventions to improve motor function in Parkinson’s disease patients.

Nan Little, Ph.D. Former Director of the Sciences and Tribes Educational Partnership, University of Washington

Dr. Little is active with the Parkinson’s community, particularly in programs and studies related to exercise. She is the inspiration behind Beneufit and continues to inspire people today. She has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, trekked to Annapurna Base Camp, the Inca Trail and finished the RAGBRAI bicycle ride across Iowa.

Chris Baker, MD Clinical Advisor

Clinician and medical device entrepreneur with experience in applying clinical and scientific knowledge to product development, intellectual property, regulatory issues, research and marketing. Sanovas, Inc., California Pacific Medical Center, Aardvark Medical, Rinotherm, NovaBay Pharmaceuticals.

Kathleen Meyer, MPH, Ph.D., DABT Pharmaceutical Science Strategist

Board-certified toxicologist specializing in the nonclinical development of small and large molecule therapeutics. She has directed toxicology, pharmacokinetics, bioanalytical development and animal resources groups, lead project teams and subteams, and mentored many scientists. She has experience defending nonclinical development plans to US, EU and Japanese regulatory authorities. Sangamo BioSciences, BioMarin, XOMA, Elan Pharmaceuticals.

Sally Edwards MA, MBA Athlete, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Sally is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, professional triathlete and professional speaker. Sally is a world expert and pioneer in heart-rate based training developing the Heart Zones Training system, a former Ironman Triathlon master's world record holder, a world record holder in the Iditashoe 100-mile snowshoe race, has won the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and numerous marathons.

Karen Francis, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair in the Kinesiology Department, University of San Francisco

Her research interests are focused on how we control and coordinate movement and how aging and disease affects our ability to control movements. She is examining the extent to which pathological tremor interferes with force control and force control changes associated with aging and disease processes.