About Us

The Nix team is dedicated to taking the guessing out of hydration. We are athletes, engineers, creative thinkers, and scientists driven to develop new technology to optimize human performance. To view current job openings, visit our AngelList profile.

Nix is a consumer diagnostic company taking a materials science approach to develop single-use biosensing wearable technologies. Nix is leveraging its platform toward a pipeline of proprietary and partnered programs beginning with hydration for athletes and extending to other consumer use cases in areas such as beauty, sports, nutrition, and infant care. Our initial product is a hydration biosensor that informs athletes, soldiers, and laborers when to drink, what to drink, and how much to drink, based on sweat biomarkers – providing actionable information in real-time.

Team

Chief Executive Officer Meridith Unger

Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and venture creation firms. Meridith received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.  Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-runner and has run 9 marathons, including all 6 World Majors.

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Chief Technology Officer Ken Ritsher

Ken has spent his 25+ year career developing and delivering technical innovations to market. After grad school, Ken spent almost a decade as a senior lead engineer and program manager at the world-class design firm IDEO. There, he developed skills in design thinking and cross-disciplinary team leadership that were later honed at Eli Lilly and Company (where he led the systems integration of a complex electro-mechanical injection device) and Cooper Perkins (an elite technology development and product engineering firm, where he oversaw all medical device development programs).  Ken holds a BS in Product Design Engineering, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. He has been granted 19 patents. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking/backpacking, cooking, traveling, running, and flying.

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Clinical Study Coordinator Dillon O’Brien

Since the age of 2, it has been hard to pull Dillon off of the icy ski slopes of New England. He started ski racing when he was 5, and closed out an 18 year racing career after captaining the ski team at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Dillon discovered his passion for sports data analytics as a researcher for the Korey Stringer Institute, where he studied the effect that heart rate and other factors have on athlete injuries. Since graduating with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, he has held roles as a data scientist, software engineer and systems analyst. In his free time, Dillon can be found on slopes, playing beer league soccer or on his family’s boat at Lake George.

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Business Operations Bianca Sinausky

Prior to joining Nix, Bianca spent most of her career managing business operations for academic departments at MIT. She truly believes that an excel spreadsheet can cure any dysfunction. Originally from California, she received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and is a former competitive club soccer player. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth soccer and exploring the trails and beaches on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

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Chief Executive Officer Meridith Unger

Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and venture creation firms. Meridith received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.  Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-runner and has run 9 marathons, including all 6 World Majors.

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Chief Technology Officer Ken Ritsher

Ken has spent his 25+ year career developing and delivering technical innovations to market. After grad school, Ken spent almost a decade as a senior lead engineer and program manager at the world-class design firm IDEO. There, he developed skills in design thinking and cross-disciplinary team leadership that were later honed at Eli Lilly and Company (where he led the systems integration of a complex electro-mechanical injection device) and Cooper Perkins (an elite technology development and product engineering firm, where he oversaw all medical device development programs).  Ken holds a BS in Product Design Engineering, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. He has been granted 19 patents. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking/backpacking, cooking, traveling, running, and flying.

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Clinical Study Coordinator Dillon O’Brien

Since the age of 2, it has been hard to pull Dillon off of the icy ski slopes of New England. He started ski racing when he was 5, and closed out an 18 year racing career after captaining the ski team at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Dillon discovered his passion for sports data analytics as a researcher for the Korey Stringer Institute, where he studied the effect that heart rate and other factors have on athlete injuries. Since graduating with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, he has held roles as a data scientist, software engineer and systems analyst. In his free time, Dillon can be found on slopes, playing beer league soccer or on his family’s boat at Lake George.

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Business Operations Bianca Sinausky

Prior to joining Nix, Bianca spent most of her career managing business operations for academic departments at MIT. She truly believes that an excel spreadsheet can cure any dysfunction. Originally from California, she received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and is a former competitive club soccer player. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth soccer and exploring the trails and beaches on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

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Chief Executive Officer Meridith Unger

Before founding Nix, Meridith helped launch six life science startups with several venture capital and venture creation firms. Meridith received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College where she received the Anna Pell Wheeler Prize for Mathematics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a Kauffman Fellow as well as a Harvard Business School Blavatnik Fellow.  Meridith is a college basketball player-turned-runner and has run 9 marathons, including all 6 World Majors.

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Chief Technology Officer Ken Ritsher

Ken has spent his 25+ year career developing and delivering technical innovations to market. After grad school, Ken spent almost a decade as a senior lead engineer and program manager at the world-class design firm IDEO. There, he developed skills in design thinking and cross-disciplinary team leadership that were later honed at Eli Lilly and Company (where he led the systems integration of a complex electro-mechanical injection device) and Cooper Perkins (an elite technology development and product engineering firm, where he oversaw all medical device development programs).  Ken holds a BS in Product Design Engineering, an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. He has been granted 19 patents. In his free time, Ken enjoys hiking/backpacking, cooking, traveling, running, and flying.

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Clinical Study Coordinator Dillon O’Brien

Since the age of 2, it has been hard to pull Dillon off of the icy ski slopes of New England. He started ski racing when he was 5, and closed out an 18 year racing career after captaining the ski team at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, Dillon discovered his passion for sports data analytics as a researcher for the Korey Stringer Institute, where he studied the effect that heart rate and other factors have on athlete injuries. Since graduating with a B.S. in Management Information Systems, he has held roles as a data scientist, software engineer and systems analyst. In his free time, Dillon can be found on slopes, playing beer league soccer or on his family’s boat at Lake George.

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Business Operations Bianca Sinausky

Prior to joining Nix, Bianca spent most of her career managing business operations for academic departments at MIT. She truly believes that an excel spreadsheet can cure any dysfunction. Originally from California, she received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and is a former competitive club soccer player. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth soccer and exploring the trails and beaches on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

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Advisors

Professor, Materials Science, Harvard School of Engineering Joanna Aizenberg, PhD

Founding Faculty, Wyss Institute. Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Principal Investigator of the Nix photonic sensor technology platform.

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CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, UConn Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC

Professor, Kinesiology, UConn. Director, Athletic Training Education, UConn and world renowned expert in dehydration and heat illnesses.

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Chief Strategy Officer, Almighty Ian Fitzpatrick

Industry leader helping organizations plan, design, build and grow experiences that live at the intersection of the physical and the digital.

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Former Head of Advertising & Innovation, Boston Beer Company Peter Gladstone

Consumer packaged goods marketer with over 20+ years of experience. He specializes in consumer insights and innovation and has held senior innovation roles for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company.

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Race Director, Boston Marathon for over 30 years Dave McGillivray

Owner and President, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DSME). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015.

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VP, Product Innovation, Gu Energy Labs Magdalena Boulet

2008 US Olympic Marathoner. 2015 Western States 100-Mile Ultramarathon Winner.

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Four-time Olympian and Rio 2016 marathoner Shalane Flanagan

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008). Eighteen-time US National Champion. Three-time World Major Marathon medalist (New York 2010, Berlin 2014, New York 2017). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015

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President and Co-Founder, Custom Nanotech LLC Brent Buchine, PhD

Nanomaterials scientist and entrepreneur. Decades of experience in semiconductor fabrication and process design spanning multiple applications and sectors including biotech, energy, CMOS, and MEMS/NEMS.

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Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Orlando Pace

13-years in the NFL (St. Louis Rams), 5-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, and 2016 Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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Professor, Materials Science, Harvard School of Engineering Joanna Aizenberg, PhD

Founding Faculty, Wyss Institute. Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Principal Investigator of the Nix photonic sensor technology platform.

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CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, UConn Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC

Professor, Kinesiology, UConn. Director, Athletic Training Education, UConn and world renowned expert in dehydration and heat illnesses.

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Chief Strategy Officer, Almighty Ian Fitzpatrick

Industry leader helping organizations plan, design, build and grow experiences that live at the intersection of the physical and the digital.

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Former Head of Advertising & Innovation, Boston Beer Company Peter Gladstone

Consumer packaged goods marketer with over 20+ years of experience. He specializes in consumer insights and innovation and has held senior innovation roles for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company.

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Race Director, Boston Marathon for over 30 years Dave McGillivray

Owner and President, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DSME). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015.

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VP, Product Innovation, Gu Energy Labs Magdalena Boulet

2008 US Olympic Marathoner. 2015 Western States 100-Mile Ultramarathon Winner.

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Four-time Olympian and Rio 2016 marathoner Shalane Flanagan

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008). Eighteen-time US National Champion. Three-time World Major Marathon medalist (New York 2010, Berlin 2014, New York 2017). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015

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President and Co-Founder, Custom Nanotech LLC Brent Buchine, PhD

Nanomaterials scientist and entrepreneur. Decades of experience in semiconductor fabrication and process design spanning multiple applications and sectors including biotech, energy, CMOS, and MEMS/NEMS.

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Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Orlando Pace

13-years in the NFL (St. Louis Rams), 5-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, and 2016 Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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Professor, Materials Science, Harvard School of Engineering Joanna Aizenberg, PhD

Founding Faculty, Wyss Institute. Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Principal Investigator of the Nix photonic sensor technology platform.

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CEO, Korey Stringer Institute, UConn Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC

Professor, Kinesiology, UConn. Director, Athletic Training Education, UConn and world renowned expert in dehydration and heat illnesses.

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Chief Strategy Officer, Almighty Ian Fitzpatrick

Industry leader helping organizations plan, design, build and grow experiences that live at the intersection of the physical and the digital.

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Former Head of Advertising & Innovation, Boston Beer Company Peter Gladstone

Consumer packaged goods marketer with over 20+ years of experience. He specializes in consumer insights and innovation and has held senior innovation roles for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company.

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Race Director, Boston Marathon for over 30 years Dave McGillivray

Owner and President, Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises (DSME). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015.

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VP, Product Innovation, Gu Energy Labs Magdalena Boulet

2008 US Olympic Marathoner. 2015 Western States 100-Mile Ultramarathon Winner.

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Four-time Olympian and Rio 2016 marathoner Shalane Flanagan

Olympic Silver Medalist (Beijing 2008). Eighteen-time US National Champion. Three-time World Major Marathon medalist (New York 2010, Berlin 2014, New York 2017). Named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Running, by Runners World, 2015

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President and Co-Founder, Custom Nanotech LLC Brent Buchine, PhD

Nanomaterials scientist and entrepreneur. Decades of experience in semiconductor fabrication and process design spanning multiple applications and sectors including biotech, energy, CMOS, and MEMS/NEMS.

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Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and NFL Hall of Famer Orlando Pace

13-years in the NFL (St. Louis Rams), 5-time All-Pro and 7-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion, and 2016 Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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