Meet the team behind Elemental Machines


Sridhar Iyengar

CEO & Founder

A serial entrepreneur in connected medical devices and wearables, Sridhar is focused on strategy and management at Elemental Machines. Previously, Sridhar was a founder and director of Misfit, makers of elegant wearable products, which was acquired by Fossil in 2015. Prior to Misfit, he founded AgaMatrix, a blood glucose monitoring company that made the world’s first medical device connecting directly to the iPhone. AgaMatrix shipped 15+ FDA-cleared medical products, 2B+ biosensors, 6M+ glucose meters, with partnerships with Apple, Sanofi, and Walgreens. Sridhar holds over 30 US and international patents and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. Beyond Elemental Machines, Sridhar has been known to run 13.1 miles on occasion and has sometimes been spotted on stage behind a wall of drums.

John Sakalowsky

VP, Product & Design

With a focus on the intersection of the digital and physical, John leads the product design and user experience teams at Elemental Machines. His multifaceted career includes user research and synthesis, product innovation and interaction design across app design, product design, service design and design strategy for consumer electronics products, fitness, mobile and automotive systems, smart toys, video games and enterprise and desktop software. Prior to joining Elemental Machines, John was Chief Product Officer at Flyp, a mobile app that lets you use multiple numbers on your smartphone. Previously, he was Director of User Experience at Bose Corporation, where he launched VideoWave television, SoundTouch WiFi music systems, and SoundLink mobile Bluetooth speakers, among other projects. A graduate of Wesleyan University, John holds a BA in English (Creative Writing) and French Literature. Beyond his design work, John is an avid athlete and writer.

Robert Pemberton

Chief Commercial Officer

Robert brings more than 20 years of sales experience in healthcare technology, and is passionate about new innovations that transform industries. He joined Elemental Machines from Intuitive Surgical, where he was working to revolutionize surgery through the use of robotic technology. Previously, he held sales, sales leadership and market development positions with leading healthcare companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Merck. Robert holds a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, and completed his Executive MBA at St. Joseph’s University. In addition to his role at Elemental Machines, Robert is an avid youth coach for multiple sports including basketball, soccer and lacrosse and enjoys free time boating and fishing, too.

Michael Dillhyon

Chief Strategy Officer

Life sciences/healthtech entrepreneur. Founder of Geneva-based Healthbank, the only citizen-owned, health data exchange cooperative, Chairman of Genebio, a bioinformatics software firm, member of Strategic Advisory Committee for HealthTIES, an EU-backed consortium of four of Europe’s top regions in biosciences, medical technology and health entrepreneurship. Mr. Dillhyon holds degrees in Biochemistry and Anthropology, as well as a MBA from the Olin School of Business including residencies at Harvard Business School, the London School of Business, UC-Berkeley (Venture Capital Executive) and Fudan University.

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