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Redefining Postoperative Care

Meet The Team


Sam Botros

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Sam is a Biomedical Engineering Master's candidate at Columbia University specializing in Design, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Sam received her undergraduate degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia ('20) where she also completed two years of medical school.


As a former medical student, she has extensive experience in a broad range of research disciplines as well as personal experience in clinical care. Sam formerly worked as an R&D Engineer at a medical technology startup. As such, she is also knowledgeable in usability studies, prototyping, clinical studies and software development.

Lastly, Sam is a member of the United States Space Force where she will serve as an Acquisitions Management Officer.


Albert Go

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Albert is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Robotics at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, he received a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and worked at Boeing as a Design and Software Engineer. He has extensive experience in various robotics and autonomy applications including manufacturing, transportation, and assistive technology. 

Additionally, Albert has held various leadership positions both at Boeing and at MIT.


Wendy Shi

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Wendy is a graduate of UC Berkeley ('19) and a Biomedical Engineering Masters' candidate at Columbia University. She is passionate about customer pain points and making an impact on the way people work. She is currently a Technical Program Manager, and is experienced in executing end-to-end program for cross-functional stakeholders, agile software development process, market analysis, and customer development.

Wendy also has background as a Senior Clinical Data Coordinator, where she performed internal product management, FDA validation, and performance assessment. Previously, Wendy worked in academic research focusing on reinforcement learning, where she leveraged her skills in data analysis, machine learning, and computational modeling to support various engineering and data needs. 

Surgical Site Infections


Economic Burden Each Year in the US

Developing an SSI, on average extends your hospital by 10 days and increases the cost of hospitalization by $20,000. The CMS currently penalizes those hospitals that have increased readmission rates and high rates of infections. One hospital in NY lost approximately $1.2 million dollars due to patients developing SSIs.


People Each Year Develop SSIs in the US

Surgical Site Infections are the most common and costly of all Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Developing an SSI increases your chance of death by 2 to 11 fold. 75% of SSI-associated deaths are directly attributable to the SSI itself.


Surgeries Performed Each Year in the US

Every year, there are approximately 51 million surgeries performed in the United States. Elivio is currently focusing on the 1.4 million vascular surgeries. Vascular surgeries are one of the surgeries with higher rates of infection.

Patient Journey

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Our Mission

We are developing a medical device that detects early onset of Surgical Site Infections to reduce intervention times and improve patient outcomes. Our solution incorporates sensor technology, wearable devices, computer vision, and machine learning.

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