Founded in 2014, Ultra Inc. is a technology and data company focused on innovative skin health solutions for consumers. We are dedicated to creating highly accurate, scientifically-based solutions that users can fully depend on and trust. Using a mobile or wearables device, we help health-conscious people make good choices around sun exposure.


Interpreting the intensity of the sun is not easy because it’s too common to be surprised with a sunburn. If you use an Ultraviolet (UV) sensor, you can have more information about the sun’s intensity, but just knowing the UV number is not enough to manage your time in the sun.

Our team of bioengineers and software developers have a deep understanding of how UV works, and have transformed UV raw data into meaningful insights, interpreting the sun's intensity to each individual. Backed by multiple granted patents, our proprietary algorithms carefully measure the daily accumulative impact of UV exposure, matching to a person’s skin sensitivity as defined by the dermatology community. While our software technology is thoroughly based in biomedical research, our solutions can be effortlessly used by anyone.





Our core competency is our software technology - designed to be integrated into any connected hardware such as a wearable, phone, clothing, or many other IoT devices. Our technology makes any UV sensor become a smart sensor, giving advice to users on how to balance their time in the sun. If you are interested in licensing our software, please contact us at

Our technology licensing model includes:


Through clinical trials and laboratory studies, our goal is to eventually evolve the Violet Plus into a near-medical device endorsed by the medical community.

We are currently in collaboration with universities, medical organizations, and skincare companies to further develop our technology and provide user behavior and UV exposure feedback to them.

If your organization may be interested in participating with us in research, please contact us at


Our Team


Nabyl Bennouri

Co-Founder and CTO

Nabyl spent 17 years working on simulation software for IC designs, implantable medical devices, and automotive sensors. He also brings to Ultra his experience in iPhone and Android platform development. Prior to Ultra Inc., Nabyl worked at MEMSCAP, in Grenoble, France where his inventions were patented, drawing the attention of later employers: Mentor Graphics, Xilinx and Biotronik. Nabyl holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.


Nattapon Chaimanonart

Co-Founder and Vice President, R&D

Nattapon is an active researcher and inventor. He as over 12 years in academic research and industrial experience in integrated circuit (IC) design for low-powered electronics and bioengineering. Before Ultra, Nattapon was at Biotronik where he focused on the development and production of FDA-approved implantable biomedical products. Nattapon holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.


Jie Lian

Co-Founder and Biomedical Research Lead

A registered USPTO patent agent, Jie is an acclaimed scientist and biomedical engineer, specializing in signal analysis, physiological system modeling, and algorithm development for embedded systems. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, and is the recipient of over 40 issued/pending patents, and serves as a reviewer for over a dozen scientific journals. Jie holds an MBA from Portland State University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois.


Jonathan Donaldson


Jona has built successful operating businesses and achieved significant investor return in very challenging and dynamic business environments. Jona began his management career as CEO of MedChem Products for 10 years, which listed on the NYSE and was sold to CR Bard in 1995. For the past 20 years he has been working with start-up and early stage companies, bringing management experience and strategic planning skills. Some companies are still private, but others have been purchased by J&J, Conceptus, Natus and LeMiatre. Jona holds an M.B.A. with a focus on Finance from Dartmouth and a B.A. in Government from Harvard.


Liz Garnand

Vice President, Marketing

Liz brings a wealth of marketing experience across software technologies, including product management, product marketing, software adoption, people management, marketing communications, channel marketing, and sales enablement. Prior to Ultra, Liz was responsible for the product marketing a suite of business intelligent solutions at Sage, where solid marketing practices were used to bring solutions to market. Liz also brings former startup experience to Ultra. Liz holds a B.A. in Honors Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada.


Jeff Parker

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Jeff’s extensive international business management and senior-level expertise covers strategic investments and private placements, structuring financing for start-ups. Jeff has held several leadership roles in strategic planning, technology transfer, divestures, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. As the Founding Managing Partner of Mattix Capital Management, he has led the Mattix team of C-level executives in partnership with European strategic financial partners. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Business Administration, and Finance, from the University of California, Chico.


Salim Bennouri

Cloud technologist

Salim is an expert project manager, has mastered agile methodologies, and has successfully led many technical projects through their life-cycles. He holds a Master’s Degree in internet technology from the University of Saint-Denis, Réunion.


Pradenan Chaivoraporn

Industrial Designer

Pradenan is a professional industrial designer for over 10 years. He has designed numerous products including medical equipments, consumer electronics, automotive products, and housewares. His clients include Ford, Honda, Trane, among many others. Leveraging his strong mechanical engineering background, he strives to explore new manufacturing techniques without compromising design aesthetics.


Andy Blauvelt

Medical Advisor

A distinguished dermatologist, Dr. Blauvelt is the president of the Oregon Medical Research Center. He has held staff positions at the NIH and recently as Professor of Dermatology at OHSU and Chief of Dermatology at the Portland VA Medical Center. Dr. Blauvelt has published over 135 research papers. He has also served as the Principal Investigator on numerous clinical trials, and is a key scientific advisor for numerous pharmaceutical companies. He holds a medical degree from Michigan State University, and a healthcare M.B.A. from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Peter Galen

Medical, Scientific, and Engineering

A veteran entrepreneur, Peter brings over 30 years experience in leading high-tech companies and managing research and development teams, mostly in the medical device industry. He holds 15 patents with 10 more pending. Peter has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a biomedical focus from the University of Washington.

Mark Leavitt

Biomedical Advisor

A hybrid electronic engineer, physician, and entrepreneur, Mark is a proud Quantified-Selfer who enjoys exploring over a wide range of technologies. He was a founder of MedicaLogic, a pioneering ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) company, and led the company through its initial public offering (IPO) in 1999 and acquisition by GE Healthcare in 2002. He also served as Chief Medical Officer for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Mark completed his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering at Stanford University and received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami.

Jon Maroney

Financial Advisor

As the current manager of the Oregon Angel Fund Jon has run product marketing and business development groups for a number of software companies providing business elements to teams of outstanding engineers. Jon created FreeRange Communications, one of the first mobile app companies in 2004, creating the leading publishing platform for Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Reuters, Forbes, Newsweek, and London Evening Standard.