# Max Hodak

#### Education

BSE, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2012

#### Science (CEO, 2021 - present)

Biology-driven products for an exciting future.

#### Neuralink (President, 2017 - 2021)

Neuralink is developing high-bandwidth brain machine interfaces, initially for critical unmet medical needs including paralysis from spinal cord injury, and eventually for merging minds and machines.

#### Transcriptic (CEO, 2012 - 2017)

Having grown up programming, where people invent whole new languages when they get tired of typing too many semicolons, the sheer inefficiency of pressing a physical button on the plate reader every three hours for two days to gather the data I needed struck me pretty quickly. Automation had been around for biology for a long time, but it was prohibitively expensive and difficult to use. For that matter, all lab equipment was prohibitively expensive and difficult to use.

#### Nicolelis Lab, Duke University (Research Assistant, 2008 - 2009, 2010 - 2012)

For as long as I can remember, my ultimate life goal has been to get a brain-machine interface and disappear into the Matrix. I was fortunate that Duke had, at the time, one of the best neural engineering labs in the world. Having worked my way into the Nicolelis lab through an independent study during my freshman year, I proceeded to spend most of my time in college there learning everything I could.

I presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting as a sophomore in 2008 and my main project for much of my time in the lab was studying how differing mappings between joystick-space and screen-space in an upper limb task for macaques led to changes in neural representations. I was only seriously derailed by silently broken timestamps in the ephys data once during my whole time in the lab.

#### Contact

Email: router@maxhodak.com