Over 25 years of research combined with an innovative team
produces products that make a difference.

Voxello provides solutions for hospitalized patients who cannot communicate by traditional means.  This affects 3.9 million patients in US hospitals each year and adversely impacts healthcare costs on the order of three billion dollars each year in preventable adverse events.  Voxello aims at reducing these complications, lowering healthcare costs, and improving patient satisfaction.  Voxello is about better outcomes.

Board of Directors

Richard Hurtig

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Richard Hurtig, Ph.Dis Professor Emeritus in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (#1 Rated by US News & World Report) at the University of Iowa College of Arts & Sciences, and was on the faculty of the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program. Dr. Hurtig also directed the UI Assistive Devices Laboratory that works in close collaboration with University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and has authored a text on implementing Alternative and Augmentative Communication in Acute Care.

Aaron Warner


Aaron Warner is Chief Information Officer at Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT).   He has served as the CEO of 3Prime, an IDT subsidiary, and is a member of several former governor’s IT advisory boards.  Aaron is a founder of a non-profit organization, AnotherDoor, a qualified investor for the Iowa Plains Angels Venture Capital group, and a board member of the Technology Association of Iowa.

Susan Wood


Susan Wood, Ph.D. has 15 years of experience championing innovative clinical solutions to the marketplace, from concept to revenue. Dr. Wood is President and CEO of VIDA Diagnostics, and received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, School of Hygiene and public health.

Bart Floyd


Bart Floyd is Eastern Iowa President of Great Western Bank. Bart received his MBA from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, is associated with the Long Term Recovery Committee for the flood of 2008 and United Way of Johnson County.  

Greg Williams


Greg Williams, J.D. is on the board of the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center, and is a patent attorney with a bachelors degree in physics, a law degree and an MBA all from the University of Iowa. Greg was an inhouse patent attorney for Rockwell International Corporation for many years and has practiced patent law for over 20 years.

Management Team

Rives Bird CEO

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Rives Bird is the Chief Executive Officer of Voxello and brings 20+ years experience as an executive in multiple medical device companies, and has launched multiple successful entrepreneurial ventures in Iowa.  

Dr. Richard Hurtig

CSO & President

Richard Hurtig, Ph.Dis the Chief Scientific Officer of Voxello.  In his role at IAT Dr. Hurtig utilizes his 25 years as a researcher, during which he implemented and studied the use of assistive technologies and alternative and augmentative communication technologies in the University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics.

Ben Berkowitz

Director of Product Development

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Ben Berkowitz is the lead engineer of the noddle™ and Product Development Director at Voxello.  He has experience as a researcher in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, and has developed and evaluated new medical devices at Cook Medical and at the Food and Drug Administration.

Hannah Rigler

Clinical Research Coordinator


Hannah Rigler is Clinical Research Coordinator and leads the Applications team. Hannah holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her experience as a speech-language pathologist is invaluable to clients and patients alike.

Jerry Stack Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs

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Jerry Stack is Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Voxello.  In addition to corporate operations, he oversees Voxello's product quality and regulatory affairs. Before joining Voxello, Jerry worked as the Global Director of Product Assurance and Lab Operations at Whirlpool Corporation.


(Left to right) IAT founders Vince Hahn, Ben Berkowitz, Zihan Zhu, Richard Hurtig, and Blake Martinson.

(Left to right) IAT founders Vince Hahn, Ben Berkowitz, Zihan Zhu, Richard Hurtig, and Blake Martinson.

Voxello was founded through the Iowa Medical Innovations Group (IMIG) at the University of Iowa.  IMIG brings together students from the Colleges of Medicine, Business, Law, and Engineering to commercialize solutions to medical problems identified by clinical staff and faculty.  

The IMIG student team consisted of Vince Hahn (business), Zihan Zhu (engineering), Blake Martinson (engineering), and Ben Berkowitz (engineering). Richard Hurtig, at that time a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, served as the mentor for the project.  Zihan is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley, and Vince is now Product Manager at one of the leading U.S. healthcare product distribution corporations.