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Founder of Masimo, Cercacor, Patient Safety Movement & #microfixing

Co-founder of Like Minded Media & A Starting Point

Irvine, CA, USA

Co-founder of Like Minded Media & A Starting Point
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Joe Kiani’s Biography

Joe Kiani founded Masimo, a global medical technology company, in 1989. He also serves as Chairman and CEO. Kiani’s desire to develop medical technology that improves patient care and decreases medical errors led him to co-invent what is known as modern pulse oximetry. His innovation overcame a problem the industry deemed “unsolvable” – traditional pulse oximetry’s unreliability during patient motion and low perfusion. Masimo Signal Extraction Technology® (SET®) helped to reduce false alarms by 95% and fundamentally improved the reliability of the “fifth vital sign.” With Masimo SET®, clinicians were able to reduce blindness in premature babies and more effectively screen them for critical congenital heart disease.

Kiani grew Masimo from a “garage start-up” into a successful publicly traded company that employs more than 8,000 people globally. He and his team hold over 600 patents and have introduced many firsts in noninvasive monitoring, hospital automation, connectivity, and telehealth. Masimo SET® is used to monitor more than 200 million patients a year. Kiani also founded Cercacor,...
Joe Kiani founded Masimo, a global medical technology company, in 1989. He also serves as Chairman and CEO. Kiani’s desire to develop medical technology that improves patient care and decreases medical errors led him to co-invent what is known as modern pulse oximetry. His innovation overcame a problem the industry deemed “unsolvable” – traditional pulse oximetry’s unreliability during patient motion and low perfusion. Masimo Signal Extraction Technology® (SET®) helped to reduce false alarms by 95% and fundamentally improved the reliability of the “fifth vital sign.” With Masimo SET®, clinicians were able to reduce blindness in premature babies and more effectively screen them for critical congenital heart disease.

Kiani grew Masimo from a “garage start-up” into a successful publicly traded company that employs more than 8,000 people globally. He and his team hold over 600 patents and have introduced many firsts in noninvasive monitoring, hospital automation, connectivity, and telehealth. Masimo SET® is used to monitor more than 200 million patients a year. Kiani also founded Cercacor, a health and wellness innovator, and is the co-founder of A Starting Point, a video-based civic engagement platform.

Kiani is the founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, a nonprofit that works towards eliminating deaths from preventable medical errors around the world. He is also the founder of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, dedicated to expanding access to quality healthcare.

In 2021, President Joe Biden appointed Kiani to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Kiani serves on several boards of directors. Kiani speaks at events globally, championing the rights of those who are not always empowered to speak for themselves.
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Joe Kiani’s Background

Masimo
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Feb 1989 - Present
Irvine, CA, USA
Masimo is a global medical technology company that develops and produces a wide array of industry-leading monitoring technologies, including innovative measurements, sensors, and patient monitors. Powered by the Masimo Hospital Automation™ platform, Masimo connectivity, automation, and telehealth solutions continue to improve and automate care delivery both in the hospital and the home.
Cercacor Laboratories, Inc.
Founder & CEO
Jan 1998 - Present
Irvine, CA, USA
Cercacor is a health and wellness innovator that strives to empower others by providing valuable and personalized insight into their health and bodies. With over 127 issued and 48 pending patents to their name, Cercacor technologies are used by leading hospitals around the world, licensed under the name Masimo rainbow SET® (Signal Extraction Technology®).
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Joe Kiani’s Gallery

Board Positions

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
2021 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) consists of distinguished individuals from sectors outside of the Federal Government who advise the President on policy matters where the understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key.
California Institute of Technology
Board of Trustees
Jan 2021 - Present
Pasadena, CA, USA
Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.
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Philanthropy

World Health Organization
Geneva, CH
Founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable—so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.
The Newborn Foundation and the BORN Project
Saint Paul, MN, USA
The Newborn Foundation is dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to save newborn lives and improve health outcomes for the newest, most vulnerable citizens.
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Media

Bill Clinton welcomes medical tech firm to Central Arkansas where it will deploy opioid withdrawal device
May 2022
Little Rock, AR, USA
Executives with Masimo unveiled a facility in Mabelvale where researchers will develop and test products, including a device designed to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms.
As Pandemic Wanes, a New Chapter Begins for Masimo
Apr 2022
Irvine, CA, USA
Masimo CEO Joe Kiani held a press conference at the company’s Spectrum-area headquarters to discuss how innovation-based businesses can save lives.
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Interviews

Masimo SafetyNet™ Helps to Save Lives at University Hospitals in Cleveland
Apr 2022
New York, NY, USA
Masimo CEO Joe Kiani describes how Masimo SafetyNet can help reduce demand on hospital beds and PPE by keeping lower acuity patients out of the hospital.
Masimo CEO says its remote oxygen monitors were made to mitigate diseases like coronavirus
May 2020
New York, NY, USA
Joe Kiani joined Jim Cramer to discuss how the company's Masimo SafetyNet is an incredibly useful medical tool for health-care workers during the deadly Covid-19 outbreak to track patient vitals from a safe distance.
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Features

Meet The Iranian Immigrant Who Became A Covid MedTech Billionaire
Oct 2022
New York, NY, USA
This feature highlights Joe Kiani's place on the 2022 Forbes' 400 list. It highlights Joe's journey, notably the personal and professional odds he faced, to building the medical industry's leading blood oxygen monitoring device, while also leading Masimo from a small company to one that is challenging those 100 times its size.
A millionaire’s mission: Stop hospitals from killing their patients by medical error
2017
Boston, MA, USA
This feature in Stat magazine chronicles Joe Kiani's work in the healthcare field, from the early days of Masimo to events like the Patient Safety Movement Foundation's annual summit.
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Awards & Endorsements

Hubert H. Humphrey 'Dawn of Life' Award
Honoree
2014
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Presented by the Newborn Foundation, the 'Dawn of Life' award honors individuals making a difference in infant mortality rates. The Newborn Foundation is dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to save newborn lives and improve health outcomes for the newest, most vulnerable citizens.
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Society of Critical Care Innovation Award
2014
Mount Prospect, IL, USA
The Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) annual awards program recognizes and honors the achievements of SCCM members, while encouraging excellence in teaching and research.
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Speaking Engagements

Bringing Momentum to Patient Safety
Keynote Address
May 2022
Founder Joe Kiani discusses the various ways the Patient Safety Movement Foundation has helped bring momentum to patient safety through the creation of the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, open data pledges, meaningful partnerships, and more.
Joe Kiani's Annual State of the Movement Address
Featured Speaker
2019
Joe Kiani recognizes the 89 healthcare technology companies for their efforts in signing the Open Data Pledge and encourages more companies to follow. Because of the efforts in breaking down the silos in healthcare, it is possible to work together instead of in competition with one another so that the healthcare system as a whole can save every single life possible.
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Press Releases

Masimo Debuts Telehealth for Patient SafetyNet™ at HIMSS 2022 Global Health Conference
Mar 2022
New York, NY, USA
Masimo announced a major expansion of Masimo Patient SafetyNet™, its premier hospital remote patient monitoring and clinician notification platform, with the addition of secure telehealth capabilities – making an already powerful solution even more versatile and comprehensive.
Masimo Announces FDA Clearance of Pediatric Indication for SedLine® Brain Function Monitoring and the SedLine Pediatric EEG Sensor
Feb 2022
New York, NY, USA
Masimo announced today the FDA clearance of SedLine® brain function monitoring for pediatric patients (1-17 years of age) and the SedLine Pediatric EEG Sensor. With this clearance, the potential benefits of SedLine have been expanded to all patients one year old and above in the United States.
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Joe Kiani’s Education

San Diego State University
B.S. | Electrical Engineering
San Diego State University
M.S. | Electrical Engineering
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