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Joe Kiani

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

Joe Kiani
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Joe Kiani’s Biography

Joe Kiani founded Masimo, a global medical technology company, in 1989. He serves as Chairman and CEO. Kiani's desire to improve patient care and decrease medical errors led him to co-invent what is known as modern pulse oximetry. His innovation overcame what the industry deemed "unsolvable" - traditional pulse oximetry's unreliability. Masimo Signal Extraction Technology® (SET®) helped 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 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. Thanks to Kiani’s leadership and commitment to addressing the opioid crisis, Masimo introduced the Opioid Halo, the...
Joe Kiani founded Masimo, a global medical technology company, in 1989. He serves as Chairman and CEO. Kiani's desire to improve patient care and decrease medical errors led him to co-invent what is known as modern pulse oximetry. His innovation overcame what the industry deemed "unsolvable" - traditional pulse oximetry's unreliability. Masimo Signal Extraction Technology® (SET®) helped 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 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. Thanks to Kiani’s leadership and commitment to addressing the opioid crisis, Masimo introduced the Opioid Halo, the first of its kind opioid overdose monitoring and alert system to receive FDA approval that is now available for use at home and in healthcare facilities. 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 to eliminate 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 Newsfeed

Masimo and UCHealth Announce a Clinical Monitoring Partnership to Improve Care with Telehealth

Masimo and UCHealth have announced a strategic collaboration to enhance patient care standards through advanced virtual care and telehealth technologies, aiming to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and transform models of care delivery both inside and outside the hospital.

Wall Street Journal
The Entrepreneur Who Bet His Company on a Fight with Apple

Joe Kiani has taken on Apple in a patent dispute that has cost his company millions of dollars to pursue. So far he is winning, but the fight isn't over.

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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

Some Apple Watches Are About To Be Banned In The U.S. What Happens Next?
Oct 2023
New York, NY, USA
The International Trade Commission issued an order to halt the importation of certain Apple Watches into the United States last week, handing a major win to medical device-maker Masimo in a years-long patent battle with the most valuable company in the world.
 
An Orange County entrepreneur’s $60-million legal battle to stop Apple from steamrolling startups
Oct 2023
Los Angeles, CA, USA
The U.S. International Trade Court has already ruled that Apple infringed at least one of Masimo’s patents back in January. The ITC is expected to make its final ruling this month.
 
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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

Masimo’s Kiani Tackles Societal Problems
Jul 2023
Irvine, CA, USA
Beginning with the founding of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in 2012, to the purchase of an apartment complex to house the homeless (named the Friendship Shelter), this feature highlights Joe Kiani's work in solving some of society's most pressing problems.
 
SDSU grad leads crusade for patient safety. ‘So many thousands are still being harmed.’
Jun 2023
San Diego, CA, USA
The San Diego Union Tribune highlights Joe Kiani's work as the head of Masimo and celebrates the 10-year mark of his leadership in the anti-harm movement in the medical community.
 
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Awards & Recognition

UF Health Jacksonville
Robert Wears Patient Safety Award
2023
Jacksonville, FL, USA
The Robert Wears Patient Safety Award honors individuals who have significantly impacted the field of patient safety through critical analysis, research, education or knowledge dissemination.
 
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.
 
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Speaking Engagements

Medical Tech Innovator Returns to SDSU for President’s Lecture Series
Guest Speaker
Oct 2023
San Diego, CA, USA
Joe Kiani chatted with SDSU President Adela de la Torre and answered questions from students and faculty in the one-hour lecture, which drew an audience of around 150 to the second-floor Theatre.
 
5th Annual Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety
Keynote Address
Feb 2023
Montreux, CH
In his keynote address, Joe Kiani discussed two major elements of a sustainable patient safety mission: Transparency and Aligned Incentives. Notably, he discussed the organization's 18 Actionable Patient Safety Solutions and called for hospitals around the world to show greater transparency in reporting medical errors and preventable deaths.
 
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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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