Brendan Staunton
Brendan StauntonChief Executive Officer

Brendan Staunton

Chief Executive Officer

Brendan Staunton is the co-founder and CEO of Amara Therapeutics. Previously, Brendan was a medical device commercialisation specialist working with several international medical device companies, where he evaluated new product innovation opportunities, managed relationships with strategic partners, and advised on strategic management decisions. Brendan studied Neuroscience at University College Dublin (UCD) and his thesis focused on assessing the regenerative properties of an African Clawed Frog, Xenopus Laevis, as a model of research to identify potential regenerative tissue properties relevant to spinal cord regeneration. He also holds a Master’s degree in Medical Device Innovation from NUIG and an MBA from Smurfit Business School Dublin.

Brendan has always been passionate about healthcare innovation and in 2017 he took part in the Stanford University affiliated BioInnovate fellowship at The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). As part of the fellowship he spent a year evaluating unmet clinical needs in the area’s of obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology. It was during this process Brendan uncovered the need to provide more accessible, effective conservative therapies to patients struggling with pelvic and bladder health disorders.

Dr. Emma Carr
Dr. Emma CarrChief Scientific Officer

Dr. Emma Carr

Chief Scientific Officer
M.Ps.S.I, BA, H.Dip, MSc, PhD.

Emma Carr is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Amara Therapeutics. Emma is a health psychologist by training, with extensive experience in the development and execution of digital health interventions and clinical trials. Emma has led several digital health implementation projects for both National Research Institutions and industry. Emma is a thought leader in the space and has lectured on multiple programs including the MSc in Digital Health Transformation at UL and the MSc in Health Psychology at NUIG. She has been an invited speaker on the role of psychology in digital health for organisations such as EIT Health and Science Foundation Ireland. She is currently an Executive Committee member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Division of Health Psychology.

Emma is passionate about creating patient centered, meaningful interventions that have the potential to transform healthcare. Her PhD research, for which she was awarded the PSI DHP Ruth Curtis Postgraduate Excellence in Research/Practice Award, focused on the science of person-based intervention development in digital health. Emma ensures that the patient’s voice is always at the centre of our work at Amara Therapeutics and that the evidence we generate for our products is of the highest quality.

Prof. Geoffrey Cundiff
Prof. Geoffrey CundiffChief Medical Officer

Prof. Geoffrey Cundiff

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff is a co-founder and CMO of Amara Therapeutics. He is also a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, where he is a research scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes Sciences and the Women’s Health Research Institute. He has active trials in urogynaecology, reconstructive surgery, and obstetrics, and has research interests bridging epidemiology of pelvic floor disorders and patient centered outcomes. Dr. Cundiff is a longstanding contributor to the medical literature with more than 10,000 citations. He has published 6 books, and more than 200 peer reviewed publications, and has led several multi-centered randomized trials. He has also advocated for women suffering from pelvic floor disorders through providing leadership of professional organizations, including serving as the President of the American Urogynecologic Society.

Geoff has been a pioneer in patient centred health care and research to support it. This includes advocating for patient-based outcomes measures, which he has both developed and validated. This focus on the patient comes form his practice in urogynaecology. He has practiced in both the United States and Canada, but presently, has a clinical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders, at the Centre for Pelvic Floor, in Vancouver British Columbia.

Dr. Ultan Sharkey
Dr. Ultan SharkeyChief Technical Officer

Dr. Ultan Sharkey

Chief Technical Officer

Ultan has vast academic and practical experience in business informatics and information systems. His Masters dissertation mapped success factors of traditional information systems to ecommerce platform performance. His Doctoral research developed a novel measurement instrument based on positive psychology theories to measure behavioural intentions within ecommerce software. Ultan's work has been published in the International Journal of Ebusiness Research and he has presented research at numerous conferences. He has lectured in ecommerce strategy, decision systems, business analytics, application programming and lean methodologies. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Galway Ireland. 

Ultan has held commercial roles in consulting, e-learning, and mobile applications along with technical positions in e-learning development, web development, and mobile device support. Through these roles he has developed years of experience with the commercial and technical aspects of software project management.

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