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Dr. Vivienne Ming

Co-Founder & CEO, Socos Labs; Director, OptoCeutics; Chief Scientist, Dionysus; Chair Emeritus, StartOut

Dr. Vivienne Ming explores maximizing human potential as a theoretical neuroscientist, serial inventor and entrepreneur, author, and AI humanist. Over her career she’s founded eight startups, been chief scientist at two others, and launched what she calls the “mad science incubator” at Socos Labs, where she explores seemingly intractable problems—from a lone child’s disability to global economic inclusion—for free.

As the co-founder and Chief Scientist of Dionysus Health she applies machine learning to lessen the corrosive health effects of chronic stress in communities, where she is one of two transgender women pioneering diagnostics and therapeutics for some of the most challenging issues in women’s health.

She also develops tools for learning at home, in school and in the workplace, models of bias in hiring and promotion, and neurotechnologies to treat dementia, an outgrowth of her research at UC Berkeley’s Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. In her free time, Vivienne has worked on designing AI systems to treat her son’s diabetes, predict manic episodes in bipolar
sufferers, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members.

She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including RFK Human Rights, The GenderCool Project, Optoceutics, Dionysus, Crisis Venture Studios, among others. Vivienne
also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business.