By fortunate circumstances, I mean meeting Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Dasi, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU), at a trade show in 2018. Dr. Dasi and his team walked by my booth where I was marketing mock vessels of the heart and aortic system. Dr. Dasi’s students wore OSU shirts and carried OSU backpacks.
“I am all things Buckeye,” I said. My daughter graduated from OSU in 2018, so I felt an immediate connection. I engaged Dr. Dasi, demonstrating how he could use my silicon models in his experiments.
Dr. Dasi had been using the silicone products in his lab for about a year when I visited to understand better how the silicone models fit into his work. He pulled up a raw PowerPoint of the technology he had developed using the vessels I sold to him and then he asked, “Do you know anyone who might want to start a company with me?”
For me, helping improve outcomes for patients with heart disease felt personal. My father passed away at age 67 after two unsuccessful heart surgeries. There was something inside of me wanting to do this. It was like my dad was standing over my shoulder giving me executive courage.
With my business experience and Dr. Dasi’s clinical expertise, it did not take long to realize what a great team we would be. We formed DASI Simulations in December 2019. Then, COVID-19 hit, and the world around us stopped. We, however, did not stop. We worked continuously night and day by Zoom making something very special out of an idea and fortunate circumstances. It was by pure serendipity that I met Dr. Lakshmi Dasi and I will be forever grateful.
Our Mission Statement
We provide you with state-of-the-art solutions
DASI Simulations is committed to reducing complications associated with Structural Heart Disease by providing personalized predictive modeling simulations using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Vision for surgical pre-planning.
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO
Co-founder, President and CEO of DASI Simulations. Teri is a high-level sales executive with 25 years’ senior management experience in Medical Device Sales and Marketing. Her most recent position was Vice President of Sales and New Business Development for a start-up company in the cardiovascular and neurovascular space. Teri has fund-raising (Angel Investment 2M), Quality Assurance, and FDA submission experience.
Lakshmi Dasi, Ph.D.
INVENTED THE TECHNOLOGY FOR DASI SIMULATIONS AND CO-FOUNDER
Invented the technology for DASI Simulations and co-founded the company with Teri Sirset in 2019. Dr. Dasi is a leading bioengineer in the field of heart valve engineering with over 16 years of experience with an active and extensive publication record. Previously at The Ohio State University, he is currently running an independent research laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Dasi has raised over $6M in federal funding towards heart valve research.