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Hi! Thanks for taking an interest in our company.  Alzheimer’s wandering may not be “sexy” or “hip” when it comes to the world of tech, but it is a major problem and only will increase with the number of Alzheimer’s patients doubling in the next four years. 

Our Story


MendUX, Inc. is the brainchild of Erika Harvey. Erika was a nurse with over sixteen years experience in caring for this demographic. In 2012, her husband passed away due to complications that arose from poorly designed EHR system, shortly after that she sat with a former patients family waiting on news about their mother who had Alzheimer’s and wandered from the facility. 

The outcome was not positive.

So, Erika decided to see what new technology was out there to prevent both what occurred to her husband and her patient. What she found was a lot of medical startups but not a lot of medical startups that had real-life bedside caregiving assistance making the design decisions. 



After spending the next four years learning how to program in three full stacks, she apprenticed under a UX director and learned how to build hardware.  

She decided her calling was to provide patient advocacy through technology and built the first proof of science of the device that prevents Alzheimer’s patients from wandering.   

Founders Institute

With 55 companies enrolled Erika’s dream started to take shape competing in the Founders Institute’s Silicon Valley Accelerator led by Adeo Ressi. 

There were five companies left standing after the rigorous Bootcamp and MendUX was proudly one of them. 


2017- present

With the addition of Farzad in 2017, the dream of enabling caregivers to have some  real time peace of mind began to solidify. Fazad is an EECS graduate from Berkley and works for Lawrence Berkley Lab. With his guidance, the first iteration of the device was built, and pilot testing is underway. 

In March of 2018, MendUX welcomed Tamala Williams as our Director of Sales/Marketing. Tamala is a caregiver for a family member and joined because of the knowledge of how important this subject is in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. 


Awards and Recognition

  • MendUX named one of the top IOT health companies in the founder X world wide program
  • MendUX and Erika named an Intel Innovation Editors Pick
  • MendUX wins the San Francisco East Bay hardware massive pitch qualifying round allowing MendUX to present their device on the main stage at HardwareCon17.
  • MendUX accepted into the Alpha Competition at Collision ’18
  • MendUX nominated for Best Startup by


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Erika Harvey

Erika Harvey

CEO/Co-Founder /Nurse

Nurse with over sixteen years working with cognitively impaired patients by the bedside, as a nursing instructor and elder care facility administrator. She can be reached at

Farzad Fatollahi-Fard

Farzad Fatollahi-Fard


I hold a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. I chose to be an engineer because I enjoy thinking about problems on a larger scale and developing unique solutions.

My current employer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, provides enjoyable creative challenges in the hardware, firmware, and software domains in the HPC design space that allow me to express my talents as a FPGA Computing Systems Engineer. The challenge of balancing these domains keeps me engaged in my job on a daily basis. The project that I'm currently working on is OpenSoC Fabric, a parameterizable network-on-chip generator, which is a part of the CoDeX project. I have a proven record of leading teams, successfully completing projects, and meeting deadlines under difficult circumstances.

Tamala Williams

Tamala Williams

Director of Sales and Marketing

I am people person, and have never met a stranger. I have a love of finding solutions to others problems and tend to be the human SPCA. Graduating from Gunn Highschool I spent over a decade caring for the preschool population before starting my own business in Cosmetology specializing in Cancer patients and survivors hair care. I worked with them at either their bedside or at home.
Starting my own business, I quickly learned the ins and outs of getting your message across to your consumers and am happy to be once again, doing that for a company that can help so many others.

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