Co-Founder / CEO
Dr. Christy Sheehy co-founded C. Light and brings 12 years of technical and leadership experience in the optical engineering realm, numerous publications / presentations, and current clinical experience with MS patient populations. She worked as an optical system test engineer at Corning Tropel Corporation and designed the TSLO through her dissertation at UC Berkeley. She has designed 8+ TSLO systems (for UC Berkeley, the Midwestern school of optometry, the University of Bonn, and UCSF’s MS Center). She successfully acted as the PI for an SBIR Phase I grant entitled, “Retinal eye-tracking as a diagnostic tool for traumatic brain injury and concussion” involving collaborations with the Cal Athletics Program at Berkeley and was the PI for the Phase I STTR investigating MS. She was educated at one of the top optics institutes in the nation at the University of Rochester (B.S. in Optics and M.S. in Optics with a concentration in Business Administration) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D. in Vision Science).
Co-Founder / Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Zachary Helft co-founded C. Light and brings 10 years of neuroscience and regulatory experience to the team. He worked in the Technical Process Support team at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to develop and transfer a GMP biologics manufacturing process to an international site. He was also part of regulatory interactions to manage quality systems documentation. Dr. Helft helped to launch Regeneron’s first large-scale biologic to the market, Eylea. He is the author of multiple research articles and two successful grant applications. Dr. Helft brings his GMP and regulatory background from his time at Regeneron and mixes it with his scientific background in neuroscience. He was educated at Colgate University (B.S. in Cellular Neuroscience) and UC Berkeley (Ph.D. in Vision Science).
Chief Business Officer
Elan Tye brings over 8 years of experience in the business side of healthcare. He has led business development for neurological devices and supported numerous healthcare executives as a management consultant. He worked in business development for a neurological device startup out of MIT, expanding their market reach. He has consulting and venture incubation experience at the Boston Consulting Group and Monitor Deloitte, where he managed teams around strategic planning, go-to-market strategies, financial modeling, and data analysis for executives in the life sciences, provider, payer, and regulatory spaces. He then transitioned to venture capital, focusing on neuroscience and human performance technologies. Elan currently works with UCSF-based co-founders as a startup advisor. He has been educated at Tufts University (B.A. in International Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership) and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business (MBA).