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Nymi

Wearable wristband device that provides identity as a service via person's unique cardiac rhythm (ECG)

News and Press

Your Heart Beat Will Now Identify You for Secure Credit Use

Main Street • March 24, 2015

While the Royal Bank of Canada has already teamed up with Bionym to test out the Nymi Band, Halifax is the first bank in the U.K. to test wearable electronic bands that use customers' heartbeats to verify their identity. 

Could Your Pulse Be Used As A Password?

WDTV • Dec. 10, 2014

A company called Bionym created the Nymi, a wristband that works solely off your heart beat. It recognizes who you are and can be used to unlock doors, pay at a restaurant, and much more. 

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Founders / Key Team

Karl Martin
Karl Martin
CTO & Co-Founder

I like to create things. From rigging up spring-loaded pull toys as a toddler, to building circuits and robots in school. Most recently it’s been developing biometric and cryptographic systems as part of Bionym. My ultimate goal is to build things that people never thought possible. I have a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science, and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, all from the University of Toronto. My passion to create extends to photography, which I post to www.ethervizion.com.

John Haggard
John Haggard
CEO

Authentication industry veteran; formerly Chief Business Officer at Yubico

Andrew D'Souza
Andrew D'Souza
President

Andrew D'Souza was previosuly the Chief Operating Officer of Toronto-based Top Hat Monocle, a mobile learning platform for the classroom, where he led the company's sales, marketing and business development teams.  He has contributed to Mashable, Business Insider, VC Journal and the Toronto Standard. Andrew studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company's media practice. A Canadian sports enthusiast, he took a short sabbatical to manage the events staff of the Whistler Media Center at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Andrew is on the organizing committee of TEDxSan Francisco and has been an advisor to Engineers Without Borders, Ashoka, the Khan Academy and a number of Canadian startups.

Gregor Simeonov
Gregor Simeonov
Hardware Lead

I’m an entrepreneur at heart. After receiving my Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, I co-founded the green energy start-up ARDA Power. Although I applied to be an astronaut for the CSA, my passion for electronics and technology led me to the Nymi. While interested in all things ECE, I love tinkering with FPGAs, micro-controllers and hacking old video game systems.

James Elson
James Elson
VP of Manufacturing

As VP of Manufacturing, James is responsible for all aspects of Bionym's production, manufacturing, sourcing and supply chain. Prior to Joining Bionym, James led the design, manufacture, and compliance of several consumer products company’s product launches. Most notably, for over 10 years he led the Air Hogs brand from a novelty air pressure toy to $200M+ global industry leader executing the most complex products in the category. James was responsible pioneering technologies into consumer’s hands such as the first mass-consumer mass-production application of Nitinol Wire (S.M.A.), 2.4 GHz radio controlled vehicles, and the first toy grade product using Lithium Polymer batteries; while implementing new quality standards and complying with a rapidly changing regulatory environment to ensure customer safety and satisfaction. James has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University and has become recognized as a leader in complex high volume product launches due to multiple industry awards and a Guinness Book World Record.