Our mission is simple:
We are striving to advance breastfeeding by making the breast pump compatible with modern life. At our core, we believe pumping should be easier for moms. We understand that a great need is not being met, and this is our calling.
We know the challenges of pumping first hand. In fact, Dr. Stella Dao was inspired to invent the Freemie system when she went back to work after the birth of her preemie twins. As a working physician, Stella discovered that pumping on the job was not easy to do. As she struggled to balance work with breastfeeding, the idea of Freemie was born. An entirely new style of pumping, the Freemie system makes it possible to collect breast milk with your shirt on and your hands free. And that means you can pump anytime, anywhere, and around anyone.
Meet the Freemie team
We have a passion for improving quality of life, and a proven track record for solving challenges through innovation. In fact, our team members have made important and noteworthy contributions to medicine and medical technology throughout their careers, and have worked together on a number of projects prior to joining the Freemie team.
Collectively, our team members are named inventors on nearly 75 US and international patents.
Stella Dao, MD
Dr. Dao graduated from the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine and trained in emergency medicine at Stanford. For her contributions to the field, Dr. Dao has been made a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She currently practices as a senior partner at a large medical group in Northern California. Dr. Dao is the first named inventor of the first generation of the Freemie system, and improvements to the system.
Yolande is a mother of two (nearly three) beautiful boys. She was an Exclusive Pumper with her first born due to an undiagnosed lip and tongue tie. She has a passion for all things mom related. As a doula and bereavement doula as well, she truly helps moms from bumps to breasts and beyond.
Dave is a seasoned leader with 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley’s medical device startup community. Most recently, Dave was vice president of Product Development at Sadra Medical, developer of the repositionable catheter-based Lotus Heart Valve. The Lotus Valve is widely viewed as the next generation replacement aortic valve and was featured on Grey’s Anatomy during the 2013 season. Dave is a named inventor on many of the significant developments required to bring the Lotus Valve to life, as well as other cardiac, neuro and interventional device delivery systems in his career. Dave is also a named inventor on improvements to the Freemie system.
Brian is a quality, regulatory and operations specialist with over 20 years of experience mostly focused on medical device startups in the Bay Area. Brian received an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California, as well as a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Brian has several patents (issued and pending) for implantable medical devices and delivery systems. Most recently, Brian has been the vice president of Quality Assurance for a company that develops and manufactures biotherapeutic cardiovascular delivery systems and steerable cardiovascular guides and introducers.
Ben is a seasoned medical device research and development professional with 15 years of experience in medical device startups in Silicon Valley. Most recently, Ben was the lead engineer at Sadra Medical, developer of the repositionable catheter-based Lotus Heart Valve. The Lotus Valve is widely viewed as the next generation replacement aortic valve and was featured on Grey’s Anatomy during the 2013 season. Ben is a named inventor on many of the significant developments required to bring the Lotus Valve to life, as well as other interventional device delivery systems in his career. Ben is also a named inventor on improvements to the Freemie system.
Leah specializes in marketing communications and has worked with companies in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years. Most recently, she worked at Sadra Medical. Experienced in the medical device market, Leah enjoys the challenge of encapsulating the essence of new concepts and products and communicating their benefits through a variety of mediums—from web to print.