Take control of your stress for a happier, healthier life
Welcome to Apollo Neuroscience
Apollo Neuroscience is pioneering a new category of wearable technology that actively improves health, using touch therapy to promote stress resilience, sleep, focus, recovery, and more. We believe that the human body is powerful, resilient, and has the capacity to heal. When we can tap into our ability to balance and calm the nervous system, we can take better control over our mental and physical health. Feeling well doesn’t have to be a struggle.
Why we built Apollo
We built the Apollo Neuro technology because current health tools often don’t cut it. Meditation, mindfulness, and breathwork may help, but are often not enough on their own. And they’re really hard to learn and and even harder to work into your daily routines, especially when you’re already busy and feeling stressed. The Apollo wearable puts you back in the driver’s seat.
Unlike other wearables, this is not a biometric tracking device. Apollo is a therapeutic wearable, designed to be worn discreetly on the wrist, ankle, or anywhere by clipping it to your clothing, that works by sending gentle vibrations to the body that signal safety to the brain. It's a safe, non-invasive way to relax, get the sleep you need, focus your attention, and find your flow. Using the Apollo wearable consistently over time helps to retrain your nervous system, helping you recover from stress and feel better overall.
Stress relief for modern life
The human body is amazing and adaptive, but it is not designed for the way we live. In the last 40 years we have seen a rate of unprecedented change in how we work, live, and interact with one another. Rates of anxiety and depression are at an all-time high, and two thirds of those living in the industrialized world have trouble sleeping.
Why? Because change has come fast, and the human body hasn't had time to adapt. It’s not surprising that a lot of us are struggling to focus, that we feel anxious or have trouble managing our moods, or we find sleep to be elusive.
We built the Apollo wearable to help our bodies catch up with modern times. While many digital innovations have yielded unintended consequences on our health and wellbeing, we're dedicated to building technology with intention - for the good of our health, our relationships, and our happiness.
“We built Apollo Neuro to help solve a fundamental problem – mindfulness alone is not enough to save us from the mental health crisis. We as humans are not evolving fast enough to deal with the toll that modern life is taking on our bodies and minds.”
Co-founder and CEO, Apollo Neuroscience
Meet the founders
Dr. Dave specializes in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use Disorders. A trauma expert, Dr. Dave was on a mission to help his patients gain more control over their stress response in the moments that they needed it. He focused on leveraging the idea that our sense of touch can signal safety to our brains, and that this feeling catalyzes a cascade of restorative effects, like lower respiratory rate, lower heart rate, better digestion and sleep, and improved mental function.
Apollo Neuroscience was born from research in neuroscience and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. David Rabin MD, PhD, better known as Dr. Dave, is a neuroscientist and board-certified psychiatrist who has been studying the effects of chronic stress on mental and physical health for 15+ years.
The technology behind Apollo Neuro evolved from Dr. Dave’s question in the lab - could we use our body’s natural response to touch to restore balance to the nervous system, and if we could, would we be able to measure it? The answer was yes.
After early testing showed promising results, Dr. Dave reached out to his wife, Kathryn Fantauzzi, whose speciality is getting good science and technology out of the lab and into people’s lives, faster. Kathryn joined the University of Pittsburgh research team in 2016 to raise funding for clinical research on the Apollo Neuro technology discovery.
Together, Kathryn and Dr. Dave set out to build an accessible, easy-to-use tool that would empower people to take control over their reactions to stress and make healthier choices. With impressive results from multiple scientific trials, the Apollo wearable shows improvements in heart rate variability (HRV), cognitive performance, sleep, physical recovery, and more.
Meet the Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor; Double board-certified Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Sleep Specialist; Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine
Dr. Rachel Yehuda, PhD
Vice Chair of Psychiatry, Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and the Neurobiology of Trauma, and Director of the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai; Director of Mental Health and PTSD Programming, Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Board Certified Nutritionist specializing in evaluation and treatment of children with serious developmental and mental health conditions
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Belinda Tan MD, PhD
Co-Founder of Science 37, a market leader in virtual clinical trials; Co-Founder and Co-CEO of People Science, Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, MD, FACS
Clinical Professor, Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience; Team Neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Dr. Ben Kelmendi, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University; Co-Director, Yale Program for Psychedelic Science; Co-Founder, Yale Psychedelic Science Group
Dr. Bryan Donohue, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiologist, Former Chair of Medicine & Chief of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center