Ziv Lautman is a self-described “scientist in mind and entrepreneur at heart” who moves seamlessly between academia and industry. After studying environmental engineering at the Technion, he and his colleagues won the prestigious BizTEC competition for their air pollution monitoring app, BreezoMeter, which helped drive the company forward.
Breezometer assesses air pollution, pollen, and smoke from fires neighborhood-by-neighborhood to provide individuals and municipalities with real-time data on air quality. In 2019, the company was a Top 100 Winner in Red Herring Europe, a contest that has discovered the most promising private ventures around the world.
Currently, Mr. Lautman has returned to academia as a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, working with fellow alum Dr. Adam de la Zerda ’05, whose Visby Medical invented the first FDA-approved coronavirus device for point-of-care use. He and Dr. Zerda are now researching optical coherence tomography (OCT), a non-invasive imaging modality that offers high-resolution imaging at the cellular level. The technology is being used in ophthalmology but Mr. Lautman hopes to advance OCT to study brain diseases such as glioblastoma.
Mr. Lautman lives on the Stanford campus with his wife and two children.