In 1965, Bob Thurman became the first Westerner to be ordained as a Buddhist monk by HH The Dalai Lama. But he quickly gave up his monkhood and returned to America to spread this wisdom in the West. As early mindfulness adopters in the West wondered about its scientific validation, Bob was one of the key figures in organizing The Harvard Mind Science Symposium, considered as the seminal moment in the historic dialogue between modern science and Buddhism. Hosted in 1991 at the Harvard University’s Mind/Body Medical Institute, the event was attended by the world’s leading authorities in psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and education, the Dalai Lama, and his group of Buddhist monks who at the event demonstrated physiological feats which at the time were considered impossible by the Western science. This event is beautifully catalogued in the book MindScience: An East-West Dialogue.

Fast forward another quarter-century. Mindfulness is now one of the hottest trends in America. Bob and his team arrange an introduction between Sab and Shaun, the two co-founders of Mindwell Labs, at Bob’s 2018/19 new year’s meditation retreat in upstate New York. Shaun earlier was Bob’s Masters student at Columbia University, and Sab is a dear friend of Bob’s.

By the end of that retreat, a new venture that was eventually named Mindwell Labs was born – with the goal to bring the full potential of mindfulness to everyone. This requires that we 1) offer people the most authentic and complete system of proven ancient inner sciences, and 2) use technology to personalize interventions uniquely for each person and reach a global audience.


Our mission is to unlock people’s full potential in life by improving their wellness and performance.

Mindwell Labs is disrupting how people live and work. It is building products to offer consumers automated, real-time advice personalized based upon their biomarkers and other inputs from their environment in order to improve their health, wellness and performance.

The company is currently building Peak, a hyper-personalized AI coach for peak performance. Peak uses Mindwell's patent-pending biofeedback technology and peoples' vitals from their existing wearable device to    offer instant recommendations to improve their performance. Earlier, Mindwell launched a test app called AQ™ that was used to develop company's proprietary wellness assessment metrics and build a unique global dataset with over 4 million hours of people's biofeedback patterns from over 100 countries.

Our Team

Sab Kanaujia

Co-Founder & CEO

Dr. Shaun Nanavati

Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer

Noah Nethery

Co-Founder & AI Lead

Erik Madsen

Co-Founder & Engineering Lead

Peter Freedman

Marketing Lead

Hilario Bango

Creative Lead

Helen Orlando

UX & Product Operations Lead

Hera Barrameda

Growth and Marketing Manager

Parth Patel

Software Engineer

Shreyansh Nanavati

Senior Software Engineer

Erica Saccente

Mindfulness Teacher


Dr. Robert Thurman

Scholar, Author, Teacher

Mindfulness Adviser

Dr. Guru Banavar

AI Scientist

Science Adviser

Dr. Joe Colombo

Neuroscientist, Biomedical Engineer

Science Adviser

Jonathan Miller

Media Executive, Investor

Business Adviser

Beth Comstock

Business Executive

Business Adviser

Dr. Peter Kinderman

Clinical Psychologist

Medical Adviser

Sharon Salzberg

Meditation Teacher, Author

Mindfulness Adviser

Dr. Rajesh Kasturirangan

Cognitive Scientist, Mathematician

Science Adviser

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Tibetan Physician

Mindfulness Adviser

Dr. Seema Desai


Medical Adviser

Rishad Tobaccowala

Marketing Executive

Business Adviser

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